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Castelli Endurance X2 Short - Men's

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    11 Reviews

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    Long-ride specialist.

    The Castelli Endurance X2 Short starts, perhaps unsurprisingly, with the Progetto X2 Chamois. This is Castelli’s top-line, three-layer pad designed to support your sit bones and resist chafing, no matter how long the ride. Sewn around the X2 are eight panels, two of Action PowerLycra for abrasion resistance in the seat area, and the remainder of Energia LycraPower, which is designed to support your muscles with a lightly compressive fit.

    • Giro++ leg grippers
    • Power Lycra construction
    • Progetto X2 chamois
    • Flatlock stitching
    • Item #CST000F

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Endurance Evolution
    Season
    3-season
    Fit
    anatomic
    Chamois
    Progetto X2 Air
    Leg Gripper
    Giro3
    Claimed Weight
    [size L] 5.96 oz
    Recommended Use
    cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Oh man are these small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    I'm XL and ordered XXL and they're too tight still, as I'm just a few pounds heavier than lean. These shorts are also very low rise, so unless you are super lean, you're going to get spillage.

    Tight is right

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I rolled the dice and went by the size chart and ordered a Medium based on my 31.5" waist. I learned from my size small LG Carbon 2's (which are fabulous except for the one horrendous design flaw) that a tight fit is essential to the pad fitting properly and staying in place on long non-stop rides. Maybe I could wear a large X2, but I don't even know I'm wearing the mediums. Consider them a half size small if you're sitting on the fence. If you don't like a skin-like fit then I'm not sure how you'd interpret the size chart. They don't have the springy skin-like tight fit of the LG's fabric, but they're still very comfortable, and the hems stay put. X2's are more of a compressive fit in an invisible sort of way. I've only done 2 hrs at a time so far in these, but the pad feels great, and I expect it will be so on rides several times longer. One design element that I've never run across before is the low rise in the front. The waist is over 3" higher in the back. The front is over 2" lower than my LG's and over an inch lower than my size medium PI Elites. The purpose is obviously to place the edge of the waist across the front of your pelvis instead of the bottom of your stomach so it doesn't bind or roll over when you bend. It felt weird at first but is more comfortable in the bike posture. Speedo guys won't notice it. On the other hand, there's the possibility of serious sizing issues that are unrelated to your waist size depending upon how big your pelvis and hips are. My hips are 36" at the widest, and I'm 34" where the top of the shorts ride. Also, in case you're accustomed to your shorts smoothing the transition from your belly to your groin, the X2's do just the opposite since the low-rise waist in the front is probably going to run right under your belly and accentuate the transition. I put these in the same outstanding category as the Carbon 2's, but with a completely different fabric, and minus the bizarre design issue of the LG's.

    Best shorts

    • Size Bought: XL

    Progetto X2 pad is very comfortable over long distances (50 miles+). Tried these shorts, got another pair, then a third for a buddy's birthday. Both of mine were in the wash last week, so I reverted to a top pair from another brand I had - there's no comparison. Do your ischial tuberosities (sit bones) a favor and buy a couple pair. NOTE: mens run small. I'm 34 waist 165 lbs., large in Pearl, XL in these. My wife says womens are true to size. Happy cycling!

    run smalll but great shorts

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XXL

    i bought and returned these shorts twice hehe, i usually wear Large, the XXL is the one that ended up fitting me well. its a great short, super comfortable, the chamois is very thin but WORKS. it breathes amazingly, i wear pearl izumi as well, and when i ride with pearl, i feel sweaty down thre, with this guy it's nice dry and airy.. great shorts, love the grips on the legs as well.

    Great shorts. I will buy again.

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    They are the high quality to be expected of Castelli products. Very comfortable due to the fit which is stretchy and a very nice chamois. They run about 1/2 size small. I am 5'11" and 154 lbs so the L is perfect for me but it is tighter than my other Castelli shorts/bibs.

    Nice shorts, but leave you wanting more

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I started purchasing Castelli cycling shorts this year when Louis Garneau stopped making their Mondo Evo's available in a short (verses bib), so most of my observations are in comparison to those, which are super nice in every way. Castelli makes great products, but the Endurance are a mid-point in their overall line. I also own a pair of the Castelli Aero Free shorts, and by comparison, the Endurance feels heavy and more constrictive. The leg cuffs are much stiffer feeling than the Aero Free. The chamois is the same between these two Castelli shorts, but even though these shorts are labeled Endurance, the Aero Free's feel more comfortable to me on longer rides. Some people have said that these shorts are too small, and I agree. I had to get an XL, where I normally wear a large. I even wear a large in the Aero Free, so figure that one out since it's the same manufacturer. The bottom line is that the Endurance shorts are adequate, but I wouldn't buy another pair. Spend a little more money and get the Castelli Aero Free or LG Mondo Evo's if they become available again.