Castelli Body Paint bib shorts review

Unique design proves a winner

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £175.00 RRP | USD $250.00
Castelli body paint bib shorts

Our review

Innovative, lightweight, comfortable; price is the only downside
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Castelli’s Body Paints debuted in the peloton last year, having been in development for several years with input from Cervelo team riders, and they really do represent a radical design departure.


Whereas in the past better fit was achieved using more panels, Castelli have taken a completely different route – making the lower parts of the shorts from a single piece of material with just one seam on the rear of each leg and one running up the rear.

Even the 2in-wide gripper is seamless, and virtually invisible – you can’t see it unless you’re looking for it. But like the rest of the technology on show here it works beautifully.

The new Progetto X2 seat pad has a seamless anti-bacterial layer next to your skin over a multi-layered cushioning layer (developed after 500,000km of testing, say Castelli). It’s extremely comfortable without being overpadded.


Other innovations include a front that is lower cut than usual, with Castelli arguing that you don’t actually need material there – and you certainly don’t miss it when riding.

Product Specifications


Name Body paint bib shorts (10)
Brand Castelli

Description Progetto X2 Seat Pad
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL
Reflective Piping/Accents Yes
Leg Grips Yes