Castelli designers add a graphical element to the award winning Free Aero Race with these Printed bib shorts. If you enjoy the Free Aero design, this is a great way to add flair while keeping all of the design features that make these bibs so perfect. The Free Aero Race bibs were originally introduced a few seasons back and received instance success. Small but notable refinements through the seasons have kept them at the top of their game. Simply put, these bibs are a popular choice amongst our staff and many riders in both the professional and amateur ranks because they are incredibly comfortable and offer top performance due to the perfect fabric selection.
The body of the bibs are constructed from three main panels. Castelli's Action Micro fabric adorns the saddle contact areas for durability and reduced friction. It also makes sure the garment will last and not wear prematurely. Proprietary Energia Micro fabric is used on the sides and back to provide what Castelli calls stretch and return. Meaning, it allows for the fabric to expand and contract during the pedaling motion. It provides excellent muscle compression and support without being too restrictive. Important to note, this Energia Micro panel wraps around and is stitched to surrounding panels on the outside of the garment, so there is no inner leg seam to rub and cause friction while pedaling. The third fabric is called Breathe Micro fabric and it is used as a front panel to provide wicking and breathability. It also helps explain why these bibs perform so well in warm conditions. The leg grippers are Castelli's proven Giro++ design and give a natural feeling extension and termination of the garment on your thighs. The Giro++ gripper manages to stay attached to your thigh without binding or applying too much pressure.
The upper section of the Free Aero Race bib changed the way bib suspenders are now constructed on most high end bibs. The front upper section is wide and open in the front of your body, void of any excess material leaving you with maximum ventilation by simply having no material present. This open and free design is where The Free Aero Race bibs received part of it's namesake.
These bibs are finished off with the amazing Progetto X2 insert. This elastic insert features a two piece construction. The first piece is the base. This is the working part of the chamois which has three gel areas that are located at your sit bones and soft tissue areas and is sculpted for an anatomic fit. The second is a skin care layer that is bacteriostatic, soft and seamless to prevent chafing. When you combine these two parts into one unified chamois, you get one of the best cycling inserts ever produced. Due to the construction of the insert, you can pin the chamois into the bibs prior to stitching for a perfect, non-wrinkled fit.