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Item # CST0788

Changing the game all over again.

When most of us hear the words 'body paint,' we think of Mardi Gras or wild Vegas shows. But that certainly is not what Castelli had in mind when it coined the phrase to describe this line of high-quality cycling wear. The Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bib Shorts will fit so well that you'll feel like -- you guessed it -- they have been painted on you. The result are bib shorts that Castelli is proudly calling its fastest and most comfortable shorts ever.

The shorts on the Body Paint Bib Shorts are formed from a single piece of seamless fabric for a naturally supportive fit. The short feels like it is hugging you perfectly in any position, thanks to this anatomic fit and the as well as a highly compressive fabric. This smooth fit, combined with the aero dimples employed in the material, make this is the most aerodynamic bib short on the market. Castelli engineered the dimples into the fabric to induce flow separation and reduce aerodynamic drag. Think of it as the clothing equivalent for the Zipp rim dimples.

Virtually no seams also means that there are fewer places to irritate your body and there are fewer opportunities for a wardrobe malfunction to occur. After all, who hasn't experienced a perfectly good pair of shorts coming apart at the seams?

The upper portion of the bibs is made from the special Giro2 Bib Straps, a single strip of Giro fabric that is very soft and stretchy. Castelli has eliminated the Lycra trim that typically edges bib straps and more often than not cuts into your shoulders to cause discomfort. The new mesh on the back will help keep your torso cool by allowing air to circulate. Likewise, the updated Giro3 integrated leg grippers have been intelligently fashioned so that the grip material has been knit directly into the short. The generous 5 cm wide band gently compresses to secure the leg hem in place. It also lies completely flat, keeping your leg as aero as if it were in a skin suit.

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 spend 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. For good measure, perforated viscous comfort inserts have been added under the highly sensitive ischial and perineal pressure areas, so that your undercarriage will be supremely protected whether you are out on a two-hour weekday jaunt or training over cobbles for Roubaix.

The Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bib Shorts are available in three color combinations: Black/Red, Black/Black and Black/Red/Yellow Fluorescent. They come in sizes Small through XXX-Large.

  • Fabrics at leg openings and mesh short back are dimpled to smooth airflow over the short
  • Sublimated leg endings integrate a unique gripper to keep the short in place as you hammer out of the saddle
  • Progetto X2 Air insert provides all of the superlative comfort of the original Progetto X, but with improved air flow and moisture management

Tech Specs

Fit:
aerodynamic
Chamois:
Progetto X2 Air
Bib:
yes
Recommended Use:
cycling

Size chart

Castelli

Men's Apparel
 Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Chest  35.5 - 37in
(90.2 - 94.0cm)
37 - 38.5in
(94.0 - 97.8cm)
39 - 41in
(99.1 - 104.1cm)
41 - 43in
(104.1 - 109.2cm)
43 - 45in
(109.2 - 114.3cm)
45 - 47in
(114.3 - 119.4cm)
Waist 29.5 - 31.5in
(74.9 - 80.0cm)
31 - 33in
(78.7 - 83.8cm)
33 - 35.5in
(83.8 - 90.2cm)
35.5 - 37.5in
(90.2 - 95.3cm)
38.5 - 40.5in
(97.8 - 102.9cm)
41 - 43in
(104.1 - 109.2cm)
Hips 36.5 - 38.5in
(92.7 - 97.8cm)
38 - 40in
(96.5 - 101.6cm)
40 - 42in
(101.6 - 106.7cm)
42 - 44in
(106.7 - 111.8cm)
44 - 46in
(111.8 - 116.8cm)
46 - 48in
(116.8 - 121.9cm)
Inseam
31.5in
(80.0cm)
32in
(81.3cm)
32.3in
(82.0cm)
32.8in
(83.3cm)
33in
(83.8cm)
34.8in
(88.4cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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5 5

Best I have used.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used a few mid to mid high level bibs. The Body Paint 2.0 are the best I have acquired in this price range. As others have vaulted, the chamois is truly one of the best. I have not tried Assos and I dont think I have to spend that much either. These are keepers for me.

I purchased my first pair from CC on sale. Unfortunately, I went to order another pair (they were still on sale) but the price for my size went up. I ended up finding a similar price but had to order from the UK.

Sizing based on the size chart worked well for me. The shoulder straps are indeed different, but I certainly did not find them uncomfortable or digging into me. It does take a few moments longer to insure the straps are lined up. Once set, I dont give them a further thought.

Avg. ride time: 11h 36m per week
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5 5

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

People mostly complain about the straps. On my firs ride those straps got twisted badly and I was very disappointed.
The workaround is to make sure those are really flat and resting comfortably on the shoulders. Once you get the hang of it, it literally takes 5 seconds to do this adjustment, and then you are golden.

Very comfortable and my best bibs thus far (I used other brands' top bibs before).

1 5

the straps kill great shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

the good news? the shorts are comfortable, the pad even better.
the bad news? the straps. they're too short, the material is too stiff, they fold into a sharp crease that bites into your shoulders.
should have returned these before i even tried riding with them but got optimistic. bad call. now i'm stuck with pricey shorts that i should have never bought in the first place.

3 5

Perfect lower fit; Poor upper construct

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I gave these bibs 3 starts (rather than 2) because from the waist down these bibs are amazing. Sleek, snug, and comfortable. The engineers must have lost their minds when it came to the upper construction. The shoulder straps are too short (which = tight) and are like rubber bands that dig into your shoulders--they don't hold their form at all and end up bunching like a thin rope. There is also a large section of fabric across the back which is overkill, and adds an unnecessary layer to trap heat and stick/rub on a sweaty back. Disappointing for such a nice pair of bibs.

5 5

Great for 50+ miles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these bib shorts. Very comfortable on long days in the saddle. Race fit and don't forget to up size. I'm 6'1 and 180lbs wearing the XL. They don't snag easy and show little to no wear after 800 plus miles. The scorpion logos do show cracks after many washes but it is only cosmetic and in no way affects the strength of the materials. Just bought a second pair and haven't looked at wearing anything else.

5 5

The best I own - great value

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OK, you can pay a lot more or a lot less for bib shorts, but the Body paint bib shorts are a great value for the money. Very comfortable, outstanding chamois and virtually no seams and the fabrics blend together to make a tight but comfortable bib short that lasts a good season plus with proper care. They are my go-to bibs for centuries in hot weather. They are very cool and so even on hot and humid days I don't feel like I am overheating. For me, I have a long torso and stocky legs, I'm 5-9 and about 185 and find the size L fits well, although one of the three pairs I owe the straps dig a bit into my shoulders. Nothing painful, but they don't lie flat a wide like the other two. I rotate the three pairs, one bought in 2013 and the other two in early 2014 and after 60+ rides in each, the oldest pair is just now showing a bit of curl on the gripper fabric on the thighs. The others are fine. No other nits or wear spots and no loose threads or problems with the chamois. After being underwhelmed by the Inferno bibs I bought at the beginning of this season, I am going to buy another pair of the Body Paints and retire the oldest ones soon.

5 5

Paint II's

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Bought a pair of Paint I's and liked them except for the fact the logos come off pretty easily and the straps were a little difficult to get on. You would think for spending that kind of cash they would make it right. That said ,the II's are a cut above the previous version and fit great. Just have to make sure the straps go on straight and lie FLAT. I'm 5'10.5 175 and take a large as Italian race cut is tight! Compression is great and the pad is a cut above with Assos chamois cream which I use on all the gear no matter what brand of short I wear. That said, they perform great in or out of the drops and conform perfectly. A great race short to be sure. I have the Assos FL13 and these are just as comfortable except for the extra time to make sure the straps are correct. Frankly I think all the new gear these days is good for about 2 years of use and then the cushioning effect degrades rapidly. And that's with 7 different pairs in rotation! I do like to ride...and that's the price we pay in this sport. Too bad they don't hold up longer. Wouldn't pay list for them though. Wait until you can get them at a discount.

Responded on

Hi Ric, what size do you usualy buy on Assos bibs? Thanks a lot!

Avg. ride time: 15h 4m per week
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5 5

You get what you pay for

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Apparently there are some who did not appreciate the original Body Paint shorts and some who felt the same about the Body Paint Tour Edition. So I may be riding to the beat of a different drummer but the tour edition has been my go to bib short until now. Castelli too perhaps listened to some complaints about tight bib straps and have improved on the original. The 2.0 are by far the best shorts I have ever used; not cheap but well worth the investment. We are talking about a sesnitive region here. So yes, one gets what one pays for and with the Castelli Body Paint 2.0 shorts one gets superior fit, comfort and performance.

Avg. ride time: 8h 59m per week
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5 5

Nice shorts, but not for me

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Great fit in for me with the XL inferno short - but XL Body Paint was too tight in the thigh and the straps were too short & dug into my shoulders, so I returned for another pair of the Inferno shorts. I would try a XXL, but the length of the legs were already approaching too long in the XL size. I'm 6'-0" and weigh 175-180 lbs., and usually wear a Large in Pearl Izumi, Garneau, etc.

2 5

Curled legs also

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As Ronan pointed out in earlier review, after a few months of use, the bottom of the legs curl up-- they seem to have gone to a thinner fabric here, and the elastic at the bottom of the leg opening doesn't hold up as in previous version. No longer a fan of these, as I'm probably only going to get a season out of them--and I $pent on 2 pair!!

5 5

Excellent bibshort

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fabriqu� dans une pi�ce ce cuissard est confortable, mais les bretelles ne reste pas en place. Il faut revoir la conception des bretelles.

3 5

Beware of sizing..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been wearing Castelli Bibs and Shorts.. Endurance, Ergo, Free Aero and now Bodypaint2.0..
I have found sizing to be pretty consistent across the models.. Medium fits me jsut fine..
The BP2 I ordered in 2 sizes, Large and Medium. The straps on the large fits me well but the integrated gripper is loose on my thigh.. The medium have straps that feel a tad short and pulling but the bottom gripper fits perfect. I kept the medium as the shorts fitted better but the straps are slightly uncomfortable..
I think I prefer my Free Aero Bib over this model for fit..

5 5

Great

  • Fit: Runs small

One of my favorite bibs. Very comfy chamois.
I am 179cm and 79 kg and the L are race fit.
Straps are ok.

4 5

Amazingly Comfortable to an extent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

These shorts are amazing. I actually don't own the bib, these are the same shorts used in Castelli's San Remo Speedsuit and I've now been wearing that for almost a year. The material that Castelli uses to create a bib with only one line of stitching is unrivaled. I've used these shorts in the Park City Point 2 Point, the Austin Rattler, and multiple other mtb endurance rides, and I find myself forgetting that I'm even wearing anything because of how perfectly they fit. I'm 6'2 and 170 with a waist of 32 and I wear a large. My only problem with these is the chamois inside. While feeling amazing for the first 3 hours of my rides, once I ride longer than that, I start to get really bad soreness that I don't get with other chamois. This is unfortunate and crushing to me because of how well the rest of product is, but remember it may be due to my mountain biking discipline, since these were clearly made for the road. I highly recommend these. Good Luck!

Avg. ride time: 3h 13m per week
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5 5

The only shorts I wear anymore

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I spend 14 to 18 hrs a week in the saddle and my 3 pairs keep me comfortable. 6ft, 200 lbs, XLs fit perfectly

2 5

Shoulder straps are horrible

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I got the XL and am 5'9"" and 195 lbs. The straps have little elasticity, bunch up and dug into my shoulder (with bruise marks at end of ride.) Far from forgetting I was wearing bibs to concentrate on ride, the feel of the straps hurting my shoulder and restricting my movement was ever present on my mind. There is no way larger size would work since the legs openings were barely snug enough. Just poorly designed all around.

Responded on

I'd say you got shorts that were WAY to big. I'm 5'9" and one 195 and I wear a medium in these shorts and they fit perfectly. I'd try a pair that fit properly before you cross them off your list.

Responded on

Wow....really? I am 5.8 1/2" and weigh 140 and use a medium (30.5 waist). They fit me really well, not loose at all. Sure, the thigh area could probably hug a bit tighter (if I went with a small), but I think it would be too tight elsewhere if I went with a small. Anyways, love everything about these bibs EXCEPT those darn castelli emblems that always crack and peel. They should've implemented the integrated emblems like on some of their other bibs.

Avg. ride time: 5h 7m per week
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4 5

Curly legs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The shorts in general are fantastic. I've been wearing several different versions of these shorts for the last two years so I've gotten to know them pretty well. The fit is excellent with no sagging or extra material flapping anywhere. The straps are thin and lay flat against the torso very well indeed. The reasons as to why I not giving them five stars are as follows: One, the chamois is great, but it still doesn't beat the chamois that Assos use on their shorts; and two, they really could use a silicone backed elastic gripper on the bottom of the legs. This is actually my biggest flaw to point out in these shorts. After some time the fabric starts to curl upwards at the bottom of the legs! Not a cool look. I'm going to try to alter the shorts as I'd like to keep using them.

Responded on

I now own two pair of body paints. Got 1st pair on sale, & they turned out to be my best short & just bought another pair on sale. That said, were you able to fix the "curl"????
Yeah, wish I could compare to Assos, but I dont have that kind o' cash...& they dont seem to go on sale much.
thanks

Responded on

I contacted Castelli USA themselves and they had me ship the shorts to them to verify and then they replaced them! Score!!

2 5

Not for me

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

They fit great in the legs and butt but they have an unorthodox fit on the shoulders.

Avg. ride time: 3h 19m per week
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3 5

Great shorts, just not my favorite

Love the shorts, and the bottom portion are definitely great. Not in love with the straps. They're so thin in the name of weight savings, that they bunch under the jersey. My Capo Padrone Bibs and my Zero RH+ PW Revo bibs have thicker straps that definitely feel better. Thinner and lighter in hot weather than the Free Aero Race bibs, but I tend to like those better.

5 5

Feels like...well they're painted on!

I've tried almost every high-end bib short and so far the body paint takes the prize. A key for me is the fit, how the chamois feels like it becomes part of your body. Everything is perfect, but ordering at least one size up is essential.
--I'm 5'10" & 147 lbs and I had to get a MEDIUM.
If you ride long and have issues with comfort then look no further. I plan on riding the annual double century again in these babies to really put it them to the test (my LG Mondo's didn't do it for me last year).