Feel Great, but Very Fragile
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
Keep Velcro away from these shorts, especially in the wash. It will dig into the very sheer cloth the bib straps are made of and tear them. The result are runs, like with women's nylons. They're ruined.
I have a new HE washing machine with no agitator, so thought I would be safe, but the 2nd wash there was a small tear, and the 4th or 5th one a huge run. I found my RoadID band wrapped around the straps, so assume that is what ruined them. Too fragile to be practical IMHO. If you want to buy them anyway, wash them in a "Delicates Bag", but even that won't protect them from Velcro, as it will penetrate through the delicates bag.
They are very cool on hot days, and I liked the chamois, even though it wasn't the thickest, it floated and resisted wadding up after getting sweat-soaked, which it resisted quite well. Crazy effective chamois for its thickness, although not up to Pearl Isumi's PRO bib short level, still a great choice for a hot day.
I loved the high compression on the legs, and the red band at the bottom of the legs for great Viz and a sharp look. The material is also fairly slick against the saddle, which also helps the pad from getting stuck on the nose of the saddle and wadding up, or just dragging against the seat. (using a solid Fazik saddle, Antares IIRC, which are hotter than cut-away saddles in summer)
It's tight even when going up a size, but using an XL instead of a Voler L fit great. I appreciated the extra squeeze in the legs on long rides.
Maybe if I knew then what I know now I could protect these in the laundry well enough to make them viable, but who knows. I really just think Castelli needs to pick a better fabric. This isn't lingerie, it's cycling gear, and that has to make a reasonable attempt at lasting a year or two at least. Very skeptical this could EVER last that long, no matter what measures are taken. SMH. It COULD have been my fav summer shorts.