The Compression LS offers the benefits of Certified Lycra Power Compression for the upper body. Lycra Power supports blood circulation and helps resist fatigue in the muscles. The Compressive Fit and raglan style sleeve is not restricting and is designed to facilitate your muscle movement.
- Main fabric – Lycra Power
- Secondary fabric – Power Mesh
- Flatlock seams
- Underarm flex panel
- Gripper at hem
- Front reflective logo
- Compressive Fit
- UPF/SPF 50
- Compression Active & Recovery
- Measured size medium
- Weight – 232 g (8.2 oz)
- Center back – 66 cm (26 in)
- Retail – $100
Louis Garneau has been making cycling clothing since 1983. What started in his father’s garage know has become a large player in the cycling, running, triathlon, and even winter sports. Louis Garneau started and is still headquartered in Canada but can be found the world over. Previous to this review I had only had a little interaction with Louis Garneau. They seem to be a well respected and supportive company in the running, triathlon, and cycling communities. They have supported many teams and athletes for some time now, and I have heard many positive things about the company. I contacted them this fall and was able to set up a review of their compression top and tights.
I tested the compression tights in tandem with the Compression Tights. Mainly using these for running and one trip up cross-country skiing. We have not had much snow yet this season so the cross-country skiing has been lacking. I also used these for some post run lounging around the house to test the recovery aspects.
The Compression LS Top is made of Lycra Power fabric and Power Mesh. This fabric is 75% Micro Tactel and 25% Lycra Power.
It contains more spandex than basics knits for full stretch and shape recovery. The fabric carries a UPF 50 rating which is the highest given to clothing. The compression and unique support optimize muscle performance. The top also favors blood circulation in the muscles by pushing blood in the extremities back towards the heart. The top uses Power Mesh fabric in strategic ventilation areas (in the underarms). This fabric is 80% polyester and 20% spandex. It is a lighter and more breathable fabric and maintains plenty of stretch. The power mesh fabric has a UPF rating of 20 but is normally used in areas of the garment that sees less sun.
The Compression Top like the tight has contrasting white seams on black fabric to give it a high tech look. Like the tights, the top is also made by panel construction to give an optimum shape. The seams are all flat locked to avoid chafing. The Long Sleeve Top is made of 14 different panels and a band around the neck. The collar around the neck is short like a T-Shirt. At the wrist, the cuff is folded over fabric like the ankles of the tights. The bottom hem on the torso has an elastic gripper hem to keep it down. The fabric used is really robust, and the seams are tight and well stitched. I have not had any issues with wear and tear during my testing. If I do down the road, I will update this review.
I gave the top a rating of one for sustainability as I did not see any mention of green practices on the Louis Garneau site. That does not mean they do not support green practices, just that I could not find any information on it. Once again, I will update this review if I find anything out. They are made in the US which kept them from a zero since this should lead to less shipping.
Comfort Next to Skin (30%)
Ease of Movement (30%)
Arm Length (20%)
Torso Sizing (20%)
The top I tested was a size medium. I liked the way the medium fit me. Since the fabric has a high amount of Lycra in it fit the shapes of my upper body well. The top never felt too tight and since it is a compressive fit it was definitely not loose. There is plenty of room around the neck and through the arms. The length of the arms was also about right for my longer arms. The torso fit me well but felt slightly short. On my runs, I felt like it needed to pull down the bottom hem from time to time. I did not notice the length when I used them cross-country skiing. When wearing this top with the tights the hem covered the top two inches of the tights. This can be seen best in the pictures with the set on.
Moisture Transport (20%)
I used the Compression Top running, cross-country skiing and for recovery after hard workouts. This is the first compression top I have tested and just like the tights it was difficult to notice any improved performance while wearing the top. I do not think it has anything negative to say about the top, rather it is just difficult to quantify any improvement. I did feel better after a hard workout when wearing the top than I do when not wearing it. I did appreciate the mesh panels under the arms. They kept me slightly cooler than the main fabric. The Lycra Power fabric is on the warmer side due to its thickness. It still maintains good mobility as it stretches really well. When I do break a sweat, the fabric moves moisture away from the skin well.
Overall, the Louis Garneau Compression LS Top is made for both active and recovery use. It has great stretch to it and fits the contours of the body very well. The top did feel slightly on the short side from time to time on me, but I have a longer torso. They interface really well with the Compression Tights. I used these for running and cross-country skiing in cool weather and would recommend them for cold-weather use, but they may be too warm for hotter conditions. They still would be good for recovery even in the summer. I would definitely recommend both the Top and the Tights and look forward to reviewing some more Louis Garneau gear down the road. I have been impressed by the quality and design in my first experience with Louis Garneau. The Compression Top retails for $100, which is similar to others I have seen. As always, your mileage may vary.
Pros [field name=iFrame]
- Robust stitching and fabric
- Great stretch to the fabric
- Panel construction fits really well
- Wearing for recovery helped with general soreness after hard workouts
- Torso felt slightly short
- Might be too hot for warmer days