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Item # CST005N

Unrestrained flight.

Though we self-style as competitive cyclists, we don't all share the European peloton's typical preference of bib straps on shorts. Fortunately for those of us who fall into that camp, Castelli manufactures most of its race-ready shorts in both bibbed and non-bibbed models. In the case of the Volo Shorts, this means you can live up to volo's English translation, enjoying the unrestrained flight of bib-free cycling.

The Volo Shorts straddle the line between workhorse and racehorse, falling somewhere between the Endurance X2s (made for — you guessed it — endurance riding) and the Free Aero Races, which have become one of our most beloved shorts over the past few years. Since the Volos are both compressive and aerodynamic, we can only assume that the workhorse racer label refers to their durability — a quality valued by those who like their shorts to last longer than one race.

The shorts are a blend of Affinity Lycra and Affinity BLC fabrics, both of which increase the shorts' affinity for keeping you comfortable and warding off fatigue with their high stretch on the inner thighs, aerodynamic texturing on the outer thigh, and gentle compression throughout. And unlike many other offerings that share a tier with the Volo Shorts, the Affinity legs are finished with Castelli's Giro Air leg band. This wide swath of material keeps the fit secure without resorting to the usual tricks: pinching elastic inserts and silicone grip print that wears off in the laundry.

The shorts ride on the comfort of a KISS Air chamois, which takes the less-is-more approach for unobtrusive, non-bulky comfort. The ischial zone gets the lion's share of dual-density padding, while the sensitive perineum is protected by a relieving channel. The padding tapers to a clean finish at the edges, eliminating seams and ridges created by sudden topographical changes. The soft, bacteriostatic cover stretches to move with your body in the saddle. The shorts are finished with reflective detailing just above the leg bands in the back, which helps keep you visible in low-light conditions.

  • Affinity Lycra
  • Affinity BLC
  • Giro Air leg band
  • KISS Air chamois

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Claimed Weight:
[size large] 141 g
Leg Gripper:
Giro Air
[inner thigh] Affinity Lycra, [outer thigh] Affinity BLC

Size chart


Men's Apparel
Chest 36.2in
Waist 31.5in
Hip 37in
Inseam 31.9in
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Great for hot weather riding

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

These shorts are very lightweight with a liberal use of a mesh-like fabric making them a good choice for warm temperatures. With that said, the leg grippers do not work well and I found the shorts riding up often. Also, I took the advice of other reviewers and went up a size but that was a mistake. I am 6-2, 180 with a 33 inch waist and the XL was a bit loose.

Great for summer riding

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Comfortable and cool. I have tried several Castelli shorts, these are excellent. I have bought several of these shorts.

Great short

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

These are extremely comfortable and have a great chamois. I have Castelli bibs and find that these stay in place just as well but without any of the chafing or inconvenience bibs cause.

great shorts perfect fit!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

New to road biking, have found other shorts to be too tight and uncomfortable. these fit great.