Comments about Castelli Velocissimo Due Bib Bike Shorts - Men's:
I've put about 1,000 miles on these and absolutely love them. The chamois is supper comfortable, holds nice and snug against your body without bunching up or moving around, and is the perfect thickness for what I like. I tend to like a chamois that runs on the thinner side, so if you tend to like a lot of padding, these might not be for you. Most of my rides are in the 40-70 mile range and I've done 4 centuries in these bib shorts. Even on the century rides, I've never wished for more padding.
In addition to the awesome chamois, they fit great everywhere else and they look great, too.
As for sizing, I've often read that Castelli runs small and should be ordered one size larger than you normally would. I would agree with this when it comes to their tops and perhaps regular non-bib shorts that would have a waistband, but I found that a medium was perfect in the bib short, which is the same size I wear in every other brand I've tried (I ordered both a large and medium so that I could try both... returned the large size). They were on the snug side at first, but after wearing them for several minutes, they quickly stretched out. One thing to keep in mind when buying bike shorts is that if you are between two sizes, you're typically going to be better off going with the smaller size.
There are two minor reasons I gave these a 4 start rating instead of 5. The first is that the nice little Italian flag sewn into the back of the bib uses a very course thread that can occasionally rub on your back and be irritating. It hasn't been a big issue for me, but I do feel it once in a while. If it happened more often it appears you could cut the thread and take the flag off. The second negative is that the Castelli logo decal on the front of each leg started peeling off after about a dozen rides. I read this in other reviews so I was kind of expecting it to happen before I ordered them. I ended up heating them up with a hair dryer and then peeling them completely off. This left a light colored residue behind so I just used a black Sharpie marker to color it in. Now it just looks like a tone on tone circle on the front of each leg instead of the logo. The decal on the back has not shown any signs of coming off, so it seems like the issue is just with the front two because the material gets stretched more in that area. Castelli should just eliminate the two on the front since it seems like it's a relatively common problem.
Overall, I'm happy enough with these that I ordered a second pair to have as a spare.
Feels true to size
Feels true to length
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend