Gonna make you some tights you can't refuse.
The Capo Padrone Bib Tights. First off, yes, "padrone" can mean "godfather," but do yourself a favor and clear from your mind the image of Marlon Brando wearing a baby bib and spandex leggings … OK, ready to focus? Good, because these Capo Padrone Bib Tights are a completely, entirely different type of "bib" and "tights" that are well worth your consideration this winter.
To place the Padrone Roubaix bib tights 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 tights. 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 tights. 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 tights, 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 nullified if the fit is out of order. That's why the Padrone bib tights' fit is nothing short of impeccable. Using a multi-panel, contoured design, the tights 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 reason. 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 Tights are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. For maximum usage, Capo suggests wearing the Padrone bib tights between the temperatures of 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Item #CAP001E
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
I usually do not write reviews but this product is worth commenting about. I chose the Capo over Castelli because they were on sale, and I know Capo makes quality products. I have worn these bibs from temps ranging from low 50's to mid 30s with excellent breath ability and warmth. Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised how warm they were at 35 degrees. The wind blocker fabric is superb! The pad is okay, not has comfortable as my castelli sorpresso in my bib shorts, but rode 50 miles in them once with no problem.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I have a lot of Capo gear (bib shorts, jerseys, gloves, socks, etc) and am very pleased with all of it. I find the stitching and seams of higher quality than my Castelli products. As my Castelli Sorpasso Bibs chamois came apart after only a few rides I found these on sale and snatched them up. I am pleased with the look, warmth and quality of manufacturing but after two rides won't be wearing these anymore. When riding, the material bunches on the lateral aspect of my knees and rubs the skin raw... only rode 20mi yesterday and it feels like a bad rug burn on the lateral aspect of my knees. Unfortunately, I waited too long to try them to return them so now I am stuck with them .
I really want to love it!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This pair of bib tights is almost perfect in every way from material, design and the look. It does a good job protecting from freezing cold weather and looks good,too. However, there is one problem and it has turned out to be the major problem is the seams throughout the garment, they are not flat seam, especially the seam around the edge of carbon chamois, it's not flat and the edge of carbon chamois is thick and sharp so it chafed my skin pretty bad when wearing directly to skin (you know what I mean ,-} ). The only way I can rid of this chafing problem is to wear a brief long enough to cover the edge of chamois. Hope Capo is aware of this and correct this design flaw.
The best bib tights on the market,PERIOD
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
There isn't a better bib tight out there. I wear these from 59 down to the low 20s. I mix and match long sleeve, and thermal jerseys, base layers, wind vests and jackets, but I wear the tights over this large temperature range. They are totally warm in the cold weather but breath SO well that they're still comfortable in high 50s. The quality is unequalled. I also have a set of Castelli Soprasso Wind bibs and these are substantially better than those, which says ALOT!! HIGHLY recommend!!!!