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Gear Review

5 5

Love these in spite of some flaws

These are super shorts! They feel supportive and are very flattering. I love the reflective piece on the hamstrings. I chose the red because I liked the contrasting trim on the thighs. The red is gorgeous, though a bit sheer. These have a tight fit and are designed for serious cyclists (typically a slight build) so I had to size up to allow for a little more room in the thighs; so far the waist has worked out but, after 3-4 rides, I'm starting to wonder if it will strech out and become too lose. My other concern is that some stitching has come loose. I am going to try them on a few more rides but this may be a significant quality issue (I read about someone else having this issue on another site but these looked and felt so good I had to try them.) Fingers crossed they don't fall apart.

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I have these shorts, as well as the Perla's. Both are comfy. I am, however, also noticing some potential quality issues (stitching coming loose after a 3-4x wearing them). Ironically, the Perla's seem better made. And yet, I keep reaching for these.

I also think they are stretching out a bit (and no, I have not lost any weight!). Just stretching a bit.

One more thing. The elastic on the leg is starting to roll.

So all in all, I am a little disappointed given the price differential - but I remain brand loyal to Castelli.