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Imagine being able to ride in cold weather with clothing that emulated all the best features of your summer-weight kit: bibs that didn't restrict breathing, a chamois as good as the one in your best shorts, and lightweight materials that didn't feel bulky or restrictive. The Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa line of products, and as a result, they get the Italian manufacturer's very best treatment in materials, design, and fit.
The Sorpasso Bib Tights begin with Castelli's top-of-the-line Progetto X2 pad, the same pad found in their best shorts. The top layer that contacts your skin is a made from a seamless, four-way stretch microdenier fabric designed to move in harmony with your body and eliminate the chafing that can come with materials with too little stretch. It receives an antibacterial treatment and is bonded to a variable thickness pad made from multiple density foams; the result is a smoothly contoured pad that places the firmest foam where support is most needed. Perforated inserts help to relieve pressure on the sit bones and perineum -- just where riders experience the greatest pressure.
The front of the tights are cut from Thermoflex Core Due to keep the wind out. This two-layer material traps air in a hollow-core layer of polyester while moisture is transported to the outer nylon/Lycra layer where it can evaporate. A simpler fabric, Thermoflex, is used for the portions of the tights not exposed to the wind for greater breathability. Giro++ grippers keep both the bib straps and ankles in place. It's rare to find bibtights that are this light and this warm.
Like the bibs in the Rosso Corsa line, the waist of the Sorpasso Bib Tights is cut very low to eliminate restrictions on breathing caused by pressure on the belly.
The Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are Black/white and are available in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large.
- Hollow core fibers trap warm air and move moisture better than traditional fibers
- Progetto X2 chamois keeps your nether regions comfortable on long rides
- Ankle zippers make the early-morning dressing routine a little easier
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These bibs arrived with great anticipation and expectations, but lived up to neither. The first pair had a pen tip sized hole on the bottom left leg near the zipper. Also, as I very carefully put the medium size (I'm 5'8", 165lbs.) on, I heard a ripping sound. Initially ignoring the sound, I went out for a ride and noticed the leg zippers refused to stay closed; they constantly migrated up. After the ride I inspected the bibs to see if I could find evidence from the ripping sound. Upon inspection, the stitching had begun to come apart at the seams along the waist.
BackCountry sent another pair. I took these out of the bag and didn't even wear them: the leg lengths were slightly different, and the emblems were already flaking off. I had the same problem with the third pair that was sent.
Despite my problems with this product, Backcountry showed exemplary customer service, shipping the replacements and ultimately issuing the credits when the products were returned.
I replaced these with De Marchi winter bibs, and they have been superlative. Not only are they designed in Italy, but made there also. The difference in quality is vast. It's a shame Castelli doesn't seem to have gotten a hold of quality control in the countries where they're having their products made.
I ordered this due to the many great reviews. I wanted it for those in between temps this spring. Not 10 mintues after I placed the order for these Chainlove had the Castelli Ergo big tights for like $56. Plain Jane item but great reviews so I pulled the plug and decided to compare them to the much pricery Sorpasso. They arrived the same day and without riding them I can say the Sorpasso seems to be made of ever so slighty denser material up front. So I would expect it to be slightly warmer...possibly down into the 30s. The insert is also nice but the problem is there is around a $70 difference between the two items. The Ergo also is not a walking Castelli billboard which I like and at 52 years I only ride on the weekends during the cooler months so bibs are a low use item. Conclusion. Return the Sorpasso and keep the Ergo. When was in my 20s and not flyihng a desk 9-5 I would have kep't the Sorpasso's. I think they would be an awsome tight from 35 to 50F. As for fit on both the L did the trick. 6'0" 160 lbs 30 inch waist.
I ride in temps down to about 40 degrees and usually used leg warmers. My Castelli (Duran) leg warmers are a slight bit warmer than these tights, but these are way more comfortable- no upper thigh cuff squeeze- so I use these almost exclusively now. Plus, as the day warms up, they are middle-of-the-road enough in warmth to have a broad comfort range. I have grown to like thin chamois, and this is a good thin one. Two thumbs up.
I didn't have the sizing issues described by many others. I'm 5'8", 155 lbs, 31" waist, 31" inseam, athletic build. More a crossfit guy than a biker. Read reviews and bought a Large, but it fit sloppy. Bought Medium and it fits great- snug but not tight. Length perfect. Only issues is with the straps, that feel a little short (I have to yard the bids up really well when I put them on, not uncomfortably, just deliberately) and they don't want to lay flat (want to roll), plus sometimes when taking off the bib the stretching makes disconcerting little ripping sounds down around the front strap anchor area, although in 20 rides I've seen no indication that anything is coming apart. On the bike, no issues with the straps- they disappear, just as one would hope.
Overall, love them. Just bought a second pair so I will never be caught without a pair because it's in the wash.
I don't really know if it gets better than this as far as bib tights go. I'm 6'1", 185 with a 32" waist and a 32.75" inseam and L fits awesomely. If you have longer legs, it may be worth your while to size up, but they work for my relatively short legs.
The material is soft, breathable, and warm enough to deal with late fall riding in Minneapolis. The chamois is probably the best one I've ever tried--now that I've ridden this, I'm a bit bummed that I don't have any Castelli bibs for the summer.
My one qualm with these is the transition of the interior brushed fabric from black to red. The effect is very cool around the knees; not so much around the crotch. If things move around in a certain way, you end up with your dong outlined nicely in red. It's not really an issue unless you forget about it and start walking around, although this feature could be a plus to the Mario Cipollini's of the world.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Based on other reviews, I initially ordered the xl, but it was too big and very long. I went with the L, which fits fine. It seems last year's model was on the short side among the reviews I read, but that doesn't seem to be the case any more. If anything, they are a bit on the long side, but the fit is still fine. I'm 165lbs and 5'9.5".
The tights are very comfortable and fairly warm for temperatures above freezing. Where I live on the NW coast, if it drops below freezing (rare), it usually ices up too much for me to bother riding, so I don't know about sub-freezing suitability of this tight. It's very comfortable on long rides, to the point that you don't notice it. The pad is top-notch, and the garment seems pretty well put together, although not as refined as some other stuff I've seen, like Giordana's. No real concerns, however.
The front of the bib is higher than most bibs, so pee stops are a wee (don't mind the pun) bit more of a challenge than normal, but still possible. I assume this is for warmth. In all, I would get this again, but like anything, wait for a good price. Chainlove had it for $100.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
these do not have windproof fabric; if you use them at around or below 40 your knees will begin to snap off. returning them for some polares.
they are also very tight. 5'8" 150 lbs and they were pressing in on me in the belly region (31.5" waist) and overly constricting in other, ahem, important areas.
other than that the quality of the garment is great. interesting fabrics, lightweight, and form-fitting. just don't buy it thinking you can use it in a New York winter.
I'd been looking for a pair of bib tights for a while and decided to pull the trigger on these. Glad I did! As most people know that Castelli gear runs small, I opted or the XL due to my height (6' 5") but was worried they'd still be a tick short on the leg as I have a 35-ish inseam. I was right, but that's the story of my life. The rest of the fit is awesome though. I'd say a 6' 3"-ish guy would have the bottom come right to the ankle. My quads/calves are fit, but not huge. They still felt snug and comfy with room to go for yall out there with bigger legs.
As far as the quality of construction, it's not my Assos stuff, but darn close being the Rosso Corsa line. The chamois is awesome and the stitching around the edge is smooth and unobtrusive. Definitely nicer than the KISS chamois in their standard bib. The overall material is thin and flexible, but semi-fleece like on the inside. It gives a thicker feel without a lot of added weight/heft. I'm telling ya... these + a pair of long socks and full shoe covers and you can run all day long in the 30's with zero discomfort.
The white accents seem to be a bit reflective (good for safety) + there is a reflective line that runs along the edge of the ankle zipper on the back that is very reflective. The inside of the "hem" area at the end of legs is rubber coated as well, so it grabs your legs a bit... which I personally like. The Rosso Corsa logo is stitched so it's more solid and will most likely last much longer than the standard Castelli "iron on" logo. Speaking of those, there are two of them on the back that you can't see here... one on each of the calves. Looks cool. There is also a rubber Italian flag stitched on the lumbar region of the back which is a nice touch.
The only thing that could be considered a con is the thickness of the shoulder straps. They could be a little more "sturdy". Not for riding, but for the washing machine time and time again. I wash my gear separately from other regular clothes so I think they'll be fine, but that's my only semi-negative comment on the overall quality of construction.
I got these on Black Friday and only paid $99 so I am totally stoked, BUT I do still think they are worth more than that and I think they're worth the higher/regular price. I gave it 4 stars because they're too short MY legs!!! B)
First of all I love the fabric and fit of these bibs. I stay warm even when it' cold and wet. I'm even okay with the red insulating fabric that gets the occasional comment.
What I don't like is that the zipper at the ankle came undone after wearing the bibs only a few times. This is unnaceptable at a bib costing this much. Now I have to find a tailor to sew in a new zipper. Maybe get them both replaced ):
I live in Australia so winters are not as cold here as other places in the world but when it hits 1 - 10 Deg. C (34 - 50 Deg. F) these are the bib tight of choice for me. Snug fit compared to the same size Pearl Izumi but comfortable and cosy while built to move freely so you can focus on the ride. Love the panels through the knee joint section of the legs which removes that common bulk in other tights and of course the famous Castelli build quality is there. Oh and I have worn these in temperatures up to 15 Deg. C (59 Deg F.) for the shorter rides under 30 kms (18 miles).
This bib tight has been very comfortable during 13 to 18 degree days. They breath very well and look great. Hopefully the next model does away with the red under padding at knee and crotch area as you can see shades of red around these areas when stretched. Should all be just black.
Reviews all sound great on design and performance, plus I like the look - however 6' 2" and reasonably proportioned 200 lbs....sounds like I need to go 3XL for length alone!!! Anyone got intel on this dimension??
Length will probably be an issue regardless of size. But yes, the 3XL is probably your best bet.
I was a little apprehensive about the sizing at first, after reading some of the reviews. I'm 5'9" and 164lbs with a 31" inseam and went with the XL. I'm happy to say the fit is perfect, including the length. I'm very happy with these, both in size and overall quality. The pictures don't do justice to the overall quality of the bib. No regrets at all.
These are really comfy bibs! Very comfy straps, nice pad. I do have a couple of suggested modifications:
1) fit is really snug, even in the Medium. I ride Castelli team clothing and am a typical lean Cat 1, and their stuff always fits in a medium well for me. Even with a 29-inch waist, the Sorpassos run smaller than most Castelli stuff. Legs are tight if you have sprinter's legs, probably OK if you are built like a typical GC guy. Size up accordingly. I can wear the Medium, but it is borderline, and the large would probably be just fine. Since I wear Medium in about 10 other pieces from Castelli, this is a little annoying. They need to stick to their game-plan with regards to sizing. My Fondo bibs, also in a medium, fit a good size larger in comparison; they are a true medium, these are close to a small.
2) the weave of these bibs is supposed to be tighter and lighter than normal bibs. It would be cool (actually warmer) if they made the bibs a little heavier weight. They are not quite true winter bibs: under the high 30's, your legs are going to get cold; they run cooler than my Giordana and Pearl stuff. I know they make the Polare for a cooler bib, but it has windstopper material that doesn't stretch and fit as well as these do. It would be nice if they beefed up the Sorpasso for real winter conditions (say warm enough down to high 20's) as they have plenty of other bibs (like the Fondo) that are also in this temp range. Because of this, the knickers may be a better bet. I usually only run bibs when the temps are going to be sub 40 for the entire ride; you can run tall socks with knickers and get good coverage, then pull them down if it heats up later in the day.
As far as performance goes, and comfort, these are first rate. Just watch the sizing and keep in mind they aren't toasty warm.
Top flight bib tight. 6 ft 185 and the XL works, but form fitting nonetheless. Real nice construction. Clever design. Rock on with these. Great full chamois.
These are my first pair of Castelli bib tights. I have a pair of knickers that I love, and the bib tights are even better because of the pad. The Progetto X2 chamois kicks butt! lol Better than their KISS pad, and on par with my high-end Assos pad. I just wish I could get a pair of bib shorts with this pad at a reasonable price AND leg grippers. :-) Overall, I would buy another of these if I needed more...
These bib shorts are awesome, only one thing would be make the Insanely Awesome, but I'll get to that. The inside is fluffy and stays dry and warm. I've not ridden them in the freezing temperatures yet, but have ridden in the low 40's and they were perfect. They fit my 6-4, 185 frame great (size XXL), no baggy areas, and no chaffing after 100 miles. The fit almost like comfortable pajamas. My only gripe is that straps are pretty wimpy and you need to strip off all your layers to relieve yourself. If you try and stretch the fronts down, you can hear tearing sounds, so not recommended. Putting in a small zipper would make these 5 Star (heck, even 6 stars!)