The best thing about this short is its snug and compressive fit. Others recommend ordering one size up, but I order two sizes up. At 6 feet and 185 pounds I no longer have a 25-year-old physique, but I do not have a potbelly. The short is still tight across the thighs and snug over the shoulders. They remain comfortable with no sag over 25 to 50 mile brisk daily road rides. I like the minimalist chamois better than my more thickly padded Assos. One improvement that I would welcome is heavier gauge fabric in the shoulder straps, along the lines of the Assos. The Castelli tends to bunch at the shoulder.
My first pair of Castellis, and I'm a believer!! About me I'm 5'9, 168 lbs, with (I think) average thighs.... I bought the Large size and they are snug but not too tight. The shoulder straps feel a bit snug at first, but once on the bike, and after a few wearings, the fit is perfect for me. As some have mentioned the length on the shorts may be a BIT on the short side compared to some others, but I like it, I don't care for some shorts today that seem to hit your knees, so this may be a personal choice. The cut in the front of the shorts is on the lower side which is great for mid-ride nature breaks (as Phil and Paul would say - ha ha ha). All in all, a great investment, and I'll definitely be putting this on my Christmas wish list. More color options would be nice, but that's a minor nit for a great pair of bibs. Get yours now!
This is my first time in Castelli and I am a believer!!! About me I'm 5'9, 168 lbs, 32 inseam, average thighs. I bought a size L and they fit snug but not too tight.... On the bike you barely think about them. Very comfortable, especially in the riding position. While I agree with others that the length may be a bit shorter than some other shorts, I like it.... they DON'T hit the knees like some shorts seem to, which I don't like. Also the front of the bibs is on the lower side, which is a good thing for when you need to take a nature break (as Phil and Paul would say - ha ha!). Overall, a great value - highly recommended!
After years of riding $100 bibs, I stepped up for these Castelli's back in January. Bought one pair. I now own four. The most comfortable chamois imaginable! Why do so many manufacturers make their chamois with corduroy ribs and such?! The chamois flexes naturally on the saddle and never feels bulky, yet also provides good comfort. My rides are typically 30-50 miles. They also have good protection up front and I experience no numbness as I have had with some other bibs. The compression on your thighs is firm, but not strangling (I'm XXL with 25 thighs) and the fabric warms up and the fit eases after just a couple of minutes. Excellent construction throughout. Nice bit of graphic flare without being too loud. Love 'em!
Perfect fit (at 5'10 160 lbs. I can fit a medium, but usually wear a large). Excellent for extended distance as well as shorter hammerfests. Very comfortable chamois. The smallest of complaints is that the Castelli scorpion will start to disintegrate over time and use. But you can't go wrong, esp. if you can locate them on sale (it happens!). These were my go-to shorts for many of the 17,000 miles I rode last year.
These are great bibs - extremely comfortable and high quality material. Great chamois as well. They do fit very snug - I'm 6' and a very thin 140 lbs and the M is a pretty aero fit (I'm a size S in all other Castelli). My only complaint is that the inseam is a little short - wish the legs were cut an inch or so longer. Anyway, highly recommended.
Good bib. Size up as usual with Castelli. Im 511 and 81 kg and Xl is just about right. The only thing I would add to improve the bib is to beef up the fabric in the short where the chamois is stitched in. That where my last pair gave out