Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Castelli Sorpasso Wind bib tights

Another new collection to the "get me out in the cold" deep winter apparel collection is the Castelli Sorpasso Wind bib tights which is part of the Rosso Corsa line. The chamois is the Progetto X2 air, it's a multi-density padding with a soft inner layer that is positioned perfect and one of the more comfortable chamois I’ve used. It's designed for long hours in the saddle and so far I've found no discomfort at all. The bib straps are paper thin and don't slip outward and never irritated my shoulders. One thing the straps do is twist when putting them on and take a little finesse to get them right. The ankle grippers are large so the grip is exceptional and the legs never ride up, and the ankle zippers are long making getting them over your feet a snap. The interior material is brushed and very soft. The outside is Windstopper fabric and is placed in the most vulnerable parts of your legs and I never felt cold air penetrating the material. In fact at 50º F it was almost to warm. The cut in front is kind of low on your stomach and feels a little odd at first but I'm getting used to it and don't find it a major issue. The fit is snug (typical Castelli) and a little tight getting on but once they’re on the fit is exceptional with no bunching behind the knees. These are rated by Castelli from 32º to 59º F but temps approaching the high 50's and I do believe they'll be way too warm. In the dead of winter these should be the ticket.
Progetto X2 pad is designed for long hours in the saddle

Inside the ankle grippers are very large and prevent slippage upward

Fit is comfortable, snug. Long ankle zippers are a nice touch

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