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I agree with the OP completely. I had to return the Gore Xenon 2.0 bibs (Small) because it wasn't comfortable for long distance. I talked with the Real Cyclist Advisor (Aaron?) via IM. He suggested going with any Castelli with the Progetto X2 insert like the Body Paint bibs. I saw the San Remo suit and thought it was too unique to pass up. It's expensive, but some bibs cost almost as much without the added benefit of a jersey. I am 5'5.5" 135-140lbs I wear a Small; I was warned that the legs will probably be a little long, and I do have to agree. My only complaint is I wish there was an option to have the legs 3 inches shorter for us small folk.
It IS tight, but not unbearably. The increased compression means better wicking for cooler rides. Most pleasantly, the wind has nothing to hold onto; there is no flapping of excess material. One pro rider commented wearing the San Remo feels like riding naked. I second that comment whole heartedly. It's such a step ahead of every piece of kit I own I don't want to wear anything else. Finally, the chamois is as good as the Real Cyclist Advisor said; I've never been more comfortable in the saddle. I've never felt faster.
I like Gore's jackets very much, but I didn't dig these bibs. The stitching on my bibs was shoddy; there were stitches that didn't line up and pulls in the flatlock stitching. I'm 5'5.5" and 135-140lbs: the Small I ordered fit snugly, but was very long in the legs. Most importantly, for longer rides (40+ miles) The chamois doesn't protect from sit bone ache the way my favorite bibs do. If I can't go 50 miles in comfort, it's not worth the price for me. Also, while I wouldn't describe the bib straps as scratchy, they are very thin and tight which can cause some discomfort. I remedied this by putting chamois butter on my shoulders.