First-look review: Cervo Rosso Corsa SR01 thermal bibshorts

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Cervo Rosso is a Swiss clothing company that was established by Carlyle Ware in 2010. An emblem of a deer features in the company’s logo, a curious association for road cycling perhaps, but Cervo Rosso is Italian for “red deer”.

A quick tour of Cervo Rosso’s website will provide the uninitiated with a good understanding of the company and its values. They are as passionate about the sport as they are dedicated to creating high quality garments with a clean and simple look. To this end, all of Cervo Rosso’s clothing is made in Italy.

Cervo Rosso’s catalogue comprises performance-oriented clothing for men and women. The company also offers an urban collection and a variety of giftware to suit brand loyalists.

The Corsa SR01 thermal bibshorts are the cornerstone of Cervo Rosso’s cold weather collection. Utilising two thick, fleece-lined fabrics from MITI (called Super Roubaix and Thermodream) these bibs are designed to resist low temperatures while providing the rider with plenty of comfort and support for the leg muscles.

Cervo Rosso uses its HG11 padding for the SR01 bibshorts that comprises two open cell foams, one 4mm thick and the other 8mm thick. The thicker foam is also denser and is shaped to suit the saddle. Elsewhere, broad elastic backed with silicone dots is used for the leg hems to stop the shorts from moving around.

Corsa SR01 thermal bibshorts are available in one colour (black with red leg hems and piping) and six sizes (XS-XXL) via their online store. For more information including details on their 60-day satisfaction guarantee, visit Cervo Rosso.

RRP: €199 (~AU$295)

Our Take:

From the first moment I pulled on the Corsa SR01 bibshorts, I knew I was dealing with a very nice pair of shorts. Of course, fleece-lined fabric is always welcome on cold days, but Cervo Rosso have paid close attention to the quality of the fit. Thus, there is some compression to support the muscles but it is balanced with the perfect amount of stretch so that the shorts are easy to pull on and comfortable to wear for the duration of the ride.

Since the Corsa SR01 bibs are quite stretchy, the fit is reasonably forgiving. I found Cervo Rosso’s sizing agreed well with many other brands like Assos, Capo and dhb but there’s no need to leave sizing to chance: Cervo Rosso offers a size guide that takes into account the riders sex, height, weight, and hip and waist measurements to recommend a size.

The HG11 padding is superb. I was immediately comfortable while seated yet unaware of the padding when I was out of the saddle. Four hours later, I was still enjoying the plush comfort provided by the padding without any niggles or chafing.

I wore the Corsa SR01 bibs (in conjunction with knee warmers) in temperatures down to 5°C without any worry from the cold air. And as the day warmed up and the warmers were discarded, I was still comfortable.

I had no trouble with the shorts moving around or bunching in the groin. The leg hems were effective without ever being uncomfortable and the front of the shorts was easy to lower when I needed to empty my bladder.

All told, I wouldn’t change a thing about these shorts until I wanted to wear a different colour combination. The quality of the fabrics, fit, and padding are more than enough to justify the asking price. Buyers need only to deliberate on the styling and the expense to decide the appeal of these cold weather shorts.


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