Castelli Mondiale bibshorts & Perfetto Light jersey review

Ultra high-end top and bottom deliver superb function with a financial hit

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Even though it carries a substantial price tag, the Mondiale’s value shines through.

Even though it carries a substantial price tag, the Mondiale’s value shines through.

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Sean Bird of Art’s Cyclery. The original posts can be found here and here.

Lowdown: Castelli Mondiale Bibshorts ($300)

The Castelli Mondiale bibshort is an undeniable upgrade to your cycling wardrobe. Even though it carries a substantial price tag, the Mondiale’s value shines through. Instead of purchasing two average bibshorts, go with the Mondiales and don’t worry about flimsy, itchy, stuffy bibs.

Pluses

Progetto X2 Air chamois, seamless bottom design is comfortable, aerodynamic, and stylish.

Minuses

Lackluster silicone leg gripper. However, depending on the rider, bib short length will vary and influence the leg gripper’s might. Expensive.

Review: Castelli Mondiale Bibshorts

Castelli, an icon of Italian design, creates cycling apparel for the world’s elite riders. UCI World Tour team Cannondale Drapac relies on the Italian manufacturer for kit that’s stylish and enhances performance. Castelli’s Mondiale bibshorts are positioned as the pinnacle of luxury. These are for cycling performance junkies eager to train hard while sporting sleek and stylish kit.

In the Mondiale, simplicity allows for functionality, which is what every road cyclist wants and needs. Castelli’s Mondiale bib shorts remind me of a buzz cut, a simple, airy, low-maintenance hairstyle. The very first thing you notice about the Mondiale is the seamless bottom. Slipping into these bibs for the first time is comforting without any hint of chafing.

These are for cycling performance junkies eager to train hard while sporting sleek and stylish kit.

These are for cycling performance junkies eager to train hard while sporting sleek and stylish kit.

The Mondiale bibs also breathe well. Interestingly, Castelli only rates the Mondiale to 77 degrees. However, as temperatures soared—especially with summer approaching on the Central Coast—we managed to remain surprisingly refreshed. Miniature holes on the bib backing did wonders for moisture transfer.

Lastly, the Mondiale Bibs are low maintenance. In fact, they provide maintenance. Castelli has included a lowered front panel, which allows for simplified restroom access.

Comfort

The three factors that can make or break a pair of shorts are the chamois, the seams, and the leg gripper. Castelli’s Progetto X2 Air chamois makes you feel like you are sitting on a memory foam pillow. This chamois kept sit bones and perineum happy even after many intense hours in the saddle. Also, after numerous rides and washes, it has not deteriorated. As previously mentioned, Castelli’s Mondiale has a seamless bottom, which made for exceptional chafe-free comfort.

We’re ambivalent about the silicone leg gripper on these bibs. At the end of lengthy adventures, there was not a substantial indentation from a clamping cuff. The trade off is that the hems move up just a bit, especially since the Mondiales run a bit shorter. No discomfort resulted and for those not eager to cultivate razor-sharp tan lines, this is not an issue. Individual rider thigh length will also influence the holding power of the leg gripper.

Castelli’s Progetto X2 Air chamois makes you feel like you are sitting on a memory foam pillow.

Castelli’s Progetto X2 Air chamois makes you feel like you are sitting on a memory foam pillow.

Fit

Castelli’s Mondiale bib shorts fit snugly, but are not as encasing as an aerodynamic race cut bib. Typically, our testers wear a size large bibshort. However, for Castelli bibs, extra-large was the right size.

Bottom Line

Castelli’s Mondiale bib short is a prime addition to the wardrobe of elite, performance roadies. When searching for functional, comfortable, no-nonsense bibs, stop, drop, and commit to the Mondiales.

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About the author: Arts Cyclery

This article was originally published on the Art's Cyclery Blog. Art's Cyclery is dedicated to offering free expert advice, how-to videos, and in-depth product reviews on ArtsCyclery.com to help riders make an educated decision when selecting cycling gear.


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