Sometimes generational changes are bold and significant, but why reinvent the wheel while you can simply make the shape a little more perfect? Every great cycling short, regardless of it's price, must have a structural design and fabric combination that are complementary and optimal for the type of riding it was developed for. The beauty of the women's Velocissima 3 Short from Castelli is that the price defies it's quality and versatility. The fit and stretch allow for a range of cycling postures, with comfort and muscle support that aids performance and enjoyment. The 3rd generation features an updated panel design that offers improved cycling ergonomics and a cleaner graphics package.
The Velocissima 3's design is purely enhanced by the use of Endurance Evolution fabric, a spandex blend controlled modulus stretch that delivers more compression and muscle support to the legs, glutes, and hamstrings. The more active muscle groups have panel structures and fabric alignment for increasing blood flow (caplilary action) through the pedaling action. You can visually see how the panels are placed and oriented to match the body. Key seams are placed away from pressure points and other areas where they would otherwise cause chafing.
The short carries Castelli's dual layer waist design, similar to a yoga-style, wide and flat, but tapered and cut for the requirements of your body and cycling. The result is an even pressure zone that supports, but never feels restrictive or results in an pinch point. The short design itself follows the anatomic cues of the quadriceps and glutes, finishing down into Castelli's excellent, wide, rawcut leg grippers, which feature internal vertical silicone strips that hold it into place with less compression than the main fabric. The compression and fit overall is very supportive and sustainable when laundered as directed.
The heart of the short is the Kiss Air2 Donna seat pad. The pre-shaped flexible women's specific design conforms cleanly to the body, with dual density, infinitely variable padding distributed properly where you require it. The top layer is a smooth, soft seamless brushed microfiber that dries exceptionally quickly as you move, easing moisture away from the skin. The reverse dimple texture of the pad and inner airflow channels serves to allow air and heat to escape. Finally Castelli uses a bacteriostatic treatment to keep your skin healthy and prevent saddle sores. The Kiss Air2 Donna pad is built for every day use and thrives on long summer rides when performance and comfort are required.
At 141 grams (Small) the Velocissima 3 Short is lightweight, yet durable through seasons of long rides and regular (proper) laundering. If you are a female cyclist who appreciates the support and fit dynamics of a properly designed short, we highly recommend this Castelli piece. You don't have to break the bank, it fits a wide range of body types and works throughout the full spectrum of cycling positions. The compression and design are supportive and optimized for daily hard rides, weekend, epics, or any riding you enjoy. It will keep you comfortable, cool, dry, and fresh, and you will never have to reach back to tug up your shorts.
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