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Castelli Nero Classic Shorts - 2011 BCS
Black shorts -- we love 'em. And there are those who feel that black is the only acceptable color for non-team-issue shorts. The Castelli Nero Classic Shorts fill your need for another pair of shorts to put into the rotation, and since they only come in black you'll never have to worry about not matching the rest of your kit.
The limited edition Nero Classic Shorts utilize some of Castelli's time-tested technologies, including a KISS3 chamois and Action Micro fabric, to produce shorts that are lightweight yet durable and comfortable yet stylish. The Action Micro is used through the legs of the shorts to wick moisture away from your skin while you're riding.
The KISS3 chamois is one of Castelli's longest-running models, and with good reason. It has an extremely low profile while still providing the support and comfort necessary on long rides. It has multiple densities of foam padding, with the highest-density foam placed right under your sit bones. In short, it'll keep you comfortable without making you feel like you're wearing a diaper.
The Castelli Nero Classic Shorts are Black and come in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large.
- KISS 3 chamois conforms to your shape for a comfortable, chafe-free fit
- Breathe Lycra fabric wicks moisture like crazy and adds support for your quads
- Silicone grippers keep the shorts in place when you spin up for the town-line sprint
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May 13, 2011
They're good, don't get me wrong. They have biking down.. along with wine, cool languages, romance, Mafia's, etc.. But they are about as far off on their sizing as they are with that tower in Pisa. I'm a 32 waist, so going by the sizing chart a medium would be the right bet.. but I got the large just because my other Castelli stuff runs small. Even the large size lets you know who your daddy is when you butter up and finally slide into these like a fat kid in abercrombie skinny jeans.
Once you get them on though, they are pretty sweet. Nice support and compression around the quads, and the padding makes the longer rides a little smoother. Got them on bonktown for a good price and they are definitely worth it. If you are thinking about pulling the trigger, you won't be disappointed, but think about sizing up before you do. Even with a 32 inch waist the x-large would fit, all depends on how much you want to make the motorists blush on their way by.
September 25, 2011
Had no issue with the fit and finish. Chamois is comfortable and keeps a pretty low profile, wicking is good, fabric is a little slippery on my saddle compared to my Pearl Izumes. One star off for dumb sizing. Took the advice from other reviewers and got the large. They fit me perfect at 5'7", 145lbs, 32" waist, and a 30" inseam.
August 9, 2011
I must say that I was a bit skeptical per the sizing issues. I went for a large and the fit is right on for me (I have a 34" waist). I have short legs (28" inseam) and low waist. No waist roll-over, no leg grips on top of my knees, ala Pearls. Best fitting cycle shorts I've ever tried. Very comfortable from the get go, even on a mid-90s very humid day. The KISS3 pad is not bulky, is super comfy, conforms well and dries while riding when I'm not pushing hard.
I have Pearl Elite and Pro shorts - nice shorts and much more expensive - the Pro In-r-cool is a notch cooler. But I like the Castelli Nero shorts better for reasons stated. I'm impressed.
June 22, 2011
Very nice, the fabric is silky smooth and provides a bit of compression for hard working leg muscles. The silicone grippers comfortably keep everything in place. The Castelli logo stickers may not survive more than a few washings but everything else oozes Italian quality. The KISS3 chamois is not bad although you might want a bit more support on those all day rides.
Sizing seems fine, I normally wear a small and their small fits snugly but comfortably. Definitely more Euro than American though. The inseam is a bit shorter than most shorts but I'm 5'8" so it's not an issue. You may be less happy if you're 6' plus.
June 15, 2011
After being warned that these fit small, I ordered my normal (medium, which I've always worn regardless of brand) and large. Couldn't get the medium on. And the large was tight.
The legs seem to be cut short and the back of the waist isn't higher (most good shorts are cut higher in the back). At least I had a gap between shorts and jersey, which I don't normally have.
The discount looks appealing, but I don't rate these as $99 shorts. Seems like corners (and material!) were cut to lower the cost.
I returned them.
May 23, 2011
after reading other reviews i ordered a size up. i wear a med. so i ordered a large. the waist fits fine but the length was too short. im just over 6 feet tall and have 33 waist. my legs are not long id say normal and these shorts only go down to the mid-thigh. most companies would note that these shorts have a short inseam i dont know why castelli didnt. if it wasnt for the length id say these are good shorts the pad seems thin but worked fine.
May 16, 2011
Did a couple rides in them thus far. Padding is good/just right i guess.
I am a size 32-33 - I went with the large fearing i probably made a mistake. NOT. Fit just right (better not gain any weight). Not long on the legs either (I am 5'6).
Make sure you size up.