bad stitching, poor construction
By Eric T. August 21, 2009
Bought these because I have a few Castelli Jerseys which I really like. At 5'10.5"/190LB, The sizing chart put me in between a large and an XL and I wound up going with the XL.
The bibs fit well for the most part aside from the straps being a bit looser than I like on my shoulders but they are comfortable overall. When it comes to quality and durability, however, these bibs fail miserably. After only a few months of use, the stitching in the legs and on the chamois pad is coming undone and will likely fail completely in less than a year at this rate. While I do machine wash these bibs on delicate after every ride, I don't put them in the dryer. I have 2 other sets of bibs (Giordana and Pearl Izumi) and one pair of shorts (Pearl Izumi) I rotate through and wash in the same fasion. Despite the Castellis being newer than all but one pair of bibs, they look the worst for wear. I likely will not be purchasing Castelli bibs again (though I will purchase their jerseys) and I would recommend that potential buyers look elsewhere.
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