Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are designed to be a great all round option for those wanting a quality pair of tights for a wide range of conditions. Here is our review
The Castelli Sorpasso bib tights are one of the best pairs of bibs on the market, having won both Cycling Weekly and Cycling Active grouptests. Castelli claims they are best suited to a temperature range of 0ºC to +15ºC and if you want a warmer tight, the Italian brand suggests the ‘Sorpasso Wind’ Bib tights.
In practice I found that below 4ºC I was a little chilly, especially when windy. From around 4ºC to 12ºC I found the tights to be spot on with regards to breathability and insulation. For those sub 4ºC conditions, it is worth pointing out that Castelli make a warmer tight – the Castelli Sorpasso Wind tights.
Regarding fit, at 6’1 and 70kgs, I found a size medium was absolutely spot on, with no bunching on the legs. In this regard, the tights really excell and this is in part down to the tights employing different fabrics in key areas. In comparison, budget tights will often have fewer panels and textiles.
The Giro++ bib straps fit beautifully flat, but I would prefer them to have more stretch, as during nature stops they didn’t allow the front of the Castelli Sorpasso bib tights to be pulled down as easily as other pairs.
The ankle zips on the Castelli Sorpasso bib tights give a good fit on the lower leg, but I often forget to unzip them when taking the tights off, especially when tired. Having broken ankle zips on other tights in the past, this is general criticism of all tights that have ankle zips, not just this particular pair. I prefer stirrups.
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The Progetto X2 used in the Castelli Sorpasso bib tights is without question one of the best chamois pads going and it is the same pad found in much of the Italian company’s Rosso Corsa line. Other members of the Cycling Weekly tech team really love the Progetto X2 pad too, however, for long rides, I prefer a pad with more support – at the back end of long rides I was having to get out the saddle. Although pad preference is subjective, this chamois is quite floppy, so consider that (if like me), you prefer something firmer.
If you don’t mind ankle zips and get along well with the Progetto X2 pad then the superb fit and quality of the Castelli Sorpasso tights makes them one of the best pairs on the market. For the coldest of days I would suggest a thicker tight, unless you are riding really hard.
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Good quality tights that look great. Expensive, but good quality. If you are going to own just one pair of tights, these are a good option.