Imagine being able to ride in cold weather with clothing that emulated all the best features of your summer-weight kit: bibs that didn't restrict breathing, a chamois as good as the one in your best shorts, and lightweight materials that didn't feel bulky or restrictive. The Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa line of products, and as a result, they get the Italian manufacturer's very best treatment in materials, design, and fit.
The Sorpasso Bib Tights begin with Castelli's top-of-the-line Progetto X2 pad, the same pad found in their best shorts. The top layer that contacts your skin is a made from a seamless, four-way stretch microdenier fabric designed to move in harmony with your body and eliminate the chafing that can come with materials with too little stretch. It receives an antibacterial treatment and is bonded to a variable thickness pad made from multiple density foams; the result is a smoothly contoured pad that places the firmest foam where support is most needed. Perforated inserts help to relieve pressure on the sit bones and perineum -- just where riders experience the greatest pressure.
The front of the tights are cut from Thermoflex Core Due to keep the wind out. This two-layer material traps air in a hollow-core layer of polyester while moisture is transported to the outer nylon/Lycra layer where it can evaporate. A simpler fabric, Thermoflex, is used for the portions of the tights not exposed to the wind for greater breathability. Giro++ grippers keep both the bib straps and ankles in place. It's rare to find bibtights that are this light and this warm.
Like the bibs in the Rosso Corsa line, the waist of the Sorpasso Bib Tights is cut very low to eliminate restrictions on breathing caused by pressure on the belly.
The Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights are Black/white and are available in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large.
Hollow core fibers trap warm air and move moisture better than traditional fibers
Progetto X2 chamois keeps your nether regions comfortable on long rides
Ankle zippers make the early-morning dressing routine a little easier
Castelli Men's Apparel
35-37in (88.9 - 94.0cm)
37-39in (94.0 - 99.1cm)
39-41in (99.1 - 104.1cm)
41-43in (104.1 - 109.2cm)
43-45in (109.2 - 114.3cm)
45-46in (114.3 - 116.8cm)
30-32in (76.2 - 81.3cm)
32-34in (81.3 - 86.4cm)
34-36in (86.4 - 91.4cm)
36-37.5in (91.4 - 95.3cm)
38-40in (96.5 - 101.6cm)
40-42in (101.6 - 106.7cm)
36-38in (91.4 - 96.5cm)
38-40in (96.5 - 101.6cm)
40-42in (101.6 - 106.7cm)
42-44in (106.7 - 111.8cm)
44-46in (111.8 - 116.8cm)
46-48in (116.8 - 121.9cm)
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 from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
Terms And Conditions
This Usage Agreement (the "Agreement") governs your conduct while using various services on the web site Competitive Cyclist and its affiliate web sites (collectively, the "Site"). All references to "we," "us," and "our" shall mean Competitive Cyclist and all references to "you" and "your" shall mean the user of the Site and Site Services. This Agreement applies to various services and activities on the Site as well as to gear review and product ratings (collectively, "Site Services"). Please read this Agreement carefully.
BY ACCESSING, BROWSING, AND USING THE SITE, ANY SITE SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICES THEREIN, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AND ITS TERMS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY SUBSEQUENT MODIFICATION THEREOF, DO NOT ACCESS, BROWSE OR OTHERWISE USE THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES, INCLUDING THE SUBMISSION OF ANY REVIEWS OR COMMENTS.
Any comments, reviews (including gear reviews and product ratings), posts, feedback, questions, answers, notes, messages, images, video, audio, materials, documents, data, graphics, ideas, suggestions or other communications (collectively, "User Content") you submit on the Site are not private or proprietary. By submitting User Content on or through the Site, you grant, assign and transfer to Competitive Cyclist all of your rights, title and interest, including without limitation, all intellectual property rights and moral rights, in and to such User Content. To the extent the preceding assignment and transfer is ineffective, you hereby grant Competitive Cyclist an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, adapt, display, publish, archive, store, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon such User Content, in any form, media, software or technology of any kind now existing or developed in the future.
By submitting such User Content on or through the Site, you are confirming that (a) you are the sole author of the User Content and the User Content originated with you and not copied in whole or in part from any other work; (b) you have obtained all necessary permissions associated with the User Content, including without limitation permissions relating to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity and/or rights of privacy; (c) the User Content does not contain hate speech or profanity and is not unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, obscene, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable, an invasion of another's privacy, or otherwise in violation of this Agreement; (d) that you are not a minor and have the legal right and capacity to enter into and comply with this Agreement; (e) such User Content does not and will not, in any way, violate or breach any of the terms of this Agreement; and (f) Competitive Cyclist shall not in any circumstances be required to pay or incur any sums to any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the User Content.
With respect to your conduct on the Site or while using the Site Services, you agree not to: (a) attempt to disguise the origin of any User Content transmitted to the Site Services whether through the Site or any third party site; (b) act in any manner that negatively affects other users' ability to use the Site and Site Services; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including without limitation, a manufacturer or owner of any product, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity; (d) interfere with the Site or Site Services, or servers or networks connected to the Site or Site Services, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Site or Site Services; (e) upload, post, or otherwise transmit any User Content that with respect to the Site Services: (i) is not relevant to the product, service, person or entity being reviewed; (ii) you do not have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (by way of example but not limitation, inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements); (iii) contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment; or (iv) is unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation.
User Content does not reflect the views of Competitive Cyclist, and Competitive Cyclist does not represent or guarantee the truthfulness, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, integrity, quality or reliability of any User Content, nor does Competitive Cyclist endorse or support any opinions expressed in any User Content. In no event shall Competitive Cyclist have or be construed to have any responsibility or liability for or in connection with any User Content, Any gear reviews and/or product ratings submitted on the Site, if displayed, are displayed for entertainment and informational purposes only. Under no circumstances will Competitive Cyclist be liable in any way for any User Content, including but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any User Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any User Content posted, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the Site or Site Services.
If Competitive Cyclist determines, in our sole and absolute discretion, that you or any User Content you submit violates this Agreement, we reserve the right, at any time, without notice and without limiting any and all other rights Competitive Cyclist may have under this Agreement, to: (a) refuse to allow you to submit further User Content; (b) remove and delete your User Content; (c) revoke your registration and right to use the User Content Submission Features; and (d) use any technological, legal, operational or other means available to enforce the terms of this Agreement, including, without limitation, blocking specific IP addresses or deactivating your registration, access to the Site and Site Services using your e-mail address, and your user name and password. Without limiting the foregoing, once User Content is submitted to the Site, Competitive Cyclist may take any or no action with respect to such User Content, including without limitation, deleting, editing, modifying, rejecting, or refusing to post such User Content, but is under no obligation to offer you the opportunity to edit, delete or otherwise modify User Content once it has been submitted. Competitive Cyclist shall have no duty to attribute authorship of User Content to you and shall not be obligated to enforce any form of attribution by third parties.
If, despite the foregoing assignment and transfer of rights in the User Content, it is determined that you retain moral rights (including the rights of attribution or integrity) in the User Content, you hereby declare that: (a) you do not require that any personally identifying information be used in connection with the User Content or any derivative works of or upgrades or updates thereto; (b) you have no objection to the publication, use, modification, deletion and exploitation of the User Content by Competitive Cyclist or its licensees, successors or assigns; (c) you forever waive and agree not to claim or assert any entitlement to any and all moral rights of an author in any of the User Content; and (d) you forever release Competitive Cyclist, and its licensees, successors and assigns from any claims that you could otherwise assert against Competitive Cyclist by virtue of any such moral rights.
You are prohibited from violating the security of any system or network compromising the Site or the Site Services, including but not limited to the following: (a) unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of the Site or Site Services or to breach security or authentication measures; (b) unauthorized monitoring of data or traffic on the Site or of the Site Services; (c) interference with the Site or Site Services including without limitation, any type of flooding technique or deliberate attempt to overload the system such as denial or service attacks; (d) forging of a message header or any part of a message header; or (e) using manual or electronic means to avoid any use or access limitation placed on this Site or the Site Services. Such violations may result in criminal or civil liability.
Competitive Cyclist reserves the right to report any activity or persons that Competitive Cyclist suspects has violated any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators, or other appropriate third parties (including the disclosure of appropriate subscriber information). Competitive Cyclist may also cooperate with appropriate law enforcement agencies to assist in the investigation and prosecution of any illegal conduct. Indirect or attempted violations of this Agreement and actual or attempted violations thereof by a third party on behalf of any user shall be considered violations of this Agreement by such user.
I returned this product before using it
Received the item very quickly! Great shipping. I am 5' 11", 172lbs., 31" waist and 41" chest.. item ordered was a Large, however the waist is very tight as was the chest.. exchanging for XL. Item quality, construction look and feel is really great and I am looking forward to getting the right size!!!
So after buying the bib tight, i try it on a 40 mile ride. overall the material keeps me warm. However, i do find that the size of the bib should be marked one size up. I am 5'11 and size M should be size S. After few more rides and machine wash, the seam on the right side where the white strip of fabric came little bit loose. I think it is because of the constant stretching. However, when you pay this amount of money, you should expect this last forever without any damage. I am please with the overall quality of the tight, just wish it is better constructed with one piece material. it keeps you warm for sure.
These bibs arrived with great anticipation and expectations, but lived up to neither. The first pair had a pen tip sized hole on the bottom left leg near the zipper. Also, as I very carefully put the medium size (I'm 5'8", 165lbs.) on, I heard a ripping sound. Initially ignoring the sound, I went out for a ride and noticed the leg zippers refused to stay closed; they constantly migrated up. After the ride I inspected the bibs to see if I could find evidence from the ripping sound. Upon inspection, the stitching had begun to come apart at the seams along the waist. BackCountry sent another pair. I took these out of the bag and didn't even wear them: the leg lengths were slightly different, and the emblems were already flaking off. I had the same problem with the third pair that was sent. Despite my problems with this product, Backcountry showed exemplary customer service, shipping the replacements and ultimately issuing the credits when the products were returned. I replaced these with De Marchi winter bibs, and they have been superlative. Not only are they designed in Italy, but made there also. The difference in quality is vast. It's a shame Castelli doesn't seem to have gotten a hold of quality control in the countries where they're having their products made.
I ordered this due to the many great reviews. I wanted it for those in between temps this spring. Not 10 mintues after I placed the order for these Chainlove had the Castelli Ergo big tights for like $56. Plain Jane item but great reviews so I pulled the plug and decided to compare them to the much pricery Sorpasso. They arrived the same day and without riding them I can say the Sorpasso seems to be made of ever so slighty denser material up front. So I would expect it to be slightly warmer...possibly down into the 30s. The insert is also nice but the problem is there is around a $70 difference between the two items. The Ergo also is not a walking Castelli billboard which I like and at 52 years I only ride on the weekends during the cooler months so bibs are a low use item. Conclusion. Return the Sorpasso and keep the Ergo. When was in my 20s and not flyihng a desk 9-5 I would have kep't the Sorpasso's. I think they would be an awsome tight from 35 to 50F. As for fit on both the L did the trick. 6'0" 160 lbs 30 inch waist.
I ride in temps down to about 40 degrees and usually used leg warmers. My Castelli (Duran) leg warmers are a slight bit warmer than these tights, but these are way more comfortable- no upper thigh cuff squeeze- so I use these almost exclusively now. Plus, as the day warms up, they are middle-of-the-road enough in warmth to have a broad comfort range. I have grown to like thin chamois, and this is a good thin one. Two thumbs up.
I didn't have the sizing issues described by many others. I'm 5'8", 155 lbs, 31" waist, 31" inseam, athletic build. More a crossfit guy than a biker. Read reviews and bought a Large, but it fit sloppy. Bought Medium and it fits great- snug but not tight. Length perfect. Only issues is with the straps, that feel a little short (I have to yard the bids up really well when I put them on, not uncomfortably, just deliberately) and they don't want to lay flat (want to roll), plus sometimes when taking off the bib the stretching makes disconcerting little ripping sounds down around the front strap anchor area, although in 20 rides I've seen no indication that anything is coming apart. On the bike, no issues with the straps- they disappear, just as one would hope.
Overall, love them. Just bought a second pair so I will never be caught without a pair because it's in the wash.
I don't really know if it gets better than this as far as bib tights go. I'm 6'1", 185 with a 32" waist and a 32.75" inseam and L fits awesomely. If you have longer legs, it may be worth your while to size up, but they work for my relatively short legs.
The material is soft, breathable, and warm enough to deal with late fall riding in Minneapolis. The chamois is probably the best one I've ever tried--now that I've ridden this, I'm a bit bummed that I don't have any Castelli bibs for the summer.
My one qualm with these is the transition of the interior brushed fabric from black to red. The effect is very cool around the knees; not so much around the crotch. If things move around in a certain way, you end up with your dong outlined nicely in red. It's not really an issue unless you forget about it and start walking around, although this feature could be a plus to the Mario Cipollini's of the world.
Based on other reviews, I initially ordered the xl, but it was too big and very long. I went with the L, which fits fine. It seems last year's model was on the short side among the reviews I read, but that doesn't seem to be the case any more. If anything, they are a bit on the long side, but the fit is still fine. I'm 165lbs and 5'9.5". The tights are very comfortable and fairly warm for temperatures above freezing. Where I live on the NW coast, if it drops below freezing (rare), it usually ices up too much for me to bother riding, so I don't know about sub-freezing suitability of this tight. It's very comfortable on long rides, to the point that you don't notice it. The pad is top-notch, and the garment seems pretty well put together, although not as refined as some other stuff I've seen, like Giordana's. No real concerns, however. The front of the bib is higher than most bibs, so pee stops are a wee (don't mind the pun) bit more of a challenge than normal, but still possible. I assume this is for warmth. In all, I would get this again, but like anything, wait for a good price. Chainlove had it for $100.
I'd been looking for a pair of bib tights for a while and decided to pull the trigger on these. Glad I did! As most people know that Castelli gear runs small, I opted or the XL due to my height (6' 5") but was worried they'd still be a tick short on the leg as I have a 35-ish inseam. I was right, but that's the story of my life. The rest of the fit is awesome though. I'd say a 6' 3"-ish guy would have the bottom come right to the ankle. My quads/calves are fit, but not huge. They still felt snug and comfy with room to go for yall out there with bigger legs.
As far as the quality of construction, it's not my Assos stuff, but darn close being the Rosso Corsa line. The chamois is awesome and the stitching around the edge is smooth and unobtrusive. Definitely nicer than the KISS chamois in their standard bib. The overall material is thin and flexible, but semi-fleece like on the inside. It gives a thicker feel without a lot of added weight/heft. I'm telling ya... these + a pair of long socks and full shoe covers and you can run all day long in the 30's with zero discomfort.
The white accents seem to be a bit reflective (good for safety) + there is a reflective line that runs along the edge of the ankle zipper on the back that is very reflective. The inside of the "hem" area at the end of legs is rubber coated as well, so it grabs your legs a bit... which I personally like. The Rosso Corsa logo is stitched so it's more solid and will most likely last much longer than the standard Castelli "iron on" logo. Speaking of those, there are two of them on the back that you can't see here... one on each of the calves. Looks cool. There is also a rubber Italian flag stitched on the lumbar region of the back which is a nice touch.
The only thing that could be considered a con is the thickness of the shoulder straps. They could be a little more "sturdy". Not for riding, but for the washing machine time and time again. I wash my gear separately from other regular clothes so I think they'll be fine, but that's my only semi-negative comment on the overall quality of construction.
I got these on Black Friday and only paid $99 so I am totally stoked, BUT I do still think they are worth more than that and I think they're worth the higher/regular price. I gave it 4 stars because they're too short MY legs!!! B)
First of all I love the fabric and fit of these bibs. I stay warm even when it' cold and wet. I'm even okay with the red insulating fabric that gets the occasional comment. What I don't like is that the zipper at the ankle came undone after wearing the bibs only a few times. This is unnaceptable at a bib costing this much. Now I have to find a tailor to sew in a new zipper. Maybe get them both replaced ):
I live in Australia so winters are not as cold here as other places in the world but when it hits 1 - 10 Deg. C (34 - 50 Deg. F) these are the bib tight of choice for me. Snug fit compared to the same size Pearl Izumi but comfortable and cosy while built to move freely so you can focus on the ride. Love the panels through the knee joint section of the legs which removes that common bulk in other tights and of course the famous Castelli build quality is there. Oh and I have worn these in temperatures up to 15 Deg. C (59 Deg F.) for the shorter rides under 30 kms (18 miles).
This bib tight has been very comfortable during 13 to 18 degree days. They breath very well and look great. Hopefully the next model does away with the red under padding at knee and crotch area as you can see shades of red around these areas when stretched. Should all be just black.