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Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Women's Shorts

$199.95

Item # CST0803

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Item # CST0803

The empress's new shorts.

The big story of what gets us so enthused about Castelli's Body Paint 2.0 Women's Shorts is what they don't have — namely, seams. Rather than playing Frankenstein with multiple panels of different materials in different spots, Castelli uses a single, wrap-around piece of fabric that itself changes over the body of the shorts, making for a fit that all-but disappears in the saddle.

The legs benefit from a dimpled, aerodynamic finish, strategic areas are built to promote breathability and wicking, and the entire, single-piece body provides gentle compression to reduce fatigue caused by road noise. The two spots where Castelli did opt for stitching make sense and seem — for now, at least — unavoidable: the waistband and chamois attachment points.

The waistband is a swathe of keep-the-shorts-up material, which complements the lie-flat, integrated leg bands for a secure fit. The chamois is Castelli's Progetto X2 Air insert, which incorporates perforations and antimicrobial properties throughout its multi-density padding to protect against bumps in the road, moisture build-up, and bacteria.

  • Single piece construction for minimal seams
  • Compressive material with aerodynamic and breathable properties
  • Includes Castelli's peloton-grade Progetto X2 Air chamois

Tech Specs

Fit:
race cut
Chamois:
Progetto X2 Air
Bib:
no
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days

Size chart

Castelli Sizing Chart

Note: Castelli has a "Euro" slimmer fit. We suggest ordering at least one size larger than your normal US size.

Women's Cycling Apparel
XS S M LXL
Chest 79cm
(31.1in)
84cm
(33.1in)
89cm
(35.0in)
94cm
(37.0in)
99cm
(39.0in)
Waist 63cm
(24.8in)
68cm
(26.8in)
73cm
(28.7in)
78cm
(30.7in)
83cm
(32.7in)
Hips 87cm
(34.3in)
92cm
(36.2in)
97cm
(38.2in)
102cm
(40.2in)
107cm
(42.1in)
Inseam74cm
(29.1in)
75.5cm
(29.7in)
77cm
(30.3in)
78.5cm
(30.9in)
80cm
(31.5in)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural 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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Here's what others have to say...

2 5

Disappointing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love the chamois and overall fit of these shorts. I'm 5'1" and 107 and small fits well. I have the same problem as another reviewer, however, in that the bottom edge of the legs are now permanently curled up. This was after a few wearings and washings. Can't find a solution and though the shorts are wearable, they are rather unattractive and it's disappointing in a short that is $200.

4 5

GREAT SHORTS, BUT?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are wonderful, super high quality shorts. The chamois padding is extra generous and has lasted through many washings. I have not had a problem with chamois edge curling as mentioned in another review. I have however found the 5 cm wide band (with Castelli writing) starts to curl up along the bottom edge a bit (doesn't lay flat to leg). But this is again, after many washings.

5 5

The Cadillac of biking shorts!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have loved every ride I've been on since I got these shorts! They aren't too tight on my thighs at the bottom of the shorts and they have the BEST chamois padding. I do admit it makes me feel like I'm wearing a diaper when I'm not in the saddle, but it's worth it. I definitely wear these for my long 2hr+ rides.

This is the second pair of body paint 2.0...

This is the second pair of body paint 2.0 shorts I have tried. Both of them had the same defect. THe front edge of the chamois is rolling up/doubling over. I thought the first pair was just a fluke, but didn't even try on the new ones, they came straight out of the bag like this. Has anyone else had this issue. I really want to like these, but not willing to fight w the chamois. Hate to order a third pair only to find its just how they are made?

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I'm not quite sure if I'm answering your question correctly but here's my thought...

I tried to upload a picture of my Castelli body paint chamois so you can compare with the ones you've gotten. I do have a general lump that forms towards the front of the chamois when it lays flat. However since the shorts are spandex, when I put them on they stretch to fit the chamois perfectly. So the bump completely goes away and I am comfy as I ride- no ridges felt.
I hope that helps.

I'm not quite sure if I'm answering your question correctly but here's my thought...  <br/>  <br/> I tried to upload a picture of my Castelli body paint chamois so you can compare with the ones you've gotten.  I do have a general lump that forms towards the front of the chamois when it lays flat. However since the shorts are spandex, when I put them on they stretch to fit the chamois perfectly.  So the bump completely goes away and I am comfy as I ride- no ridges felt.  <br/> I hope that helps.  <br/>
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Thanks Megan, makes me hope third time is the charm, we shall see!

Responded on

I ordered a pair of these shorts and was worried about the issues you ran into with the chamois rolling - and when you lay them out they do have a strange "bump". However, just came back from several hours riding and I have to say they were great - no issues once on - great fit and great leg support. The chamois is a bit bulky off the bike, but no rolling and certainly very comfortable on the bike. I hope they work out for you!

5 5

Worth every penny

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

SO comfortable! Great compression, excellent fit, top-of-the line breathability...I couldn't be happier with this purchase. Size small was a good fit (5'7", 120#), comparable to Castelli windstopper tights in terms of sizing.