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Castelli Body Paint Tour Limited Bib Shorts

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Castelli's Body Paint lineup never ceases to impress us, as the fit is always spot-on and the ultra-thin fabric applications make seamless transitions (literally) to our skin. Positive feedback from professional team riders continues to flow into Castelli's headquarters, which is why it decided to produce a new limited run of its popular bib shorts. Using the same smooth materials from the original Body Paint bibs, the Castelli Body Paint Tour Limited Bib Shorts give you some of the fastest shorts on the planet, in an entirely new 'Tour' graphic treatment.

The Body Paint composition feels as it sounds, like a barely-there skin layer that's been painted on. However, this isn't a byproduct of design, but the intent itself. In fact, every aspect of the design works to make the fit as precise as possible. This way, by eliminating fabric bunching and pulling, airflow passes over the shorts more freely. Integral in this concept is the fabric selection itself, in this case a lightweight Lycra that can only be described as soft. Furthering this attribute is the bib shorts' nearly seamless construction. The legs feature a one-piece design that flows continuously to the upper regions of the shorts. This smooth upper portion of the bibs is made from the exclusive Giro bib straps. Basically, this is a single strip of Giro fabric that's very soft and stretchy. Castelli then eliminated the Lycra trim that typically edges bib straps, and more often than not, cuts into your shoulders to cause discomfort. Over the past year, Castelli has worked extensively with Team Garmin-Barracuda in order to absorb rider feedback, tunnel test, and to achieve real-world race experience. As a result, the cut, shape, and elasticity of the bib shorts have been scientifically and methodically dialed-in.

This brings us to the shorts' aerodynamic benefits. It all comes down to managing airflow, and coincidentally, the human body accounts for over 90% of aerodynamic drag on the bike. To mitigate this, the shorts have been made to be what Castelli calls 'slippery.' Essentially, by combining a virtually zero-seam design with a low-profile, compacted thread Lycra, airflow remains attached to the body as it comes off of the helmet and front of the bike. Through this, turbulent air is controlled, and your drag numbers decrease.

At the cuffs of the bibs, the leg grippers aren't actually grippers. This is a Body Paint exclusive, as the inner-layer of the Lycra is precisely 'stripped away,' leaving thin lines of exposed fiber. These 'reduced' Lycra fibers have a soft, yet firm, grip on the skin, only without the potential irritation caused by a silicone band.

Rounding off the shorts is Castelli's most innovative chamois to date, the Progetto X2 Air. The Progetto's surface uses a skin-care layer comprised of a seamless bacteriostatic fabric that conforms to the body without folding. The material supports airflow, and aids in evaporation. The second layer is comprised of multi-density foam. With variable thickness, Castelli ensures that padding is only placed where you need it, not where you don't. The comfort level is also aided by Castelli's Viscous comfort inserts. Basically, these are perforated padding that have been added to the highly-sensitive ischial and perineum pressure regions.

The Castelli Body Paint Tour Limited Bib Shorts are available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the color Black.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
Leg Gripper:
[panels] Body Paint, [bib straps] Giro
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days
Chamois Thickness:

Size chart


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)
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.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Avg. ride time: 1h 9m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Quality and comfort

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The Castelli Body Paint tour ltd shorts are amongst the best I've worn. While some may complain about the straps they are only noticeable while standing and off the bike. Once in the riding position they, like the rest of the shorts become invisible. These are my go to shorts for the long, hard days on the bike. Incredible quality and comfort.


Great, but beware of sizing

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I only ride once or twice per week, so these are still relatively new. Very comfortable when on the bike for 50+ miles, but when standing/walking I notice these are cut on the small size. I'm 6'2" & 190 lbs and always wear a Large in other brands, but I made sure I got XL when I bought my newer Castelli bibs.



  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have had these in my rotation for over a year now, and they are probaly my favorites. I will admit to having a great deal of skepticism when I first put them on - seemed way too small and the straps on the bibs just seemed SO wrong. It was me that was wrong, because on the bike, these bibs are fantastic. The Progetto X2 Air chamois is hands down the best I have used. Those weird straps? More than snug when standing, but fine when riding. It takes me a minute to get then to sit right on my shoulders when I put the bibs on, but after that I have no issues with them rolling up or cutting into me, as others have apparently experienced. The cuffs on the legs keep everything in place, and are extremely comfortable. Love these bibs!

For what it's worth, I'm 5'9" and my weight ranges from 170+ in early Spring to the low 160s by the end of Summer. I bought these in Medium, and my bibs are marked Made in USA.

Avg. ride time: 4m per week
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Great bibs

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are the most comfortable bibs that I have ever owned.

Great fit and durability.


order larger!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have 7+ pairs of bib shorts, all size L and its amazing how different they all fit. These in particular are silly small, not around the mid section, but the straps actually hurt after an hour or two. The pad is good but somehow these seem to chaff me more than the rest i own. A bit underwhelmed compared with my other castelli's.


Somewhat disappointed

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I think the basic idea of these bibs is great. No seams on the shoulder straps and form fitting legs, without sweaty silicone, around the bottom (at the knees).

My biggest gripe with these bibs is that they are (seemingly) made for Very short people. I'm 6'2", 200 lbs. The XXL size are still way too short in the legs and the straps really dig into my shoulders at the end of a 2 hour ride - gawd forbid I was in shape for a 4 or 6 hour ride. The XXL Capo's I've been using don't have either of these issues.

On the flip side, the chamois is nice in that you really don't notice it. Enough padding, but not too much to feel diaper-y. The fabric is first rate and seems like it'll last for many rides (as long as i don't mind creases in my shoulders). Great, except for the vertical fit mentioned above.

I guess if I was 5'8", these would be ideal.

I take my too short bibs to a seamstress or tailoring shop, adding more material to the straps is very easy and cheap.

Avg. ride time: 8h 21m per week
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Perfect Fit

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Like the way it fits.

Cool fabric, perfect fit, good quality.

Fast shipment!

Avg. ride time: 3h 17m per week
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bad election

    very unconfortable size chart doesnt match with reallity ... I Hate this bib


    body paint is spot on

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:Runs small

    Best bib shorts I've owned to date. I forget they're on because they fit like a glove and stay put. Straps stay flat if you adjust by sliding your finger up the length of the strap after putting on. I frequently adjust other brand bibs mid ride. No need to adjust the body paint mid ride, once they're on properly, you are good to go. I bought one to try out and then ordered more.

    Avg. ride time: 18m per week
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    update to my prior review

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Update 2: put about 600 miles and 3 months on them. Straps don't bother me as much, just keep my shoulders relaxed and they're fine.

    However I have had an issue with the stitching at the back shoulder where it meets the strap. I wash in a front loader and hang dry. See pic. I stitched it up, good to go again, but this should not have happened in such a short period of time. I plan on buying another despite this, as they are the best comfort one can get at this price point.

    update to my prior review

    I've encountered the same stitching problem in the same place at the shoulder strap junction to the back. It is annoying for the stitching to be unraveling after 5 or 6 rides. Another problem area is the shoulder straps. One review above mentioned "Straps stay flat if you adjust by sliding your finger up the length of the strap". This is making a negative sound like a positive. The flimsy straps don't stay flat and are constantly rolling up in a tube. OTOH, this is a pretty good fitting, light weight, $150 bib. Is it worth the $250 list price? NO WAY. But it's a pretty good deal for $100-$150. I have a Capo and a Santini that are very slightly better.

    I agree JERP. It is all about the price point for these bibs given the possible pitfalls. I got mine when the price was $125, and despite the problems, I am a happy customer. $250 and I would be singing a different tune.

    The X2 Air pad is on point, stays soft wash after wash (unlike my Sugoi Evolution shorts, where the pads are a little hard now). I will also say that after a bunch of washes the straps do loosen up a bit, so they are not as tight (and I hang dry them), and fit more comfortably.

    Will you find a better bib? Yes. Will you find one at this price point? Most likely not.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 48m per week
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    These are the most comfortable shorts

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    The fit and fabric of these shorts are fantastic. The chamois hits all the right spots, the fabric has just the right compression, and the straps are the right length.

    My wife says the fabric is 'beautiful'.

    Some other observations:

    - The straps do roll up when you put them on, but if flatten them out they stay that way. At least for me. They are definitely more comfortable with a base layer on.

    - The fabric is pretty thin, but it isn't transparent unless you stretch it out with your fingers (or other things). So keep your equipment behind the modesty section of the shorts.

    The mediums fit well. I am: 5'10", 28" inseam, 32" waist, 37" chest, 22" quads.


    See through and extremelly small

    • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

    Ok, I know Castelli tends to be a size smaller but this one (Medium) did not fit my wife that is super fit and thin. It was a complete joke, the straps are ridiculous and roll in like mentioned by other member. The material is see through, does not take much to figure it out. Returning it and getting something else.

    Avg. ride time: 18m per week
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    love the bottoms

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    this is my first pair of bib shorts, after doing a lot of research. I've put about 300 miles on them.

    the bottoms are very comfortable, chamois is awesome (pads right, no diaper feeling), the legs do not ride up, fit like a glove that you forget is there.

    I have to say, though, I am not in love with the straps. sometimes they stay flat, more often there is a small fold in them by the end of the ride. I wouldn't care, except by the end of my ride I do feel it as a pressure point (usually when riding for > 1h). end up having to rest my arms by hanging them, or windmilling one at a time, which I never had to do before using these.

    5'10.5", 150lbs, 37ish chest, 31 waist, shorter torso to longer legs/arms. I bought medium and they seem to fit right (tried on a small and a medium). considering trying in a large to see if it would help with the straps, but I think that might be too big all around. I will keep these, as I love them otherwise, but I think I'll try the free aero bibs next to see if I like those straps better.

    update: seems harder and harder to tell if the straps are causing issues. yes, they definitely fold slightly despite my best efforts; however I am not convinced all my arm symptoms are caused by the straps. I have noticed that I sometimes get finger numbness now without bibs on, seems more related to neck muscles or hand position I think. if I consciously try to keep my shoulders relaxed while riding, it is better, supporting that. I can't deny that there is somewhat of a pressure point where the straps are after riding for more than an hour, but on my most recent 1h20m ride I felt great. at the end of the day, I reach for these over and over again when my sugoi evolution shorts are ready and willing (solid shorts btw), so go figure, they are still better despite possible shortcomings. at this price point, I will likely buy another.

    love the bottoms

    Bodypaint is accurate - fit is superb

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    OMG these feel good. No seams and perfect leg grippers - none - the material is just a bit thicker and stays in place. Very lightweight so best for warm to hot days, although compression is pretty good despite thin material. Runs slightly small. I am 5'6" 29" waist 139 lbs and the small works for me. The straps are a bit flimsy and tight but I always wear a baselayer and I am on short side so not a problem for me. If you are tall they might dig in a bit. Superb chamois. Have held up well to repeated use but would not call these everyday bibs.

    Avg. ride time: 8m per week
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    Good chamois, bad straps

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    The fit of the shorts are great. They have great positioning on your body when seated on a bike, a great chamois, and are very light with good grippers (about 2 inches around). The issue with these shorts are the straps. They are very flimsy and they don't lay flat but rather roll up on your shoulders causing them to cut into your shoulder. If the straps would lay flat (need to be a bit beefier) these would fantastic all the way around.

    Avg. ride time: 58m per week
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    Size it up, amazingly comfortable

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    One thing I've learned with Castelli from CC is to order the size you think, plus 1 size up. Yes, I spend a little on returns; but I get to make sure the fit is just right. I seem to be 50:50 with Castelli; I usually wear a medium, but for these I found a large was the perfect fit. They are my main summer bibs - comfortable over all of the longest rides. I can't speak to the aerodynamic benefits of these shorts, I still haven't added a wind tunnel to the bike gear in the garage, but I will say that the bib straps are a big reason that these bibs are so comfortable (my winter bibs have the same straps). These straps have just the right balance of tension and stretch. As an aside, my wife also loves her woman's version of these bibs. So far, they've also been very durable - I can't see any wear after 1.5 seasons of use.


    See through - stay away

      This bib is sheer to the point of being indecent. Total Castelli and Competitive Cycle let down.

      I agree 100%, sizing is way off and depends on where/when the bibshorts were manufactured, Europe vs. South America. I had a defective product right out of the box and backcountry giving me fits about returning it since their return policy change. Big bummer. Will not be buying Castelli again due to erratic sizing within the line, possibly not from backcountry again...