MADE TO RACE
Every detail of this short is made for racing: muscle support, aerodynamic fit, comfort to let you concentrate on wringing every last bit of energy from your legs, minimised weight, and leg grippers that don't cut off blood flow to your muscles. Even the printable spaces are optimised to keep your sponsors happy. The women's version of this short is the closest Castelli comes to a sized-down version of the men's short. That's intentional because this is made for women racers, with the emphasis on the racer part. It has women's-specific fit, women's-specific bibs and front construction, and our women's Progetto X2 Air Donna seat pad. Our test crew has naturally included some non-racers, and the first thing they comment on is the extreme comfort. This will be your go-to short even when you don't have a number pinned on your jersey.
Vortex dimpled fabric on legs for aero performance
Forza fabric on inner legs with 38% LycraÂ® content for perfect fit
CarrÃ© engineered lie-flat bib strap construction for minimal coverage, maximum comfort
GIRO Air mesh-like leg gripper elastic for better grip distributed over larger area
Reflective detailing on back
Women's-specific Progetto X2 Air Donna seat pad for even greater comfort
Weight: 149g (Small)
Castelli Size Guide - tops and bottoms
Note: where Castelli once had a reputation for making gear that suited only very small Italian people, the Castelli women's size scale is now very similar to 'normal' UK sizing.
|Chest A||Waist B||Hips C||Inseam D|
|X-Small||79cm / 31"||63cm / 25"||87cm / 34"||75cm / 29.5"|
|Small||84cm / 33"||68cm / 27"||92cm / 36"||76cm / 30"|
|Medium||89cm / 35"||73cm / 29"||97cm / 38"||77cm / 30"|
|Large||94cm / 37"||78cm / 31"||102cm / 40"||78cm / 30.5"|
|X-Large||99cm / 39"||83cm / 33"||107cm / 42"||79cm / 31"|
Note: the inside leg measurement is naturally less relevant for shorts than for tights!
Q. What do a 19th century Italian tailor, a designer for the Milan Ballet and the first ever lycra cycling shorts have in common?
A. They are all part of a rich 140 year history that's led to today's most recognised brand in cycling: Castelli.
Throw in a heart attack on a famous Italian climb, family feuds, Olympic gold medals and controversy in the pro peloton and it begins to sound more like a Sicilian soap opera than the backdrop to a cycling brand. But then again Castelli is no ordinary brand.
Today, Castelli's scorpion emblem is arguably the single most recognised in cycling. Iconic is an overused word these days, but the Castelli brand surely qualifies.
We first discovered Castelli on our year long ride through the Americas in 2010, when our founder Liz (pictured) wore Castelli shorts and loved them, so stocking them seemed an obvious choice. But we're almost as captivated by the story behind the name as the kit itself! For the full Castelli story (it's quite a story!), click here.
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