A thick, fleece shoe cover designed for riding in cold and windy conditions, the Castelli Narcisista Shoecover is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.
The thick and fleecy portion of the Narcisista is Stratolight fabric. It's designed to provide superior insulation for your foot. Neoprene inserts also help to provide warmth and flexibility, while a plisse insert ensures a stretchy, foot-hugging fit. Perhaps most importantly, after input from riders on the Garmin-Cervelo professional cycling team, Castelli moved the Narcisista’s zipper to the outside, making it harder for water to seep into your shoe and easier to adjust while riding.
The Castelli Narcisista Shoecover comes in Black and features reflective detailing on the back of the heel to increase visibility in low-light conditions (you know, the kind of conditions you’ll be riding in if you want to have any chance of winning races in March and April). They come in five sizes from Small through XX-Large. Be sure to check the sizing chart to ensure proper fit.
7 - 7.5
8 - 8.5
9 - 10.5
11 - 12
12.5 - 13
8.5 - 9
9.5 - 10
10.5 - 12
39 - 40
41 - 42
43 - 44
45 - 46
47 - 48
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Although I haven't had a lot of shoe covers to compare these are the best I've had but here are unbiased pros/cons. FYI - Castelli sized them small in my opinion. I wear a 44 and got an XL and they were tight as hell. If i'd got an L I seriously doubt they would have ever fit.
Pros * wraps around whole shoe not just strap across bottom * Zipper - I hate Velcro. It often wears out * warm * form fitting to shoe. Mostly just looks cool rather than wearing giant boot looking thing.
Cons * The zipper is on the outside. Although the reason stated is it reduces water from getting into your shoe (understandable) and adjusting while riding, they are much more difficult to put on, Especially if they are a tight TIGHT fit. I don't bend that way, Frankly there is no need for adjusting while riding. They are either on or off. * I've used a couple of times on trails because the pair I used for mountain biking died. They do NOT stand up well for that. They don't claim to. Just saying, the bottoms are delicate. Walk seldom and with care in them.
I'm looking to replace the ones I bought now 2 years ago. I MIGHT get them again but at this very moment I am looking to see what else there is in there price range.
Used them for about 4 rides, then the zipper gave up on me. Worked great until then, usually rode in temps ranging 30-40*. I'd love to get another pair because they look great, but can't imagine they'd hold up any better.
So I've gone through two sets of shoe covers before, I don't really use them that often since I was living in Los Angeles and the weather is temperate, but for the possible five or six times I did use them, they were great!
I'm a size 10.5/11 and went with the XL size. They fit great, a little snug to get on, but once they're on they lock out the cold. Didn't get numb toes one bit.
What sucks: Zipper ripped at the seams, bottom heel area began to tear at the seams and I started to think perhaps I should've gone with the XXL.
Anyhow, they lasted longer than the Primal shoe covers I had which only made it one ride.
Seems like the shoecover product is still something that needs to be defined/reinvented since so many of these fall apart. Maybe I'll just borrow my mom's sewing machine and fix them since I doubt these have any warranty on them anymore.
These were great while they lasted, but after 5 rides they started tearing, and the zipper fatally broke before my 6th ride. DIY repairs only lasted 2 more rides when they started tearing in another spot.
Maybe my pair was defective but they tore when I put them on the first time. Normally Castelli quality is excellent but, as per some of the reviews below, the design seems not well thought through. Of course RealCyclist is refunding, paying for return shipping, and the phone rep had multiple alternatives to suggest. Ah, I love quality customer service!
I just got a pair of these a couple of weeks ago. Did great in 40 degree temp. I wear 44.5 shoes which I consider to be pretty average foot size but I followed other's recommendations and got size bigger. I got XL and that was pretty darn tight. If I would've got Large I seriously doubt I could've gotten them on. So definitely up size.
One stupid thing that EVERYBODY does wrong.. not sure why the zipper is on the outside.. it really should be on the inside. Then when I'm putting them on I can put my right foot on left leg to zip up and vice versa. Being on the outside makes for an unusual twisting... but I'll live.
Excellent shoe cover. Before I bought this, I thought hard between the various Castelli choices, and I am very happy that I chose the Narcisista. It has the most detailed construction and it is well thought out. The zipper is great, very solid. The stretch is very nice. I purchased a L for my 43.5 and the fit is spot on. I used the covers on a mild morning, and they were excellent. A+ in my book, and im very happy to chose these over the other Castelli options.
Been riding with these for the last month in 30-40 temps. No complaints on all but the coldest days. However, recently found holes on the bottom of these that appear to be due to the cover being stretched and tearing. I have an XL for 44.5 shoes, which is between L and XL according to the size chart.
I'd say goog to keep you'r feet warm through high 30's. Probably more ideal in low-mid 40's. fit is good. My shoe size is 44.5 specialized s-works, Large fits well in the Narcisista. I also have the Nanoflex and a large was too small -felt like the seems where going to burst at any moment. its hard to compare these to the nano's....these seem to have a boader range of temps (that is you can keep them on when it gets into 60's), but they dont do as well in the wind or rain. They are more comfortable, but dont have that quite as much of an aero feel. Nano's are better in wind and moist. Back zip on naon's sucks and digs into skin. side zip on these is great. the narcissita would be better if it had a wind-proof toe covering.
Sizing is Very tight on these, which I suppose is a good thing, I got them in a size large and I wear a 44 shoe, as I said, it is Very Tight, zipper on the side is very nice for ease of entry exit. These are great for cooler temps, but they are NOT very good in the wet. I have had these in the rain several times and although they do their job initially, if you are out for long enough or the rain is anything heavier than a light drizzle you will have wet feet! But on the plus side they did keep my white shoes clean and sharp looking even though my socks were soaked through. Overall they are a good cold weather cover, but for $60 you may as well get a pair of covers that's waterproof as well
This Shoe cover has a great tight fit. They kept my feet warm on cold Northeast Rides last weekend, Temps were in the low 30's and windy. My feet were just right not too warm or cold. I would recommend these shoe covers.
Size Large fits my 44.5 Sidi. Warm enough for mid-30s if you start out with warm shoes, i.e. not left in the garage. Better for dry than wet. Cleat hole lines up fine for Look/Shimano profile. I prefer the elasticized fit of these to a similarly thick P.I. shoe cover I rode before.
For wet days go with the Castelli neoprene shoe cover.