In recent years, we've seen mounting data to show that specifically designed clothing, like the Garneau Neo Power Bib Shorts can offer significant performance advantages. The magic is in the blend of material that makes up the body of the shorts. They're composed of 25% Invista Lycra Power. This material helps support your muscles by giving firm yet gentle compression. And with tests showing performance gains of 10% and more, one has to wonder, exactly how does it work?Power Lycra helps us in a couple of different ways. First, the extra compression helps circulation by providing a boost for venous blood flow from the legs back towards the heart. This is a simple equation -- faster, more efficient flow back through the heart, towards the lungs, recharged with oxygen, and back to the muscles will make you stronger, and last longer. In addition to the beneficial circulatory effect, the material saves your body some of the energy required to make this happen.Secondly, the Neo Power Bib Shorts are designed to counter the oscillation, or bouncing, of your muscles as you ride. In a wildly exaggerated example, a guy using a jackhammer would experience serious jolting throughout his entire body. And anyone who's wrestled one of these beasts for a full workday will know -- each and every muscle will be painfully sore. This kind of muscle damage can be prevented by stabilizing the muscles. And when they're stabilized, the isolated movement is more accurate and more efficient. The advantages would increase as the road gets rougher.Considering the functional attributes of the Garneau Neo Power Bib Shorts, they fit like a second skin. Compared to regular shorts, they'll be tighter for sure. This is perfectly normal, and when selecting the size, they should be consistent with your regular sizing in Garneau shorts. The Powerband leg cuff is one aspect of these shorts that we really like. Instead of a strip of coarse elastic and gripper material, it's made of a doubled fold of lycra. So even though the Neo Power shorts are quite snug, the Powerband doesn't feel like you're being ligated for a medical experiment of some sort. The Garneau Neo Power Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and come in three colors -- Black/Royal, Black/White, and Black. They are cut with 12 panels to ensure a supreme fit. All seams are flat-stitched and chafe-free with none on the inside of the legs. The Airzone Chamois is Garneau's most well ventilated. Its perforated memory foam is beveled at the edges and stitched into a vented four-way stretch, antimicrobial cover. The Neo Power bibs have a small pocket at the back and mesh straps for comfort on hot days.
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