These shoes were very impressive and served as my starting point in the Louis Garneau booth. The glossy red uppers and ultra-stiff carbon outsoles are just the beginning. Garneau’s new Course Air Lite shoes are packed with goodness.
So, for starters, let’s talk about the color. In a sea of white or black shoes, these red-hot dancing shoes stand out and will likely add a few watts to your pace (of course, right?).
There is no question that BOA’s ratcheting dials are the bee’s knees of lacing systems. The ability to quickly tighten or loosen the fit — even while wearing booties — is unmatched by Velcro or ratchets. In fact, the flavor of BOA used on the Course Air Lite is the best there is. Here’s why: the dial works to both tighten and loosen in small increments with the ability to loosen completely with a single pull. Your quick escape and fine-tuned adjustments just got easier.
Fit and all-day comfort has also been improved with new materials, such as the anti-slip heel cup.
Course Air Lite Specs:
- Carbon HM X-Lite outsole with titanium inserts
- 4.3mm carbon platform
- BOA IP1 ratchets both ways and pops open
- One-way anti-slip spandex heel cup
- Interchangeable insoles for warm/cold weather riding
- Cleat position indicator
- Weight: 7.8 oz (each, size 42)
- Price: $379.99
The Bottom Line
These top-end shoes aren’t cheap (though they come in less than many other high-end shoes), but they do have all the features you could ever want in a high-end road shoe. If the shoe fits, these should be on your list. Once you go BOA, you’ll never go back.