Similar in appearance to Castelli's top level Free Aero bibs the Velocissimo shorts are the Italian outfit's mid-range offerings, if you can call the best part of a 100 quid mid range.
The Velocissimo is made from 80% Polyamide (nylon), 20% Elastane (Spandex) material that is claimed to have 'outstanding stretch and rebound properties'. While it's difficult to test this in the real world it has to be said the Velocissimo's are very comfortable. The material feels soft while you're wearing it having an almost rubberised sensation to it. And while the Lycra does feel thin so far it seems to be hard wearing - they still look good as new after the test miles. The Prosecco treatment (a hydrophollic layer that causes moisture droplets to spread out over a larger area to evaporate quicker) on the front layers helps keep you dry due to the high wicking properties.
The Kiss3 pad has variable thicknesses and density to keep numbness and chafing at bay while a 4mm thick layer of soft foam is added for additional comfort. Castelli reckon there is no need for chamois cream with this pad and after 4-5 hour rides I can vouch for this, I was just as comfortable at the end as I was at the beginning.
Single layer leg grippers work well while using minimum pressure to hold the shorts in place while the mesh bib straps are comfortable and stretch nicely to the shape of your body as you change position on the bike.
Colour wise its Castelli's usual range of garish/'look at me' to subtle black. As you can see from the pictures we have the blue/red and white version which makes a nice change from the uniform black of most shorts on the market.
According to Castelli's size guide I should be in a medium but from experience of their Italian sizing I've always gone up to large. These test shorts were XL and while I could have gone down a size they still fitted well.
An impressive pair of bibshorts, comfortable for day long rides and enough colour choices to suit everybody. The price is steep though compared to other shorts I've ridden with similar comfort and specs but on the flip side other Castelli kit in my wardrobe lasts many years so they will probably pay you back in the long run. With jerseys and other apparel in the range to match the Velocissimo would make a great addition to anyone's cycling wardrobe.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Castelli Velocissimo bib shorts
Size tested: XL
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Velocissimo's are designed for fast riding and all day comfort. Comfort levels are very good without sacrificing feel or style.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
The Kiss3 pad has been designed to not need the use of chamois cream due to its differing pad thickness and density for different areas of your anatomy
The stitching is consistent and tidy throughout
Lightweight and comfortable no matter what position you are in, enough said
Everything still looks the same as when they were delivered after a lot of hours in the saddle plus plenty of washes
190g and they do feel light when they are on
All day comfort even on bad road surfaces
There are other shorts on the market as good for less money. You are paying for the brand/Italian styling here though
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, no discomfort at all even when pushing hard on the nose of the saddle
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The comfort, styling and overall quality
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The cost, a touch pricey compared to rivals
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes, already bought the jersey to match
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 32 Height: 180cm Weight: 78kg
I usually ride: Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Ribble Gran Fondo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.