Castelli Free Aero Race Kit Version bibshorts review

The Free Aero Race bibshorts provide a quality, race-proven option for comfortable summer riding

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Castelli Free Aero Race Kit Version bibshorts will serve you well through many summer miles. They are comfortable and cool with an excellent seatpad. In addition, Castelli claims that its fabrics have been chosen to give an aero edge.

Reasons to buy
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    Well made with a quality pad and aero credentials

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    Very airy leg grippers

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Reasons to avoid
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    Olive green highlights won’t match much other kit except the matching Castelli jersey

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    Pad is a bit thicker than some

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The Castelli Free Aero Race bibshorts have been around for ages – since 2007 in fact – so they’re a tried and tested, popular option. Castelli says that it’s fine tuned the design over the years, with new fabrics and design features. It says that it’s looked to optimise aerodynamics and comfort, as its sponsored pro team riders, including Team Sky, will be covering 30,000km in a year in the Free Aero Race shorts.

At the heart of the shorts is the brand’s tried and tested Progetto X2 Air pad. It’s very comfortable, with its perforated foam with continuously variable thickness meaning that there are no sudden transitions in pad depth. It is a bit more bulky than some though.

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