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Castelli Evoluzione Knicker - Men's

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For needy knees

Sure, it's kind of cool to be the hardman of your riding group. You know, the one who wears shorts and embro instead of leg warmers, fingerless gloves, and nothing more than a wind vest over their jersey. But truthfully most of us are looking at you and thinking "he's killing his knees." If you dislike wearing leg warmers, but your knees ache in the cold, the Castelli Evoluzione Knickers are the perfect compromise. 

To begin with, just because they are destined primarily for shoulder seasons, doesn't mean that any less attention was paid to detail in constructing the Evoluzione Knickers than a year-round bib short. In fact, they use Castelli's ProDry2Strati fabric, not an off-brand stretch knit. This fabric features a two-layer construction which wicks moisture from your skin to the exterior of the shorts so that it quickly evaporates to keep you dry. As far as fit, gone are the days of the 4-paneled shorts with seams in all the wrong places. The Evoluzione shorts were sewn from 8 panels which were curved to conform to your body while you are in riding position. Additionally, double needle stitching means that the shorts are durable so that you can put them through their paces. The leg openings feature in-mold silicone leg grippers which keep the shorts securely in place.

Castelli is known for its chamois, and more importantly for designing its cycling shorts from the chamois, up. The Kiss3, which is used in the Evoluzione Knicker, is no exception. This insert features a soft, brushed microfiber top which rests comfortably against your skin. This layer is seamlessly engineered so as to eliminate chafing and abrasion. Additionally, the insert has been designed with a flexible shape that moves with you. Dual density provides maximum thickness in the ischial zone and it tapers to moderate thickness in the perineal zone and minimum thickness at the perimeter. It was bacteriostatically treated so that saddle sores and friction are minimized.

The Castelli Evoluzione Knicker are available in six sizes from Small to XXX-large and in the color Black.

  • Castelli ProDry2Strati fabric
  • 8-panel ergonomic design
  • Castelli Kiss3 dual-density chamois
  • In-mold silicone leg grippers
  • Double-needle stitching

Tech Specs

ProDry 2Strati
spring, summer, fall
form fit
yes, Kiss3
Chamois Thickness:
[large] 6.7 oz
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Men's Apparel
Chest 36.2in
Waist 31.5in
Hip 37in
Inseam 31.9in
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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Love them!

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

I love everything about these tights. Good compression on your knees. The fit is more on the European sizing scale, order up a size.

Love them

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

These are great, the pad is very thick and comfortable. I was worried about them to be too warm, but they are no. I use them in a tropical weather and they work just perfect.

Very nice!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

I had to go up a size from my usual medium, but I do have big quads. I wear 31x30 pants. I have only worn them twice now for two hour rides.. Very comfortable chamois, nice fabric, good wicking.

Do these have a bib? The written description...

Do these have a bib? The written description says yes, but the photo doesn't have a bib.

Hey Benj,

I checked the item out in our warehouse, it does not have a bib, that is a misprint on our product page. I am sorry about that. I will have the description updated. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.