A truly unfair advantage.
The Castelli Body Paint Tri Women's Sleeveless Top is the race-day jersey option worthy of Castelli's Rosso Corsa designation -- a title reserved for products dedicated to speed and maximum results. Each product represents thousands of hours of research in order to reduce fabric weight, increase both aero- and hydrodynamic advantage, and to provide your body with the support it needs to save watts and regulate body temperature.
Castelli constructed the Body Paint Tri Top from one piece of its Body Paint microfiber fabric. This provides a seamless fit that's equally fast and comfortable in the water, on the bike, and during your run. And while Body Paint provides subtle buoyancy for swimming, its absorption rate is minimal. So, it glides through the water with hydrodynamic properties akin to the newest swim skins. It also happens to dry very quickly when you get out, improving comfort post-T1. Additionally, protection over the last two legs is ensured through Castelli's incorporation of titanium-dioxide (the active agent in most sunscreens) into Body Paint's fibers. As a result, the Tri Top reflects the sun's radiant energy, keeping your skin cool and safe.
As its name implies, Body Paint's seamless construction makes the Tri Top feel as if it were painted on. Accordingly, chafing is eliminated, and the top is absent of any bothersome bunching or pinching. Adding to this characteristic, the top is also unlined. So, you're granted more personalization options in terms of your choice of sports bra. Securing this nearly-custom fit is Body Paint's patented 'gripper' at the rear hem. Interestingly, the gripper isn't actually a gripper. A Body Paint exclusive, the inner layer of the body's Lycra is precisely 'stripped away,' leaving thin lines of exposed fiber. These 'reduced' Lycra fibers have a soft, yet firm grip on the skin, only without adding the poignancy of a silicone band. Even more impressively, this portion of the top features the only area that's able to be sublimated. So, the whole top benefits from a lighter and softer fiber weight.
The Tri Top features a full-length zipper with an oversized tab in order to both ease entry and exit and to allow on-the-fly heat dumps. Castelli also incorporated two rear pockets that're large enough to carry your race-day nutrition. Additionally, Castelli covered them with what it calls 'fairing flaps' in order to maintain a low hydrodynamic profile in the water.
The Castelli Body Paint Women's Sleeveless Tri Top is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the color Black.
- Item #CST2657
- Q & A
Great top! Except for one deal breaker..
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love everything Castelli, so when i bought this top and tried it on, I wasn't surprised when I instantly fell in love with it. The Body Paint fabric sure is something magical?and is definitely what makes the top. However, fast forward to the day of my Tri, and I spent just as much time rolling down my shirt as I did running. For whatever reason, the bottom of the top kept rolling up, which needless to say became super frustrating after a while. If Castelli could only figure out a way to fix this problem, it would definitely win top shelf in my closet.