Bib shorts with enough bells and whistles to cause hearing loss.
Designed around feedback from the race team, the top-of-the-line Castelli Body Paint bib short is cut from a single piece of Lycra to conform to the body better than similar multi-panel bib-shorts. Think of it as fewer moving parts, meaning fewer seams to unravel and less stitching to cause chafing. The chamois includes three gel inserts in the most important spots: two for the sit bones that contact the saddle and the other for the spot just behind your priceless jewels. Even the material has been put through the rigors of wind-tunnel testing to ensure that even if you forget your skin suit for your next TT, at least you’ll have the Body Paint Short to fall back on.
Engineered using a single piece of Power Stretch Lycra fabric for ultimate contouring
Seamless elastic fabric straps reduce chafe
Light mesh fabric on back for exceptional breathability
Progetto X-2 Seat Pad designed by the Cervelo Test Team
Sleek Euro-Fit sizing
[bib], seamless elastic, [short], Power Stretch Lycra
Progetto X-2 Pad
road biking, long rides
Note: Castelli has a "Euro" slimmer fit. We suggest ordering at least one size larger than your normal US size.
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
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I have tried many other bibs, and most were good. Then, I put this on. The first time I wore it, I wasn't sure it was worth the price. Then, I washed it and wore it on a 65 mile ride. It changed the way I think about shorts. The short is very, very tight, and the straps are a bit constricting when you are standing. If you get on the bike and ride, it does seem to disappear. The chamois is perfect, and the lack of seams is incredible. Yes, the lettering comes off quickly. for this level of comfort, who cares. Will buy the 2.0 soon. Have also worn it on longer rides, and have never been less than very happy.
1. This bib looks great. The laser cut fabric looks great. 2. Typical Castelli sizing problems. Medium was so tight that it pushed the V-shaped seam of the Chamios (not a flat seam) in front into my junk, causing serious irritation around 70 mile mark. The Large had extra room in the fabric around the chamois area resulting in some bunching and serious irritation around the edge of the chamois. 3. The Chamois has exposed thick edges all around and if the product doesn't fit you perfectly (between sizes) then you won't like it. 4. If the bib actually fit me correctly, I bet it would be great. Maybe the 2.0 will fix some if these issues. Obviously, everyone is not experiencing the same issues as me. For this price, I expect perfection--even at the 150 mile mark. 5. I returned the item for the Gore Xenon Sonic. The Gore Xenon Sonic has none of these problems. I will say the the Castelli Body Paint bib does look cooler, but I would rather finish the ride with no sores. 6. The red fabric strip on the front below the navel allows for minimal stretch. If you try to make a quick restroom stop in this bib, you'll find out why that's a problem.
With great anticipation I awaited my shipment of these, a size L, as it appeared they run small based on several comments. As I hardly ever wear size L, I was surprised to find that they were still way too small for me, especially in the torso area. They look like great warm weather bibs and unfortunately the XL's are no longer available. Hopefully next time.
This is a terrific bib. Extremely comfortable -- no seams, lightweight (I expect it to be great in hot weather), comfortable shoulder straps. I like it better than my previous favorites -- giordana forma-reds.
They do run small -- I wear a medium in everything else, but the large in these fits really well (and plenty tight)
Update: I actually bought the L as well after receiving the M. The L fit very well. I was worried about the legs being a bit too big for my quads. No worries! The fit is very nice, snug. The pad is great. The only complaint I have is the straps. They are pretty tight and don't lay flat on the shoulders. They bunch up a bit. I wore a baselayer under and the straps dug in a bit on the shoulders and upper back. However, I didn't notice it on the ride and it's not enough to turn me off. These are very nice!
I'm 6ft, 163ish...smallish quads..The straps seem pretty tight standing up and tend to bunch up and not lay flat. I do like the way they fit from the waist down, however. They are very low cut, so your jersey better be on the longer side in the front.
I'm wondering if a large would work for me. Typically, the length of the Large works well but are too big down on my quads. Any word on how the Large works with smaller quads?
I love these bibs. But as a warning they are very tight. I have custom Capo and wear XS bibs. These I wear an S and they are almost too tight. But compression is nice. No plastic grippers around the legs but they compression bands work well. Straps are superb. Reflective bits are smart and not found on other bibs. Did Furnace Creek 508 in one pair of these. No complaints. But haven't used them enough (ie. washed) to determine their durability. Just washing in the bag they come with and hoping for the best.
I like my podium collection bibs better than these. The chamois seems wide and long to me puts extra bulk around the thigh area. The construction and fit seem excellent after using a few times, but I don't know how they will hold up. The stripes crack or break up after a few uses/washes which was very disappointing for such an expensive item. If they make these out of one piece of fabric why can't the decorative strips and logo be integrated into the fabric. From a looks standpoint I was disappoint due to this. It makes the bibs look very used after a couple uses. As far as function I feel they function as good if not better than high end bibs. On a fit note, I weight about 155lbs and am 6' with a 30/31 waist and the mediums fit tight but feel great.
Do these bib shorts have leg grippers? I have the Castelli Endurance bib shorts, and find that they ride up without silicone grippers. In fact, if the "Castelli" silcone logos on the outside leg hem of the Endurance shorts were on the inside, they'd be perfect. What about the Body Paint?
I'm the happy owner of 2 pairs of Castelli Free Aero Race Bibs and a Sugoi RSE Bib, Castelli Ergo Tre shorts & PI microsensor shorts. These are the best shorts I've worn.
The chamois is the same Progetto x2 as the Free bibs, so the only difference is in the short/strap areas. You have to be careful to get the correct size in Castelli: they make everything at least one size smaller than anyone else, so go to a cycle shop and try it on before ordering online!
I have no beef with the straps, in fact prefer them to the Free straps, although just a bit. But man, what a difference in the one-piece construction short! I don't know how they did it, but it hugs every point of contact throughout the entire range of motion, and stays in place,, with no chafe, rub or bind. They're criminally expensive, but they get cheaper every mile of a century: believe it!
From the waist down a great product. The top portion of the bib where the stitching is placed started coming loose after one wash on a hand wash cycle. The material is too thin to hold with this type of stitch. Too bad because the overall feel is great.
Review from http://lavamagazine.com/gear/interbike-day-two-serotta-debuts-hsg-aero-as-speedfil-debuts-the-new-ar#axzz10kqca1Qe
The BodyPaint line from Castelli was one of our favorite debuts the last two years. Its form-fitting, with a classically athletic Italian cut, and represents Castellis effort for truly aero training apparel that's still exceptionally comfortable for all that tight fit. (There's just a single seam in their shorts, for example, which we were told was kept quiet from the UCI, who have design rules in apparel, but Castelli circumvented it by literally screening stitching down the leg for Carlos Sastre when the kit first debuted.) That means laser-cut seams and minimal material overlays and screening. Catelli Body Paint
For 2011, Castelli bumped up the line, adding a bib and standard short for women. We were impressed with the leg gripper: set along the laser-cut legs edge, the rubberized layer isnt a layer at all; the gripper is actually milled into the fabric, meaning that as you pedal, the gripper will stay put and not denigrate over time.
Castelli also debuted a new NanoFlex armwarmer and kneewarmer. Whats special about them is the fact that they both introduce water resistance coatingsignificant, as I think we can all attest to being caught in a downpour, and while the shell protects your core, the wind chill on wet armwarmers or kneewarmers can make a ride miserable. The coating, which Castelli says cant wash off, will simply knock aside the raindrops, keeping the extremities warm and dry. The armwarmer and kneewarmer will each sell for $60.
Write your question here... Can anyone give an idea on sizing? I'm 5'8", 150 lbs; I wear a Med. in Pearl Izumi bibs very comfortably; however, I have to go to a large in Capo. I'm assuming I would be a Med., but wanted to make sure sizing is not very small on these, like the Capo.
These bibs are great. I have the '09 Free bibs and the pad in these is a big step up. It is much more comfortable on long rides and eliminates any chaffing. The overall fit is great and they are very comfortable.