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Castelli Velocissima Bib Tights

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Note: Castelli size their clothing small. For the best fit, go up one size

Product Description

The Castelli Velocissima Women's Bib Tights marry warmth and luxurious comfort in a subtle aesthetic, making them ideally suited to your winter training needs. At once highly breathable, elegantly constructed and primed for longer days in the saddle, these are a winter wardrobe staple.

Investing in a top-tier pair of bib tights for the winter months pays dividends not only in terms of performance gains but ride enjoyment. Uppers are often swapped and changed as conditions change but you’re unlikely to change your bib tights throughout the duration of a training ride, so it’s crucial to get a pair that keep your temperature regulated and ensure maximal comfort.

The Velocissima Bib Tights are a stalwart pair of tights, owing to the meticulous care and attention invested in their development and refinement by Castelli’s prestigious R & D team. Bred from a pedigree of tried, tested and widely lauded racing garments, the Velocissima Bib Tights take technical innovations and employ them to give you the best winter training experience.

The Thermoflex fabric utilised across the tights is not only insulating but incredibly soft, owing to the optimal loft and refined composition that Castelli has employed. The brushed fleece inner is phenomenally warm but also allows freedom of movement on the bike. Combined with mesh bib straps the Thermoflex fabric makes for optimal breathability, so that as you transition from cooler starts to milder conditions your temperature remains just right.

The Kiss Air2 Donna seat pad employed in the Velocissima Bib Tights is custom made by Castelli and chosen by many professional racers for their training needs, due to its moisture management properties and slightly more low-profile padding than the Progretto X2 seat pad. Needless to say, the Kiss Air2 keeps you comfortable even on long days on the bike.

As you would expect from Castelli, every single detail of the Velocissima Bib Tights has been selected because it improves your ride experience. The YKK Camlock zippers on the ankle cuffs can be flipped upwards to lock the zipper in place, preventing it from unfastening mid-ride and exposing your ankles.

Key Features:

  • Thermoflex fabric for warmth, breathability and lasting insulation
  • Kiss Air2 Donna seat pad for luxurious comfort
  • Mesh bib straps for additional breathability
  • YKK Camlock zippers keep the tights fastened securely on ankles
  • Reflective leg ends and a muted, elegant overall aesthetic
  • Optimal temperature range 5˚C – 15˚C

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Castelli Size Chart

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Castelli Clothing Sizing Guide

Use the Castelli size chart to find the best fit for you.

Note: Castelli size their clothing small. To ensure an optimal fit it is recommended you go up one size, compared to your normal cycle clothing size. 

Castelli Men's Sizing

  S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 92cm 96cm 100cm 105cm 110cm 115cm
Waist 80cm 84cm 88cm 93cm 98cm 104cm
Hips 94cm 98cm 102cm 107cm 112cm 116cm
Inseam 82cm 83cm 84cm 85cm 86cm 87cm

Castelli Women's Sizing

  XS S M L XL
Chest 79cm 84cm 89cm 94cm 99cm
Waist 63cm 68cm 73cm 78cm 83cm
Hips 87cm 92cm 97cm 102cm 107cm
Inseam 75cm 76cm 77cm 78cm 79cm

Read our clothing size guide for more information on sizing.

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Bib Tights Guide

 

Bib Tights Guide

A good pair of cycling bib tights should be a staple piece of kit in your wardrobe for enjoyable road cycling through Winter and colder months.

Whether you’re commuting, training or racing, keeping your legs insulated is essential for your comfort and performance in the saddle. You can get standard tights that stop at the waist, but we’re focusing on bib tights here.

The added shoulder straps help keep bib tights 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 tights also helps to keep your core warm.


Types of Bib Tights

Spring – Autumn

For most of the year in the UK a pair of warm weather bib tights that offer light protection for use in double digit temperatures are ideal.

These bib tights are usually made from slimline materials, often Lycra (without the added bulk of brushed fleece inner you see on winter tights). Bibs offer more protection for your knees than cycling shorts do, but if you don’t fancy full length tights you could choose 3/4 bibs, also called knickers. These will keep your knees insulated.

Cyclist wearing bib tights, in the city, in spring

It’s always worth looking for water resistant, or splash proof fabrics like Endura’s DWR coating or Castelli’s NanoFlex to stop you getting damp and sapping your energy.

During the warmer summer months you can always choose a lightweight, thin pair of bib tights. However, bib shorts will be more breathable and cooling.


Winter

When the temperature drops into single digits, then a pair of thicker winter bib tights will be more beneficial. You can use fleece-lined pair of tights through all but the most extreme temperatures you’ll find in the UK.

Thicker fabrics with a brushed ‘Roubaix’ inner lining will help trap warm air between your skin and the fabric. This is essential for insulation when the mercury drops.

Cyclist wearing bib tights on a chilly winter day

Look for bibs with a higher cut up the torso and up the back to help keep your core warmer. Fabrics designed with wind protection such as Gore Windstopper will keep the wind chill from dampening your enjoyment.


Women’s Specific Tights

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

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

Female cyclist wearing bib tights, riding through the city at night

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.

Bib tights being worn under a breathable Sugoi jersey

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


Fit:

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

Pre-shaped areas on bib tights make them more ergonomic

Pre-shaped areas (usually the knee) also improve fit when you’re on the bike while also reducing excess bulk when racing.


Pad:

Most bib tights 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.

Close-up of a Chamois pad found inside bib tights, these pads can make cycling far more comfortable

Weatherproof Fabrics:

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

Close-up of water beading up on waterproof bib tights

Windproof tights 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.


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 tights with reflective panels for low light conditions. Look for logos, stripes and graphics positioned on the thighs and around the ankles for maximum visibility.

Two cyclists riding through the city with high vis jackets and bib tights with reflective panels

Delivery & Guarantee

UK Delivery Information

Please Note: Due to the current circumstances we are experiencing high demand so we may take a little longer than usual to despatch your order. Our Warehouse and Bike Build team are up and running as normal and we are taking active measures to ensure that we are following the government guidance with social distancing and additional health & safety measures have been put in place throughout the business. Please rest assured we will do everything we can to get your order to you as quickly as possible.

We are committed to offering fast and free delivery, whether you're ordering bikes, accessories or clothing. Our standard delivery service is FREE in the UK, regardless of the size and on all orders over £20.

Please note that bulky products and bikes shipped to outlying UK regions are excluded from free shipping.

Please note that Pre-Order dates can sometimes change due to updated stock information.

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International Deliveries - Temporarily Suspended 30/3/20

Covid-19 Update

During the Covid-19 outbreak we will be stopping all international deliveries until further notice. We will continue deliveries to the UK, Isle of Man, Scottish Highlands, Scottish Islands, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Wight, Jersey and Guernsey.

If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Service Team. The best way to contact us is to use Live Chat by clicking the widget at the bottom right of your screen.

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Returns & Warranty

It's easy to return a product with our 365 day, hassle free returns. 

We will give you a full refund or exchange on any item that is returned to us unused/unfitted, in a resaleable condition and in its original packaging (where possible).

Please note: For hygiene reasons, we cannot accept returns of facemasks, undershorts or underwear if the item has been removed/unsealed from its original packaging.

If your item develops a fault or arrives damaged, please contact us first so we can resolve the issue for you as quickly as possible.

For more information please visit our Returns & Warranty page.