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Castelli Body Paint Bib Short - Men's - 2010 BCS
Designed around feedback from the race team, the top-of-the-line Castelli Body Paint bib short is cut from a single piece of Lycra to conform to the body better than similar multi-panel bib-shorts. Think of it as fewer moving parts, meaning fewer seams to unravel and less stitching to cause chafing. The chamois includes three gel inserts in the most important spots: two for the sit bones that contact the saddle and the other for the spot just behind your priceless jewels. Even the material has been put through the rigors of wind-tunnel testing to ensure that even if you forget your skin suit for your next TT, at least you\222ll have the Body Paint Short to fall back on.
- Engineered using a single piece of Power Stretch Lycra fabric for ultimate contouring
- Seamless elastic fabric straps reduce chafe
- Light mesh fabric on back for exceptional breathability
- Progetto X-2 Seat Pad designed by the Cervelo Test Team
- Sleek Euro-Fit sizing
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This is what you need
April 16, 2012
I have tried many other bibs, and most were good. Then, I put this on. The first time I wore it, I wasn't sure it was worth the price. Then, I washed it and wore it on a 65 mile ride. It changed the way I think about shorts. The short is very, very tight, and the straps are a bit constricting when you are standing. If you get on the bike and ride, it does seem to disappear. The chamois is perfect, and the lack of seams is incredible. Yes, the lettering comes off quickly. for this level of comfort, who cares. Will buy the 2.0 soon.
Have also worn it on longer rides, and have never been less than very happy.
March 29, 2012
There is an abrupt edge that can cause irritation if your garment does not fit tight/correct.
well worth the cash if you ride a lot!
March 26, 2010
Until purchase of these bibs, I'd only ventured into the PI PRO line of apparel. I must say, these bibs leave anything I've tried thus far in laying in the corner of my closet (literally). I have three issues with these:1. I wish the inseam were a bit longer (Im 6 and ordered a L). After some riding, they end up being little less than half-way up my thigh (closer to the knee).2. The straps tend to hug the goods a little too much. Very uncomfortable on long rides.3. They are not quite "black". I have a "black" castelli jersey and they DO NOT match. These bibs are more of a blue-ish-black. Aside from the aforementioned, Id say they are about perfect. These bibs resolved a lot of saddle sore/chaffing issues I had experienced in the past.
On a side note, I got an XL in the Aero race bib (same pad) and I like them much better. Probably due to the fact that my tackle is not smashed against my body with the XL. I'll try the XL body paint next. Seems to me that the fit (geometry and stiching) is exactly the same between the two.
Do these bib shorts have leg grippers? I have the Castelli Endurance
Do these bib shorts have leg grippers? I have the Castelli Endurance bib shorts, and find that they ride up without silicone grippers. In fact, if the "Castelli" silcone logos on the outside leg hem of the Endurance shorts were on the inside, they'd be perfect. What about the Body Paint?
October 20, 2011
PEZ comments on the body paint shorts
March 9, 2010
Interbike09 round-up, The Hits Just Keep On Comin!
The Castelli Body Paint bibshorts are partially the result of feedback from the race team, and up close theres no denying this is a high-end performance piece. Theyre a warm weather garment with a very low cut front and a nice airy mesh in back between the straps. The main body of the shorts is cut from a single piece of lycra, which is stretchy enough to conform to most bodies and eliminates the need for multi-panels and added seams that can chafe or unravel. It also makes for a smoother fit, which any aerodynamisist worth his weight in smoke trails will confirm creates less airflow turbulence and therefore less drag. (Which should make you faster).
The fabric is also different from most Lycras in that its made with monofilament fibers, which has quite a different feel. Castelli reports the big advantage is the yarns are made of a single fiber instead of multiple fibers, and the moisture absorption goes down significantly.
The chamois is seamless where it counts.
The chamois is different from most multi-density crotch savers Ive seen. Instead of a bunch of raised ridges settling against your skin, the skin-side surface of the chamois is one smooth piece. The multi-density cushion of the chamois is on the other side of the foam and created by carving away sections of a single block of uncompressed foam to create the different sections of cushion. While were used to seeing chamois foam that is stamped in a certain pattern to create variable densities, Castelli says their method makes a more comfy seat.
The chamois also features 3 gel inserts two for the sit bones and 1 right behind your junk. Theyre called a viscous comfort zone and are so thin, I could not tell they were even there, which says a lot about how well they integrate with the pad. Placement of these zones has been chosen to fit 90% of saddles and Ill attest they worked fine for me on a San Marco Zoncolan.
These nicely integrated leg grippers are impressive.
This integrated and minimalist approach is continued in the leg bands, which eschew a fused, glued, or sewn in band to hold the legs in place. Instead, the Body Paint bibs feature a 2 inch wide gripper of 43% lycra that is seamlessly milled into the legband very unobtrusive, but very functional (ie: it works well.)
The shoulder straps are satin-like in their feel.
The shoulder straps have a real skinsuit feel in that they appear to be sewn without any seam at the edge. Very close inspection however, reveals that the 2 inch wide band of lycra has been finished by Castellis mill in Italy. Im told this was no easy task, but the end result is very thin and very smooth. The only issue I had was that in spite of my best efforts to keep em flat, they did the same thing most straps do, and folded over when I was riding. Thus wasnt really an issue over top of a base layer, and since were all shaped differently, I suspect theyll find their own level on you too.
The fit and chamois felt great on my initial 1 hour test ride, and priced at US$249.99, theyre top tier for sure - I suspect Castelli will sell as many as they make.
March 28, 2012
1. This bib looks great. The laser cut fabric looks great.
2. Typical Castelli sizing problems. Medium was so tight that it pushed the V-shaped seam of the Chamios (not a flat seam) in front into my junk, causing serious irritation around 70 mile mark. The Large had extra room in the fabric around the chamois area resulting in some bunching and serious irritation around the edge of the chamois.
3. The Chamois has exposed thick edges all around and if the product doesn't fit you perfectly (between sizes) then you won't like it.
4. If the bib actually fit me correctly, I bet it would be great. Maybe the 2.0 will fix some if these issues. Obviously, everyone is not experiencing the same issues as me. For this price, I expect perfection--even at the 150 mile mark.
5. I returned the item for the Gore Xenon Sonic. The Gore Xenon Sonic has none of these problems. I will say the the Castelli Body Paint bib does look cooler, but I would rather finish the ride with no sores.
6. The red fabric strip on the front below the navel allows for minimal stretch. If you try to make a quick restroom stop in this bib, you'll find out why that's a problem.
I wear a med in the Castelli Velocissimo shorts and med in the
I wear a med in the Castelli Velocissimo shorts and med in the podium bibs. Will the body paint bibs fit the same as the others?
By: Tim E
September 20, 2011
The body paint bibs fit a bit tighter, but as expected from the name............
By: Tim E
November 24, 2011
March 24, 2012
With great anticipation I awaited my shipment of these, a size L, as it appeared they run small based on several comments. As I hardly ever wear size L, I was surprised to find that they were still way too small for me, especially in the torso area. They look like great warm weather bibs and unfortunately the XL's are no longer available. Hopefully next time.
Fits great! Straps a bit iffy though.
May 10, 2010
While I did not buy this product from RealCyclist, I would like to give my opinion about it in that it does indeed fit great. The compression is good, it fits very nicely. Doesn't feel heavy or too thin, except for the straps. The straps feel very thin, sort of like a ribbon. In addition, unlike the photos on this product page, they have a tendency to bunch up around the shoulders, and do not stay "flat". I have very small shoulders that are not very square, though, so that could also be why. The pad is great, has lots of coverage.
Write your question here... Can anyone give an idea on sizing?
Write your question here...
Can anyone give an idea on sizing? I'm 5'8", 150 lbs; I wear a Med. in Pearl Izumi bibs very comfortably; however, I have to go to a large in Capo. I'm assuming I would be a Med., but wanted to make sure sizing is not very small on these, like the Capo.
By: L. J. Shrum
August 15, 2010
I agree. Go with the Large. I wear Large in PI and size up to an XL with Castelli.
By: el pato
August 24, 2011
I would recommend the Large
By: Chris Kelly
September 1, 2010
November 12, 2010
Review from http://lavamagazine.com/gear/interbike-day-two-serotta-debut
The BodyPaint line from Castelli was one of our favorite debuts the last two years. Its form-fitting, with a classically athletic Italian cut, and represents Castellis effort for truly aero training apparel that's still exceptionally comfortable for all that tight fit. (There's just a single seam in their shorts, for example, which we were told was kept quiet from the UCI, who have design rules in apparel, but Castelli circumvented it by literally screening stitching down the leg for Carlos Sastre when the kit first debuted.) That means laser-cut seams and minimal material overlays and screening.
Catelli Body Paint
For 2011, Castelli bumped up the line, adding a bib and standard short for women. We were impressed with the leg gripper: set along the laser-cut legs edge, the rubberized layer isnt a layer at all; the gripper is actually milled into the fabric, meaning that as you pedal, the gripper will stay put and not denigrate over time.
Castelli also debuted a new NanoFlex armwarmer and kneewarmer. Whats special about them is the fact that they both introduce water resistance coatingsignificant, as I think we can all attest to being caught in a downpour, and while the shell protects your core, the wind chill on wet armwarmers or kneewarmers can make a ride miserable. The coating, which Castelli says cant wash off, will simply knock aside the raindrops, keeping the extremities warm and dry. The armwarmer and kneewarmer will each sell for $60.
March 17, 2012
This is a terrific bib. Extremely comfortable -- no seams, lightweight (I expect it to be great in hot weather), comfortable shoulder straps. I like it better than my previous favorites -- giordana forma-reds.
They do run small -- I wear a medium in everything else, but the large in these fits really well (and plenty tight)
February 14, 2012
I actually bought the L as well after receiving the M. The L fit very well. I was worried about the legs being a bit too big for my quads. No worries! The fit is very nice, snug. The pad is great. The only complaint I have is the straps. They are pretty tight and don't lay flat on the shoulders. They bunch up a bit. I wore a baselayer under and the straps dug in a bit on the shoulders and upper back. However, I didn't notice it on the ride and it's not enough to turn me off. These are very nice!
I'm 6ft, 163ish...smallish quads..The straps seem pretty tight standing up and tend to bunch up and not lay flat. I do like the way they fit from the waist down, however. They are very low cut, so your jersey better be on the longer side in the front.
I'm wondering if a large would work for me. Typically, the length of the Large works well but are too big down on my quads. Any word on how the Large works with smaller quads?
whats the overall size of the pad from front to rear ?
whats the overall size of the pad from front to rear ?
April 13, 2010
33 CM from Front To Rear
20 CM at the Widest Point
By: Chris Kelly
April 13, 2010
not the best, but nice
November 24, 2011
I like my podium collection bibs better than these. The chamois seems wide and long to me puts extra bulk around the thigh area. The construction and fit seem excellent after using a few times, but I don't know how they will hold up. The stripes crack or break up after a few uses/washes which was very disappointing for such an expensive item. If they make these out of one piece of fabric why can't the decorative strips and logo be integrated into the fabric. From a looks standpoint I was disappoint due to this. It makes the bibs look very used after a couple uses. As far as function I don't feel they function any better and somewhat less than cheaper bibs. I am glad I didn't pay full price. On a fit note. I weight about 155lbs and am 6' with a 30/31 waist and the mediums fit tight but feel great.
November 25, 2011
I love these bibs. But as a warning they are very tight. I have custom Capo and wear XS bibs. These I wear an S and they are almost too tight. But compression is nice. No plastic grippers around the legs but they compression bands work well. Straps are superb. Reflective bits are smart and not found on other bibs. Did Furnace Creek 508 in one pair of these. No complaints. But haven't used them enough (ie. washed) to determine their durability. Just washing in the bag they come with and hoping for the best.
If there's a better bib out there, I want it!
September 25, 2011
I'm the happy owner of 2 pairs of Castelli Free Aero Race Bibs and a Sugoi RSE Bib, Castelli Ergo Tre shorts & PI microsensor shorts. These are the best shorts I've worn.
The chamois is the same Progetto x2 as the Free bibs, so the only difference is in the short/strap areas. You have to be careful to get the correct size in Castelli: they make everything at least one size smaller than anyone else, so go to a cycle shop and try it on before ordering online!
I have no beef with the straps, in fact prefer them to the Free straps, although just a bit. But man, what a difference in the one-piece construction short! I don't know how they did it, but it hugs every point of contact throughout the entire range of motion, and stays in place,, with no chafe, rub or bind. They're criminally expensive, but they get cheaper every mile of a century: believe it!
August 15, 2011
One word: WOW.
The construction, fit and finish on these bibs is top Castelli quality. Best chamois I've tried, and the one-piece lycra bottoms feel as if I'm wearing nothing.
Don't know about durability yet as I've only washed them a few times.
Bottom line: no more okay shorts for me. This body paint gear is lots more expensive but definitely worth the money.
Great Chamois, Poor Stitching
June 27, 2011
From the waist down a great product. The top portion of the bib where the stitching is placed started coming loose after one wash on a hand wash cycle. The material is too thin to hold with this type of stitch. Too bad because the overall feel is great.
Castelli Body Paint Bib Short
June 21, 2010
These shorts are probably the best I've worn. No seams that rub the wrong places and the chamois is actually really comfy despite the fact that it looks like a diaper (it doesn't fit like a diaper).
ONe more thing to add!
May 19, 2010
I will say that moisture management in the saddle area is better on the free bib. Just being nit picky and trying to help other buyers. These are still a better short overall!
These shorts ROCK!!!
May 19, 2010
Rider Info: 6'1" 175-180 lbs. Wearing a size large in these shorts and the free bibs.
I will mimic a few noted items from reviews previous. Seem a tad smaller than the free bibs from 09 which I really liked as well and the shoulder straps are not a comfy as the free bibs, not bad at all though. The smaller size actually works better for me though as the seat area of the bib is nice and snug reducing some of the stretching that can happen on long rides. The leg length is also a bit shorter than the free bib. As far as the pad goes, it is absolutely killer. I have a tendency to get saddle sores and honestly this pad has virtually eliminated them!!! The biggest con of these shorts is that I had to buy 4 pair because it made my other shorts less inviting to wear!!!
Great Bib - very comfortable pad
May 10, 2010
The most comfortable pad in any bib I have ever used - even compared to the 2009 Free Bib which I thought was Castelli's best so far. The pad seems a little thicker than the 2009 Free Bib's when off the bike but on the bike it seems to disappear while still providing excellent cushioning. The sizing seems to be a bit smaller than the Free Bib and I think the Free Bib shoulder straps are a tad more comfortable.The only gripe I had was that if you stretch the fabric at all the screen printed design and writing on the thighs looks cracked all over. After just a few minutes on the bike the bib looked old and like it had been through quite a few washes. Peter's suggestion below fixed that though. Stretching it hard makes the cracks go away and now it looks good.
May 21, 2010
These bibs are great. I have the '09 Free bibs and the pad in these is a big step up. It is much more comfortable on long rides and eliminates any chaffing. The overall fit is great and they are very comfortable.
What the Pro riders from Cervelo have to say
March 9, 2010
Tested Obsessively By Cervélo TestTeam. This revolutionary new Progetto X2 seat pad will already have more than 500,000 kilometers of testing before it reaches the market during Spring 2010.
The seat pad has been in development for nearly three years. Made with 10 separate components, and 12 different phases in the manufacturing process, never before has there been this much effort put into making something effectively disappear under you. You could call this obsessive. But that thought will vanish the first time you ride it. Then you too can say Its perfect.
X2 seatpad layersSKIN CARE LAYER (red layer) is a soft, stretchy, seamless, bacteriostatic layer next to your skin with the simple task of preventing any sort of chafing. Its made to adapt to the shape of your body and the saddle without any folds of the fabric. Its probably the softest thing to touch your private parts since you got out of diapers.
CUSHIONING LAYER puts just the right padding in the right places. Castelli invented Vario Thick, and now we take it to a new level with infinitely variable thickness. The edges of the pad are thin, gradually thickening to maximum thickness under the ischial bones where you sit. Perforated viscous comfort padding is added under the ischial bones and in perineum area for maximum padding in these highly sensitive areas.
The new red pad is really good, and I used it without chamois cream! No problem, also in the hills . Good job! Thor Hushovd
Just wanted to give you some feedback about the shorts!! For me theyre perfect!
In 16 years as a pro, this is the best seat pad I have ever used.
Dont change anything. Its perfect.
when asked what we can do to improve the prototype Progetto X2 seat pad.
Youll find the Progetto X2 seat pad in the new revolutionized one single piece fabric Body paint Bibshort
Good Blog post about these
March 9, 2010
Former TdF podium finisher gives feedback on Body Paint!
Posted on November 2nd, 2009 in BODY PAINT, CASTELLI NEWS | No Comments »
The Body Paint bibshorts are partially the result of three years of development, some futuristic thinking and feedback from elite riders.
Theres no denying this is a high-end performance piece. Not only riders from the Cervélo TestTeam have been testing Body Paint, also other ProTour riders wanted to take part in the testing process, including an anonym former Tour de France podium finisher:
I rode them today, wow- they are nice! I understand why they are called Bodypaint. I could feel the compression aspect. They were about an inch and a half above my regular tan line. But the fabric and the cut are amazing! Thanks Castelli!
Body Paint Bibshort is a warm weather garment with a very low cut front and a nice airy mesh in back between the straps. The main body of the shorts is cut from a single piece of lycra, which is stretchy enough to conform to most bodies and eliminates the need for multi-panels and added seams that can chafe or unravel. It also makes for a smoother fit, which any aerodynamisist worth his weight in smoke trails will confirm creates less airflow turbulence and therefore less drag. (Which should make you faster).