Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The next generation from Castelli
So what's the deal? One thing. That one thing is what the short is made of, one piece of fabric. Hence the name, the Body Paint. Yep, that's right, no four, six, eight, twelve whatever panels here. These are made from one piece of italian tailored lycra. On top of that there are no bulky leg grippers at the cuff. The gripper is actually milled into the fabric, and it works. The same milling process is used on the shoulder straps. The straps are may be a little too fine as they have a tendency to roll on the shoulders. The cut is pretty low which allows my beer gut to hang a bit, but I'm working on that so it shouldn't be a problem for long.
I don't even now where to start on the chamois. It's one of the most comfortable I've ridden in and the three gel inserts are barely noticeable. The boys at Pez Cycling have a much more eloquent write up at Castelli, and far better images than I could ever hope to produce (follow the link above). These gems come at a price, a hefty price. $250 to be exact. But they'll be your go to short time and time again.