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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

Size chart

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Chainstay Length



44 44.0cm 51.5cm


36.3cm 72.1cm


72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm


37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm


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No bunching! Tight but very nice fit.

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

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.