Castelli Sor­passo 2 £140

Cycling Weekly - - TECH GROUPTEST -

Castelli calls the Sor­passo’s Ther­moflex Core2 fab­ric the ‘magic mix’ as it be­lieves the ny­lon outer layer and hol­low-core polyester in­ner layer are the per­fect duo to keep you warm in a range of tem­per­a­tures.

At the back is a built-in lum­bar com­pres­sion band to keep them in place around the waist while at the lower leg re­flec­tive strips are teamed with re­flec­tive an­kle-zip storm flaps.

The women’s-spe­cific Pro­getto X2 Air seat pad is com­fort­able if on the wide side. The fit is tight: like the Rapha Sou­p­lesse they have a ‘pro’ sum­mer fit. But frus­trat­ingly the bib is al­most too tight and it’s re­ally no­tice­able across the up­per back.

You need to work rea­son­ably hard to get warm, but once there, the Sor­pas­sos per­fectly reg­u­late your tem­per­a­ture by bal­anc­ing breatha­bil­ity, in­su­la­tion and wind re­sis­tance. With lim­ited wa­ter re­sis­tance and a tem­per­a­ture range of 5-12°C they’re not for deep­est win­ter, but to get you through au­tumn and spring the Sor­pas­sos are great.

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL www.sad­dle­back.co.uk

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