As knickers go, timeless.
If Capo's Padrone bib shorts are some of our favorites of all time — and they are — it makes sense that the Capo Padrone Bib Knickers would be, too, given their very similar construction, fit, and of course, legendary Capo quality.
To place the Padrone Roubaix bib knickers near the top of its warming bottoms, Capo had to use two specific fabrics, Thermo Roubaix and WindTex Dream. In the design, WindTex Dream acts as a membrane to the body construction of Thermo Roubaix, and the reason is obvious. With a warp-knit construction, the material has a natural stretch. Within the knit, the threads follow a zig-zag pattern along the length of the knickers. This allows more surface area coverage while using less material, equating directly to an airy, lightweight construction. Thermo Roubaix's open weave also accelerates moisture transfer from the skin to the quick-drying surface of the knickers, however, 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.
WindTex Dream also contributes to the warming sensation of the Padrone bib knickers, but its main task is to block the wind and rain. Featuring a triple-layer composition, the membrane is both wind- and water-resistant. Additionally, the membrane is extremely breathable, so you can check off all of the boxes on your wish list — breathability, warmth, and dryness. And while top-end fabrics are terrific, their use is null if the fit is out of order. That's why the Padrone bib knickers' fit is nothing short of impeccable. Using a multi-panel, contoured design, the knickers follow the shape of your body, while following its movements in and out of the saddle. The uppers have been cut wide for ample surface coverage, and the cut of the stomach has been heightened for the same reasoning. And knowing that this design could make entry and exit a tad problematic, Capo installed a zipper over the stomach.
For the chamois, Capo went with the illustrious 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 Roubaix Bib Knickers are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. For maximum usage, Capo suggests wearing the Padrone knickers between the temperatures of 35 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
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- Q & A
What is in a name?
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I was under the assumption that CAPO offered a quality product. I put these knickers through the wringer last season. I have since forgotten about them until i recently put them on this fall.
The chamois is of poor quality. It chafes something awful (even after a health application of chamois cream). The chamois stitching has started to unravel, and the outside material has many holes.
Another thing that bothers me. The material/seam on the back of the knee will rub you until you are raw. I have two scars from the previous season. It does abate the irritation if you use chamois cream on the back of your knee. But that is a crap solution.
Do not buy. Opt for something of higher quality.
Good idea, bad design.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bought these 'cause I liked the idea of windproof knickers. Knickers are my favorite piece of cycling apparel.
I am a huge fan of the Capo pad. I have Pursuit knickers. Had Padrone Bib tights. (For some reason I don't see my review), and the Pursuit Bib shorts.
The biggest problem is the length. A proper kicker MUST be long enough to go over your calf muscle completely. This keeps your calf muscle warm and supported, and keeps the knicker from riding up. The second problem is the WinTex fabric is not very stretchy. It doesn't conform to you like the rest of the fabrics do. The knicker ends up bunched up just under my knee cap. Not very comfortable and completely ridiculous to have a $230.00 pair of tights make you look like a "Fred" on the group ride.
A buddy of mine told me he got a pair. He shows up to the Club ride in them, and sure enough...all bunched up around his knees. No joke!
The Pursuits are too short as well, but I have better luck getting them to stay down. Probably because there's no WinTex.
It's a complete shame though, because the pad is the best I've used including my Assos Mille, S5 Unos, and Sportful Total Comfort bibs and on and on, and the fabrics are excellent as well.
If you want the perfect knicker, Exto Ondo makes a much better fitting pair, however the chamois, while very good, isn't quite on the same level.
This pad looks like the Castelli KISS pad, how would you compare it?
In my opinion, it is much better than the KISS pad, which I don't like. The Capo pad is larger and more dense. Doesn't feel lumpy to me like the Castelli pad either.