Owen Caprellwrote a review of Castelli Sorpasso Bib Knickers on December 18, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The title sums up my thoughts on these knickers. They're not terrible, but they're not effin' fabulous either.
Seeing as the last reviews are from last winter/spring, I'm assuming the bibs I got are from the '14/'15 season and no one has reviewed the newer ones yet. Some of the things addressed in earlier reviews seem to be resolved, but not all.
Sizing: Yeah, they run small. I'm 5'11 155lbs. The other Castelli Items I've got all fit great in a medium, even the slim and snug San Remo Speedsuit. I ordered the medium, and am sticking with it, but I can't put on any winter pounds...
Chamois: Super comfy. I haven't noticed it being abnormally forward as some previous reviews had mentioned. If I was sitting upright on a beach cruiser, it might be a bit too far forward, but I'm not.
Stitching: When I first put them on, I did hear the popping that others have heard. A bit disconcerting, yes. As of now, about two months after purchasing and plenty of riding, I haven't noticed any stitching issues, but time will tell.
Tags: Castelli!!! Why would you sew the inner tags STRAIGHT INTO THE GARMENT!? I don't want those things scratching my back, so I'm going to take them out, but I cant without undoing the actual stitching. Shame on you.
Waist: Maybe it's because they're so snug, but it is hard to take a piss with these on.
Windproffness: Meh. There's a bit of a chill on fast descents, but for general riding they do okay, but just okay.
Bib straps: I don't like 'em too much. I have a hard time getting them to lay flat. That being said, I haven't noticed them being annoying while riding.
Lettering: No, I don't like being a billboard for free. However, the large branding doesn't affect my riding at all. It's still on there after a handful of washes, but I don't expect it to last, not that it's a huge concern.
Three stars because they work, but there are some things that need to be tweaked.