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Castelli Sorpasso Wind Bib Tights

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    23 Reviews


    Riding in the frigid north has never been so warm

    Castelli's passion for riding extends through all four seasons, and in Italy, where Castelli was born, that means frigid, bitter winters. Its warmest Bib Tights, the Sorpasso Wind, build upon its reputation of Italian design and quality and the result is a winter tight as comfortable as your favorite summer short.

    With the Sorpasso Wind bib tights, Castelli has taken everything you love about its Sorpasso winter tight, and made it even warmer and ideal for riding in the Great North. The main panels of the Sorpasso consist of variations of Thermoflex fabric at both the upper front, and legs. The Thermoflex Core Due at the front is a two-layer fabric that keeps warmth near your core while wicking moisture away to keep you dry. The Thermoflex Stretch used at the back and lower legs allows maximum flexibility and mobility to pedal and move while riding.

    To create an even warmer tight than the Sorpasso, Castelli cut Windstopper X-Fast panels for the thighs and knees. This is a windproof, four-way stretch with a fleece layer that rests against the skin. It extends the temperature range of the Sorpasso bib tights down to well below freezing. The tights are held in place with Giro++ seamless shoulder straps with a wide Thermoflex back panel — this ensures that cold and wind do not creep in beneath your winter jacket.

    The Sorpasso features Castelli's top-of-the-line Progetto X2 Air seat pad. This is the same pad that is found in its best shorts. The top layer was made from a seamless, four-way stretch, microdenier fabric that moves with your body eliminating chafing. To keep your skin happy, it received an anti-bacterial treatment. This layer was bonded to a multi-density foam pad that provides optimal padding for different areas. Sit bones receive denser perforated pads, while softer padding is placed in sensitive soft tissue areas. Getting in those winter base miles has never been so comfortable.

    Castelli finished the Sorpasso bib tights with its Giro3 ankle grippers. These keep out cold by sealing around shoe covers. The ankles close with camlock zippers so that they stay shut and are trimmed with reflective tape for low-light visibility.

    The Castelli Sorpasso Wind Bib Tights come in sizes Small through XXX-Large in the color Black/white.

    • Item #CST2699

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year
    Recommended Use
    yes, Progetto X2 Air
    [thigh and knee] Windstopper X-Fast 2, [core] Thermoflex Core Due, [back and lower leg] Thermoflex

    Tech Specs

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    There's no such thing as bad weather...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: large

    Just the wrong clothing. I wore a pair @ the cx nationals in hartford @ 28 degrees and it was perfect. So perfect i bought another after that.

    Comfortable and warm, were even smaller

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

    I have so many pieces of Castelli gear and always buy medium and they fit me perfectly. These tights are even tighter around the waste than all of my other Castelli gear. Besides the fit though, These are Very warm. I was almost sweating getting ready for my winter rides, but when outside it was like it wasn't even cold outside and I never suffered once while riding in the Utah cold. The windstopper part on the front is perfect for cold damp rides where you might hit a little mist, and are even good for Fat bike riding in the snow as well.

    If you have any questions about these tights, email me at:

    Excellent winter tight

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    A very comfortable tight with excellent warmth and breathability. I wear it between 15-40F and have no issues with staying warm. I love the front wind protection. Excellent padding and comfortable straps. I think it fits true to size.

    No groin / lower abdomen insulation.

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium

    Great potential but...
    I normally love Castelli, but this is a seriously flawed design. Knee warmth and panel design is excellent, and so is fit from waist down, but as others have commented, there is no attempt to keep your junk or gut warm, in fact the fabric is see-thru there! WTF Castelli! Also, the shoulder straps roll up and cut your shoulder circulation, and there is a 1/2" waist band that digs in too much. My lower abdomen was very cold at 35 degrees. I'm returning these.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Small

    For me, this is warm enough in the 25*F and up range. I'm in CT and it has been a bit warmer, so I haven't tested them when it gets below 20. I have the sorpasso tights as well, and these are definitely warmer. The wind protection has been nice for the blustery cold fronts. So far, these are as warm as the pearl izumi elite amfib bib tights, but the castellis fit so nicely. I wear a small in all castelli wear, and these fit fine.

    I'm 5'6 and 140lbs. My legs are considered muscular as well as my calves.

    Excellent for terrible weather.

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This is a great winter tight, but it is best for full winter days with cold temps, wind, and/or rain. The wind blocking fabric also blocks a little breathability, but it's a fair trade for how warm the tights are. They are not as stretchy, and may take some wiggling to get them to fit, but once on they conform to the riding position well.

    Warm legs in cool temps

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

    These are high quality bibs. The thigh portion is snug and warm. The private area not so much. When you stand to pedal you'll feel the cold in the crotch. Overall it's a great product.

    Great value, superb construction

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought a pair of these bibs last fall and rode them comfortably and extensively this last winter in temps down to the mid 20s. Below that, they are no longer sufficient and I then used my Assos. These Castelli bibs fit small: I am 5'10", weigh 145 lbs with a 30" waist and the Medium size fits me perfectly. The wind-breaking fabric really cuts the wind out and will even repel some water. The zippers at the bottom of the legs are sturdy and solid. The chamois is comfortable for very long ride and keeps a man's genitalia where everything should be. I liked these bibs so much that I bought a second pair a week ago.

    Not a fan...

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

    I personally dislike the fit. The windstopper coverage leaves a bit to be desired as well if we're talking about a winter cycling tight. As far as fit/sizing goes... typical Castelli. Size up!

    I would recommend the Gore Bike Wear Xenon series for those really looking to ride. Far more comfy, significantly warmer. Overall, it's a better quality product. Castelli has been letting me down as of late.


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

    I thought these were good based on all the reviews but they just don't cut it for me. The wind stopper fabric works and it works very well. It is nicely placed around the thigh and knee area.

    However, the lack of wind protection around the crotch is quite the disappointment. The wind seems to just pass through the fabric at this part of the bib. On my ride with these it literally felt like my members were exposed. A bit of a shame really. I'll probably see if CC will allow me to return them.

    I agree about the crotch are. They are still great bibs though. The lack of the windstopper in the crotch just limits the low temperature. I am trying to find the castelli Polare 2 which is full windstopper in the front. This would compliment the sorpasso. Competitive cyclist needs to talk to castelli and get the Polare 2 in stock.

    Guys, I do have a set of the Soprasso Wind Bibs and have noticed this as a weak spot as well. However, my other winter bibs are the Capo Padrone Roubaix bib tights. I can promise you that this issue is adquately addressed with the Capo bibs. Simply put, the best bibs on the market based upon quality, fit and finish, technical nature of the bibs. and warmth/performance. You may want to give those a try to see if it solves your problem.

    Nice Set of Tights

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Wanted a second pair of tights to complement my Capo Padrone Rubaix bib tights, which are absolutely awesome. Love Capo, but they have a limited kit. Also wear Castelli alot, and have the Gabba which I LOVE and the Espresso Due Jacket which I also LOVE, so wanted to add a pair of tights. Really nice. However, not nearly as warm as the Capos. Limit on these is around 28 degrees. Extra protection on thighs, knees and shins which help with the cold. Don't love the strap material though and would love a zipper with a higher bib like the Capos. The other thing is I tend to go with Large in Castelli, and these are a bit long. It's okay, but could be a bit shorter. I'm 5'8" and they'd definitely fit someone 5'10". Highly recommend

    great pants

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

    I wanted to write a quick review of these pants. There are several panels to the pants with some being thicker than others. The thickest windstopper panels are on the front of the pant legs which makes sense as this is where you get the most wind when riding. Around the croch area there is a lighter fabric and this was done as this is the area that gets the most movement in the pants when you are peddling. The tradeoff is that the croch area tends to get a bit cold when it drops close to freezing. One may consider wearing a pair of underarmor boxer briefs under these pants to give a bit more warmth in the croch. I have also seen that gore has a pair of windstopper boxer briefs that would probably be great with these pants in cold weather. Other than that suggestion, these pants are awesome.

    For fit purposes, I am 6'1", 190# and the XXL fit me great.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These tights absolutely rule. They slay any cold weather...period. The fit is second to none, and the chamois is absolutely sublime. My best piece of gear/purchase to date. These things are just amazing. 5'10", 32' inseam and the Large fits like an absolute glove. I'm waiting just a bit longer for more of a markdown because I'll probably buy 2 more. Well worth the $.

    Excellent cold weather tights

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Between about 25F and 45F, these are The Bomb. Above 45F, I wear my Velocissimo bib tights. Below 25F, other bits get cold first. I've found the excellent wicking is needed, even in the chillies. No hot spots, no cold spots, just good temperature control, and good wind blocking.

    Typical desk-jocket physique: 6'1", 185 lbs, the XL fits perfectly.

    Great winter tights!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Got these for my go-to winter riding tights for temps between 35-50. I was able to put these to the test during my first ride where it started off at 35 degrees, then started to snow, then the sun came out and it warmed up to 50 degrees. I even did a decent 5 mile climb when ti was 50 degrees and sunny. These tights were warm enough in the snow and I was certain I was going to burn up when the sun came out and it the temperature increased. However, I found these tights breathed extremely well during my climb in 50 degree temps. I would probably opt for knickers or leg warmers instead if I started my ride out when it was 50, but what impressed me about these tights was their use in a dynamic range of temps. I like the windstopper for additional warmth over the Sorpasso tights. I'm 6'3" and 195 with a 34 inch waist and the XL fits perfectly. Great craftsmanship and the chamois is on of my favorites. Well done Castelli!

    Nice Bib Tights For a Wide Temp. Range

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these tights to fill in that 40-50 degree range when there is also the addition of strong winds. I have a couple pairs of Polare Tights that are too warm for anything but the coldest days. I also have Several pairs of Castelli knickers that work well into the 49-50 degree range. The Sorpasso Wind Bib Tights really do a great job keeping you comfortable on those days that might start in the 30's but warm up into the low 50's. I wore them on a day that got to 56 degrees and at that point, they were beginning to feel like they were too warm. Fit is good and the Progetto X2 Air is very comfortable. With these bibs paired with my Mortirollo Due jacket, I can ride comfortably for hours.

    Nice Improvement

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Castelli clothing has become my new addition and the wind tights fulfilled all expectations. I tend to run a little warm so finding the right combination can be difficult. For that reason, the wind tights I will reserve for under freezing temps and use my non-wind Sorpasso for warmer temps in the 30 to 45 range. The difference is noticeable. On a recent 23* day, I could feel the warmth of my legs as I warmed up, a sensation which didn't leave me for the entire two hours on the bike. Casstelli claims this is the limit for these tights but I plan on depending on these for temps down to the teens. The fit is typical Castelli, snug. The X2 chamois is my only preference for cycling as I have taken more expensive shorts and tights and placed them in storage and said "Good By" to near constant saddle sores. Now the looks, well, you just sort of make a statement when you wear Castelli, bold but not billboard-ish, team kit look. If the quality is as good as other Sorpasso tights, which I would expect they are, than I can expect years of use before they show any wear, as has been my experience.

    How is the water protection on this one?

    How is the water protection on this one?

    Best Answer

    Hi Lam,

    Checked the Castelli site to get more info about this particular bib: they make no claim for them being water-proof, or even H2O resistant. Some light melting snow will probably be no big issue...but not prolong riding in freezing drizzle.

    Best temp rang (per Castelli) for this bib is 25-46 F, with excellent wind stopping advantage.

    Their warmest winter bib is their *Polare Due bib with a riding temp range of 18-25 F. But again, these are not touted as being water proof/resistant, either.

    They do have a water-proof/water resistant bib line up called: "*Nanoflex..."

    *Nanoflex is their version of Gore's Gore Tex fabric. Look for their bib with Nanoflex in it's name, as they have a few different selections to choose from. The only trade off is they aren't quite as warm as these.

    Gore has some weather-beater water resistant/proof products (as does PI)...but of course, that's a whole different class of product/fit.

    Hope this Helps

    Another option for both warmth & added rain/wet protection might be using the *Polare Due & wearing Gore's Alp-X GT rain pants over top for total rain/slush protection (they have a great super light weight rain/wind jacket, too...ALP-X 2.0 GT). If you do try these pants, make sure you purchase a good leg band to keep the bottom pants leg out of the chain, as they are somewhat baggy from the knee down. They are very light weight and pretty packable (if you use a pack). I like a leg band made by might have to special order from your local bike shop...$11.00, but worth it (I'll post a pic on the Gore GT pants page, as all who purchase these pants should deff. have this band!).

    Happy Trails!