Imagine being able to ride in cold weather with clothing that emulated all the best features of your summer-weight kit: bibs that didn't restrict breathing, a chamois as good as the one in your best shorts, and lightweight materials that didn't feel bulky or restrictive. The Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa line of products, and as a result, they get the Italian manufacturer's very best treatment in materials, design, and fit.
The Sorpasso Bib Tights begin with Castelli's top-of-the-line Progetto X2 pad, the same pad found in their best shorts. The top layer that contacts your skin is a made from a seamless, four-way stretch microdenier fabric designed to move in harmony with your body and eliminate the chafing that can come with materials with too little stretch. It receives an antibacterial treatment and is bonded to a variable thickness pad made from multiple density foams; the result is a smoothly contoured pad that places the firmest foam where support is most needed. Perforated inserts help to relieve pressure on the sit bones and perineum -- just where riders experience the greatest pressure.
The front of the tights are cut from Thermoflex Core Due to keep the wind out. This two-layer material traps air in a hollow-core layer of polyester while moisture is transported to the outer nylon/Lycra layer where it can evaporate. A simpler fabric, Thermoflex, is used for the portions of the tights not exposed to the wind for greater breathability. Giro++ grippers keep both the bib straps and ankles in place. It's rare to find bibtights that are this light and this warm.
Like the bibs in the Rosso Corsa line, the waist of the Sorpasso Bib Tights is cut very low to eliminate restrictions on breathing caused by pressure on the belly.
The Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are Black/white and are available in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large.
I ride in temps down to about 40 degrees and usually used leg warmers. My Castelli (Duran) leg warmers are a slight bit warmer than these tights, but these are way more comfortable- no upper thigh cuff squeeze- so I use these almost exclusively now. Plus, as the day warms up, they are middle-of-the-road enough in warmth to have a broad comfort range. I have grown to like thin chamois, and this is a good thin one. Two thumbs up.
I didn't have the sizing issues described by many others. I'm 5'8", 155 lbs, 31" waist, 31" inseam, athletic build. More a crossfit guy than a biker. Read reviews and bought a Large, but it fit sloppy. Bought Medium and it fits great- snug but not tight. Length perfect. Only issues is with the straps, that feel a little short (I have to yard the bids up really well when I put them on, not uncomfortably, just deliberately) and they don't want to lay flat (want to roll), plus sometimes when taking off the bib the stretching makes disconcerting little ripping sounds down around the front strap anchor area, although in 20 rides I've seen no indication that anything is coming apart. On the bike, no issues with the straps- they disappear, just as one would hope.
Overall, love them. Just bought a second pair so I will never be caught without a pair because it's in the wash.
So I'm into my second cold weather season with these tights, and they are the foundation for my cold weather riding. First of all a comment on the size, I'm 5'9", 145 - 150 pounds, and 32.5 inches in the waist. In general, I wear size L Castelli's, but in this case the mediums are a perfect fit. As JDHP437112 said, these are like a skin suit so don't get them if you don't want that effect and feel. I've worn them down to 28 degrees, at which point I felt the cold but was not affected by it, through the 30's where they excel, and into the mid-40's where I still don't feel overheated by them. I love the straps - the smooth lycra is comfortable, and has plenty of flex to move when I do. It can feel a little tight when I first put them on, but once I get into riding position I don't notice them at all.
So far these have been very durable. All my bike clothing goes through a delicate cycle with a little detergent, then hangs to dry, and these still look new as they move into season 2.
And best of all, my wife likes how I look in them, although maybe that's not the bibs.... :-)
Based on other reviews, I initially ordered the xl, but it was too big and very long. I went with the L, which fits fine. It seems last year's model was on the short side among the reviews I read, but that doesn't seem to be the case any more. If anything, they are a bit on the long side, but the fit is still fine. I'm 165lbs and 5'9.5".
The tights are very comfortable and fairly warm for temperatures above freezing. Where I live on the NW coast, if it drops below freezing (rare), it usually ices up too much for me to bother riding, so I don't know about sub-freezing suitability of this tight. It's very comfortable on long rides, to the point that you don't notice it. The pad is top-notch, and the garment seems pretty well put together, although not as refined as some other stuff I've seen, like Giordana's. No real concerns, however.
The front of the bib is higher than most bibs, so pee stops are a wee (don't mind the pun) bit more of a challenge than normal, but still possible. I assume this is for warmth. In all, I would get this again, but like anything, wait for a good price. Chainlove had it for $100.
I ordered this due to the many great reviews. I wanted it for those in between temps this spring. Not 10 mintues after I placed the order for these Chainlove had the Castelli Ergo big tights for like $56. Plain Jane item but great reviews so I pulled the plug and decided to compare them to the much pricery Sorpasso. They arrived the same day and without riding them I can say the Sorpasso seems to be made of ever so slighty denser material up front. So I would expect it to be slightly warmer...possibly down into the 30s. The insert is also nice but the problem is there is around a $70 difference between the two items. The Ergo also is not a walking Castelli billboard which I like and at 52 years I only ride on the weekends during the cooler months so bibs are a low use item. Conclusion. Return the Sorpasso and keep the Ergo. When was in my 20s and not flyihng a desk 9-5 I would have kep't the Sorpasso's. I think they would be an awsome tight from 35 to 50F. As for fit on both the L did the trick. 6'0" 160 lbs 30 inch waist.
I was going to purchase a pair of cold weather tights and just throw them on under my shorts but I decided to go with a full tight set up - bibs and all. These bibs have fit the bill perfectly. The tights don't restrict my motion at all. They are quite warm and have a soft lining on the inside which hasn't chafed me yet. They're the perfect weight for Seattle's winter weather (~low-high 40s). Additionally, I have yet to try a chamois better than Castelli's Preogetto X2 Air (although I haven't tried an Assos chamois yet). I have a very bony butt and need a really good chamois in my bibs/tights. This chamois stays in place and holds well on the seat and on your butt. The only thing I would change about these is that I wish they had the little foot-wrap to help keep the tights down. They do ride up like half an inch or so when riding, but its really not much. Overall: these seemed a little pricey to me first.. but they are well worth the money!
PS: Castelli has a European fit. As a general rule, go up one size from your regular size!
I don't really know if it gets better than this as far as bib tights go. I'm 6'1", 185 with a 32" waist and a 32.75" inseam and L fits awesomely. If you have longer legs, it may be worth your while to size up, but they work for my relatively short legs.
The material is soft, breathable, and warm enough to deal with late fall riding in Minneapolis. The chamois is probably the best one I've ever tried--now that I've ridden this, I'm a bit bummed that I don't have any Castelli bibs for the summer.
My one qualm with these is the transition of the interior brushed fabric from black to red. The effect is very cool around the knees; not so much around the crotch. If things move around in a certain way, you end up with your dong outlined nicely in red. It's not really an issue unless you forget about it and start walking around, although this feature could be a plus to the Mario Cipollini's of the world.
These tights are very comfortable once you get them on; very form fitting. I own two pair and just ordered a third. Luckily I purchased the first pair at a bike shop because they told me they were going one size up. I usually wear a XL but they said I should go XXL due to the Castelli's are one size down from what is advertised. I first tried them on at the bike shop. It was a task getting them on the first time. It was like that commercial on TV of some women getting into skinny jeans. I did hear a stitch or two pop. However once I got them on they were very comfortable. I just received the 2nd pair from Competitive Cyclist and there was no stitch popping. They feel really great once you get them on. Just remember to look at the sizing chart very closely because most likely you will have to go one size up.
This pair of bibs are perfect! It is made really well. You need to order one size up. I'm usually a Large, I weight 174lbs, 6"0 and ordered an XL, fits me perfect, zipper stay zipped, it is really warm and it does not make you sweat, I've used it in 21F to about 44F, then it gets to warm, but under those temperatures it has kept me warm, and the bibs are so flexible it is easy to pedal without being constrictive, you almost do not feel the bibs.
I've put them in the washing machine, under delicates, not too much detergent and washed them about 10 times, everything looks brand new.
These are great because they're as non-restrictive as bib tights can be, and they keep you not cold, and not too warm. I say "not cold" because I don't like gear that warms you up to a sweat.
I've ridden with them in 38F and 42F temps, and they are just right. I think they can be used down to freezing temps.
I'm 6'2" and 220lbs and the XXXL just fits. The XXL fit was okay but snug, except for the shoulders and waist, which were too tight.
These are exactly what I need to extend my cycling season another 2 months in Massachusetts.
these do not have windproof fabric; if you use them at around or below 40 your knees will begin to snap off. returning them for some polares.
they are also very tight. 5'8" 150 lbs and they were pressing in on me in the belly region (31.5" waist) and overly constricting in other, ahem, important areas.
other than that the quality of the garment is great. interesting fabrics, lightweight, and form-fitting. just don't buy it thinking you can use it in a New York winter.
These bibs arrived with great anticipation and expectations, but lived up to neither. The first pair had a pen tip sized hole on the bottom left leg near the zipper. Also, as I very carefully put the medium size (I'm 5'8", 165lbs.) on, I heard a ripping sound. Initially ignoring the sound, I went out for a ride and noticed the leg zippers refused to stay closed; they constantly migrated up. After the ride I inspected the bibs to see if I could find evidence from the ripping sound. Upon inspection, the stitching had begun to come apart at the seams along the waist.
BackCountry sent another pair. I took these out of the bag and didn't even wear them: the leg lengths were slightly different, and the emblems were already flaking off. I had the same problem with the third pair that was sent.
Despite my problems with this product, Backcountry showed exemplary customer service, shipping the replacements and ultimately issuing the credits when the products were returned.
I replaced these with De Marchi winter bibs, and they have been superlative. Not only are they designed in Italy, but made there also. The difference in quality is vast. It's a shame Castelli doesn't seem to have gotten a hold of quality control in the countries where they're having their products made.
Caveat, I only tried these on, so take this review for what you will. I ordered XL, I am 6'4 with a 34 in waist, these were way too tight in the shoulder straps, so I sent them back. Several things that struck me about them: they have knee vents. I dont know about you, but I have never said to myself when its 30 degrees out "damn I wish my knees were cooler, there is so much sweat down there I have to pull over." Second, the branding. I guess that is Castelli's thing, but I'm not sponsored by Castelli, so I feel like I should get something for advertising their brand while riding my bike. There are logos everywhere, not to mention the red beneath the black. If advertising what cycling gear you wear is your thing, these are the tights for you.
I'm going with more simplistic and functional on the next go-round.
So after buying the bib tight, i try it on a 40 mile ride. overall the material keeps me warm. However, i do find that the size of the bib should be marked one size up. I am 5'11 and size M should be size S. After few more rides and machine wash, the seam on the right side where the white strip of fabric came little bit loose. I think it is because of the constant stretching. However, when you pay this amount of money, you should expect this last forever without any damage. I am please with the overall quality of the tight, just wish it is better constructed with one piece material. it keeps you warm for sure.