Castelli quality and performance is typically a given, but a pretty big hit to the wallet is a given too. Premio bib shorts are incredible, but $250. Inferno Bib shorts are some of our favorites, but $200. Pair it with an Aero race jersey and you’re in for over $400. How about some of the latest Castelli gear for around $200? We’ve been riding the new Castelli Entrata 3 Jersey FZ and latest bibs, the Velocissimo IV Bibshort, together making a $210 kit that represents some of Castelli’s best and most comfortable tech.
Castelli Entrata 3 Jersey FZ
The new Castelli Entrata 3 Jersey FZ stands out immediately for a more relaxed and forgiving fit than the latest aero jerseys from Castelli, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a slim, performance oriented fit, it just doesn’t cling in a way that makes anyone with more than 4percent body fat self conscious. The Prosecco GT fabric itself feels natural and comfortable, despite being 100% polyester. The patterning is quite complex, with shoulder panels of light Air Mesh that lay flat and smooth in the riding position, but feel great at the cafe too. It’s a very breathable jersey, but thanks to the limited mesh in the torso, keeps some of the chill out when descending. Castelli kept the details simple, just three traditional pockets, raw cut sleeves, full length zipper and a couple reflective accents. With fit, paneling and fabrics that provide a premium feel, the simplicity feels more classic than economical, defying the jersey’s $80 price tag.
Castelli Velocissimo IV Bibshorts
The Entrata pairs with the Velocissimo IV bibs perfectly, thanks in part to the color matched panel on the bib’s thighs. Little touches like the Doppio waist band with some extra stretch are also a perfect match with the Entrata’s more forgiving fit. The bibs provide quite a bit of compression with Pro Dry Soft fabric that feels reassuringly robust compared to some of the more gossamer fabrics used in bibs these days. Like the Entrata jersey, Castelli also keeps the overall features pretty simple – a couple reflective highlights, raw cut legs and the Kiss Air chamois. The one important fit note we’d suggest riders keep in mind is the bib straps are quite short. If you have a longer torso, size up compared to your typical bib size for more comfort off the bike. At $130, these bibs will gobble up miles as comfortably as bibs costing twice as much.
Castelli Pro Mesh Short Sleeve
We’re big fans of base layers. A good wicking base layer will keep you cooler in the heat than no base layer and can negate the need for a vest during a cool morning roll out or extended descending. We’ve completed this economical kit with a premium base layer – Pro Mesh Short Sleeve. It was developed with Team SKY and blows up the budget kit concept a bit at $80, but it’s a great addition for added comfort if you can swing it. Plus, when you climb out of the saddle with your jersey unzipped, a cool base layer makes it look like you are putting out way more watts.