Let the leaves fall.
Named for the mountains of the region of Lombardia, Italy, the classic Giro di Lombardia race, also known as "The Race of the Falling Leaves," is famous for its wildly unpredictable weather. Following suit, Capo bestowed a rain-and-wind resistant DWR treatment onto one of its most popular cold-weather pieces to create the Capo Lombardia DWR Bib Tights, kicking their protection up a notch without sacrificing weight or breathability.
As mentioned, Capo constructed the Lombardia using its proven Thermo Roubaix fabric and threw in a Durable Water Resistant material coating to boost its efficacy in fending off the elements. With a warp-knit construction, this material has a natural stretch. Within the knit, the threads follow a zig-zag pattern along the length of the tights. This allows more surface area coverage while using less material, equating directly to an airy, lightweight construction that still retains warmth. Thermo Roubaix's open weave also accelerates moisture transfer from the skin to the quick-drying surface of the tights, but the precise brushing process is what contributes most to its warmth. After the dyeing process, dedicated machines perform a brush to the inner-lining that provides a high, fleecy, and warming loft.
The bib tights' uppers received Capo's super lightweight V-Mesh 360. This open mesh fabric is highly elastic with a supple texture that provides unmatched comfort, support, and freedom of upper body movement. This creates a vertically stable system that stays securely in place along your shoulders throughout your ride.
The chamois incorporated into the Lombardia tights is Capo's Anatomic-DP Carbon Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Insert. Its high-density, open-cell foam is bonded to an antimicrobial microfiber layer that has antimicrobial carbon fiber threads woven throughout. This effectively aids in moisture evaporation, while also keeping the insert neat and tidy. In addition to the slim, movement-freeing shape, there are 6 and 8mm-thick pads built into the pre-curved profile in order to optimize support on longer rides.
The Capo Lombardia DWR Roubaix Bib Tights are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.
- Item #CAP002X
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: xxl
These replace a 10 year old set from another manufacturer. I used them for mid-Atlantic weather from November through March riding 3-4 times weekly regardless of weather. My low was 90 minutes at 18 degrees, I have also won them for 4 hours at 45-50 comfortable. They have done very well in light rain at 36 degrees. The logos are starting to breakup a bit, but that is not a bother. I wish I had as good a solution for my feet.
Not as expected or described
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XXL
First of all, Capo has gone with the traditional Euro sizing even though they are an American company. While these are still high quality products, they do run a bit small. That in and of itself isn't too big of an issue, however, the Gear Heads assured me that the tights had a front zipper. Not so on the larger sizes. I made sure to ask before I ordered because I had already encountered this issue with the Pursuit line from Capo.