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Castelli Narcisista 2 Shoe Covers

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Venerable weather protection.

When it comes to wind protection, few names inspire the confidence of GORE. Castelli enjoys a similarly glowing reputation for high-end cycling apparel. Since it represents a combination of the two venerable manufacturers, we had high expectations for the latest generation of Castelli's Narcisista 2 Shoecover. With cold-resistance courtesy of GORE and Castelli's decades of cycling know-how behind it, the Narcisista 2 doesn't disappoint.

And that's a good thing, because we've built up a relationship with the Narcisista models of the past. Like its predecessors, the Narcisista 2 incorporates panels of neoprene at the ankle and heel for weatherproof flex that protects against road moisture. It does feature an upgrade to GORE, though, with the previous model's Stratolight body being replaced by Windstopper X-Fast.

The combination of materials insulates to preserve body heat and provides water resistance so that warm microclimate isn't compromised by clammy dampness. It isn't equal to a monsoon-like deluge, but the Narcisista 2 will keep your feet dry in most conditions where riding a bike at speed is still a feasible undertaking. If it's raining so hard that the Narcisista 2 would be overwhelmed, it's probably best to just stay inside and watch replays of the weather-stricken 2002 Roubaix, anyway.

The inclusion of a zipper makes the Narcisista 2 easy to pull on, and the zipper is waterproof so there's no easy point of elemental ingress. The shoecovers' soles are built for durability, and a hit of reflectivity on the heel helps keep you visible in the kind of low-light, overcast conditions where the superlative protection of GORE Windstopper and neoprene will really come in handy.

  • A cold-weather cycling shoecover
  • GORE's Windstopper X-Fast material resists the elements
  • Neoprene inserts add flex without compromising water-resistance
  • Waterproof zipper ensures a dry ride
  • Reflective heel detail for low-light visibility

Tech Specs

Material:
[body] GORE Windstopper X-Fast, [ankle and heel] neoprene
Closure:
zip
Compatibility:
road shoes with external cleats
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 126 g
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Castelli

Shoecovers
S M L XLXXL
US Men 7 - 7.5 8 - 8.5 9 - 10.5 11 - 1212.5 - 13
US Women8.5 - 99.5 - 1010.5 - 12
EU39 - 4041 - 4243 - 4445 - 4647 - 48

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The best winter booties

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Castelli is based in the Italian Alps (Dolomites). They really understand Winter cycling. Thus... they make great winter jackets, gloves, and booties.

Castelli designed the Narcisista 2 booties for riding in cool to cold DRY weather. Castelli officially rates these for use from 57° down to 32° F.

Castelli makes a lot of winter booties (too many?) to cover every conceivable situation. But THESE are my favorite all-around Winter bootie from Castelli (or anyone).

Main points:
1. These look really cool; especially in yellow fluo or the all black.
2. These fit great if you get the correct size (see below).
3. The use of the neoprene component for fit and flex is brilliant.
4. These will keep your feet warm down to 38/40° with quality wool socks on. I'm not sure these support use in 32° weather. But I suppose that depends if the sun is out and how well kitted you are otherwise.
5. The fleece lined Gore Windstopper material is amazing. Soft, wrap around, insulating, and windproof. Water resistant, yet the material is breathable!
6. These booties protect great in fog, mist, and drizzle weather conditions; and along wet roads; but these are NOT water-proof. Do not use these in full-on rain conditions.

If you need *totally* rain-proof booties (not sure they exist), try the Castelli Tempesta model at ~$80 or perhaps Velotoze (size +1) over these.

Don't forget to tape up any vent holes on the bottom of your shoes when riding on wet roads.

**Caveat about sizing: These fit small. Italian sizing is different.

For example, I wear size 45.5 in Sidi. I got the XL's on but the zipper was, for all practical purposes, impossible to zip up. The XXL fit much better. Still snug but much easier to get them on and zip up.

Sizing here:
36-39: SM
40-42: MD
42-43: LG
44-45: XL
45-48: XXL

Avg. ride time: 1h 46m per week
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Runs a little small

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium but later got a large

I originally purchased size medium for my 41.5 road shoes, they were hard to get on and zipped up on the third ride the zipper broke open. I then got a pair of large and these are working out great. much easier to get on and zipped up. The coldest I have been out with these was 40 degrees but feel they will work down to near freezing with thermal socks.