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I got these as a replacement for the 2012 Velocissimo bibs from Castelli, which now sport the plunging "neckline" of Castelli's Aero Free and Body Paint shorts. Which show lots of bare belly when you raise your arms. No more Castelli shorts for me.
These Giordanas look great, and the mediums fit my 5'10", 160lb body very well. I also wear medium bibs in Castelli sizing, but, just as the knowledgeable live chat guy told me, the Giordana shorts are JUST a hair larger, or I should say, less tight, or compressive for the same size. Since Giordana says 28"-32" is medium, and 32"-36" is large, my 32" waist was right on the border. Chat guy wisely steered me toward the mediums. LOVE Realcyclist!
I love the fit and style of Castelli's stuff, but the low-cut fronts have now invaded Velocissimo-land. I've avoided the Aero Free shorts, and Body Paint, because of the peek-a-boo front, but this year it has extended to their other shorts. The mediums fit my 5'10" , 160lb body, but sorry--no more Castelli shorts for me!
These are a nice pair of shorts, well made, and I just want to confirm the fit. I am 5'10", 160-165, and they have a nice snug fit in medium. If I had gone to large, they would definitely be too big.
I think the reason sizing is so different for people of the same measurements, is because shorts of the same brand, model, and size will differ from pair to pair. I recently stopped in at a shop in the village of Alpe d'Huez, at the start of my descent, to pick up a pair of SaxoBank bibs (89 euros). They were both made by Sportful, in Hungary. I am the same height and weight as a certain Mr. Armstrong. I tried the L's, and they were snug. I went over and picked up the XL's, and believe it or not, they were a tad tighter. I went with the Larges.
My Castelli Velocissimos in the recommended sizing up are Larges, which I replaced with Mediums. So I think the difference is not due to faulty opinion, but experience with two examples of supposedly identical shorts. And that's MY (faulty?) opinion.
If your feet are as wide as mine, you know how hard it is to find shoes that fit. Your choices are pretty much limited to Lake and Sidi. I tried these, and was surprised how well they fit my ee feet. They also have a tall toe box, so if pinched toes are a problem, these might help. I wear a 45.5 Lake, and ordered these in a 46 for a perfect fit. They worked perfectly on my 24-French-alpine-col tour in June (Alpe d'Huez, Croix de fer/ Glandon/Galibier/Madeleine/Columbiere/Telegraphe/Izouard/Iseran/L Plagne/Joux Plane/Deux Alpes/M Cenis/Colle delle Finestre, etc, even though I hardly had more than a couple of pre-trip rides to break them in!