Don't make the mistake of thinking that buying Castelli's more accessibly-priced kit requires you to make a major sacrifice in quality. Sure, you won't see Castelli's Velocissimo Short building tan lines on the toned legs of the peloton, but it was designed and tested with the same goals as the Italian firm's top-level kit. If you're looking for an everyday pair of training bibs that can handle repeated use and plenty of hot days, the Velocissimo will earn you the timeless scorpion aesthetics and proven Castelli construction without the hit to your bank account.
Castelli starts with nine panels of its proprietary Affinity fabric to craft the main body of the short. A stretchy synthetic, Affinity equips the short to manage moisture on hot days while remaining close and contoured to your body in the saddle. A mesh bib encourages airflow and moisture evaporation on your top half, with Castelli's wide Doppio waistband lending support as you change body position in the saddle. Take the Velocissimo out on longer rides comfortably with the Kiss Air chamois standing between you and harsh road vibrations; it won't be as slim or lithe as the inserts in Castelli's pro-level kit, but it features more than enough plush, multi-density foam carefully arranged to give you support and relief in the saddle on your longest rides.
- Workhorse bib short from Castelli equipped for training rides
- Contoured fit from nine-panel fabric construction
- Stretchy synthetic efficiently wicks moisture
- Airy mesh bibs and supportive waistband for comfort
- Kiss Air chamois reduces fatigue with strategic cushioning
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- Q & A
Not quite for me
These fit well overall and the chamois seems like it is very comfy. But one major problem I had with these was the seams in the front just dig into my hip bones so badly. So I ended up returning them before getting any rides in.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 158lbs
Love these shorts. They are comfortable and look nice. I am 5' 9" and weigh 158 lbs. Normally I wear a medium in bike shorts. The Castelli medium was too small for me. (All of us are built slightly different of course) I have a 31" waist and the Large fits perfectly. The chamois is thick and in all the right areas and the material is great at keeping my privates private and my rear end line a mystery. I like them!
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
Construction is high quality and chamois is comfortable. However, the waist is uncomfortably tight when compared with the bib version of the same Velocissimo model in the same size. Returned.
Literally, THE perfect short!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I ventured into the Castelli brand last season (2016) with the Inferno bib shorts and jersey, and wasn't impressed. The shorts seemed to ride up the leg more than I like, resulting in showing more of my thigh which I think looked odd. Instead of trying another pair of bib shorts, I gave these a try and I'm so glad I did! These actually feel far better than the Inferno bib shorts and they grip adequately around the leg and pretty much stay in place. The subtle design elements such as the Castelli logo on the back of each leg and the large Castelli text going around the hem of the right leg also are a hit with me.
I paired these with the Forza jersey in the red/white color scheme and I couldn't be happier with both!