Even though the Velocissima 2 bib shorts are one of Castelli’s lower-priced bibs, there’s no compromise on comfort or fit, with a durable and supportive chamois and wide, skin-friendly leg grippers.
Castelli scorpion branding is as standard, but you can also choose from a number of different colour highlights.
Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort specifications and details
The Velocissima 2 shorts have a traditional design with polyamide/elastane mix matte panels for the main short, topped with a mesh upper for the bib straps and back panel.
Many pieces make up the short, including narrow vertical panels on the rear: here in grey, but also available in pink, red and teal colourways.
Castelli’s women’s-specific Kiss Air2 chamois is used; with a super-soft upper, it’s designed for long endurance rides.
Branding comes in the form of Castelli’s scorpion logo on each thigh and a subtle word logo down the back of the coloured vertical panels. Chunky reflective tabs have been added here, too.
Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort performance
Incredible comfort was the overwhelming impression I got from the Velocissima 2 bibs, so much so that I barely noticed I was wearing them.
The chamois felt thick without being bulky and supported both casual and more determined pedalling on the drops, while also offering great breathability.
Unlike some shorts, the leg gripper didn’t irritate my skin or dig in, but still kept the shorts in place without any bulging or shifting.
With a traditional cut, the one thing that they lack is any easy-pee mechanism. If this is a priority, Castelli also offers these in a waist short version for a little less cash.
The only other thing to note is that the main material is pretty thin, and a tiny bit see-through on the rear as a result. I’d be a bit wary of how these last longer-term but it hasn’t proved a significant problem so far.
Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort bottom line
Fantastic fit and comfort, with many top-end features from Castelli’s range included at a reasonable price point.
How we tested
We put seven pairs of women’s cycling bib shorts to the test to find out which perform best.
Each set of bibs was tested over road and gravel paths with a focus on fit, chamois and strap comfort, fabric choice, breathability and any other features, such as dealing with comfort breaks, as well as value for money.
- Alé Green Road PRR women’s bib shorts
- dhb Moda Women’s Classic Bib Shorts
- Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib
- Rapha Women’s Pro Team Training Bib Shorts
- Van Rysel EDR Women’s Quick Zip Cycling Bib Shorts
- Velocio Women’s LUXE Bib Short
|Price||AUD $160.00EUR €100.00GBP £100.00USD $130.00|
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Fabric: Stretchy compression matte main fabric
Leg grippers: Raw cut leg hem with silicone gripper strips
Safety: High-vis reflective patches on thighs
Straps: Mesh bibs straps
Chamois: Women's-specific endurance