Castelli Free Aero Bib Shorts - Women's

Revolutionize your ride.

Castelli revamped its revolutionary Free Aero Bib Shorts for 2015, making them even more breathable, aerodynamic, and supportive than the previous model and introducing a women-specific bib short option to the line. These bib shorts are comfy enough for a local century, with technology built to handle the toughest races or training days.

The Free Aeros are made of a blend of fabrics designed for durability and cool breathability, mixed with Lycra for a perfect balance between supportive compression and unrestricted movement. The sides and back also have surface dimpling (similar to a golf ball) meant to cut through the wind and get you down the road faster. To complete the fit, Castelli's wide Giro Air leg bands feature a thin, mesh-like gripping surface to keep everything in place and eliminate any uncomfortable bunching or pinching — just remember to throw on some sunscreen under the leg bands to avoid getting burnt.

Castelli rounds out the Free Aero Bib Shorts with the women-specific Progetto X2 Air Donna, an antimicrobial chamois with seamless construction, four-way stretch, and a perforated foam layer for a soft, ventilated, friction-free ride.

  • Aerodynamic race fit
  • Progetto X2 Air Donna chamois
  • Giro Air leg grippers
  • Reflective elements
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Do these run smaller than the body paint 2.0?

Nope, they're going to pretty much the same sizing.

Nice bibs

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

I bought these for my wife. She enjoys them. They are definitely on the smaller side. The one thing she wishes was that the bibs came up a little higher on the waist, but other wise, they work well with good padding

Easy to forget about these!

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

I love a pair of bib shorts that are so comfortable that I forget I have them on! These fit the bill! The straps are so soft and disappear instead of rubbing on my shoulders the whole ride. The chamois is among my favorite, even though it is larger than some. And the legs stay in place without irritating leg grippers! Highly recommend these if you want comfortable, technical fabrics to make those long rides a breeze! I do ride mountain as well and tried these under a pair of baggies. The way the chamois is shaped was not as comfortable on the mountain bike so I will keep riding these just on the road.

Sizing is so relative but I ranked these as "runs small" because you will want to size up from your current size in "american" fits like Pearl Izumi or Giro. I wear a small in those brands and found the medium to be perfect. They will fit like other European cuts such as Assos or Giordana.

Soooo comfy

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

This bibs are one of the most comfortable I have ever worn. And I have worn tons of bibs. Fabric on the straps is REALLY soft and comfy. Chamois is amazing, really thick and moves with you even on the longest rides. I usually wear a medium in Assos, Castelli and Giordana and a medium in these bibs is perfect. My only complaints are that there is not a clip closure in the front to make it easier for ladies to answer natures call mid ride and that the white paneling on the side of my shorts is *slightly* see though. Like when I wear leg warmers, you can see them a little through the bibs.

Other than that, these are comparable to Assos Laalalai bibs, Giordana Formared bibs (top of the line stuff here!)

Bibs that hug just right

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

I've been learning about which chamois works best for me and these bib shorts are the best I've encountered. They fit like a glove and I barely feel any rubbing on a long ride (4-5 hours)!

What long ride?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Honestly, at first I was a tad hesitant with the thickness of the chamois. However, the feature attraction for me was that the straps and the leg grippers completely disappear. You quickly forget you even have bibs on. I have tried many brands and many styles that I can easily say do not 'disappear' like these do. As said, at first, I thought the chamois too thick for my liking; yet on longer rides, I never noticed the thickness and have come to favor these bibs over old favorites.


Update 2017: the bibs are not consistent. After ordering multiple subsequent pairs, the sizing and cut is not done well across the board. Quality control is a significant issue. I still love the fit of most of the bibs, but the inconsistency given the price is unexpected and disappointing. Updating from 5 stars to 3 due to this issue.

Misrepresentation of product

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The black bibshorts are not as pictured. There is white piping along the seams as opposed to being all black. I contacted Competitive Cyclist to see if they sent the wrong product, and as opposed to understanding my issue with the product, they hurriedly sent out a replacement (with the same white piping). Please update the photo! I would not have purchased these knowing the bibshorts were not all black. I received no follow-up from customer service upon sending pictures to further explain this.

Misrepresentation of product

I will do my best help, and I wanted to make sure you?re 110% satisfied. Please feel free to call me or email me, so can help you get the right product., or help with your return.

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Hi Don,

Thanks for your response. So does a version of the bibshorts exist that have black seams like what you have pictured for this product?

Thanks,
Claire