Canadian cyle apparel specialist Garneau has won a 2017 Eurobike Award for its new shoe technology. This proprietary, patent-pending technology called the X-Comfort Zone, will be available on five shoe models for the 2018 season.
The X-Comfort Zone allows the shoe to stretch to accommodate B-D+ foot widths. A ventilated elastomer-spandex insert is bonded to the outside of the shoe and can expand up to 5 mm. ‘Achieving a dynamic, non-constricting fit allows the foot’s natural toe splay, improving power, reducing injuries and providing never-before-seen comfort.’ This marks the second consecutive Eurobike Award for Garneau.
“We are constantly innovating and our shoes have been huge game changers over the years,” said Louis Garneau, the company’s founder and CEO. “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.”
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 claimed to be 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.
For mountain bikers, the X-Comfort technology is available on the Garneau 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 is lightweight.