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Let there be light!

The Garmin-Cervelo professional cycling team's favorite glove for cool conditions, Castelli Lightness Gloves are designed to be soft, stretchy, and warm.

Castelli's Lightness gloves are a happy marriage of two materials: Thermoflex and Clarino. Thermoflex is made with a nylon/lycra blend that's brushed on the inside to provide stretch and warmth, while the outside has a silicone finish to offer light water repellency. By using Clarino (a fabric made of extra-fine micro-fiber) for the palms, Castelli increased the touch and durability of the Lightness. You'll get gloves that offer ideal cool-weather protection while offering enhanced aerodynamics and an intimate feel for the handlebars. What more could you want?

The Castelli Lightness Gloves come in Black and are offered in six sizes from X-Small through XX-Large.

Tech Specs

Recommended Use:
cool- weather cycling

Size chart


Gloves 2012

Castelli Gloves 2012
Gloves 6.7 - 7.3in
7.3 - 8.1in
8.1 - 8.5in
8.5 - 9.1in
9.1 - 9.6in
(24.5 +cm)

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5 5

Castelli lightness gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Just recieved these and wore them on a cold ride (37 deg F) yesterday. I was pleasantly surprised, with how warm they are. When I first put them on, they seemed very thin, and without padding. But they were perfect! My hands felt great all day, and as it warmed up, the gloves left my hands dry - I was surprised again. Most gloves, as it heats up, leave your hands wet and sweaty. My favorite winter gloves now - love em!

5 5

Castelli has always served me well

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn these gloves 3 or 4 times now in a range of temperatures and have been very happy with them. I bought them to replace an old pair of gloves I had with holes in them that I normally used for temperatures between 50 and 65°F. These gloves are perfect for those temperatures but could also be used in colder weather for shorter rides. I rode for about an hour and a half in 45°F temperatures and my hands felt great for over an hour. However, not long after that, my fingers started to go numb.

I have not worn these enough or had them long enough to know how they withstand long-term wear, but my initial impressions are very positive. I have pretty small hands for a guy, and the large fits perfectly. Most Catelli products run pretty small.

1 5

Stitching came loose after 2 weeks

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I bought the gloves for cycling, but didn't get a chance to wear them for cycling at all. I wore them 4-5 times for jogging and a few times driving and the stitching already came loose in several different spots. Very very dissapointed....

The gloves look very nice and fit very well. They're okay down to the forties, but fingers started getting numb with colder weather.

4 5

Warm, Good Grip, Thin

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are a sleek, thin, warm glove with great grip. They are windproof, and this contributes to their warmth. They have slightly longer cuffs, to interface nicely with a long sleeve jersey that may be on the short side. The fabric is a matte black with the logos. The only downside is they seem to be sized one, likely two below what you're used to. I'm giving 4 stars only because I've got a few rides using them, their longevity is a key untested factor thus far.

Size up one size, they run small.

5 5

Great Feel... Warmer than Expected

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From 40 degrees to 60, these are my faves. Look great, feel great... super light.

Great Feel... Warmer than Expected
5 5

great gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

used these gloves while riding the salt to saint and they worked great! they keep your hands warm and are super comfy!

5 5

Second Pair

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I recently bought a second pair of these gloves, as I liked the first ones so much. They are a great fitting, comfortable, good looking glove that I ride down to about 35f.

4 5

cool weather hand covers

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I sport these gloves in and around SLC during my morning commute and various rides, they work well in the morning when temps are near freezing, although I do wear a hoodie with thumbholes since my hands still get a bit chilly in pre dawn temps with these on, but its nothing I cant get over for 20 or so minutes. During the day in more mild temps they are a great light glove that are not stifling or sweat inducing, and the grip in the palm along with leather around the index and thumb make for a very solid grip and makes me more confident when I really start to pull on the bars, so far so good!

5 5

Great Gloves

My "go to" glove from about 45 to 60 degrees. Fits snug but wrist does loosen up with time, I wear a large which works well with this glove but the Castelli Super Nano I couldn't even get on in this size. More stylish and slightly warmer than Pearl's soft-shell lite which I also own.

1 5

Makes you more AERO!!! Cheap material...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love them...most excellent gloves, they do a superb job of laying down my knuckle hair and conserving at least 15 watts or so...

(Perfect fit in large for my 9" around hands...quite warm as well for a thin glove...I was out in 40~ today with some headwind, hands were cozy...)

Edit...I've reduced my rating to 2 stars because they've ripped at the stich between my fingers. I'm returning for an exchange and we'll see where it goes from there. one star. Hole wore through the palm, only 3000 miles on the gloves...

5 5

Excellent bar feel.

I -love- these gloves! My favorite gloves (also) for use between 50-65 degrees.

Notice the typical Castelli attention to detail. For example: the pull tab is strong, sewn in, and works really well. Note the thin but grippy application to the palm of the glove. But, I'm watching the quality of the made in asia manufacturing closely. UPDATE: These gloves are wearing great. No problems at all.

FIT: For me, Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

5 5

Warmer than I expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these about a month ago and have used them 5 times on rides in the mid 40's. I didn't expect them to be this warm as they are very thin. Nice thing about that is they are super comfortable and look great too.

5 5

Better Than Expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was surprised how well this minimalist glove kept my hands warm into the low 40's. They look great, fit is perfect and they feel great on the bars. They are rather hard to remove after a long ride when they are damp from sweat, I can see how others have had problems with the stitching and have been cautious when removing. It's hard to get excited about gloves but this is my favorite in this temperature range, will probably pick up an extra pair or two at the current low price!

1 5

Nice grip, poor stitching.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these gloves for the fit and sticky grip. But, since I have only worn them several times in the two years that I have owned them, they have spent much of their time in my gear closet waiting to be sewn back together at the seams just like a one yer old pair of Castelli knickers that I own. Like every Castelli product that I have purchased in the last two years, the stitching fails within the first couple of uses. Sadly, Castelli does not stand behind their products either and you are generally stuck with the product unless you purchased it from Competitive Cyclist.

Functionally, these are great just like my knickers. The fit is perfect, function is perfect and the material is very nice. Quality, it isn?t worth the money if you can only wear them a couple of times before the seams start to fail at the stitching. Spend your money on another product with better quality stitching.

Responded on

To all: Remember CC has an awesome 90 day "no questions asked" return policy.

Responded on

It is worth noting that I returned these gloves almost a year later to CC with no problems. My review is for the product and not a reflection of CC or their customer service that is impeccable and always exceeds my expectations.

My reality is that almost every Castelli product, with exception to caps and socks, that I have purchased have had stitching failure issues in the most unpredictable places. I find their products to fit extremely well and that the material is always top of the line. It is Castelli's construction methods that I find questionable and their extreme arrogance in within their customer service department when you try to return their items for repair. I have a brand new pair of their bib knickers, worn only a handful of times that the sticking around the suspender straps failed and they sit hanging in my closet to this day along with 5 year old Craft, Exteundo and Pearl knickers that are doing just fine.

5 5

Warmer than you think.

Nice piece of kit. Usual high quality from Castelli, and actually keep your hands warmer than you would expect when you first put them on. I have done several rides down to 40f and they work well.

5 5

Fantastic product

Love these - very natural fit; so comfortable you will forget you're wearing gloves. The palm and fingers grip the bike very well, and they provide excellent wind/chill protection. Highly recommended.

4 5

Good Value

Keeps my hands warms down to low 40s. When it was damp and the wind chill started to dip into the mid-30s, though, my finger tips started to chill. They are comfortable, though, and they breath pretty well, too. Over all, a good value with good construction.

5 5

Great glove

Received these gloves expecting something good from Castelli. Turns out they were GREAT...!!!

FIt was a bit tight when putting them on (guess I have a rather large maw but my long fingers were wonderfully enveloped....*across the wristband - NO GIVE...!!!

Once on they OUT PERFORMED expectations. Good down to mid-20s with not additional liner...and FANTASTIC wind blockage. VERY MUCH like the PULL-TAB INTEGRATED INTO THE RE-ENFORCED PALM...VERY few worries about about ripping seams while pulling then on...!!!

I've used a wool glove INSIDE them to make them roasty-toasty and can see them warming me down to 0 F. The gloves form fit very nicely over the wool gloves [DeFeet wool gloves with accented palms and fingers...!!! -- Castelli makes a similar product - Unico Glove].

Clean up nicely and dry within an hour (if wrong out..!!!) +++ on water repellant - haven't actually immersed them into a tank, but imagine they would do rather well resisting seepage -- NOT WATER RESISTANT, but close

4.5 STAR rating

5 5

Very Comfortable

I have had them on chilly 10 degree mornings and during 16 to 18 degree days. I am amazed at how well they keep my finger tips from feeling chilly and and how well they breath. I experienced no sweating when the day became warmer. These gloves are a winner at a reasonable price. I have a hand span of 220cm and the XL fits perfectly.

5 5

Not too much to add...

Great gloves, love them. Good fit. Plenty warm down to 45F, very pleased with the product and happy to recommend.