Ronanwrote a review of Castelli Omloop Thermal Bib Short - Men's on November 12, 2016
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
It may have good features, but if it does not fit correctly, it fully deserves the 1 Star review:
I have been wearing Castelli products for a lot of years, and have gradually gone from their large size shorts down to small as I gradually lost some weight and became leaner.
Castelli has a European fitting, meaning that you typically wear a medium, you should size-up to a Castelli large.
Last year I purchased Castelli knickers (size small) for Autumn/Fall riding and was instantly impressed at the snug compression fit. I now shall be wearing Castelli small sized bib shorts in future, and I already wear their Small jerseys.
Which brings us to the Omloop bib shorts. I ordered the small and when first putting them on, noticed that the shorts went beyond my knees, and were not a snug fit, contrary to the description given by Castelli on Backcountry's website. I thought that maybe there was a production fault in that the wrong labels were put on to the wrong shorts. I contacted Backcountry and they sent out another pair (size small) thinking that maybe there was a fault. The newer pair were similar.
The idea behind the shorts is great, and they keep your thighs warm as they claim to. However, at first I thought that they fitted like a Castelli medium, but when I wore them on the bike for a ride, they felt more like a Castelli large.
This is the first time in many years that Castelli (in my opinion) have gotten their sizing completely wrong. okay, I'm not the tallest, but this is a Castelli small sized bib short that we talking about! I will also be contacting Castelli themselves to give my feedback, as they have offices here in the US and have previously been open to conversations about their gear.
I have more photos showing how the material is ill-fitting and bunches, but it seems that I can only add one photo. Hmmm.