Louis Garneau Compression Tights

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Manufacturer Description

With panels constructed to replicate the muscle structure, the Compression Tights offer muscle stability and reduce muscular soreness and fatigue.

Features

  • Fabric – Lycra Power (75% Microtactel Nylon, 25% Lycra Power)
  • Elastic with adjustable drawstring at waist
  • Flat locked seems
  • Back reflective arrows
  • Reflective logo at bottom
  • Compressive fit
  • UPF/SPF 50
  • Compression Active & Recovery
  • Measured size medium
    • Weight – 203 g (7.2 oz)
    • Inseam length – 69 cm (27 in)
  • Retail – $100

YMMV Review

Louis Garneau has been making cycling clothing since 1983.

View of Top & Tights Together from the Front

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.

Testing

I tested the compression tights in tandem with the Compression Top. 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.

Design ★★★½☆

Appearance (20%) ★★★★☆

Construction (40%) ★★★★☆

Materials (25%) ★★★½☆

Sustainability (15%) ☆☆☆☆☆

The Louis Garneau Compression Tights are constructed with panels to replicate muscle structure.

View of Top & Tights Together from the Back

There is a total of 20 panels on the tights (I think I counted correctly). All the seams are flat locked to avoid chafing. Most of them are using a white yarn to give them contrast on the black fabric. Only the vertical seam running from the lower stomach to the lower back is black. The waistband of the tights is just folded over fabric. This creates a pocket inside of which there is a drawcord that can be tightened to keep the tights up. The tights has a shorter inseam, so they stop at the ankle. At the bottom of both calves, there are some reflective elements and a logo. The bottom cuffs at the ankles it also folded over fabric just like the waistband is, only not as thick.

The main fabric in these tights is Lycra Power. Lycra Power contains more Lycra than basic knits for full stretch and shape recovery. Lycra Power fabric is 75% Microtactel nylon and 25% Lycra Power. The fabric adds compression and unique support to maximize muscle performance. It favors blood circulation in the muscles. Studies have shown that good blood circulation allows better performance and resistance to fatigue. The fabric also absorbs and wicks moisture away from your skin keeping dry. These Compression Tights fall both into Louis Garneau’s compression active and compression recovery line.

Drawcord Waistband

The tights are made in Mexico and have been very durable thus far. The stitches are very robust and have not even frayed in my couple months of testing. If I have any issues in the long term, I will make sure to come back and adjust this review. I gave the tights a rating of zero 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.

Fit ★★★½☆

Comfort Next to Skin (30%) ★★★½☆

Ease of Movement (30%) ★★★★☆

Inseam Length (20%) ★★★☆☆

Leg Sizing (20%) ★★★☆☆

The fabric is thicker than all the other compression garments I have worn.

Reflective Logo & Elements on Calves

The fit of the Louis Garneau Compression Tights has been good. The tights are made of 20 panels for a more precise fit. Accompany that with the high amount of stretch these tights have, and they fit the shapes of my lower body well. While there are several seems they are located in places where I have not had any chafing issues. I do like to wear these with underwear underneath as the vertical seam down the middle has been troublesome on other tights before. The draw cord at the waistband keeps the tights secure around your waist. I have not found that it is necessarily needed, but I appreciate the peace of mind. The inseam on the tights is shorter than what I would wear for a good reason. This makes it so the tights not too long and bunching up on my lower legs. They are a good length to interface with socks.

Performance ★★★☆☆

Breathability (20%) ★★★½☆

Moisture Transport (20%) ★★★☆☆

Versatility (40%) ★★★☆☆

Warmth (20%) ★★½☆☆

Compression garments have been tested to support your muscles and increase blood flow.

Tight & Well Stitched Seams

This helps flush the toxins from your muscles and increase performance. Some tests even show up to a 20% increase in performance. I wore these tights running and cross-country skiing. While they are comfortable to wear I have yet to be able to quantify any increased performance while wearing them. To be fair I have not been able to tell much difference when wearing any of my other compression pieces either. I have worn these as recovery tights post run as well and my legs felt more refreshed afterward than they have when not wearing anything.

The tights are a bit warmer than other compression tights making them a good option for winter sports. While the fabric is thicker, they still breathe well. Even when I did break a sweat wearing them, they did a good job wicking moisture away from my skin. The tights are very versatile, able to be used during active use and recovery. Since I tested these in conjunction with the Compression Top, I really appreciated using them together.

Overall ★★★½☆

Overall, I have been a fan of these tights. I appreciate the increase stretch and recovery these tights have. They are much easier to put on as compared to others I have tried. Like I mentioned above I tested them with the Compression Top, and I would recommend both. They are well-made and good for running, cross-country skiing, recovery, and any other activities where tights are useful. I would not recommend these for warm weather active use as they may be a bit too warm. I have been impressed by my first experiences with Louis Garneau, and I hope to have more. At $100 retail, they are prices similarly to other tights on the market. As always, your mileage may vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Stretchy fabric
  • Warmer for cold weather use
  • Good fit with 20 total panels
  • Cool looking with contrasting seems

Cons

  • Vertical seam through crotch area
  • May be too warm for summer active use

About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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