Castelli Body Paint bib shorts review
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.