Castelli understands that bib shorts aren't for every cyclist. But those who prefer a traditional cycling short shouldn't be exempt from access to top-shelf chamois and fit options. Enter the Free Aero Race Short. It includes everything that Castelli's top-sponsored teams ride in, but without the bib straps, leaving you with the superlative fit, Giro3 elastic leg grippers, and the tour-tested Progetto X2 insert for maximum comfort and moisture transfer.
At 5'6" and only 114lbs, I took a chance and ordered my usual Pearl Izumi size,SM. Though fit and competitive I have always been very slender and even my best shorts look kind of, well, er - LOOSE. But when my order arrived (very prompt) I was surprised by the very nice but TINY look of the shorts - like something for a 10 year old junior racer! I tried them on and they were VERY snug but fit like a fine glove...here's what I like after several rides in the Durango CO area - when I am in the riding position they are a perfect natural fit; no tight spots or bunching where you might expect. The Progetto X2 chamois is very comfortable, made of different densities and extends unusually far foreward - perfect for riding in the drops or descending. These shorts are very well made and the design very well thought out - and for me more comfortable than bibs. Probably not for everybody and Not Free(cheap) but very very Aero!!
I'm the only person I know that doesn't like bibs. And for shorts, these are as good as they get.looking fantastic and very comfortable on 4-5 hrs rides. I can even say I prefer it over my Assos shorts. If you have experience with castelli you would already know that you must size one up.
I have been riding Pearl Izumi shorts with the 4-d chamois. Tried these shorts for the 1st time. I liked the feel and comfort. Really need to put a drawstring in there. They ride down all the time.
I bought these shorts hoping to help with the saddle pain....no such luck. I usually ride 20 mile intervals and these shorts where only slightly better. I still had a sore bottom after one hour of riding and found myself having to switch positions on the saddle to combat the numbness.
Comfort of these shorts wasn't there, legs are too tight and I don't have large legs.
I have been wearing cycling shorts for 10 years and have a good base for comparison having owned so many different brands. These shorts were only slightly better than $50 shorts.
Very disappointing purchase, save your money and try a different brand.
One star because these shorts are very uncomfortable, regardless of price.
I would give these shorts 5 stars if they held up. I've sent two pairs back because of the stitching coming loose in the pad. Both pairs unraveled where the front pad joins the rear pad (crotch). When they are not unraveling they are the most comfortable shorts I've owned. I love them so much that I ordered a third pair, I just hope they hold up.