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Castelli Free Aero Race Bib Shorts

Price: $139.99 - $199.99
  • Removable Chamois: no
  • Chamois: yes, Progetto X2 Air
  • Fit: race cut
  • Recommended Use: cycling, training, racing
  • Bib: yes

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Product Description

The Castelli Free Aero Race Bib Shorts have not only survived the test of multiple seasons under Pro Tour behinds, they have moved from strength to strength largely due to the intelligent feedback from real-world professionals. Designed to provide long-lasting, durable comfort, the Free Aero Race Bib Shorts will keep you supported and ventilated during long days in the saddle. That's why Cycling Plus magazine named these bib shorts the best of the best during extensive testing in 2011.The beauty and effectiveness of the Free Aero Race Bib Shorts comes from the targeted use of three main fabrics. First, Castelli developed what they call an Action Micro fabric that is particularly durable and placed it in the saddle contact regions, since those are the areas that get the most regular wear and tear. Energia Micro fabric is used on the sides and back of the bib shorts to take advantage of its outstanding stretch and return. The Breathe Micro fabric is used for the front of the shorts because, as its name indicates, it has been designed to let the fabric breathe to help keep the legs from overheating when the sun is beating down on a hot day. Perhaps nothing in these bib shorts has benefited as much from Castelli's association with professional cycling teams as the Progetto X2 Air Seat Pad. The Garmin-Cervelo team spent a year testing this short; that's a lot of saddle time to be thinking about how comfort could be improved. Since Castelli had it pretty right to begin with, there wasn't much more than tweaking going on. What it has done is add a perforated foam layer to the pad to help ventilate and keep the nether regions cooler by allowing air to flow directly onto the surface fabric. That layer sitting next to your skin is made from a four-way stretch, seamless, bacteriostatic layer designed to move with you, reducing any bunching and friction. The cushioning layer consists of strategically placed, multi-density foam.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 1 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B007C29QWM
  • Item model number: Castelli
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,091 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Macgregor on February 27, 2014
There's other good brands out there but Castelli's always been the best (and priciest) in cycle clothing IMO.

For me the price is not a major consideration if they perform this well for a reasonable number of seasons.

So far, I've had only 3 months of riding these down here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where it can be very hot, sometimes very humid, and quite dusty. My riding so far has been a combination of road and mountain on a MTB. Since it's only been 3 months I need a lot more time in them to judge their durability (I expect riding shorts to last at least 3 or more heavy seasons).

I might add that I've had other high-end bib shorts from Castelli and these had great longevity so I'm expecting these to be the same. If, for some unexpected reason, this turns out untrue I will revisit this review.

One thing to remember when ordering: to avoid sending back you should order all Castelli shorts and jerseys at least one, if not two, sizes larger than your normal size.
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Color Name: Black/WhiteSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I was not disappointed. The bib shorts are made with quality fabrics and the design (got in white/black) is pretty nice. The only thing that bothered me when I first examined the shorts was the visible chamois in the front. That's what happens when you go with the white ones. No big deal, though.

I think of comfort and compression with these bib shorts, although I'm not sure how they compare with the body paint bibs. One thing to remember with Castelli is the sizing--I've seen reviews for jerseys and bibs and everyone says order a size (or two) up. I would agree, check the website to be sure and don't be afraid to break out the measuring tape. Be honest when you order these because they hug the body and won't hide things...

I don't have any issues with the straps digging into my shoulders, even when in the drops. The chamois is excellent. First time I jumped on the bike I knew there was padding there, but at the same time it had a minimalist feel to it. That's a great accomplishment by Castelli. I'd buy another pair of these or maybe try the body paint bibs next.
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