Louis Garneau makes some of the finest outdoor clothing and accessories available today. They manufacture biking, downhill and cross country skiing, shoes, helmets, and much, much more. Louis Garneau also makes socks, head covers, gloves, and under garments. They also make the famous “Ergo Air” cycling gloves which have proven the glove for most serious bikers. Louis Garneau also has cycling and skiing helmets and a wide range of women’s clothing. They sponsor many sporting events and teams and have representatives in 36 Countries. They have been doing customised team clothing for years and now new for 2004 they are now doing customised team helmets and bikes. Yes, they will customise you bike in your team colours. Now we will be looking at the Louis Garneau Blizzard jacket in detail.
At first glance the Blizzard was very impressive with its deep red colour and reflective stripping. The jacket is 100% polyester with “WindTex” membrane that is windproof and waterproof that combines lightness, elasticity, and softness. It is completely breathable and can be used for a variety of purposes. All Louis Garneau products come with a one year warranty. If you find a Louis Garneau product damaged or defective simply take it back to where you purchased it or return to Louis Garneau. Louis Garneau slogan is: “Products based on Experience” and they mean it. I did notice that the washing care for the Blizzard is “dry clean only”, you have got to be kidding. Most bikers are not interested in taking their cycling clothes to a dry cleaners to have them cleaned, if they cycle a lot and sweat, they need to be cleaned often and that could be expensive. I imagine the 100% polyester is the reason behind this. The jacket has a large rear zippered pocket but no side pockets which would be nice. The reflective stripping is adequate as well as the reflective Louis Garneau logo on the front and back. The front zipper seems to be high quality and most important seams are double stitched for durability. I rode with the jacket on a fairly cold day with snow and it kept me reasonably warm. It would be good if the jacket had side pockets to place your hands in when not riding but hardly any cycling jackets have them.