Castelli’s new PREMIO BLACK bibshorts arrived in a slick black box, and with a written promise to be the most comfortable bibshorts for my longest rides. I matched ’em with the Classifica jersey and hit the road. Here’s my review.Ok – the official press kit actually says the Castelli Premio Black bibshort:WAS CREATED WITH ONE GOAL: TO BE THE MOST COMFORTABLE PERFORMANCE SHORT FOR YOUR LONGEST RIDES.That’s a lofty promise, but one worth putting both legs into finding out if these woven bibs stand up to their billing. I am now several rides into these bibs,and can offer up my own experience for your consideration.Plenty of support for your packageOutta The BoxThese bibs do feel different. Not buttery smooth, or even soft to the touch, in fact in my hand they don’t seem to hold much promise of comfort at all. The proprietary fabric, engineered for Castelli – feels more like paper – only stretchier, and yes – softer (than paper).That’s because the fabric is woven instead of knitted like traditionally made cycling fabrics are. The weave inherently resists stretching, but offers several plusses that knitting doesn’t.Varied Compressions can be added to different areas of the bike short – like a thinner weave around the legs to keep you cool but a heavier weave around the hips to add compression, maintain the structure, and hold the seat pad where it’s supposed to be when you’re riding.Weaving allows for use of a thinner but hardier fabric – which is better suited…
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