Castelli Mon­di­ale bib­shorts

£190, sad­dle­back.co.uk

Cyclist - - New Gear -

astelli’s ven­er­a­ble Body Paint bib­shorts have been around since 2009 so the Ital­ian com­pany feels the time is right for some­thing new. Its new Mon­di­ale bib­shorts use a ‘Cin­quanta’ fabric, which is only avail­able to the gen­eral pub­lic – yes, you can own pro-level kit that the pros can’t have.

‘The fabric can’t be sub­li­mated so spon­sors’ lo­gos can’t be printed on it, which is why we have gone for sub­tle de­tail­ing ad­hered to the lower leg of the shorts,’ says Rich Mar­dle, Castelli brand man­ager at UK dis­trib­u­tor Sad­dle­back. ‘For once it will be the pros that will even­tu­ally ben­e­fit from trickle-down tech­nol­ogy.’

The new fabric feels no­tice­ably sub­stan­tial, the rea­son be­ing a 50% Ly­cra con­tent that aims to bet­ter sup­port mus­cles by of­fer­ing a mild com­pres­sive ef­fect. Castelli also re­searched panel shape with re­spect to the lim­its of the Cin­quanta fabric. As a re­sult, there is only one taped seam in the main body of the shorts.

‘We wanted the rider to wear these bib­shorts all day and not have to worry about them at all,’ says Mar­dle.

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