These are great shorts, I only wish I had tried them sooner! The chamois is the feature that really makes these so nice, specifically the shape and the way the edges of the chamois are thin to minimize chafing. I have previously used the top model Pearl Izumi bib shorts for years and they performed ok but in the last few years my mileage has increased and I was getting more and more irritationchafing resulting in minor sores (especially in the Central Texas summer sweat season when everything gets soggy). These Castelli shorts rival the much more expensive Assos shorts in comfort and chamois performance. The only thing I would change would be to add a bit of length to the bib straps since I am tall and the size that fits my legships is a bit too shorttight from a length perspective ... it's not really a problem when in riding position but noticeable nonetheless.
My first pair of Castellis, and I'm a believer!! About me I'm 5'9, 168 lbs, with (I think) average thighs.... I bought the Large size and they are snug but not too tight. The shoulder straps feel a bit snug at first, but once on the bike, and after a few wearings, the fit is perfect for me. As some have mentioned the length on the shorts may be a BIT on the short side compared to some others, but I like it, I don't care for some shorts today that seem to hit your knees, so this may be a personal choice. The cut in the front of the shorts is on the lower side which is great for mid-ride nature breaks (as Phil and Paul would say - ha ha ha). All in all, a great investment, and I'll definitely be putting this on my Christmas wish list. More color options would be nice, but that's a minor nit for a great pair of bibs. Get yours now!
The best thing about this short is its snug and compressive fit. Others recommend ordering one size up, but I order two sizes up. At 6 feet and 185 pounds I no longer have a 25-year-old physique, but I do not have a potbelly. The short is still tight across the thighs and snug over the shoulders. They remain comfortable with no sag over 25 to 50 mile brisk daily road rides. I like the minimalist chamois better than my more thickly padded Assos. One improvement that I would welcome is heavier gauge fabric in the shoulder straps, along the lines of the Assos. The Castelli tends to bunch at the shoulder.
First off, I am 5'11, 180 lbs. I admit that I am a bit heavier than my usual 165 lbs for reasons I won't bore you with. Losing the extra weight is a priority at the moment. That aside, this appears to be a nicely made, if rather pricey, pair of bib shorts. I say appear because I have yet to use them. The reason? The fit! I studied the sizing chart carefully and came away believing the XL would fit me fine. Wrong. I swear, trying to slip this thing on was like putting on a too small condom. It was so tight I could barely breathe. I don't know how much weight I'll have to lose to fit into this, but it could be at least 20 pounds.
My question for Castelli is who are you making these for? Eighteen year-old professional cyclists? Come on, calling this an XL is like calling a size 8 shoe a 12. And whoever came up with that sizing chart needs to get some real world experience.
This is my first time in Castelli and I am a believer!!! About me I'm 5'9, 168 lbs, 32 inseam, average thighs. I bought a size L and they fit snug but not too tight.... On the bike you barely think about them. Very comfortable, especially in the riding position. While I agree with others that the length may be a bit shorter than some other shorts, I like it.... they DON'T hit the knees like some shorts seem to, which I don't like. Also the front of the bibs is on the lower side, which is a good thing for when you need to take a nature break (as Phil and Paul would say - ha ha!). Overall, a great value - highly recommended!
The material used in these bib shorts is of very high quality. I have around 1000 miles in them and they've been washed numerous times (be sure to hang dry). All stitching has remained perfect and the material shows no signs of pilling. The leg grippers are thin, simple, comfortable and perform great. The mesh straps are airy and the feel of them disappears while riding. The Progetto x2 air chamois really completes the package. I've had issues in the past with chamois that have uneven edges (pod like areas) where they contact the skin. The ultra soft material of the Progetto X2 chamois is flat with any padding thickness variations taking place below the skin contact surface. I've worn these on several century rides and when paired with DZNUTS chamois cream have had no issues. These are and will continue to be my go to bibs for every ride over 60F. Just waiting for the right price to order more!
After years of riding $100 bibs, I stepped up for these Castelli's back in January. Bought one pair. I now own four. The most comfortable chamois imaginable! Why do so many manufacturers make their chamois with corduroy ribs and such?! The chamois flexes naturally on the saddle and never feels bulky, yet also provides good comfort. My rides are typically 30-50 miles. They also have good protection up front and I experience no numbness as I have had with some other bibs. The compression on your thighs is firm, but not strangling (I'm XXL with 25 thighs) and the fabric warms up and the fit eases after just a couple of minutes. Excellent construction throughout. Nice bit of graphic flare without being too loud. Love 'em!