Capo Padrone HV Bib Shorts - Men's $299.95
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.
- 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.
Reviews & Community
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.