Castelli Free Protect Race Bibshorts

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Product Description

The Castelli Free Protect Race Bibshort was developed after Chris Froome requested a set of bibshorts that would offer greater protection in the early stages of grand tours, when every rider is vying for a place at the front of the peloton and crashes are a frequent occurrence.

Castelli found inspiration for the bibshorts from an old trick used by track riders. Knowing that Lycra sliding on Lycra is the best way to prevent or reduce road rash on your hip, track cyclists would wear two pairs of shorts. Castelli has taken this idea and put an extra layer of Lycra over the hip and thigh panel meaning that you get the same fabric-on-fabric shear force that you get from wearing two pairs of shorts.

The extra panel adds minimal weight and is made from a layer of Castelli’s Vortex fabric. An internal layer of stretch woven fabric furthers protection and is reinforced with a ripstop grid made from Dyneema – the same yarn used for rock climbing ropes, reinforcement in sails for the America Cup, and bullet proof vests – helping prevent the inner layer from ripping.

The Castelli Free Protect Race Bibshort uses the construction and components as Castelli’s tried and tested Free Aero Race 4 Bibshort that has been tested and developed over millions of kilometres in the pro peloton. A mesh bib helps you stay cool and the Progetto X2 Air Seamless seat pad features generous padding making all-day rides no problem.

The Castelli Free Protect Race Bibshort was made for the pros but every cyclist knows the risk of sliding out. Whether riding on gravel or smashing your local crits the added protection of the Castelli Free Protect Race Bibshort will give you the peace of mind needed to focus fully on your riding.

Key Features:

  • Double-layer side panels for extra protection in case of a fall
  • Ideal for gravel riding and crit racing
  • Developed in response to a request from Chris Froome for bibshorts that offered greater protection against road rash
  • Smooth layer of Vortex fabric backed by a stretch woven fabric that features a Dyneema ripstop grid
  • Mesh bib construction to help you keep cool
  • Same construction as Castelli’s top race shorts, the Free Aero Race 4 Bibshort
  • Flat-lock stitching
  • Progetto X2 Air Seamless seat pad
  • Temperature comfort range of 15˚ – 32˚C
  • Weight 203g (Large)

Occasionally, without notice, manufacturers change product design and/or specifications.

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Castelli Shorts Sizing

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Bib Shorts Guide

 

Bib Shorts Guide

A good pair of cycling bib shorts should be a staple piece of kit in your wardrobe. If you've ever spent a long time in the saddle you'll know how uncomfortable wearing casual shorts can be. They chafe, fit poorly and offer little mobility. Cycling shorts make all the difference.

Whether you’re commuting, training or racing, bib shorts keep things comfortable. You can get standard shorts that stop at the waist, but we’re focusing on bib shorts here. The added shoulder straps help keep bib shorts in place and are widely considered to be more comfortable. There’s no waist band to dig in as you ride, which can become a problem on longer rides. A higher cut waist offered by bib shorts also helps to keep your core warm.


Types of shorts

Spring – Autumn

For most of the year in the UK a pair of warm weather bib shorts that offer light protection for use in double digit temperatures are ideal. These bib shorts are usually made from slimline materials, like Lycra as it is quick wicking to help transfer moisture away from the body.

A road cyclist wearing bib shorts in fair weather

Winter

When the temperature drops into single digits, then a pair of thicker winter bib shorts will be more beneficial. Thicker fabrics with a brushed ‘Roubaix’ inner lining will help trap warm air between your skin and the fabric.

Look for bibs with a higher cut up the torso and up the back to help keep your core warmer.

A rider wearing bib-shorts combined with arm warmers and skull cap

Fabrics designed with wind protection such as Gore Windstopper will keep the wind chill from dampening your enjoyment.


Deep Winter

For where the temperature drops below freezing, you’ll want to choose bibs with the best weather protection and insulation. You might want to look into bib tights, or wearing winter tights over your bib shorts for extra protection and insulation

The fabrics used are highly technical and will ensure your body heat stays within the fabric, while letting moisture escape out.

Two mountain bikers wearing bib-shorts with leg warmers and long-sleeve jerseys with base layers

These shorts are usually constructed out of multiple panels and from a range of fabrics in strategically placed areas in multiple layers.


Women’s Specific shorts

Unisex bib shorts can cause discomfort around the chest area for female cyclists. You’ll find that women’s specific bib shorts often have straps that cover a larger area to reduce this discomfort.

Women’s specific shorts will usually have a higher cut on the chest to offer more insulation for your core.

Two female cyclists wearing women-specific bib shorts

Key Features

Bib Straps

Bib straps will vary from brand to brand, with a range of styles and designs. Wide seamless straps offer the best comfort to avoid chaffing on your shoulders. A high cut panel on the core and up the back can act like an extra layer for the coldest rides.

For warmer weather mesh bibs can enhance breathability while brushed bibs can help trap body heat for extra insulation.

A cyclist tucking a long sleeve jersey into bib shorts

Fit

Fit is by far the most important factor in comfort when it comes to bib shorts. shorts are constructed from several panels that are stitched together. Premium shorts will come with more panels and strategic stitching for a better fit.

A cyclist wearing close-fitting bib-shorts made up of multiple panels

Pad

Most bib shorts will be fitted with a padded insert called a Chamois. This pad sits next to your skin and offers more comfort for your lower vitals, which is ideal on longer rides. Premium pads will utilise a multi-density construction for maximum comfort and ergonomics while you’re in the saddle.

Two cyclists wearing bib-shorts with a Chamois pad

Weatherproof Fabrics

It’s a good idea to get bib shorts that are waterproof or splash proof to prevent you getting wet and cold. Most manufacturers will treat their shorts with some form of water repellent coating like DWR to help water bead up and run off.

Windproof shorts use front facing panels to help keep the wind chill out. Some manufacturers will also use multiple layers of fabric to shield your skin from the elements.

Endura FS-260 Bibshorts with water beading-up on the surface

Reflectivity

If you’re planning on cycling to work or fitness training in the evening, then added reflective elements are a bonus. More brands are offering shorts with reflective panels for low light conditions. Look for logos, stripes and graphics positioned on the thighs and around the ankles for maximum visibility.

Endura bib-shorts with reflective details

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