When the air is cold enough to hurt your lungs, you can't be worrying about your legs. You need total coverage in these icy times, and simply put, neither bib knickers nor shorts will do. That's why Capo made the lightweight, warming, and flexible Padrone Roubaix Bib Tights. Representing the upper echelon of the Capo line, the Padrone Roubaix bib tights spare no expense in their mission to keep you riding comfortably.
To place the Padrone Roubaix bib tights near the top of its warming bottoms, Capo had to use two specific fabrics, Thermo Roubaix and WindTex Dream. In the design, WindTex Dream acts as a membrane to the body construction of Thermo Roubaix, and the reason is obvious. With a warp-knit construction, the material has a natural stretch. Within the knit, the threads follow a zig-zag pattern along the length of the tights. This allows more surface area coverage while using less material, equating directly to an airy, lightweight construction. Thermo Roubaix's open weave also accelerates moisture transfer from the skin to the quick-drying surface of the tights, however, the precise brushing process is what contributes most to its warmth. After the dying process, dedicated machines perform a brush to the inner-lining that provides a high, fleecy, and warming loft.
WindTex Dream also contributes to the warming sensation of the Padrone bib tights, but its main task is to block the wind and rain. Featuring a triple-layer composition, the membrane is both wind- and water-resistant. Additionally, the membrane is extremely breathable, so you can check off all of the boxes on your wish list -- breathability, warmth, and dryness.
And while top-end fabrics are terrific, their use is nullified if the fit is out of order. That's why the Padrone bib tights' fit is nothing short of impeccable. Using a multi-panel, contoured design, the tights follow the shape of your body, while following its movements in and out of the saddle. The uppers have been cut purposefully wide for ample surface coverage, and the cut of the stomach has been heightened for the same reasoning. And knowing that this design could make entry and exit a tad problematic, Capo installed a zipper over the stomach.
For the chamois, Capo went with the illustrious Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Anatomic-4G Carbon insert. This chamois uses a variable density throughout to support the regions that need the most support, without impacting the ones that don't. The support focus is primarily placed at the perineal, ischial, and gluteal areas -- the points most prone to distress from saddle pressure and compression. With its anatomic design, the 4G creates an abrasion-free support that promotes an increased circulation by protecting nerves like the pudendal. Further along these lines, the chamois works to dissipate any heat. Even more impressive, the insert is road-specific. EIT engineers realize that saddles and saddle positions vary throughout different disciplines of cycling, and the insert's chamois density patterns are mindful of the specific pressures of road cycling.
The Capo Padrone Roubaix Bib Tights are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large. For maximum usage, Capo suggests wearing the Padrone bib tights between the temperatures of 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
I admit it, I've been a weenie 3-season cyclist in the past but these super warm bib tights are actually allowing me to extend my riding into the cold dark winter months of the Pacific NW. Treacherous slippery roads aside (Portlandia feels that street cleaning and regular leaf removal is too bourgeois opting instead for in situ street composting :P), biking when it drops down into the 40s was not an option for me in the past because I was shivering so much my muscles would lock up. The insulating thermo roubaix fabric and wind tex combination keep me warm and toasty. In fact, when it's in the mid 40s with any prolonged climbing I have to remove my wind vest and unzip my long sleeve jersey (Capo Cortina) to keep from getting too hot yet it breathes really well so I'm only slightly sweaty at my destination so the recommended 30-40F range is spot on. This is coming from a scrawny girl who's cold all the time and wears sweaters in the summer. I suspect when it drops down into the 30s I could add a winter weight jacket and continue to stay comfortable. The chamois is well constructed like all Capo chamois with enough padding but no waddling diaper sensation. The wind tex panels along the front of the thighs and shins do create some constraining stiffness but doesn't impede my stroke motion and the multi-panel anatomic cut is very comfortable; however, if you tend to fit tight/on the upper edge with your other Capo gear you might want to go up a size for these as the fit is less forgiving than their non-wind tex kit. As usual you get a great look as well, these being some of the most stylish bib tights out there if spandex overalls can be stylish ;) Only 4 instead of 5 stars because the stitching on the rubber Capo label on the left upper thigh is already coming undone after 4-5 uses and since this is for winter riding the minimal reflective hits on the lower leg zippers and lower back seem like lip service when it's pitch black at 4PM.
I bought a pair of the Capo Pursuit Bib-knickers and loved them, so I thought these have to be even better and I need a really warm tight.
Wore them on a climbing ride in 42 degree, damp weather. I pretty much froze my "tail" off.
The "windtex dream" fabric is only over the knee and shin area. So to say these are wind and rain resistant" is only true for the front half of your knees and shins.
The wind came right through the non-"windtex" area like I was wearing nothing.
When I got home, the back of my legs were bright red and cold to the touch.
Washed them in a washing bag and then air dried them. Went to put them on and stitching was coming out from the strap and the rubber capo logo on the leg came half undone when I pulled them on.
I will say they were very comfortable and the pad is the best I've used including my Assos Millie bibs. It's a shame Capo didn't make the wind/rain resistant area bigger.
I think Capo is based in CA. Guess they really don't know what cold is.
If you're the type of guy that wears shorts and a SS jersey when it's 40 degrees, these bibs will work for you. If you run colder than that, there are much warmer and stouter options.