The Sorpasso tights have been a staff favorite for a few seasons now due to its wide 32°-60° temperature range, durability and undisputable value. The value is so good in fact, the Sorpasso has bested many garments that are twice its price or more. They also get Castelli's Rosso Corsa designation which means it is a top tier Castelli product which receives their best stitching, best pad insert and finest anatomically cut materials.
The Sorpasso's front leg panels are constructed of Thermoflex Core Due which does a great job at keeping your legs protected from the elements. Thermoflex Core Due is a core Castelli cold weather textile and for good reason. It provides both windproofing, wet weather barrier and warmth/moisture control through hollow core fibers. The back and uppers use standard Thermoflex where supreme weather protection is not required. Thermoflex in all of its forms is super elastic, so when cut and stitched in anatomical patterns, Castelli can achieve a tailored-like fit. In addition to fit, Thermoflex also provides excellent muscle compression. The flat, thin and elastic suspenders are the familiar Giro++ design that provide support, while staying low profile. The bottoms of the tights are finished off with the elastic Giro3 bands and 10cm YKK zippers.
Since the Sorpasso is a Rosso Corsa product, it receives Castelli's best insert, the Progetto X2. This insert is designed to disappear beneath the rider. It has two distinct components. A skin care layer that is bacteriostatic, soft, elastic, seamless and is designed to prevent chafing. The other feature is the cushioning layer that features variable thickness with extra viscous padding beneath the sit bones and perineum. Castelli has always had a knack for getting the chamois fit and profile just right and their inserts are seeked out by riders worldwide. The Progetto X2 is no exception and is their best offering to date.
My new favorite cold weather tights! Good wind protection and plenty of insulation down to freezing and even lower. The only issue I have is that the fit is designed for skinny, tall Italian cyclists rather than normal size Americans. At 5.10 and 185 with a 34 inch waist, I can fit the XL but they are snug. I guess I need to train more and shed some lbs...
Pros: comfortable and great performance
Cons: tight fit
Excellent quality spring/fall tight from Castelli. Order up a size as this has the typical Castelli euro sizing. I'm 5'10" 155lbs and needed a large. Only complaint is This is NOT a winter tight and the stated 32 to 60 degrees temp range is nonsense. More like 45 to 60 degrees. My quads practically seized up the first time I used them on a 40 F ride. No protection for the front of the legs. If you want protection for real cold look at Castelli Sorpasso Wind Bib Tights which feature different panel
Pros: Typical Castelli quality and fit
Cons: temp range claim is rubbish
I love these tights because of the temp range and style. I rode them last week in classic late-March Colorado weather, 40deg temps in the morning and almost 65deg in the afternoon and they performed well. I didn't overheat or get cold. The inside fleece is red and slightly shows through the knees when flex, which is pretty cool. Chamois is good.
Pros: Good price, temp range, style
Cons: Size up one size