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Castelli Free Aero Race Bib Short - Men's

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    It’s all in the name.

    Castelli’s Free Aero Race Bib Shorts hide their assets in their name. Namely, free speed, aerodynamics, and race-oriented. The Free Aeros utilize a variety of surface textures, fabrics, and time in the wind tunnel to deliver a claimed 10-watt savings at 50kph. This may not seem like much, but those savings add up over even a two or three hour ride, and could mean the difference between enough power for a sprint and pedaling lamely to the line.

    At the core of the shorts sits Castelli’s Progetto X2 Air chamois, with one minor-but-crucial improvement —a softer face fabric. You get all the support and chafing resistance you expect from the Progetto, but it’s a bit kinder to your skin now. We’d be remiss to not mention the lightness of all of the fabrics in the Free Aero Race, in part because they’re comfortable and airy on even the hottest days, but also because you’re going to want to apply a bit of sunscreen at the leg bands.

    • Racing bibs for the discerning cyclist
    • Aerodynamic features for a claimed savings of 10 watts
    • Gently compressive material reduces long-mile fatigue
    • Lie-flat cuffs and bibs reduce drag from transitional ridges
    • Race chamois is lightweight but comfortable in long races
    • Castelli's tailoring is fit for professionals and recreationalists alike
    • Item #CST005H

    Tech Specs

    Fit
    race fit
    Chamois
    Progetto X2 Air
    Bib
    yes, Carre yolk
    Leg Gripper
    Giro Air
    Claimed Weight
    [size large] 178 g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    A little small

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    Beautifully made but because it is a little small (I ordered a medium and probably should have ordered a large-I am 5'7", weigh 170 with a 34 waist). The shorts are fine on my trail bike which has a wider seat, but my road bike which has a Fizit seat becomes uncomfortable after about 30 miles. When I order another, I will get a large. The quality of construction is well worth the price.

    High Quality

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

    These bibs are super sweet. The fit is really nice, and the chamois is more comfortable than most. Pretty simple bibs, nothing too fancy, just super fast!

    Best so far but not perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I typically wear the LG line but was in the market for bibs with higher quality chamois. The Progetto X2 chamois in these bibs is definitely a step up from the LG Airzone and and a little more forgiving than the LG 4Motion . I definitely feel the difference with a more comfortable ride over longer distances (50+ miles).

    I am 6' 1" 190 lbs and settled on the XL (I usually wear a L in the LG's). These still have good compression on my rather slender thighs but I wish the straps were a little longer and wider. But so far these are the best bibs I have used.

    Very Cool But Some Friction

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XXXL
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    I wan to love these shorts. On hot days they are very cool and comfortable. EXCEPT there is some friction and soreness. I bought two pairs and each exhibit the same problem in the same area of my anatomy.

    Too bad.

    Still the best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 164lbs

    I have been using these shorts for the last three years. I have noticed some quality problems last year but this year they appear to have the quality control back under control.

    I have tried numerous different brands but always end up back with these. Very comfortable, sweat wicking, great straps, nice quality. I have gone on 7 hour rides and never needed Chamois Creme with these.

    Not sure why some people don't like the updated version. It fits exactly the same as the prior versions.

    Still the best

    Castelli free aero bib

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

    This my first bib but I use Castelli products regularly. I am an avid cyclist and average 140-190 a week year round in sunny SoCal. A bit more density in the chamois would be appreciated but this is adequate. Well finished like all.Castelli products. I also use the Pearl Izumi and LG. line.

    Stitching failure

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

    I made the mistake of buying the white version but liked the fit. Good compression in the legs and at 6ft and 170lb the XL is a good fit. However being that these are virtually see through I only ever used them on the indoor trainer. After about a dozen rides and a dozen cold washes the seams in the X2 pad have come apart. Even my cheap Voler bibs are still going after a year and I wear these every week out on the local group rides

    Stitching failure

    Why did they have to mess with them?

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    I really loved the prior editions of these shorts but the 2016 version is a mess and sadly I will have to find a new brand as my go to bib short.
    I'm fairly tall at 6'3" and weigh 190 lbs , my thighs are regular sized. I've worn 3 different years-editions of Castelli bib shorts over a period of about 5 years. All were sized XL.
    The 2016 version are really poorly designed and sized. The straps are no longer as elastic as they were and pull on my shoulders even when riding. Off the bike , I can't wait to change out of them.
    The bib short legs offer too much compression and are uncomfortable. The wider elasticated cuffs on those legs are equally overly tight and create 'sausage leg' - even on my normal sized thigh. Additionally , this combination of tight leg and cuff means the short does not naturally adjust itself to what is the correct position on the rider.
    I am a huge Castelli fan , the Progetto X2 pad is still one of the best available but I'd recommend skipping this years model and wait for them to correct the fit.

    Agree with your review, also had 2-3 new pairs of aero free per year for a few years. Only got 1 pair this year based on the feedback and it is spot on. Fit is weird. Chamois feels more bunched up, leg length is like 3/4" shorter based on tan line, straps are too tight, ugh. what happened.

    high quality & pro

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: large
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 152lbs

    This are some high-quality, pro-style bibs. The upper is minimalist. The straps are thin (1.75”) and fine mesh. The straps/upper is nothing special although I greatly appreciate that the waist falls right at or below my navel. This is better for warm weather and makes going to bathroom easier. I don’t want to buy bibs that come up any higher. The bottom section is what really impresses me. The fabric is compressive, super-soft, and comfortable. They’re perfect for hot weather. It looks great too. It’s finished with some very effective pro-type leg grippers that do not budge. I’m 5’9” and 152 pounds and in most bibs I wear a medium (Capo, Hincapie, Craft, Gore, Bontrager, PI,) but in these I’m definitely a large. And even in the large the crotch is a little tight. I have no choice but to “dress up” if you know what I mean. Nonetheless, the tight fit in that area keeps your junk in place which is nice. You’ll need to squeeze into these bibs a bit regardless of what size you get but once on they feel like a second skin. They’re designed with aerodynamics and compression in mind. The chamois is fantastic. It might be the best I’ve ever felt. I like the inseam length of these bibs although I wouldn’t want them any shorter. However, I have long legs and often like longish bibs like my Capos. These bibs often sell for $200 but you should be able to find them for $150 which is a more appropriate price. I like these so much that I will be buying another.

    Too tight!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I'm not a big guy and medium almost always fits the bill for me. But I felt like I was putting on a girdle! I like the materials and chamois but definitely size up!

    How long I have waited

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 143lbs

    I have had a couple pair of Castelli Endurance bibs, and I had to wait until at least one pair wore out before I could spring for these. From the details, I am glad I waited. The Progetto X2 is definitely more comfortable! The breath-ability of the mesh on the sides is noticeable the moment you step outside. They fit great and are functionally superior to others. Castelli really does know how to make great products!

    One very minor gripe. The new shoulder straps are initially hard to get used to, but that goes away on a ride. It might just have been the comfort and feel of the bibs as a whole that made me forget about it, but it didn't bother me during or at the end of my ride.

    Like but cannot keep...

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    The fabric and craftsmanship is great. Unfortunately, Even sizing up, it's too small. The straps are also too short, and I'm having to return. I'm reluctant to go a full 2 sizes up from the chart, expecting that the shorts themselves will become baggy in an effort to get a strap that won't compress my shoulders down. TOO BAD, otherwise, they seem like they'd be great. Shorter and skinnier riders may benefit from this cut, but @6'0", 210 lbs, and 44Chest, with 34 waist, an XL was still too small for me.

    Ummm... these run really small.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    The average sized man in El Salvador (where these are made) must be 5' 4". I purchased an XL because it runs small... I think I should have purchased a XXL. I am 6'2" and 185lb, and these just barely fit... the shoulder straps are tight.

    Awkward Fit

    • Size Bought: XXL
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    XL is way too short in the straps, XXL bunches and rides up, straps are uncomfortable, chamois pad is way too far back. I love the old Free Aero Race in XL, for some reason they changed everything in these.

    Excellent quality

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    Height 5'11" Weight 185
    33 waist 40 hips
    Size Large, used 3 times on 1-2 hr rides

    I always loved my old free aero shorts more than any other, (much better fit and comfort than my 2 older body paint Castellis), but it was time to renew to newer versions. I ordered 2 of these in a size Large and I'm not sure why people are complaining that they run "too small"...yes, they do run tighter than my older free aeros, BUT it's a good tighter, it takes a few seconds longer to gentle pull them up into place but once they're on the compression and fabrics feel awesome. The feel, and comfort are still fantastic, but with more compression in the legs and much better grips (don't fold up or roll at all) and the straps are the best I've had on any bib. The chamois is great as always, didn't notice any change there. Overall, I highly recommend this bib for people who want lots of compression in the legs and gluteus along w the most lightweight and high tech fabrics you can buy for the money. I'm in Miami and greatly appreciate the ultra light fabrics. Hope they last as long as my older versions but can't comment on that aspect yet ...

    Too much wrong to ever be right

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The bib-short fit was very straight. Not enough shape through the hips, upper and mid-thigh. I'm not not as lean as I get, but this fit is unacceptable.

    The front section of the chamois pad was twisted. Not obvious when I first slipped them on, but huge lump just sitting on the saddle.

    The laser cut yoke of the bib-uppers was notched at the junction of the two straps. Based on the comments from others this looks like an obvious point of future failure.

    castelli free aero bibs

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    I buy a small in Capo and Giordana, Initially I purchased these in a small; in fact they were so small I put them back in the package unworn and returned them for a medium.
    Many Thanks to CC's excellent customer service.
    I have a 31in waist, 36in hips, 22 in thighs. The mediums are a perfect fit, very comfortable on and off the bike. They are definitely a "race cut." The bib's material and manufacture are great quality, no problems so far.

    Very comfortable bib shorts

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

    Find your dimensions on the Castelli size chart and buy them. They have a very comfortable compression fit when riding. Like most high-end race-fit Castelli clothing, they are designed for riding and not walking around or sitting in a cafe. I'm 5' 11", 32" waist and 38" hips. Medium fits perfectly.

    Don't wear well over time

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: small
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 118lbs

    At first, I absolutely loved these bib shorts, but even with careful handling...always washed in a mesh bag, cold water, drip dry, etc...they just didn't hold up. The fabric on the thigh area on both my pairs started to disintegrate, lost the color and became see through. The leg grippers lost their elasticity pretty quickly. For the price of the shorts they should last longer than one riding season. Disappointed.

    Same exact thing happened to me. I bought four pairs and took great care of them. The thigh panel pretty much disintegrated. Would have been nice to get a warranty replacement. At $199.00 a pop that's $800.00 worth of what I thought was a high quality product down the drain. I've purchased at least $2,000.00 worth of Castelli product and these were great for a time but in the end proved to be a bad investment. Hope the newer versions are better.

    What is the inseam length on these?

    Is my ass crack going to show through these after a few months of uses? Just wondering if anyone has had these for more than a few months? The material looks great for breathability but i dont want to run into problems down the road.

    I have had these bibs for about 2 months and have washed them about 5-6 times. I just noticed that the front of the chamois has become dislocated and partially folded over inside of the outer fabric. What is the warranty and is there any way to get them replaced?

    Thanks

    I had really good luck with the Castelli warranty department. Chainlove/Steep and Cheap only offer 30 days, but I think that Castelli warranty is 1 year for workmanship problems. You have to send them in, and they will evaluate them and send you a replacement, if it is a workmanship issue.