Garneau won this year’s prestigious Eurobike Award for its new cycling shoe technology – called X-COMFORT ZONE.
According to Garneau, the X-Comfort Zone enables the shoe to stretch to accommodate B-D+ foot widths, wherein a ventilated elastomer-spandex insert is bonded to the outside of the shoe which allows it to expand up to 5 mm. The result is a dynamic, non-constricting fit that allows the foot’s natural toe splay, improving power, reducing injuries and providing never-before-seen comfort.
As a result, X-COMFORT ZONE allows cyclists to be more comfortable, less focused on pain or annoyance and ready to enjoy a better experience. “Comfort (or discomfort) is going to be a key determinant of performance and enjoyment, regardless of the level of riding.” “Anything that detracts from feeling good on the bike is a problem”, says Garneau.
Comfort, after 15 hours on the bike, takes on a whole new dimension. Having a bike shoe that adapts to your foot’s morphology, reconciling both performance and comfort, eliminates the pressure points on the outside of the foot. – GEOFFROY D, GARNEAU TEST-RIDER.
For road cyclists, the technology is available on the top-level, carbon-soled Course Air Lite II, a lightweight shoe already known for its reduced stack height, ventilated Ergo Air sole, and increased arch support. It also features a new lacing system, the Boa TX.
The Boa TX lacing system, unlike other Boa-equipped shoes, routes its cables internally, thereby reducing pressure points. Its hidden profile is more aerodynamic and is protected from dust and dirt for a clean performance. The X-Comfort Zone self-adjusting width technology can also be found on the men’s Platinum II and women’s Ruby II road cycling shoes, offering improved comfort and performance at a more affordable price point.
We are constantly innovating and our shoes have been huge game changers over the years. In 2009, we invented the patented ErgoAir ventilated soles to reduce heat build-up. In 2016, we invented the Power Zone, an increased arch support system, to achieve better energy transfer. For the 2018 season, we are launching the X-Comfort Zone, a technology that increases each rider’s comfort by adapting to the individual foot anatomy.” _ LOUIS GARNEAU, FOUNDER AND CEO.
For mountain bikers, the X-Comfort technology is available on the Granite II model for both men and women. The Granite II‘s upper is thermo-bonded and seamless so that it offers minimal pressure points for the rider. Its single-dial Boa closure system provides a fit that is quick to adjust and extremely lightweight.
We reviewed Garneau’s top-of-the-line Course Air Lite road shoe a year ago, which ranked amongst the most comfortable cycling shoes we’d ever encountered. We can only imagine how well the new X-COMFORT ZONE performs.
The new X-Comfort models will be available through Garneau’s network of dealers and online starting late fall 2017.
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