Illuminate the road.
Capo's Padrone line is back, and this time around it brings visibility to the forefront. For the new HV (high visibility) collection, Capo applied the latest in reflective fabric technology, which provides the same technical attributes and sleek styling as the original Padrone series, but pushes safety to the surface with strategically-placed panels that illuminate when light hits their surfaces.
As Capo found success in using several kinds of stretch fabric in their Padrone Jersey, they've continued this trend with the bib shorts. The center and inside panels are made of HG Lycra. This is a highly compressive spandex that is very abrasion resistant. The HG has also been treated with Coldblack as part of the dyeing process. This is a treatment that won't wash out. The magic of Coldblack is that it is able to dissipate heat better than other stretch fabrics by reflecting the sun's rays off the Lycra rather than absorbing it, which means you'll feel cooler as your body heats up. The side panels are Carbon Lycra, a compressive Power Lycra featuring carbon threads for anti-bacterial properties. Additionally, panels of Super Black were utilized, which is a wind- and water-resistant membrane with crushed crystals that reflect light when it hits the surface. This paneling is what gives the new Padrone bibs their high level of visibility. The leg bands, which replace grippers, are made of Capo's Dual-Ply Power V material, with Power Lycra on the outside and V-Mesh on the inside. The Power part adds compression and the mesh gives you wicking potential. The bib straps have also been improved. They've bonded their traditional V-Mesh bib fabric with 190g Lycra for better-controlled vertical stretch.
Similar to the standard Padrones, the fit of the HVs have been refined from their super corsa paneling design. There are ten panels in the shorts rather than eight, with flat lock seams holding them all together. The seams running down the front of the legs have an even greater curve than you're used to seeing. The reason for this is that the curved panels here are designed to reduce the potential for gapping and bunching of fabric to nearly zero. They've also split the side panels in two to create a better fit than ever before.
For the chamois, Capo went with the proven Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Anatomic-4G Carbon insert. This chamois uses a variable density throughout to support the regions that need the most support, without impacting the ones that don't. The support focus is primarily placed at the perineal, ischial, and gluteal areas — the points most prone to distress from saddle pressure and compression. With its anatomic design, the 4G creates an abrasion-free support that promotes an increased circulation by protecting nerves like the pudendal. Further along these lines, the chamois works to dissipate any heat. Even more impressive, the insert is road-specific. EIT engineers realize that saddles and saddle positions vary throughout different disciplines of cycling, and the insert's chamois density patterns are mindful of the specific pressures of road cycling.
The Capo Padrone HV Bib Shorts - Men's are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Black.
- Item #CAP000C
- Q & A
Padrone SL Bibs
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XXL
Excellent Bibs. Very tight initially, loosened up slightly after 2 or 3 rides. Fit in front is High on the ribs, different from my 2 year old Padrone bibs. Straps are more substantial material, seems better. Fit is tight, XXL, like my earlier Padrone (non SL) bibs. Both sets are tighter than my Drago Bibs as well as the two less expensive CAPO bibs I have. The Pad is excellent for longer rides (40mi or more). I have preferred my previous Padrone bibs for longer rides. That is why I bought another pair. Trek Rider
My New Favorites!
My first Capo purchase and I'm sold for a variety of reasons. I ride in the early mornings and these are incredibly reflective, large reflective bands up the sides, makes you feel a bit safer when every bit of visibility counts. As numerous others have stated, these are very compressive but you kind of don't even notice it once you start riding. The chamois is the real differentiator here. I have Castelli top line chamois bibs that don't even compare to this offering from Capo. Side by side you can see these have raised gel type pads that are thicker than other brands but aren't so large so as to bunch up but the thickness simply makes you forget the insanity of sitting on such a tiny saddle for hours! They do feel a little strange when walking around, not bad just a bit noticeable but well worth it as they conform perfectly on the saddle where it counts. I am looking at other models by Capo for my next pair as I do agree with one other reviewer that while awesome for night visibility, the reflective sides may make these a bit hot during sunny days as it is a solid material, so worth it for low visibility rides as it isn't uncomfortable but is worth the safety. Well worth the price, seem to be on sale frequently so don't hesitate to try these out. There is a difference.
No bunching! Tight but very nice fit.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
I have the non-HV version of these bibs and I've really enjoyed them.
First thing you should know is they have a TON of compression (probably about perfect to promote circulation and minimize muscle bounce/fatigue on rough road).
I found the sizing was accurate but they feel much tighter than most bib shorts due to the very high compression. For me, with size medium, the leg band falls about where I'd expect with no issues/interference with my knees. (I'm ~33" waist and wear a 30" length inseam pant).
The only pair of shorts I've tried that doesn't bunch or need adjustment during/after even long rides.
The front is a heavier fabric that would likely help block a bit of a morning chill.
Side panels are almost a mesh that helps with wicking and cooling.
Cold black treatment typically feels cooler than even my light weight (bright colored) jerseys in full sun.
Chamois was a bit smaller than I expected so takes a bit of extra care to ensure its right under my sit bones. Once in place I can forget about it and it makes a great interface with my saddle. Smaller size helps before/after the ride by minimizing the diaper feeling of some large/poorly shaped designs.
Built for the Evening
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
If you're riding in low-light conditions, and you're looking to pair safety with performance, you've come to the right place. The high-vis technology works impeccably well, and the fit and feel of the shorts is nearly identical to the standard Padrone bib shorts. However, if were to register a complaint, it's that the high-vis material is a tad bit stuffy. It's not nearly as breathable as the rest of the fabrics, leaving you a little sweaty, or clammy if you're riding in cold weather.
For this reason, I wouldn't recommend wearing these on all-day rides, but for evening riding & training, it's hardly a compromise.
Are these low enough for a nature break, or not. Reading the review it alluded that these are not low cut: "Padrone’s high stomach panel will take some getting used to."
They do run high. Good for holding in the gut, but can make a nature break a bit challenging.
Yes, they are fine. The front does come up and help flatten my remaining bit of flabby gut, but it is still very easy to just pull downward on it to take a leak.