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The Castelli Women's Venere Skort combines a high-end, 6-panel cycling short with a stylish skirt for a skort that feels as good as it looks, even after miles in the saddle. The SoftFlex synthetic fabric not only feels as soft as cotton to the touch, but it also stretches to allow for great range of motion, and wicks away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable in the blistering heat of summer.

Castelli's Venere starts with the idea that a skort must stay in place in order for it to be comfortable. So, designers created a curved waistband out of Action Power Lycra that offers gentle compression and is abrasion resistant. Inside the waistband is lightweight elastic to make sure it holds. When you put the skort on, you'll find that the waistband is higher in the back and lower in the front. This position keeps the skort in place and keeps the jersey sitting on top, rather than exposing skin. The front is low enough so that you don't feel like you're holding in your stomach or like it's preventing you from breathing deeply.

The chamois on the Venere is the KISS3 Donna women-specific seat pad. It's smaller and a bit wider than the men's. The Kiss3 chamois uses a seamless construction of brushed microfiber to avoid any chaffing, and the pad is anatomically shaped to help follow your movements. The variable-density design provides more padding where you need it and less where you don't.

The Castelli Women's Venere Skort comes in Black/white, White/black, and Black/cyclamen and is available in five sizes from X-Small through X-Large. The legs have a 6.5 inch inseam.

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  • Fit:True to size

I'm 120 lbs, 5'2, I took a S and it fits me perfectly(maybe a little bit small, but medium would have been too big). The fabric is really thin (but still solid) and soft, really comfortable. I'm going bike touring with this skort, and I find that it's the perfect choice, since the skirt hides your behind without being annoying

Odd fit in the front

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

The way the skirt falls in the front, it actually folds up at the waistband. If you look at the main photo you'll see that fold in the front. Well, it doesn't go down. It's actually accentuated when you put the skort on. Otherwise, the fit was great. I'm 5'2", 120 lbs and I got size Small. Waist fit fine, chamois was comfortable, but the fold that sticks out at the front just annoyed me. Cute otherwise if the bunching doesn't bother you.

Great option for stops enroute

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

Cute cycling option - allows for a more modest off-bike stopover. Skirt does not get in the way when cycling, or interfere in any way. I have tried other cycling skorts, but these look the best and perform the best. Make sure you use the size chart to select size. While others have found Castelli to fit small, I found the fit close to the chart, or even a bit more generous than the chart suggests. Highly recommend this skort.


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

I ordered these when they were on sale to see if I liked them, they were so comfortable and all around wonderful that I ordered another one even though they were NOT on sale anymore! I have other Castelli bottoms and on me they run small so I ordered a size bigger than I usually get. They are PERFECT. Snap these up while they are on sale ladies, you are going to love them.