How often has some wanker yelled to you in the paceline to keep the tempo up? Have you felt like backhanding him or felt like thrashing him up the next climb? The Capo Tempo Bib Shorts have been made to keep you cool and comfy during the buildup of the race in order that you can let your legs do the talking when the time comes to drop the twits in your group.
The secret lies in the quality of the chamois, and here Capo has aimed for the moon with the D4 Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) chamois. The super comfortable insert has been anatomically shaped to fit your body and move with you. The insert has varying thicknesses at strategic points to target areas that need extra padding while not inhibiting other places with extraneous, bunched up material.
The body of the Tempo Bib Shorts uses a special fabric that manages to be stretchy and supportive at the same time. The key to compression fabrics is that they support and comfort the muscles while not over-squeezing your body so that you feel like an overworked tube of toothpaste. The fabric also works overtime to keep you well ventilated and to keep a buildup of moisture from irritating the tender points. The high gauge Power Lycra offering superior muscle compression, abrasion resistance and moisture transfer, wicks the moisture from your skin to facilitate the required breathability, even on the hottest days.
Leg grippers hold the hems in place without over pressuring your legs. Even your most furious intervals won’t shake them out of place. The nine inch inseam will hit you mid-leg and give you the perfect balance between protection from the sun and tan line height. Available in Black with the typical Yellow Tempo accents, the Capo Tempo Bib Shorts are the perfect foundation for all-day comfort. They come in sizes Small through XX-Large.
After reading some of the other reviews, especially with regard to fit, I thought I'd share my experience with these. I'm 5'6", ~ 155 lb, average build wrt leg/torso length. I always order 'Medium' bibs, regardless of manufacturer (Capo, Castelli, Giordana, etc) - and they always fit. Overall, some are a little tighter than others, but 'M' always works for me - so that's what I ordered when I picked up the Tempo bibs.
I can definitely relate to the comments posted by other reviewers about the unusually short straps on these. They're kind of high-waisted with shorter straps and it makes getting them on a bit of a challenge, even for me. Have to put them on (and wriggle out of them!) one arm a a time.
But - once they're on? - these are the most comfortable bibs I own (and I have an ever-growing collection of them). I barely notice the straps, the leg grippers are super-comfortable (much better than similarly priced Castelli Bormio, IMO, which had been my favorite until I tried these), and the chamois is perfect. Just thick enough (but not bulky), and soft enough to keep things comfortable all day. Also there seems to be a bit more room in the crotch 'for my junk' - which is nice.
I've got several hundred miles in these already, and won't hesitate to do centuries in them. I wouldn't pay $225 for them, but I'll be on the lookout for more when they show up on bonktown.
I was a little heistant to order these bibs due to the reviews I read here. I'm 6' 3", 195 lbs with a long torso and was afraid even the XXL's would be too small. But the price was right and I love Capo's stuff, so I decided to give them a try. When I received them and tried them on, the straps were indeed very snug. But I LOVED the feel of the leg grippers (so much better than elastic grippers on other bibs/shorts), so I figured I would wear them on a ride. Once you're on the bike, the tightness in the straps disappear (similar to how my Giordana FRC bibs fit/feel). I guess the shape of the bib is designed to mimic your body's position in the saddle, so trying to judge fit off of the bike isn't fair. The chamois has been very comfortable on my 2-3 hour rides (I can't imagine they wouldn't feel great on longer rides) and did I mention how great those leg grippers are!!! I would recommended these bibs, but make sure to order at least 1 if not 2 sizes larger.
I'm 5'8", 165lbs (fatty I know, still working on those last 10 el-bees) and I ordered a Medium. The quality of the materiel was great and the fit around the butt and legs were fine; however:
1) without the elastic bands around the leg openings (common in bibs) ride a little higher and were more "relaxed" than my other bibs and shorts (moving away from the compression feeling and letting my muscles fly free w/ the wind)
2) The bib comes higher on my stomach than my other bibs and is a little more compressed, which is nice to make me look like I'm skinny, but sometimes leaves marks.
3) The straps are a little tight as the guy before me noted, but nothing that is really unbearable or noticeable after riding for 30-40mi
4) The padding is pretty thick, which was nice for the long rides, but may bother some people if they want less. Side note: this also may lead to a lovely camel toe look, which may or may not be your desired outcome.
really like both the quality and the look.
regarding size, I normally stick to Louis Garneau or Capo, tho their sizing is different. with LG, I usually find i'm between medium (snug) and large (bit more relaxed). I bought these capo tempo bibs in XL, and they are fine. regarding their sizing, I'd say I'm closer to being a XXL than an L if you know what I mean.
You can really feel the quality of these these, very well made.
5'6", 155 lbs, 33" waist. Bought the large. Overall, these are very nice bibs. Fit while riding is excellent. Same cut as the Verona. Straps are short, and the bibs do take some effort to in and out of. Probably not the best if you are taller or packing a few extra pounds around the middle.
OK, I would like to update my prior review. I have now used these bibs a few times as well as washed them. They are holding up great and have relaxed from their original compression-like fit. Excellent quality, good looks, and a great price. What more can you ask for? I'm super pleased with these bibs.
Just received these bibs and they are AWESOME. 5'8" and 155 lbs with 31 inch waist and the LARGE was 'the size'. No strap issues and the length issues that others have commented on were non existent. Order up one size and you should be fine.
I have several pairs of Capo bibs and tights, and at 6-1 /175 pounds / 33"waist and have always worn Capo size L bibs. These Tempo's, and my other new pair (Riserva), are way too short! The straps are downright uncomfortable, and dig in to my shoulders.
Just to be certain, I tried my older size L Capo LE bibs again last weekend and sure enough, they fit "longer" than these.
I'm sending these back to try size XL ... I hope they fit better than the size L's.
The other posts are correct ... Capo bib sizing has changed signficantly from last year to this year, and no longer is consistent with the size chart they advertise, so I can not recommend.
I am 6-1, 180 pounds with a 33" waist. I have 3 other Capo bibs, plus two other Capo long winter tights, all size Large, that fit terriffic. This bib, however, is noticeably shorter in the torso length than my others. I thought it was my imagination until I hung my these alongside my Capo LEs and my Capo Formas. Sure enough: shorter. And as a result, uncomfortable. (Think thong.) So if you go for size Large, I think anyone taller than 5-10 would notice the shorter torso.