Castelli Premio Black Women's Bib Shorts

Billed Castelli's most exciting launch in a decade, are these 'papery' shorts the beginning of a woven fabric revolution?

Castelli Premio bib shorts
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

New technology rarely arrives at the entry-level, and that's true of these shorts. Castelli's woven construction sets the Premio Black bibs apart from anything else the brand produces - the result is extremely comfortable, and quick drying. If the £200 price tag is within reach, you won't be disappointed, and if not, then join us in waiting with bated breath for the indivertible trickle-down effect to take place.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable chamois

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    No digging in on legs or body

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    Weather management (heat, wind and rain)

Reasons to avoid
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    Show up marks easily

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    Slight pull on one thread at the seam early on

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The Castelli Premio Black bib shorts - available in men’s (£220) and women’s (£200) versions - arrived amidst huge fanfare. Delivered in a presentation box and with an elaborate booklet to detail their evolution, Castelli clearly considers these cycling shorts a monumental step forward in the brand’s offering. 

Using a woven fabric to minimise seams and panels, these shorts utilise an entirely new production method when compared with other options within Castelli’s extensive and well-regarded wardrobe.

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