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We review Castelli’s premium Sorpasso cycling bib tights to see if they are worth the hefty price tag.

Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights
£160
www.saddleback.co.uk

The Castelli Sorpassos are some of the best cycling tights out there

You’ll always pay a premium for Castelli, as the price takes account of the detail and design that makes their gear so great to ride in. The Sorpasso bib tights are certainly some of the best we’ve ever used for those who can afford them. There are no windproof or waterproof panels so they can feel cold and wet on frosty descents or when the rain first hits, but the combination of super stretchy Thermoflex and Thermoflex Core Duo keeps them superbly warm when damp, and dries and shifts sweat really fast so they’re supremely comfortable over the course of a long ride. The Progetto X2 pad with seamless multi-density padding creates a fantastically comfortable place to sit, too.

The super stretchy fabric mix and twisted
multi-panel cut means no bagginess or creep down your legs like most protective fabric tights either. The super thin ribbon straps are a pain to pull on, but they vanish once they’re in position, and the zipped ankle sleeves use the same ultra thin material for syncing with your overshoes. The Castelli lettering can peel though, so wash them inside out to avoid decal decay.

Verdict
Pricey but superbly comfortable and sublime fitting bike tights.

Performance 5/5
Value 3/5
Overall 4/5

Triathlon Plus Peak Performer Award, issue 37

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