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    Novara Mezzo Capri Bike Tights - Women's

    Our women's Novara Mezzo capri bike tights feature a nonbinding waist, a Gelspot chamois pad and more coverage than shorts for cool-weather cycling.

    • $64.50

    Item # 826637

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    • 4-way stretch fabric and 8-panel construction provide support for hard-working muscles; moisture-wicking, quick-drying finish increases comfort
    • With a UPF 50+ rating, fabric provides excellent protection against harmful ultraviolet rays
    • Yoga-inspired waistband features a crossover stretch fabric in front for superior comfort when you're tucked over the bike
    • Novara Gelspot chamois features a microfiber covering that wicks moisture away; ergonomic shaping and smooth, sonic-welded seams reduce friction
    • Women-specific, ergonomically-shaped gel chamois conforms to body contours; high-density foam helps provide comfort on the bike
    • Mesh back panel ventilates and allows moisture vapor to escape quickly
    • Rear envelope style pocket self closes to keep small items secure
    • Novara Mezzo capri bike tights have flat seams that are non-chafing next to skin
    • Silicone elastic grippers keep hems from riding up legs


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    Novara Mezzo Capri Bike Tights - Women's Specs
    Best use
    Nylon / nylon blend
    80% nylon/20% spandex
    Gel chamois
    Mid-calf length
    18.5 inches
    Fabric type
    Liner fabric
    Sun-protective fabric
    Pad type
    Panel construction
    Moisture wicking
    Quick drying
    Tights length
    Inseam (in.)

    Novara Mezzo Capri Bike Tights - Women's

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    Rated 4.2222/5 based on 18 reviews
    Rated 1out of5
    by fromNot For Me I bought these on-line based on the great reviews. Alas, while the overall fit was great, the padding was terribly uncomfortable. Way too wide for me. Plus it was very stiff. While the stiffness might soften up over time, the chamois' width interfered with the motion of my legs while cycling. YMMV. I am 5'3" & weigh 153 lbs. The large fit great & the length was perfect - just below the widest part of my calf. Unfortunately, the poorly fitting chamois means these are going back. Would have loved for these to have worked out.
    Date published: 2013-11-05
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromPadding placement Is off Overall I like this product a lot. However, the padding seems to be misplaced a bit. Feels like it needs to be moved forward slightly. Sticks out in the back when standing. When riding need to feel more padding in crotch area.
    Date published: 2012-06-29
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromComfortable and flattering! I am so pleased with these bike tights. The padding is awesome and they are very flattering on, and so very comfortable.
    Date published: 2012-05-19
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromMixed feelings I have mixed feelings about these. I like how the length is a longer than a regular bike short and felt they were a lot more falattering than other pants I tried on. But I feel like the padding is a little off (too far in the back) and bulky. I also have noticed the seams along the chamois coming undone, and I haven't worn them too often. Might return them and try another brand.
    Date published: 2013-06-07
    Rated 3out of5
    by fromMixed Quality, Inspect the Chamois Seams I have now purchased 3 pairs of these capri pants. I like the Novara Chamois, it's a little more resiliant than the mid-grade Pearl Izumi and covers my wide sitbones well. The first pair I purchased in mid 2011 and returned after 1 wearing because the chamois stitching was coming undone. They fit perfectly fine, it wasn't like I was popping seams on pants a size too small. I didn't like the shorts version as much (too loose in the thigh) and decided that I would buy the revamped version in mid 2012 (tag says Vietnam Jul 2012) and they've held up great through out my STP training over several hundred miles. No wonder these pants are so hard to find! Well I needed a 2nd pair for the 2nd day of the STP, they're backordered and I drove out of my way to get the last mediums in the Redmond, WA store. To my dismay the tag says "Vietnam Nov 2012" and the seams were already coming undone on the chamois. But it was the last pair of medium left pretty much anywhere in Washington. The nice associates at the register gave me a slight discount and I'll probably hand sew the seam ends in the 5 or 6 places around the chamois they're coming undone. The pants had tags on them still, they weren't returned and put on the rack. So brand new off the rack the seams were already bad. Wherever these are being manufactured is producing mixed quality and inspections so be sure to inspect the seams as soon as you get these shorts. Hopefully the chamois doesn't unravel too much during the STP! REI-- Please enforce the quality control a little better in your manufacturing facility.
    Date published: 2013-07-07
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromSweet The padding was awesome. I was a little sore on my next ride (which was my 2nd in my life) but after I had finally settled in it was fine. I would buy them again and buy different styles.
    Date published: 2014-03-18
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat waistband Waistband minimizes muffin top, very comfortable. The legs do not ride up, they grip very nicely. Fabric is soft and comfortable. Try a pair.
    Date published: 2013-01-09
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromFit like Pearl Izumi, nicer quality These knickers fit very much like my Pearl Izumis, with the one difference that I wear a full size smaller (at least) in the Novara. I wear a large in the PIs but the large Novaras literally started falling down before I took five steps. When I compared the chamois between brands, they were nearly identical in size, shape,and placement. Unfortunately, I ordered these hoping for a different fit than PI, because the chamois sits too far back on my body, so the edge is right where my sits bones contact the saddle and causes a lot of chafing. Since these fit so similarly, they will be going back, and I will continue looking for a different fit.
    Date published: 2013-06-01

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