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Illuminate the road.

Capo's Padrone line is back, and this time around it brings visibility to the forefront. For the new HV (high visibility) collection, Capo applied the latest in reflective fabric technology, which provides the same technical attributes and sleek styling as the original Padrone series, but pushes safety to the surface with strategically-placed panels that illuminate when light hits their surfaces.

As Capo found success in using several kinds of stretch fabric in their Padrone Jersey, they've continued this trend with the bib shorts. The center and inside panels are made of HG Lycra. This is a highly compressive spandex that is very abrasion resistant. The HG has also been treated with Coldblack as part of the dyeing process. This is a treatment that won't wash out. The magic of Coldblack is that it is able to dissipate heat better than other stretch fabrics by reflecting the sun's rays off the Lycra rather than absorbing it, which means you'll feel cooler as your body heats up. The side panels are Carbon Lycra, a compressive Power Lycra featuring carbon threads for anti-bacterial properties. Additionally, panels of Super Black were utilized, which is a wind- and water-resistant membrane with crushed crystals that reflect light when it hits the surface. This paneling is what gives the new Padrone bibs their high level of visibility. The leg bands, which replace grippers, are made of Capo's Dual-Ply Power V material, with Power Lycra on the outside and V-Mesh on the inside. The Power part adds compression and the mesh gives you wicking potential. The bib straps have also been improved. They've bonded their traditional V-Mesh bib fabric with 190g Lycra for better-controlled vertical stretch.

Similar to the standard Padrones, the fit of the HVs have been refined from their super corsa paneling design. There are ten panels in the shorts rather than eight, with flat lock seams holding them all together. The seams running down the front of the legs have an even greater curve than you're used to seeing. The reason for this is that the curved panels here are designed to reduce the potential for gapping and bunching of fabric to nearly zero. They've also split the side panels in two to create a better fit than ever before.

For the chamois, Capo went with the proven Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) Anatomic-4G Carbon insert. This chamois uses a variable density throughout to support the regions that need the most support, without impacting the ones that don't. The support focus is primarily placed at the perineal, ischial, and gluteal areas — the points most prone to distress from saddle pressure and compression. With its anatomic design, the 4G creates an abrasion-free support that promotes an increased circulation by protecting nerves like the pudendal. Further along these lines, the chamois works to dissipate any heat. Even more impressive, the insert is road-specific. EIT engineers realize that saddles and saddle positions vary throughout different disciplines of cycling, and the insert's chamois density patterns are mindful of the specific pressures of road cycling.

The Capo Padrone HV Bib Shorts - Men's are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Black.

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Tech Specs

[panels] Super Black Membrane, HG Lycra with Coldblack, Carbon Lycra
Chamois Thickness:
Leg Gripper:
Dual-ply Power V
Recommended Use:
being seen while riding
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Capo Men's Apparel
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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Updated : Capo makes better shorts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Update: Original Review is below. This update covers two awesome companies.

Competitve Cyclist - I contacted competitive about the issues I was having with these bibs, unfortunately I was past the acceptable return date. So, they gave me some love on some Assos shorts and I will see how they work. Competitive didn't have to do anytrhing for me, as I took to long to contact them, and they still hooked me up.

Capo - As I was now stuick with a 250+ pair of bibs that I couldn't wear, I sent an email to Capo. I described my issues with the bibs, and stated that I tookl to long to contact Competitive. Capo's solution, pick any other pair of Bibs we make and we will exchange them for you. Couldn't ask for more than that.

First time I have ever had less than stellar performace from a Capo kit, and I get a stellar repsonse and support from two top-notch companies. Can't ask for more than that.
Original Review
First and foremost, I love Capo kit. I have had like 8 pair of their bibs. These just didn't cut it for me, or did depending on how you look at it. I love the fabric, they are really compresive and the overall fit rocks. Now the downside, chamois and seams. One of the main reasons I am a big Capo fan is thier chamios (great padding for long ride, but not stupid thick - too old for a diaper), but this one just doesn't get the job done. I tend to slide forward on the saddle and stretch out. These just don't provide good taint protection. I have far cheaper Capo shorts (the SC) and do not have to deal with this. The Chamios in the Leggero SL's is way nicer in my opinion. Then we get to the seams. Anytime I ride with these in excess of 50 miles the inside seam starts to bite into my leg, to the point that it will be come very uncomfortable under the leg band. It caused a nice raw spot on a recent Gran Fondo. I was already cold and miserabel from all of the climbing, but having to constantly yank on the leg of my short to stay comfortable just made it worse. In Summation: Love Capo, but look at other options in their lineup for your bib needs.

Are these low enough for a nature break, or not. Reading the review it alluded that these are not low cut: "Padrone’s high stomach panel will take some getting used to."

They do run high. Good for holding in the gut, but can make a nature break a bit challenging.

No bunching! Tight but very nice fit.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I have the non-HV version of these bibs and I've really enjoyed them.
First thing you should know is they have a TON of compression (probably about perfect to promote circulation and minimize muscle bounce/fatigue on rough road).

I found the sizing was accurate but they feel much tighter than most bib shorts due to the very high compression. For me, with size medium, the leg band falls about where I'd expect with no issues/interference with my knees. (I'm ~33" waist and wear a 30" length inseam pant).

The only pair of shorts I've tried that doesn't bunch or need adjustment during/after even long rides.

The front is a heavier fabric that would likely help block a bit of a morning chill.

Side panels are almost a mesh that helps with wicking and cooling.

Cold black treatment typically feels cooler than even my light weight (bright colored) jerseys in full sun.

Chamois was a bit smaller than I expected so takes a bit of extra care to ensure its right under my sit bones. Once in place I can forget about it and it makes a great interface with my saddle. Smaller size helps before/after the ride by minimizing the diaper feeling of some large/poorly shaped designs.

Built for the Evening

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're riding in low-light conditions, and you're looking to pair safety with performance, you've come to the right place. The high-vis technology works impeccably well, and the fit and feel of the shorts is nearly identical to the standard Padrone bib shorts. However, if were to register a complaint, it's that the high-vis material is a tad bit stuffy. It's not nearly as breathable as the rest of the fabrics, leaving you a little sweaty, or clammy if you're riding in cold weather.

For this reason, I wouldn't recommend wearing these on all-day rides, but for evening riding & training, it's hardly a compromise.