This article was written by Rutland Cycling employee and keen road cyclist James Chester.
First impressions out of the box:
The Castelli Sorpasso 2 Bibtights look really good as soon as you open them. The fleece lining feels soft to the touch, and the multiple panels on the garment make them look like a technical piece of clothing. Plus the packaging and labels also have a quality feel, which might not impact the performance of the garment, but does bode well in my mind to the 'no expense spared' quality of this product.
It's worth noting that the size is a little small, even compared to other Castelli items. I am 5'6" and normally fit a size small in Castelli, however these in size small do feel a little tight. I would probably go for a medium next time, although I will be keeping these for now as they're not far off.
There's a lot to be said regarding the comfort of these tights. Firstly, the bibs themselves are the most comfortable I have ever used. The bibs consist of a wide elastic strap which is soft and supportive without placing undue pressure on the shoulders, (an issue which I have experienced with other, slimmer straps).
The padding is superb too, it feels firm and comfortable mile after mile. I have had issues with other shorts where they feel soft and comfortable initially but can soon 'soften' and don't feel like they're adding much to the ride. I didn't feel any discomfort when out in these tights however, and they felt supportive and comfortable throughout (although rides thus far have been fairly short at 20-30 miles).
The multi-panel design provides excellent movability. Previous tights that I have owned have sometimes felt restrictive in movement, or felt as though they were being stretched as I pedalled. These however have been cut in such a way that they feel as though they're moving with me as I pedal. Separate knee panels for example ensure both warmth and flexibility, with equally tailored design going into the rest of the garment.
The lower leg zippers make these tights really easy to get on and off.
As soon as I opened these tights, they felt warm. The fleece lining is soft to the touch and warm when riding. The multi-panel design helps to keep joints warm, even on freezing cold rides. The tights are still nice and breathable however, preventing any sweating or over heating from occurring. Regardless of the temperature outside, these tights seem to regulate temperature really well and keep your legs and joints warm and moving.
Ultimately you can't go wrong with a pair of black bib-tights, but for me it's the small details that set these tights apart. Firstly the reflective trim around the ankle zippers are a nice feature, breaking up the black of the tights and adding a safety benefit. Secondly the subtle Castelli logo up the leg again helps to break up the garment and provides a stylish and eye catching finish.
These are without a doubt the best bib tights I have ever used. They are comfortable to wear thanks to the wide bib straps, soft fleece lining and multi-panel design. Plus the padding is firm enough to provide enduring comfort mile after mile. The tights are warm and flexible even on really cold days, preventing muscles and joints from seizing and maintaining full movability. A sleek and stylish bib tight that is highly technical and a real premium product. 10/10.
Castelli Sorpasso 2 Bibtight
Best fitting tight for cool to cold conditions - here's the Castelli Sorpasso 2 Bibtight. With a Thermoflex Core2 front and knees for extra warmth, Castelli's Sorpasso 2 Bibtight fits the bill for winter riding. It's a great fitting piece of kit with Thermoflex panels over the thighs and back of legs for extra stretch.
- Thermoflex Core 2 front and knees for extra warmth
- Progetto X Air seat pad
- Choose for 5c to 12c riding
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