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Work a little magic on your next ride with the Castelli Presto Short. Constructed from super-stretchy Affinity Lycra with four-needle flatlock stitching, the Prestos are easily as comfortable as they are durable. The eight-panel construction wraps your body like seaweed around sushi, and the reflective piping keeps you visible to motorists when the sun decides to take a nap.

  • Anatomically shaped, seamless Kiss3 chamois provides exceptional comfort without chafing on the longest rides
  • Gel leg grippers prevent shorts from shifting in flight
  • Screen-printed Castelli logos add to stylish design
  • Affinity Lycra provides excellent rebound qualities to retain shape even after multiple seasons of use

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Presto Short

    It's great there are finally some brands that add some color and style to the linup, like the Presto Short. I am 5' 11" 185 lbs and the large fits perfect. I generally ride between 1.5-2.5 hours and the padding is adequate. I just hope all brands take note for the color lines and style....i'm tired of just plain black bike shorts!

    Cracking Castellis

      Castelli is guaranted to crack or lift letters-did you not see this in their agreement paperwork? I have owned 3 different models over the years and they all do this; the lettering also discolors (deliacte machine wash cycle and hang dry, with appropriate detergent for delicate garments) so maybe it is good that it falls off. The fit can be variable, some models very good, some cause chafing on longer rides (55-65 miles with a lot of climbing). I like their jerseys better than their pants.

      Decent Fit Horrible Lettering....

        Okay, these are okay shorts, decent fit and chamois. Logged 200+ mtn and road. As other people have mentioned the lettering and logo is awful. The castelli logo came off after first ride. Letters are gradually falling off after 5 or so washes. Ridiculous for the price of these shorts. Going to keep the shorts because the lettering isn't that big of a deal. I would expect better quality for the brand and price. I'll stick with pearl izumi's moving forward....

        not recommended

          Heat pressed lettering was bubbling and starting to come off after 1 week of use (2 washes). These are reasonably comfortable and the pad works pretty well, but is big. Compression is minimal. These are not cheap shorts and the lettering should not come off after 1 week. Thank goodness for Realcyclist's great return policy, these will be going back.

          not great (or even good)

            I have shorts from several companies and this was my first pair from Castelli. I know they have a good reputation and a lot of fans but these shorts must not be a good example of their work. The letters and logo are silk screened on and are already cracked and failing after a couple of weeks of ownership. They are not particularly comfortable and don't provide much compression. They are not the worst pair of shorts I own but that is not much of an endorsement. I prefer my PI "Attack" shorts which are what I would consider base line (and even the "Attacks" are not something I would consider purchasing again). I got these on sale here and I am considering returning them.

            Comfortable Shorts

              I own 2 pairs of the Castelli Presto shorts. They are really comfortable for me. I bike 70 plus miles without any discomfort. Yes the graphics do tend to peel after time, even though I hand wash and hang dry. Even with that flaw, I do plan on ordering another pair soon because they are very comfortable, and that is the key. I'm 5' 6" @ 180 lbs, and a medium fits me perfect.


                These are great shorts. Great fit, great chamois. I'm 5'10" 170lbs and the Large fits perfectly. I've had no issues with the peeling graphics stated below - I guess all washing machines are not created equal.

                My favorites

                  Just bought my second pair. Love these things. The chamois is just the right thickness and is in all the right places. For the price I don't think you can get a better pair of shorts. I'm 5-9, 155lbs and a medium fits me perfect.

                  great mid level short

                    vastly superior styling as compared to solid black bike shorts, chamois has proven to be quite reliable over medium to long distance rides, my longest wearing these being 62 miles, not quite the level of my more expensive bibs, but for the price and the style, well worth it. I am 6'1" 175lbs with a 32 waist, I got the large, they fit pretty snug, I probably could've got away with the xl as well.

                    Good Chamois

                      I like the firm feel of the Chamois on these Prestos. I have other Castelli shorts with the Kiss chamois but they're thinner and softer. Also good stitching and overall construction. Good value (especially on sale).

                      Also a 36"

                        Interesting...I see 2 guys comment that they have a 36" waist. One says kinda snug. Other says maybe he could have gone to a smaller size.

                        So, it must have to do with the shape of the body. I also have a 36" waist, and so I ordered the XL.

                        The shorts fit fine in the waist, and I really liked how the legs felt and looked.

                        But the area through the hips was too small on me -- I guess I'd have to go with an XXL, but I just ended up returning the ones I ordered.

                        Look great, feel great

                          I was tired of just plain old black bike shorts. I wanted something with a little more style, but without sacrificing functionality. I got it. I've had these for about 3 weeks and 400 miles, and so far, no complaints. The size indicated on these shorts are smaller than what you might expect, so if you are on the border between sizes, go up! I have a 32 waist and got the large. I'm glad I did because a medium would NOT have fit.

                          Look great, feel great

                          Pretty Stoked to ride

                            I really like these they dont go up super high so i dont feel like an old guy (no offense), i think they stretch a bit tho after a few rides and washes they seem to stretch a bit more than before which is fine. im about 5'7/8ish 200 lbs (spend quite a bit in the gym) but i could still drop a few. im new to cycling and im enjoying it very much at the very least getting around 8-10 miles in a day, and usually every other day going around 20-30. I did a 30 mile, and it could have just been i was sore, but no matter what the padding in the shorts didnt seem to help. I think i was just having an off day. but as i said they seem to be stretching a bit and I may need to pull these up a little higher to make them a bit more snug..i got them in the xl and i think i could have gone with a Large, i have about a 36" waist with about a 30" inseam