It's not quite cold enough for pants, but your knees will suffer if you go for a ride in shorts. Reach for the Castelli Palmares Due Knicker for the perfect compromise in Spring and Fall. The Palmares Due is a single-layer Lycra knicker that allows your legs to breathe, and regulates temperature without insulation. Castelli's KISS3 Donna women-specifc chamois manages moisture and road vibration to provide comfort and reduce fatigue, and a slightly longer-than-average cut covers your knees and upper shins while allowing cooling air to flow over your less-sensitive lower shin and ankle areas.
Castelli's Palmares Due Knicker is made from Castelli's popular Softflex RS fabric. Softflex RS gives you the benefit of having lightweight, stretchy knickers with a super-soft, cottony feel. The Soft Touch waistband minimizes irritation and drops lower in the front for added comfort in the riding position. The higher back prevents your skin from being exposed.
Castelli added the Kiss3 Donna chamois for shock and vibration cushioning, as well as efficient moisture management. The chamois uses a seamless construction of brushed microfiber to mitigate any chafing, and the pad is anatomically shaped to move with you as you ride. The Kiss3 Donna chamois also features a variable density design with more padding where you need it and less where you don't.
The Castelli Palmares Due Knicker is available in sizes from X-Small to X-Large, and in the color Black.
I'm not a fan of knee warmers, so I get a lot of use out of knickers during the Spring and Fall. I am happy with them for the price, but they aren't quite as perfect as the rest of my Castelli riding wardrobe. The wast band is much thinner than other Castelli shorts and knickers, which causes some digging in and on longer rides I do feel the need to pull them up a bit after hitting a few stop lights. The Softlex fabric is my favorite with Castelli jerseys, but I wish these were made out of the same Affinity Lycra as my Vizio Tre shorts for a bit more compression and support. I gave them 4 stars because I think they are great for the price, but would have given them 3 if I paid full price.
I love the Softflex material that makes up this knicker. I loved it so much that I tried the Med, Small, and XSmall to see if the chamois would adjust to a comfortable spot. Unfortunately, it did not. I am 5'4", 120 lb., and the Small was the best fit. The price was great, and it will be perfect for others, thus the 4-star rating.