Pezcyclingnews: Castelli Free Aero Race Bibs Review


Jan 3, 2005
Castelli’s new Free Aero Race Bibshort has been redesigned from the bottom up, inside out, and top down, and back to front – it’s a brand new bibshort named after their best selling bibshort ever. Early Spring here at PEZ HQ means I’ve logged a few good rides in ‘em and they’ve impressed enough to warrant a stand alone review. It’s not often we dedicate the space, or time to a detailed review of a single item of riding kit, but there’s a lot of smart thinking and technical design in these bibshorts to make them worth talking about. Virtually every part of the short has been rethought, redesigned and rebuilt – from the materials, to panel shapes, to fit and feel, to replace the Free Bibshort launched in 2007, that Castelli says changed the bibshort industry with the “feeling of freedom it provided” – and there’s where the name came from.The front is cut low for easy access, and a more comfy fit under the belly, instead of over it.I count 10 panels of material (plus the seat pad) on the new Free Aero Race bibs (part of their top-shelf Rosso Corsa line) – more than I’ve seen before, but knowing Castelli (they’ve supplied our custom PEZ kit for 3 years now), there’s a purpose to every one of them. Most noticeable are the new look leg panels – that feature a dimpled fabric called Vortex that makes up the large side panels of the legs. It’s no secret that...

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