Castelli Velocissimo IV bib shorts review

You may not get Castelli’s top end pad and aero features in the Velocissimo bib shorts, but they’re still a comfortable ride

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Castelli Velocissimo IV bib shorts benefits from lots of trickle down from Castelli’s higher end bib shorts. Although this doesn’t include the Progetto X2 Air pad, the Kiss Air is comfortable, dense and less bulky. You get a lot of panels in the Velocissimo, which aid fit. They’re comfortable when riding, but the bibs feel a bit short off the bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortably light

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    Good pad

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    Nice grippers

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Reasons to avoid
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    Bibs are a bit short off the bike

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    Lots of seams

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You can tell how long the Castelli Velocissimo bib shorts have been in the brand’s catalogue from the fact that they’re now on version four. They’re towards the lower end of the extensive range of Castelli summer bib shorts and £40 cheaper than the Free Aero Race bibs that we’ve recently tested.

Whereas the Free Aero Race get Castelli’s Progetto X2 Air pad, the Castelli Velocissimo bib shorts use the cheaper Kiss Air seat pad. It’s not quite as high tech as the Progetto X2 Air, but it’s not as bulky either. It still comes with plenty of foam padding, a perforated foam core and bacteriostatic cover and is anatomically shaped. Castelli says that it’s used by some of Team Sky’s pros in preference to the Progetto X2 Air.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.