While the pros may be used to spending four to six hours in the
saddle every day, those of us who are self-sponsored only occasionally
get that kind of luxurious time on the bike. That's why, when we do, we
find kit like Castelli's Velocissima Bib Shorts absolutely
indispensable. The Velocissima shorts bring a level of comfort over long
miles not found in our shorts designed for the usual one-to-three heour
spins that we can work into our schedule. When we have the time for long
rides, we want to enjoy them to the fullest.
The Velocissima's main fabric, Endurance Evolution, is the heart of
the shorts' straightforward functionality as it
provides compressive support and effective moisture management.
Staying dry is a nice benefit on a long ride, but the shorts' real
strength is the compression, which reduces the fatiguing effects of road
noise and muscle oscillation so your legs stay fresh beyond the 60, 80,
or 100 mile mark. The Velocissima shorts are also finished off with the Giro 3 leg grippers, which omit the pinching
elastic more commonly used in favor of a wide, gripping band.
The waist paneling eliminates
uncomfortable stitching and elastic to lie flat, avoid pinching, and
maintain fit. The waist feeds into mesh straps, which are lightweight
and airy for a barely there feel that keeps everything in place. And by
"everything," we of course mean the KISS Air Donna chamois, which shares
the women's-specific design with padding and relief strategically
laid-out to accommodate women's anatomy. The shorts are finished with
reflective elements to help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
- Bib shorts offer comfort during high-mileage rides
- Endurance Evolution fabric offers support and moisture management
- KISS4 chamois offers women-specific cushioning
- Giro3 leg grippers hold hems without pinching
- Mesh straps secure the fit while allowing airflow