Castelli Endurance X2 Bib Short – Men’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Castelli Endurance X2 Bib Short – Men’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 83 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 114

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Padding was very comfortable compared to the competition.
  • Tight enough to provide adequate compression.
  • Stylish.
  • Comfortable chamois.
  • No rubbing or chaffing.
  • Doesn’t feel sweaty inside when hot outside.
  • Adequate length to cover enough leg without being too long to impede knees.
  • Leg bands stay in place without riding up during cycling.

Expert Reviews

  • The seamless layer leads to a comfortable fit.
  • The material remained comfortable in wet weather.
  • The three-layer chamois pad provides adequate comfort and padding.
  • The seamless top layer helps in wicking moisture away to improve breathability.
  • The viscous pad under the chamois pad is perforated, to increase breathability and ventilation in a high-sweat area.
  • The leg fit is not too tight and constricting.
  • The horizontal elasticized-stitching is more efficient than silicone grips in keeping the leg fit in one place.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Reports of sizing discrepancies with ordering online, even when using the sizing guidelines.
  • The shoulder straps are not wide enough for most people.
  • The fabric is thin and can tear somewhat easily.
  • Reports of the stitching on the chamois coming out after use.
  • Not for all-day endurance rides.
  • Sizing runs small, so it may be difficult to find your size online.

Expert Reviews

  • The logos can crack and peel away over time.
  • Despite having good ventilation and support, the straps are not laser cut, which you may expect from a short of this quality.


The Castelli Endurance X2 Bib Short for men is a solid choice for cyclists wanting a comfortable, moderately-compressive, and functional short for non-endurance rides. The durability issues prevent this short from being suitable for endurance rides, and the slim shoulder straps are not suitable for some body-types, but the comfortable material makes this bib short a nice option for most cyclists.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.