Reviewed by melv from mn on Thursday, September 06, 2012
Some Castelli pieces are high quality, other lacks strong stitching, especially in high stress areas, like around the pad. The stitches around the pad both missed the pad and were loose. Also, size up with Castelli. Buy a large if you wear medium.
Reviewed by Colorado Cyclist from Wheat Ridge, CO on Monday, July 30, 2012
Based on previous reviews I ordered a Large, where I would maybe order a Medium. Other reviews indicating these were WAY too small weren't reflected in these bibs, which are snug as you'd want and expect, but not excessively tight and definitely not excessively small. Fabric is stretchy, comression is good, and while there's not a heavy lining, these knickers are still warm. Use them on a cool day, not in the heat od summer. Good quality, varying density pad that is thicker where you need it and a little thinner where it would otherwise get in the way. Can't beat the price!
Reviewed by dweller from La Conner on Thursday, July 05, 2012
Just remember to buy a size larger than other brands and all is good. Fit is very supportive and easy on the shoulders. Even though this is not top of the line padding it is better than lots of others.
Best Uses: Long Rides, Road Biking
Describe Yourself: Avid Cyclist
Length: Feels true to length
Pros: Comfortable, Dries Quickly, Durable, Good Fit, Good Padding
Reviewed by Willy Wonka from Boston, MA on Saturday, June 30, 2012
The sizing is spot on with these. I'm not sure what others who have complained about sizing are otherwise wearing, but these fit like any other cycling bibs I have. It's an odd product (maybe why it's being closed out on STP). I don't exactly see the point in non-thermal knickers. If I'm riding in non-thermal weather (60+), I wear shorts. If I'm riding in colder weather (45-60), I wear knee warmers or kickers that have some degree of additional thermal fabric.
I guess these could be good for someone who wants a bit of wind block from their knees when it's 55-65 degrees out, but with temps over that, they will probably be too hot. I normally wear knickers in the 45-55 degree range, and I think these might leave the other parts a bit cold. I guess only time will tell.
I'm keeping them because the price, fit, and construction is good. The chamois seems decent. I just moved to a colder area and only have 2 other sets of thermal bib knickers, so they could come in handy during heavy mileage weeks in the fall or spring.