Castelli Women’s Free Aero Race Bibs review£130.00

The ideal bib shorts for keeping cool when the going gets hot

BikeRadar score4/5

Looking for a pair of women's bib shorts that will keep you cool in hot weather? The Castelli Women's Aero Race Bibs are just the ticket – thin, breathable, and comfortable against sweaty skin. Just don't forget the sunscreen. 

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Castelli has an extensive range of products available for women and has always come up trumps when it comes to producing kit that's comfortable for a range of different weather conditions. For summer riding, the Aero Race Bibs are some of the best women's bib shorts we've tried. 

The stylish and lightweight Castelli Free Aero Race Bibs are tremendously comfortable for hot days on the bike. With leg hems made from a thin, semi-sheer material, these bibs are perceptibly breathable and feel great against sweaty skin.

Since the sheer material had me reaching for these bibs on hot and sunny days, I quickly discovered the importance of applying sunscreen higher than normal on my legs to avoid sunburn through the sheer portions of the bibs. For reassurance, the sheer panels are located on the legs hem only, not on the main portion of the shorts, and won't have you inadvertently flashing your rear end at the riders behind you. 

Castelli’s seamless chamois is a bit thicker than other bibs we put through our grouptest, but it doesn’t feel bulky or slosh around on the saddle. Also, the Free Aero’s laser-cut straps provide a straightforward and comfortable fit for everyday riding.

Like nearly all Castelli gear we’ve tested, the Free Aero Race Bibs run small in sizing. We’d recommend choosing one size larger than your normal size for optimal fit. Once you’ve found the right size, however, the Free Aero Race Bibs look and feel great for hot summer rides.

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Kristen is a former professional triathlete, current elite cyclists, and lives for two-wheeled adventures the world over. She was one of six women to ride the entire Tour de France in 2012 as part of the women's Rêve Tour team. Besides riding and writing about bikes, Legan also coaches with APEX Coaching out of Boulder, Colorado.
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 180cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 64kg / 141lb
  • Preferred Terrain: Dirt climbs and twisty mountain descents
  • Beer of Choice: Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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