Mark Dwrote a review of Castelli Sorpasso Wind Bib Tights - Men's on December 1, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Granted Castelli makes some good to very good cycling gear. Iâm pretty picky so my use of the word "excellent" is rare and reserved for what actually is. I have another pair of bibs from another manufacturer that have come to the end of their useful life. Looking back and in comparison they were excellent in what they were constructed for. However, I opted to try a different brand; enter Castelli.
First, these are delicate - in putting them on. Pull them too hard up and youâll hear threads pop. Sectional slowness is the move here. Once on, from the upper thigh, near the waist and down, theyâre really snug. I normally get an XL, but because they run small, I got a XXL. Glad I did. The zipper at the ankles was needed. Once zipped tho, you were set there as well. As I said the fit from there back to the upper thigh was race fit snug. I like that. The material isnât as thick as I expected, but once on, it kept you warm enough in high 40âs to mid 50âs for So Cal weather. Any lower than mid 40âs, based on your tolerance, you might want to use something else. For what itâs worth, it was 48 when I left and around 57 degrees when I was done. So why not five stars? Three reasons. The pad is pretty good, but pad comfort is subjective for each rider. So in my case, Iâve had better. At 25 miles In I started getting the unique feeling my sit bones were starting to get fatigued in them. Not sore, just that sensation of tapping out soon. Also, I wish the fit around the pad was as snug as it was on my thigh. It wasnât. Which brings me to the fit around the waist. Itâs a different cut some riders may or may not like. Not uncomfortable, just different. Shoulder straps, fabric wise weâre fine, but given the cut around the waist I could see why some have noted them. My biggest issue with these bibs is the area around my Johnson. The material is thin and unlike the material covering my legs. Some riders may like the gust of cold air that penatrates the fabric in that area, this rider does not. If these are bibs designed to keep you warm and Iâm bundled for the cold weather, it would seem to be counterproductive to skimp that area. Iâm guessing the thought process was youâre leaned over so itâs not needed. I object. Wind travels were there is space. Lastly, at some point you gotta stand up, right?
With these bibs, they arenât bad, theyâre good. But know itâs limits and make sure youâre comfortable with the drawbacks.
BTW, the pic is from the left lower leg, at the end of a 17 mile ride. My third time wearing them. Smh.