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Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort review

Premium features and comfort at a reasonable price

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £100.00 RRP | USD $130.00 | EUR €100.00 | AUD $160.00
Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort

Our review

A perfectly fitting traditional bib short with excellent women’s-specific chamois for ultimate comfort on rides of all lengths
Pros: Super comfortable; true to size; comfortable chamois; breathable upper; good value
Cons: Lack of loo break mechanism; slightly thin material
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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.

The leg gripper design has trickled down from Castelli’s top-tier shorts, with a raw-cut finish and wide leg gripper backed by thin strips of vertical silicone.

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.

The fit of the shorts was ace, true to size and compressive around the middle with secure, breathable bib straps. There’s also been some attention here to reducing seams around the tummy, which works brilliantly and I experienced no discomfort when riding.

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.

Castelli Velocissima 2 Bibshort
Seams have been reduced around the stomach for more comfort in the saddle.
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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.

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Product Specifications


Price AUD $160.00EUR €100.00GBP £100.00USD $130.00
Weight 165g (L)
What we tested L
Brand Castelli


Features Sizes: XS-XL
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
Gender Women's