So here's the thing: it matters how good we look on the bike - at least it does to most roadies. The Louis Garneau CB Carbon 2 shorts look better than good, they look awesome (at least when they're not pulled up to the belly button while you're shirtless, in which case you still look like a giant dork, as seen farther down in the review). They earned the top score in style. Their textured fabrics not only look like carbon fiber finish but actually incorporate carbon fibers in their makeup. They come in solid black or black with red accents, giving them a little variety to help match jerseys, but these are probably worth buying a new jersey to match the shorts.
Not for style alone, these shorts earned our Top Pick for Short Course award. They also had outstanding fit comfort and efficiency/pedal friendliness while maintaining good breathability and padding. Their padding had the right cushioning, but wasn't firm enough for longer rides. It excelled in short rides. The shorts are ideally suited to something like a criterium where you'll be in and out of saddle during the race and spend the rest of the day walking around some closed down business district peacocking in your shorts.
The caveat here is that we experienced a tear in the lining and would be remiss if you didn't point out that we had some products that proved more durable and would do well over short courses like the Zoot Sports Active Tri shorts and Gore Power 3.0 bibs.