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While they might not be appropriate for a wild night in Vegas, Castelli’s Body Paint 2.0 Men’s Shorts fit in seamlessly into the peloton. While many shorts are designed with multiple panels of fabric, Castelli takes form fit to a whole other level. By using a single panel of Lycra blend fabric, the Body Paint 2.0 Shorts fit like they’ve been painted on. Additionally, the shorts have been woven with an anatomic form so that there is no bunching or chafing as you pedal.

Not content with a seamless design to reduce drag, Castelli introduced its dimpled fabric into the mix at the rear panel and leg openings. Much like the impressions on some carbon rims, these help to separate the flow of air and reduce drag. You’ll be faster the moment you slip them on. The shorts feature Giro2 bib straps that eliminate chafing on your shoulders. A mesh back holds the straps securely in place and allows airflow to keep you cool beneath your jersey. Sublimated leg grippers hold the shorts down when you stomp the pedals.

  • Fabrics at leg openings and mesh short back are dimpled to smooth airflow over the short
  • Sublimated leg endings integrate a unique gripper to keep the short in place as you hammer out of the saddle
  • Progetto X2 Air insert provides all of the superlative comfort of the original Progetto X, but with improved air flow and moisture management
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Almost Perfect.

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

I've now had three rides and about 150 miles with these shorts.

Things I like: they're a true race fit, offer great compression, and have a comfortable chamois with the best sit bone support I've ever experienced. The chamois is not too thick but is positioned very well and offers great comfort in the drops and the hoods.

Things I don't like: The chamois is less comfortable on my manhood than my Mavic HC bibs. I attribute this to fabric of the HC which is less supportive and more stretchy (which comes with its own pros and cons. ) (I ordered exactly according to manufacturer's sizing charts.)

Overall these are a great buy especially when on sale!

Love em

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

Wish my team kit used the same bibs. The fit is snug, but not overly so. Great support through the hips and the leg grippers keep them firmly planted on your thighs. True to size is how I would describe them for my body type and how I like them to fit.

Best Bibs Ever?

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

For me the Castelli Body Paint 2.0 bibs are the best. Fit, material, workmanship - it's all top notch. I can ride all day in these and feel great the entire time. Just wish they didn't cost so much. I have several pair and whenever I can find them on sale I usually buy another. 6' tall, 167 lbs. Large fits great.

Best I have used.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I have used a few mid to mid high level bibs. The Body Paint 2.0 are the best I have acquired in this price range. As others have vaulted, the chamois is truly one of the best. I have not tried Assos and I dont think I have to spend that much either. These are keepers for me.

I purchased my first pair from CC on sale. Unfortunately, I went to order another pair (they were still on sale) but the price for my size went up. I ended up finding a similar price but had to order from the UK.

Sizing based on the size chart worked well for me. The shoulder straps are indeed different, but I certainly did not find them uncomfortable or digging into me. It does take a few moments longer to insure the straps are lined up. Once set, I dont give them a further thought.

Love it

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

People mostly complain about the straps. On my firs ride those straps got twisted badly and I was very disappointed.
The workaround is to make sure those are really flat and resting comfortably on the shoulders. Once you get the hang of it, it literally takes 5 seconds to do this adjustment, and then you are golden.

Very comfortable and my best bibs thus far (I used other brands' top bibs before).

the straps kill great shorts

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

the good news? the shorts are comfortable, the pad even better.
the bad news? the straps. they're too short, the material is too stiff, they fold into a sharp crease that bites into your shoulders.
should have returned these before i even tried riding with them but got optimistic. bad call. now i'm stuck with pricey shorts that i should have never bought in the first place.

Perfect lower fit; Poor upper construct

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I gave these bibs 3 starts (rather than 2) because from the waist down these bibs are amazing. Sleek, snug, and comfortable. The engineers must have lost their minds when it came to the upper construction. The shoulder straps are too short (which = tight) and are like rubber bands that dig into your shoulders--they don't hold their form at all and end up bunching like a thin rope. There is also a large section of fabric across the back which is overkill, and adds an unnecessary layer to trap heat and stick/rub on a sweaty back. Disappointing for such a nice pair of bibs.

Great for 50+ miles

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I love these bib shorts. Very comfortable on long days in the saddle. Race fit and don't forget to up size. I'm 6'1 and 180lbs wearing the XL. They don't snag easy and show little to no wear after 800 plus miles. The scorpion logos do show cracks after many washes but it is only cosmetic and in no way affects the strength of the materials. Just bought a second pair and haven't looked at wearing anything else.

The best I own - great value

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

OK, you can pay a lot more or a lot less for bib shorts, but the Body paint bib shorts are a great value for the money. Very comfortable, outstanding chamois and virtually no seams and the fabrics blend together to make a tight but comfortable bib short that lasts a good season plus with proper care. They are my go-to bibs for centuries in hot weather. They are very cool and so even on hot and humid days I don't feel like I am overheating. For me, I have a long torso and stocky legs, I'm 5-9 and about 185 and find the size L fits well, although one of the three pairs I owe the straps dig a bit into my shoulders. Nothing painful, but they don't lie flat a wide like the other two. I rotate the three pairs, one bought in 2013 and the other two in early 2014 and after 60+ rides in each, the oldest pair is just now showing a bit of curl on the gripper fabric on the thighs. The others are fine. No other nits or wear spots and no loose threads or problems with the chamois. After being underwhelmed by the Inferno bibs I bought at the beginning of this season, I am going to buy another pair of the Body Paints and retire the oldest ones soon.

Paint II's

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

Bought a pair of Paint I's and liked them except for the fact the logos come off pretty easily and the straps were a little difficult to get on. You would think for spending that kind of cash they would make it right. That said ,the II's are a cut above the previous version and fit great. Just have to make sure the straps go on straight and lie FLAT. I'm 5'10.5 175 and take a large as Italian race cut is tight! Compression is great and the pad is a cut above with Assos chamois cream which I use on all the gear no matter what brand of short I wear. That said, they perform great in or out of the drops and conform perfectly. A great race short to be sure. I have the Assos FL13 and these are just as comfortable except for the extra time to make sure the straps are correct. Frankly I think all the new gear these days is good for about 2 years of use and then the cushioning effect degrades rapidly. And that's with 7 different pairs in rotation! I do like to ride...and that's the price we pay in this sport. Too bad they don't hold up longer. Wouldn't pay list for them though. Wait until you can get them at a discount.

You get what you pay for

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Apparently there are some who did not appreciate the original Body Paint shorts and some who felt the same about the Body Paint Tour Edition. So I may be riding to the beat of a different drummer but the tour edition has been my go to bib short until now. Castelli too perhaps listened to some complaints about tight bib straps and have improved on the original. The 2.0 are by far the best shorts I have ever used; not cheap but well worth the investment. We are talking about a sesnitive region here. So yes, one gets what one pays for and with the Castelli Body Paint 2.0 shorts one gets superior fit, comfort and performance.

Nice shorts, but not for me

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

Great fit in for me with the XL inferno short - but XL Body Paint was too tight in the thigh and the straps were too short & dug into my shoulders, so I returned for another pair of the Inferno shorts. I would try a XXL, but the length of the legs were already approaching too long in the XL size. I'm 6'-0" and weigh 175-180 lbs., and usually wear a Large in Pearl Izumi, Garneau, etc.

Curled legs also

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

As Ronan pointed out in earlier review, after a few months of use, the bottom of the legs curl up-- they seem to have gone to a thinner fabric here, and the elastic at the bottom of the leg opening doesn't hold up as in previous version. No longer a fan of these, as I'm probably only going to get a season out of them--and I $pent on 2 pair!!

Beware of sizing..

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I have been wearing Castelli Bibs and Shorts.. Endurance, Ergo, Free Aero and now Bodypaint2.0..

I have found sizing to be pretty consistent across the models.. Medium fits me jsut fine..

The BP2 I ordered in 2 sizes, Large and Medium. The straps on the large fits me well but the integrated gripper is loose on my thigh.. The medium have straps that feel a tad short and pulling but the bottom gripper fits perfect. I kept the medium as the shorts fitted better but the straps are slightly uncomfortable..

I think I prefer my Free Aero Bib over this model for fit..

Amazingly Comfortable to an extent

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

These shorts are amazing. I actually don't own the bib, these are the same shorts used in Castelli's San Remo Speedsuit and I've now been wearing that for almost a year. The material that Castelli uses to create a bib with only one line of stitching is unrivaled. I've used these shorts in the Park City Point 2 Point, the Austin Rattler, and multiple other mtb endurance rides, and I find myself forgetting that I'm even wearing anything because of how perfectly they fit. I'm 6'2 and 170 with a waist of 32 and I wear a large. My only problem with these is the chamois inside. While feeling amazing for the first 3 hours of my rides, once I ride longer than that, I start to get really bad soreness that I don't get with other chamois. This is unfortunate and crushing to me because of how well the rest of product is, but remember it may be due to my mountain biking discipline, since these were clearly made for the road. I highly recommend these. Good Luck!

Is there a recommended size for the following...

Is there a recommended size for the following body size/type: 6'-2", 34-in waist, 175lb with relatively thin quads at the hem/gripper location that often makes these non-silcon type grippers slide up my quad, resulting in a shorten amount of bibs covering the legs

Unanswered Question

I really liked the first generation Body...

I really liked the first generation Body Paint bibs but it seemed like the material was fairly thin. Are these 2.0 bibs made out of the same weight material?

Specifically, what are the differences...

Specifically, what are the differences between this and the previous body paint bibs?

I would like to see a pic of the front portion of the Chamois to see if they fixed that seam problem...not sure why they didn't use a flat seam here. There is a V shape seam in the "junk area" that pressed into me on the initial body paint bib.

Has the edge of the Chamois been refined or is it still abrupt? See photo, this caused some irritation for me on the initial Body Paint version.

Specifically, what are the differences...