For winter's warmer days.
Whether you'd like to debate the reality or fallacy of climate change, there isn't a lot of room to argue that winters haven't slowly but surely been on their way to becoming unseasonably warm. In a matter of years, some of our favorite burly winter layers have become obsolete when Old Man Winter just isn't dealing the same big blizzardy blows to us that he used to. Castelli brings to the table the new LW Bib tight as the right option for cool conditions when winter isn't harsh enough to justify breaking out your burly soft-shell paneled tights, but you still need supportive warmth that takes the chill off of your skin.
Sometimes you have to pick and choose between warmth and support, but Castelli starts this bib with the tried and true Progetto X2 Air chamois to support you from the bottom up. Multi-density foam is layered with 4-way stretch seamless fabric to create a supportive base, and variable thickness with perforated inserts to set you up for hours in the saddle. With ample sit bone support, the chamois offers you the relief you need for hours in the saddle, and excellent moisture transport to wick away sweat ensuring dry comfort on long rides.
With elements on the Castelli Omloop bib short, the upper portion sees offset seams on shoulders for reduced chaffing, a mesh back panel for breathability, and wide, flexible straps to disperse the pressure. The mesh back panel is ideal for keeping you comfortable, since it enables you to regulate your temperature by opting for appropriate base layers, rather than being forced to roll with heavy insulation when you don't need it. Moving down from the top, we're happy to find the same Thermoflex fabric that we've seen before on Sorpasso bib rights, with its soft and fleecy backing that feels great against the skin, and gently stretching threads that hold us in. Unlike the Sorpasso, the LW bib tight does not feature Thermoflex Core2 panels, which saves both in weight and heat, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything repelling the elements on the LW.
Because staying warm is best done by staying dry, lower panels on the legs are made up of Castelli's Nano Light fabric, which offer protection from water and wheel spray. Nano Light is unbrushed, unlike the Nano Flex, and has a tighter weave to keep out more moisture. Since it's a little bit heavier than the Nano Flex, it also provides more warmth making it ideal for cool weather, while providing your calves with a smooth hug of muscle support.
- Lightweight bib tights for dipping temps
- Nano Light fabric lets water and wheel spray roll off
- Soft and cozy Thermoflex upper panels keep you warm
- Unbrushed calf panels with tight weave supports your muscles
- Multi-density chamois comfortably supports sit bones
- Control your warmth by layering underneath mesh back panel
- Smooth bibs with offset seams reduce chaffing
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- Q & A
warm enough, not too hot
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
I love these bib tights. With tights I've used oriented toward colder winter cycling, I've had the issue of overheating, poor moisture wicking, and material bunching. With the LW, all of these problems are absent.
Here in the dry Utah air, I've ridden in temperatures ranging from the high 30's (about 3 C) up to the high 50's (14 C or so), and have found the sweet spot for these bibs to be anywhere between 40-55 degrees F (about 4-13 C).
The chamois used here is Castelli's best chamois, the Progetto X2. Very impressive at this price, and this piece doesn't feel like a pricepoint-oriented garment at all. If I have one small complaint, it's the printing that serves as a tag sometimes sticking to my back, right between my shoulder blades, when a lot of sweat is present. That being said, it's not enough for me to deduct a star.
Sizing is pretty true to most Castelli bottoms. The XL fits me well at 6'3
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
Living in a region that demands cold weather gear to ride in the Fall and Winter I have found the LW TIghts to fulfill the requirements of a versatile tight . The chamois is the same as you will find in Castelli's Free Aero Race, while the Thermoflex upper and Nano Light on the lower leg offer a great combination of insulation and protection. I have ridden these down to the mid 30's and up to the mid 50's without being uncomfortable. Fit is unmistakably Castelli with a very close, yet mobile feel, even on a mtb or cx ride.
Price to performance ratio - 10/10
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: S
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 127lbs
You know those $300+ bib shorts Castelli and David Millar worked on together? The Chpt. IIIs? Well yeah, these bib tights have the exact same chamois. That means while you're suffering during the Fall and Winter, your undercarriage won't be crying out along with your legs. Personally, I can wear these down to right around 40 degrees, although I definitely run very hot. I won't usually put on arm warmers until its 55 degrees max. These tights are fleece lined, which includes the front of the bib straps, a nice touch. The lower leg is a thin, breathable, windproof material which keeps you a lot warmer than you would expect from the paper thin material. The fit is also perfect on me, skin tight everywhere, which means it definitely runs on the smaller side.