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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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2 5

Way Too Small!!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Very disappointing. I'm 5'11" and 190lbs. I ordered the XXL which appeared a little large based on the size chart. Other reviews said to go up a size, so XXL looked right. Not only were they 3" too small around the waist, they were at least 3" too short in height. I returned them and will probably go with some Louis Garneau tights. Have never had much luck with Castelli clothing.

4 5

so tight.

173Cm, 75Kg "L"Size is so tight.
I'm Asian. but good quality.

2 5

UNSEAMLY?

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Hi all! I tried on three of these, and finally decided against them. Reasons: size, straps, and seams. While the tights look terrific, especially in black/red or black/yellow, they are made in China, and are sized to Chinese sizing! I normally take a L and, occasionally, XL; with these, the XXL is very snug (I am 6'2", 185). Furthermore, the seams, particularly along the torso, at the transition to the upper strap structure, are not sufficiently flexible in structure and/or materials, to eliminate the possibility of tearing seams. I doubt if these would hold up more than one season. And the straps are a nice material; but they will not lie flat. I was really sorry these did not work out, as they really look great!

4 5

Sleek looking, nice fell, but SIZE UP!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Several other posters have commented on the tight fit of these tights. I'll join the chorus and emphasize that you size up. I typically wear L summer weight bib shorts from a variety of manufacturers so I tried the L and XL versions. I was barely able to squeeze into the L, but it was pretty tight and uncomfortable. The XL is a better fit for me. I have an athletic/bulky body type. I'm pretty barrel chested and measure up at 5'9" and 188lbs.

I've only tried these on, but will be sure to update my post with additional thoughts once I've used them.

I will second what doctorspreadhseet says about putting them on...make sure you go slow and get the lower leg/knee in place before lifting up the bib/straps. It'll make getting the tights on easier and it won't pull/strain the straps.

5 5

Italian Jammies

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are like pajamas. 180lbs & 6'1" the XL is a perfectly snug fit. Pushing these any lower than 30 degrees is asking for a chilled satchel... at that point it is time to try the WS version (awesome) or some Polares. I can understand how some consumers may find the Progetto x2 pad to be bulky, but it is a trade-off for the comfortable ride. They look as amazing as they feel. Being able to see your own breath and still have warm legs is lovely. I have had no problems with any stitching, I think it is important to get the knee sections (red piped fabric) up before you pull them all the way up. This just prevents the seams from being stressed. The shoulder straps are "invisible". Take your time with a thumb, sliding it underneath each strap evenly to prevent a coiled up mess.

Everyone should own a few pairs of these for winter riding/commuting. Catch some road in some stylish Italian PJs... you will love them.

Italian Jammies
4 5

Initial impressions

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used only a couple of times so far.... I'm 6'-1", 195 lbs, XXL fits well. Worn on cool overcast days, but not cold weather, was comfortable and did not feel like over-heating. Should be fine for colder rides. I find the quality average as some of the stitching was already coming loose. The chamois is ok although it seems to be positioned a little too far forward in the tights... I feel like I'm sitting off of the back of it on the bike and that there is way too much room and bulk in the front area. Decent value at the sale price I paid, wouldn't pay full price for them.

Responded on

I totally agree with Andreas review. The chamois is placed to far forward. Feels like their on backwards.

4 5

Comfortable tights but stitching?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These definitely fit tight. I'm 155 lbs with 32" waist so comfortably Med, but these are quite snug. Putting them on the first time I heard ripping - the bit of red piping across the belly ripped. I carefully hand stitched it and now they fit better...plus now I can stretch the front enough for a pee break.

Aside from that questionable bit of front piping, they are great! Chamois is comfortable and the tights have a great temp range. I've worn them from just above freezing to mid 60's comfortably!

4 5

I love this product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 5"10 180 and I went with the XL (they were on sale). They fit well if not a tad long but I am very happy and just a little loose (room for a thin base layer when it is extra cold). These are my first pair of quality "winter" bibs and I extremely pleased with them. I use them from -12 - +6. I am now 100% comfortable in Canada's Nov, late Feb, Mar etc.

2 5

Dissenting vote. Not their best.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

6' 186 lbs, size XL in these. I wanted to like these but they defied my attempts. I found oddly, that with the correct size - firm compression everywhere, the legs were slightly too short and also too big around at the ankle. No stirrup either. This is a bad combination as it feels way weird and guarantees they'll ride up. The cuff around the very bottom is this cheap flimsy material which I can't describe except to say "rubbery" and it isn't like the rest of the leg fabric at all. The tights look sharp but the Castelli Logo is just ironed-on vinyl letters which as we all know will come off one at a time and fairly soon your thigh look like the Wheel of Fortune board. I don't care about the logo and based on the nice fabric, I actually returned these for the knicker version. I reasoned that would solve the ankle issue as I suspect these were designed as knickers to begin with and simply duplicated in the long version with no thought going into it. I was liking the knickers but I found a stitching defect and those were last pair in my size. The shoulder straps don't impress me - same space material as the leg cuff but likely to work. The fabric itself is very nice and makes me wish they put more thought into these things.

I am 5-11 and 150lbs, size recommendatio...

I am 5-11 and 150lbs, size recommendation?

Best Answer Responded on

You have about 2 inches and about 5-10 lbs on me and I would probably be maxing out the small. Depending on how you carry your weight the Medium would probably best fit you.

5 5

Progetto X2 pad is the very best!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these bib tights! Great fit, comfortable to ride for hours. So good if you ride long distances as the chamois (pad) is Castelli's premium pad. I'm 5'7' at 165 lbs. 34 waist and wear a large in these as Castelli runs small so size up.

Responded on

I'm similar to your size, and usually buy Large in Castelli clothing. How are the leg lengths of these for you? Good or too long?

5 5

Works and Look Great

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These tights are very comfortable once you get them on; very form fitting. I own two pair and just ordered a third. Luckily I purchased the first pair at a bike shop because they told me they were going one size up. I usually wear a XL but they said I should go XXL due to the Castelli's are one size down from what is advertised. I first tried them on at the bike shop. It was a task getting them on the first time. It was like that commercial on TV of some women getting into skinny jeans. I did hear a stitch or two pop. However once I got them on they were very comfortable. I just received the 2nd pair from Competitive Cyclist and there was no stitch popping. They feel really great once you get them on. Just remember to look at the sizing chart very closely because most likely you will have to go one size up.

5 5

Simply Amazing

I was going to purchase a pair of cold weather tights and just throw them on under my shorts but I decided to go with a full tight set up - bibs and all. These bibs have fit the bill perfectly. The tights don't restrict my motion at all. They are quite warm and have a soft lining on the inside which hasn't chafed me yet. They're the perfect weight for Seattle's winter weather (~low-high 40s). Additionally, I have yet to try a chamois better than Castelli's Progetto X2 Air (although I haven't tried an Assos chamois yet). I have a very bony butt and need a really good chamois in my bibs/tights. This chamois stays in place and holds well on the seat and on your butt. The only thing I would change about these is that I wish they had the little foot-wrap to help keep the tights down. They do ride up like half an inch or so when riding, but its really not much. Overall: these seemed a little pricey to me first.. but they are well worth the money!

PS: Castelli has a European fit. As a general rule, go up one size from your regular size!

5 5

Great Cold Weather Bibs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I'm into my second cold weather season with these tights, and they are the foundation for my cold weather riding. First of all a comment on the size, I'm 5'9", 145 - 150 pounds, and 32.5 inches in the waist. In general, I wear size L Castelli's, but in this case the mediums are a perfect fit. As JDHP437112 said, these are like a skin suit so don't get them if you don't want that effect and feel. I've worn them down to 28 degrees, at which point I felt the cold but was not affected by it, through the 30's where they excel, and into the mid-40's where I still don't feel overheated by them. I love the straps - the smooth lycra is comfortable, and has plenty of flex to move when I do. It can feel a little tight when I first put them on, but once I get into riding position I don't notice them at all.

So far these have been very durable. All my bike clothing goes through a delicate cycle with a little detergent, then hangs to dry, and these still look new as they move into season 2.

And best of all, my wife likes how I look in them, although maybe that's not the bibs.... :-)

3 5

Great if you want to advertise for Caste

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Caveat, I only tried these on, so take this review for what you will. I ordered XL, I am 6'4 with a 34 in waist, these were way too tight in the shoulder straps, so I sent them back. Several things that struck me about them: they have knee vents. I dont know about you, but I have never said to myself when its 30 degrees out "damn I wish my knees were cooler, there is so much sweat down there I have to pull over." Second, the branding. I guess that is Castelli's thing, but I'm not sponsored by Castelli, so I feel like I should get something for advertising their brand while riding my bike. There are logos everywhere, not to mention the red beneath the black. If advertising what cycling gear you wear is your thing, these are the tights for you.

I'm going with more simplistic and functional on the next go-round.

5 5


Really warm and flexible

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pair of bibs are perfect! It is made really well. You need to order one size up. I'm usually a Large, I weight 174lbs, 6"0 and ordered an XL, fits me perfect, zipper stay zipped, it is really warm and it does not make you sweat, I've used it in 21F to about 44F, then it gets to warm, but under those temperatures it has kept me warm, and the bibs are so flexible it is easy to pedal without being constrictive, you almost do not feel the bibs.
I've put them in the washing machine, under delicates, not too much detergent and washed them about 10 times, everything looks brand new.

4 5

Awesome Quality - runs rather small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Received the item very quickly! Great shipping. I am 5' 11", 172lbs., 31" waist and 41" chest.. item ordered was a Large, however the waist is very tight as was the chest.. exchanging for XL. Item quality, construction look and feel is really great and I am looking forward to getting the right size!!!

4 5

Love them. Really warm.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift

I bought these for my husband. He likes them a lot. They keep him warm. No complaints.

3 5

Seam came loose

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

So after buying the bib tight, i try it on a 40 mile ride. overall the material keeps me warm. However, i do find that the size of the bib should be marked one size up. I am 5'11 and size M should be size S. After few more rides and machine wash, the seam on the right side where the white strip of fabric came little bit loose. I think it is because of the constant stretching. However, when you pay this amount of money, you should expect this last forever without any damage. I am please with the overall quality of the tight, just wish it is better constructed with one piece material. it keeps you warm for sure.

Responded on

curious...What country are they made in?

Responded on

Rule of thumb when buying Castelli - always go one size up from your "regular".

5 5

Cozy!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just right for a Seattle winter. It is all about the pad.