When racing I used the Castelli Body Paint short (so-called because they are one-piece of engineered seamless Lycra), I still own the first prototypes that I tested because I loved them so much. The CHPT3 1.11 Shorts differ from the race version by being more luxurious: no race minimalism has been applied here. The lycra has increased multi-directional properties and a density that makes it heavier and smoother to touch, and we have made the ‘bibs’ feel more like braces than elastic bands. The same gauge of material is used for the braces as is used for the leg of the short, and they’re also hemmed to add to the feeling of quality and also in order to increase longevity. There is no hem on the actual short leg, the material is simply cut and a gripper is bonded internally, making for a cleaner and more comfortable finish.
"Every time I pull on the 1.11 shorts it makes me feel like a pro! They have that quality fit that reminds me of those days."
- Ryder Hesjedal, Giro d'Italia Winner 2012
The 1.11 short is different, it is designed for high performance, super comfort and higher longevity. The technical benefits of being cut from one panel of material have a downside in that there is an approximate 40% wastage on the cutting room floor versus 15% for an eight panel short as it requires smaller sections. Logic would dictate more panels means higher expense, in fact it’s the other way round. The 1.11 is an item of apparel that offers performance with luxury.
The chamois is the same tech as I used to race, only with a design in tribute to a good friend, Crispin Latymer, whom I introduced to cycling yet forgot to educate on the finer points of dressing. On his first ride he wore the shorts inside out, thinking it made total sense for the chamois to be in direct contact with the saddle. These shorts are designed for every day, all-weather use, just please, keep the chamois on the inside.
The fabric and construction of these shorts mean they feel near as dammit to compression apparel. We recommend you wear your exact waist size (B), but if you have any doubts, and would like a slightly less compression feel then upsize one e.g. if you have a 32" waist (B) then wear a 33".