Pull it on, flex in the mirror, and ride like a demon.
Classic Italian styling isn’t everything, but it sure as hell seems to be half the battle. Even if we don’t like to admit it, vanity and an understanding of how sleek we look in our kit does play a role in our choice of clothing. But once we get past the mirror and onto the bike, looks become unimportant and the need for comfort and performance take over. The Capo Verona Bib Shorts have been designed to score top marks in both regards.
The secret lies in the quality of the chamois, and here Capo has aimed for the moon with the D4 Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) chamois. The super comfortable insert has been anatomically shaped to fit your body and move with you. The insert has varying thicknesses at strategic points to target areas that need extra padding while not inhibiting other places with extraneous, bunched up material.
The body of the Tempo Bib Shorts uses a special fabric that manages to be stretchy and supportive at the same time. The key to compression fabrics is that they support and comfort the muscles while not over-squeezing your body so that you feel like an overworked tube of toothpaste. The fabric also works overtime to keep you well ventilated and to keep a buildup of moisture from irritating the tender points. The high gauge Power Lycra offering superior muscle compression, abrasion resistance and moisture transfer, wicks the moisture from your skin to facilitate the required breathability, even on the hottest days.
Leg grippers hold the hems in place without over pressuring your legs. Even your most furious intervals won’t shake them out of place. The nine inch inseam will hit you mid-leg and give you the perfect balance between protection from the sun and tan line height. Available in Black with the typical tricolore Verona accents, the Capo Verona Bib Shorts are the perfect foundation for all-day comfort. They come in sizes Small through XX-Large.
[bib] V Mesh, [short] HG Lycra
yes, D4 EIT (Elastic Interface Technogy)
CapoForma Cycling and Casual Apparel
Inseam (add 3/4'' cuff-leg gripper)
Inseam (add 3/4'' cuff-leg gripper)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
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.
Measure around your hand at the widest point excluding the thumb.
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I'm 5"7 an 145lbs , "sprinter" ish legs but bought a small. Medium height bibs are too loose in the straps. Here with a small the legs are tight but do not it off circulation. Also the chamois "area" remains in it's place. The chamois is comfy as I do any where from 1 to 5 hour rides in them. My only gripe with these vs other capo bibs is the lack of leg gripper tape on the legs. Not a big big deal but grabbing knee earners would be a little better. Even still my knee earners do not slide down to the point of creating unsightly gap revealing skin.
I think the reason sizing is so different for people of the same measurements, is because shorts of the same brand, model, and size will differ from pair to pair. I recently stopped in at a shop in the village of Alpe d'Huez, at the start of my descent, to pick up a pair of SaxoBank bibs (89 euros). They were both made by Sportful, in Hungary. I am the same height and weight as a certain Mr. Armstrong. I tried the L's, and they were snug. I went over and picked up the XL's, and believe it or not, they were a tad tighter. I went with the Larges. My Castelli Velocissimos in the recommended sizing up are Larges, which I replaced with Mediums. So I think the difference is not due to faulty opinion, but experience with two examples of supposedly identical shorts. And that's MY (faulty?) opinion.
Extremely happy with these bibs. Have now had out on two rides ... a 20 and 30 miler, so haven't been out for a long time. But very happy. The chamois is uncommonly comfortable, without a bunch of bulk. I like the leg bands. Similar to the LG Equips I've been riding, but I actually like the chamois in the Capo's better, not nearly as bulky. Also, the fabric inside the legs and on the butt seems a bit tougher and more abrasion resistant. I know these aren't particularly advertised as compression shorts, but I think they provide the support. Finally, nice style. Black bibs with a little style accents. Traditional with a bit of flair.
Now on to what seem to be a never ending topic: Sizing. I know many think the italian brands run small. And they probably do a bit, but I think the issue is really more of a race fit versus a looser recreational fit. Disclaimer, I'm on old crit race guy (read over 50 but still race), so I fall on the side of "race fit". Here are my two cents on the fit on these bibs. I'm 5'10", 175. 43 chest, 32 waist. I ordered the mediums. I'd say perfect fit. Appropriately snug and compressive. Yes, the shoulder straps are a bit on the shorter side. But again, when in riding position it's perfect. And isn't that the point. My comment to many of the sizing comments here is if you want bibs that are comfortable for walking around, and gives you lots of room in the middle, then buy a different kind of bib. There are lots of loose fitting recreational style bibs around. If you want a compressive, more race style fit, then buy according to size chart. Hope that helps. But again, I am surprisingly happy with these, particularly since I scored them on BonkTown.
I ordered this on BT in XL and XXL, assuming the XL would be fine according to the size chart but wanted the next size up based on the other reviews. When I opened the package and checked out the bibs, I was definitely impressed with the quality of the material and chamois. However, the XL was WAAAY too small, and the XXL was even too small for me. The amount of compression in the shorts was tolerable, but the shoulder straps were far too short to be remotely comfortable. I was very bummed because I've not had any size issues with my other Capo clothing, but these Verona bibshorts are definitely odd fitting. If you can get these to fit you, you will surely be very happy with them, but these weren't for me. As a reference, I am 6'3" and 195 lbs with a 34" waist.
Got these of BT. I'm 5'10" and 165 lbs with a 32" waist and ride a lot. I got the Large which generally fits well and holds you in all the right places. The chamois is top notch and the lycra and stitching all seem good to go. My only hesistation is the lower leg band (in white) which is a tad tight to start out with but loosens up a bit over time.
All in all I rate them higher than the Castelli bibs I've had, but a half notch below Assos and Rapha but at the same time they're a good bit less expensive if you score them on BT.
Really love these bibs. The usual quality you'd expect from Capo. The chamois are great, super comfy. What I absolutely love are the cuffs around your guns. Snug and form fitting with no silly rubber grips. Got these for a steal on Bonktown for half off so decided to get the matching Verona jersey in white and the white and black Verona socks to round it all out. Perfect look. Not sure what all the sizing up is about. I'm 5'11 165 and the mediums fit me great.
4 rides in now and these are amazingly comfortable. Perhaps the most comfortable bibs I have worn. Love the cuff. I thought the monza was super comfortable. These are as much or more. Love the look. Racy but not a want to be bib with name of some pro team. In these, you look fast. Got red Verona jersey to match and red capo euro resistek sock. Great look. Can't see all views on line so I was delighted that it exceeded by expectations.
A great bib that I have come to expect from Capo. Love the power Lycra on the inside of the thighs and the spandex on the outside where the logos lay. I detroy bibs riding a minimum of 3000 miles a season. My previouse capos are still going strong after two seasons. I would order one size up though on this particular cut as others have mentioned.
Bought these from bonktown and really like them. I agree with the other reviewers that you need to size up. I'm 5' 11" 150 lbs and wear a medium in American made shorts (Voler). Got a large in these and am very happy with the fit. The straps are snug but don't dig in. The chamois is excellent!
My other capos are large but this feels a lot smaller. The shoulder straps hardly have any stretch & were digging into my shoulders. I returned it. Not sure if I want an XL since this would then be my only XL bib