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Capo Adriatico LE Bib Shorts

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Capo teamed up with Competitive Cyclist to design the new Adriatico limited edition jersey/bib shorts, which pay homage to the storied seven-day stage race that takes place in Italy each spring. Called by many as the 'race of the two seas,' the Tirreno-Adriatico spans the country's interior, and it serves as a final preparation for many riders looking ahead to the Spring Classics season. As part of the apparel collection honoring this race, the Adriatico LE Bib Shorts were built with many of the same technical features that are found in Capo's other high-end collections, only they were finished off with a graphic treatment that will only be available for a limited amount of time.

For the construction of the Adriatico bib shorts, Capo used its new high-gauge (HG) Lycra and V-Mesh 360. Testing showed Capo that by implementing the combination of these two materials into these shorts, circulation and temperature regulation were increased over previous Lycra/mesh iterations. You'll also notice the distinct tight-knit appearance of the HG fabric right away, which, in addition to providing exceptional moisture transfer from the skin to the material's outer-layer, is also extremely durable. This characteristic comes as a much-welcomed side effect of compressive fabrics, and it's the reason that Capo targeted the abrasion-prone inner-thigh and saddle panels with this material.

The additional leg panels of the Adriatico received a certified Power Lycra. This is also a highly compressive spandex that's highly abrasion-resistant. This material was treated with Coldblack technology throughout, which doesn't wash out and is able to dissipate heat better than other dark stretch fabrics. It accomplishes this by reflecting the sun's rays off of the Lycra rather than absorbing it. Essentially, this means that you'll feel cooler and more comfortable as your body heats up. The bib shorts' uppers received Capo's super lightweight V-Mesh 360. This open mesh fabric is highly elastic with a supple texture that provides unmatched comfort, support, and freedom of upper body movement. And while the V-mesh 360 keeps your top half secure, the bib shorts' leg panels stay in place using 4cm silicone-backed grippers.

The chamois incorporated into the Adriatico is Capo's Anatomic-DP Carbon Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Insert. It uses high-density open-cell foam that's been bonded to an anti-microbial microfiber layer. This layer features antimicrobial carbon fiber threads that've been woven through it in order to aid in moisture evaporation. In addition to the slim, movement-freeing shape, there are also 6mm- and 8mm-thick pads that are built into the pre-curved profile. Together, these segments work to optimize support on long rides.

The Capo Adriatico LE Bib Shorts are available in the color Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
Leg Gripper:
[panels] HG Lycra, [panels] Power Lycra, [bib] V Mesh 360
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Chamois Thickness:

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How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Update 5/15/2014

I'm still disappointed with these bibs. However, truth be told, these are 3 star, not one star bibs. I am not going to change my rating, because, in my opinion, there are WAY too many 5 star reviews. On the other hand, I realize I shouldn't be trying to balance other reviews with my review, but I can't help myself.

--- original review (still applies) ---

I guess I'll be the first to say that these bibs are not what they're cracked up to be. Are they $90 bib? Yes, probably. Are they $180 bibs, being sold at $90? Definitely NOT!

To begin with, the chamois is not as advertised. It's a cheap, low level chamois that may work for some folks, but didn't work for me on long rides. It's definitely NOT the chamois described in the description above. This is really a case of false advertising. Boo!

In addition, the length in the legs is definitely shorter than other Capo bibs. And unfortunately, they include a really annoying (read sweaty) silicone grip. Yuk!

The bottom line is that they are probably Ok for $90 bibs. But just don't make the mistake in thinking you're getting $180 bibs. You're not. The Capo Pursuit bibs, for $170, are far superior... but you have to pay $170. Ironically, they supposedly have the same chamois ( Capo's Anatomic-L HD Carbon Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Insert), but the Adriatico's definitely do not. All of my comments below still apply, but if you're considering these bibs, they're ok (ie 3 ***).


Big let down.

Avg. ride time: 1m per week
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Fantastic bibs - my new favorites

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just took these out for a 20 mile ride, and loved them. My new favorites. I've been a die hard fan of the Castelli Free Aero Race shorts, and I think these are just as good, if not better. A complete steal at $90. Padding wise, I found them perfect - a touch more padding than the Free Aero, which made them super comfortable (looking forward to taking them out for 3-4 hr rides). Fit wise, also fantastic - like they weren't even there. Off the bike, the style of the Free Aero gets the slide nod, mostly due to the construction of the side panels, but these still look great, and the colors are awesome. The pin-stripe front is just enough of a look to make these different, but not stand out or be too garish. These are a short at full price.


First pair of Capo bibs

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

This is my first pair of Capo bibs and I am impressed with the fit, quality of fabric and looks. Have all the major brands of bibs in my closet and the Capo ranks up with the best. Compression is excellent and the chamois is still working great after 50+ mile rides. The leg gripper band is wide which I like and works fine. However the gripper fabric is unlike any other that I have used. The fabric sticks together easily and you have to peel it apart to put your leg through. Definitely doesn't detract from the overall quality of the product. Extremely satisfied the bibs. I'm 6'3" and 185 pounds. XL fits like a glove. European sizing. Bought the matching jersey to complete the kit. Great looking kit.

Avg. ride time: 5h 32m per week
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Capo Fan

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

As with all my Capo kits, this one is no exception. I'm 5'11" and 165lbs and the large bib fits is spot on. The material and craftsmanship are awesome. It's a steal for $90.

Avg. ride time: 5h 20m per week
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capo all the way

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I just picked a pair of these up because they were on sale so cheap I couldn't resist. I have used them twice, but only indoors on a trainer since it is below 20 degrees outside with Winter winds blowing. Soooo, as usual Capo quality is a stand out with these bibs. The fit is fantastic, the leg gripper gel strip is very grippy. I was however a bit disappointed with the chamois. For a 180.00 pair of bibs, I would of expected one of Capo's better chamois. This particular bib has a grey pad that seems to be a standard low end foam pad. Comfortable enough so far, but I will see how it performs on 100+ mile rides in the summer. I have not seen this chamois on any other bib so perhaps I am wrong about the quality. For the price I paid I have no complaints, but I would of sent them back if I paid full price, just because of the chamois. Pros: fit, quality, looks Cons: chamois appears to be a bit low end. I will do a Spring or Summer follow up. As for fit I am 6'0 and 155 lbs Skinny, long legs and always wear a Med in Capo.

As a follow up I have used these bibs on several rides ranging from 30-100 miles and they are very comfortable. They fit well the leg grippers really grip and the chamois does seem to do a great job protecting the area intended.