Italian style, Swiss engineering.
The Nico Bib Shorts are the entry-level foray into Capo's new convention-bending line of high-performance garments. It borrows some of the most important aspects of both the Volta and the Drago shorts at the top of the line, letting you savor the incredible advances of Capo's incredible design savvy, but without dipping too deep into your wallet.
In creating a bib short that defied convention, Capo had to completely re-think their design and production processes from the ground up. The goal was to create a garment of superior quality, comfort, performance, and protection, therefore run-of-the-mill polyester or pedestrian blends of Lycra would not be good enough. Thus, the Advanced Technology System (or 'ATS') was born. The idea behind ATS was simple: Capo would create their next generation of ride-enhancing cycling garments by combining the most technical Swiss and Italian fabrics they could find with the most advanced production methods available. You could think of ATS as a bit of Italian mad science; a highly polished experiment in conceptual performance textiles, not unlike the exotic supercars that might grace the show floors of the Geneva Motor Show. Except these exceptional bib shorts go beyond existence as a concept, and are available to the discerning public.
The Nico's ergonomic multiple-paneled construction is carefully shaped to eliminate bunching around the hips while you're in the riding position. These panel shapes are very similar to those used on both the Drago and Volta shorts, but a Swiss-sourced 40 gauge Lycra was instead selected for the main panels. This ensures a fit that actively supports critical muscles, without delving too deep into compressive territory, while also offering significant cost savings. For the shoulder straps, Capo engineered a new harness from lightweight eyelet mesh and brushed microfiber, which is then seam-taped to eliminate potential chafing points. The resulting straps are highly breathable, comfortable, and low-profile — perfect for hiding under the Nico jersey. At the heart of the Nico Bib Short is Capo's all-day-every-day Anatomic 4G Carbon EIT Insert. Its multi-density, anatomic construction is finished with antimicrobial carbon fiber threads which are woven throughout, helping keep the chamois dry and funk-free.
Capo finished the Nico Bib Shorts with a Schoeller coldblack treatment, designed to assist your skin with temperature regulation while protecting you from harmful UV rays. Even though the Nico is essentially an all-black short, the coldblack treatment ensures that even under the hottest afternoon sun, the fabric resists heat buildup, and should remain cool to the touch. The leg bands on the Nico feature a Jacquard elastic leg gripper to more effectively keep the hem in place while you ride. The Capo Nico Bib Shorts are available in Black with contrasting red stitching, and in sizes Small through XX-Large.
- From start to finish, the Nico kit is designed and produced entirely in Switzerland exclusively for Capo
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Like the jersey of the same name, the Nico bib shorts are pretty spectacular. The fabrics are impressive (the side panels have this subtle pinstriping to them that looks absolutely amazing), unique construction details run rampant, and the fit is absolutely spot-on er, almost spot-on. I'm 5'11" and around 150 lbs, and the short fits perfectly in the waist and thighs, and the straps are just the right length. I typically wear a Medium in everything Capo, but this Medium almost feels too big - as though there's too much material around the insert (which is also amazing, I might add) which has led to some uncomfortable chafing. It's almost as though I need a Small, but I'm forced to assume that other parts of the short then wouldn't fit as it should. Regardless, it's still an excellent all-day short that completes an otherwise impressive kit, I just think it might be sized for the build of a slightly meatier cyclist.