The bib shorts market has no shortage of high-dollar offerings packed with amazing features to satisfy the speed-seeking customer. However, even the competitive rider can find tremendous value in a pair of bib shorts that provide day-to-day versatility with everyday comfort and convenience. The Castelli Palmares Due Women's Bib Shorts are a suitable option for the rider who wants a 'daily-driver' pair of bib shorts with long-lasting security, excellent moisture management, and soft-to-the-touch fabrics.
These bib shorts are constructed with Castelli's high stretch and exceptionally breathable Softflex RS fabric in order to combine a luxurious cotton-like softness with lightly compressive support . If your compressive knowledge is a little rusty, this support basically reduces fatigue by dissipating the amount of road vibration that's transmitted into your legs. You'll find that the benefits are most pronounced on long rides and over multi-day tours.
The cut is designed to be flattering without losing the support you'd expect from a pair of bib shorts. The bib straps are anatomically designed around a woman's body and are constructed in mesh in order to provide maximum breathability. A small window on the back of the uppers brings increased airflow to the small of the back, just underneath the area where your packed jersey pockets may otherwise reduce breathability. A strip of extra soft microfiber intervenes between the bibs and the main body of the shorts as to eliminate any sharp binding or pinching at your midsection. This also smooths out any unflattering undulations in the process. Microfiber, lay-flat leg cuffs with soft silicone grippers hold the bib shorts in place vertically in order to create a secure fit from shoulder to leg cuff.
Castelli chose its women's-specific Kiss3 chamois for the Palmares Due. The Kiss3 has a soft microfiber surface with a bacteriostatic treatment that reduces irritation and abrasion. Its padding is designed with variable density to be thicker and denser under your sit bones, then tapering off toward the front. The shape is anatomically designed to a woman's body, creating a perfect harmony between you and your saddle. Of course, while softness, variable density, and anatomic design are necessary for a superior chamois, they're not entirely sufficient. As Castelli sees it, a superior chamois must be in perfect choreography with your body in order to avoid unpleasant friction. The Kiss3 scores high marks in this regard by having the flexibility to move with your body in all directions, mile after mile.
The Castelli Palmares Due Women's Bib Shorts are available in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large and in the color Black. Please note that Castelli estimates a useful temperature range of about 63 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit for these bib shorts.