Gel palms help absorb shock on long, rough bike rides.
If you like the smooth lines of aero gloves, but appreciate the ease of entry and exit of traditional gloves, Castelli Pro Glove is your bag. The back stretches and breathes well, and it has a nose wipe on the thumb and Castelli's Scorpion logo on the back of the hand. Flip it over, check out the palm, and you'll see the hidden Velcro closure at the wrist covering a smartly designed pull tab. Above that, you'll see the hardy silicone patches stitched on top of gel pads on the Ultrasuede palm. Sleek, stylish, smart, 100% Castelli. The Castelli Pro Gloves come in Black and Red/white. Sizes run from Small to XX-Large.
Castelli Gloves 2012
6.7 - 7.3in (17-18.5cm)
7.3 - 8.1in (18.5-20.5cm)
8.1 - 8.5in (20.5-21.5cm)
8.5 - 9.1in (21.5-23cm)
9.1 - 9.6in (23-24.5cm)
9.6in (24.5 +cm)
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I've used these gloves for a little over a year, and am very satisfied. One reviewer said the gel padding became slick when wet...my experience is the opposite. Those gel pads become very grippy, and as such, these gloves are my go-to pair especially when it's raining. Over time, the white has become sullied and the black has bled into the white, but that's just life. I have had no issues with popped seams or any structural defects. The hook & loop wrist closures are wearing out, but again, we're talking about gloves that have been used a lot, and they function fine in spite of that. Comfort is very good, durability is excellent, styling is great as usual for Castelli. Most of my other gloves wear through the palms in a season. These are still going strong, so I'll just wear them out & hope I can find another set when it comes time to replace
gloves are comfortable, but finger stitching comes undone quickly. I still use these gloves after few thousand miles despite the index finger coming apart. Would actually use them again because of overall comfort and functionality. Also a note that after quite a bit of use, wiping face with glove, the white obviously gets very dirty looking and does not wash out.
In some respects, I like these gloves. Minimal padding but comfortable. However, after about 2000 miles with them, several seams are coming undone and the fingers are fraying a bit. Now, these get washed after every ride, and it isn't like they've gotten light use. But the specialized gloves that i got about the same time, and that i've alternated between look in near new condition except for a little fading. So, I like the design, but I'll probably look to a different glove for the next set.
I really liked the gloves when they arrived, but have noticed one issue that may not impact most out there. The 'gel' padding is a smooth-surface material that does not absorb moisure and actually becomes very slick on certain surfaces (namely bare handlebars) when the sweat starts to pour. I have carbon, ergo handlebars, and the bar tape only goes just past the brake levers (the upper section feels a bit too fat for my preference with tape on it). Anyway, after a bit of sweating, if I want to place my hands in/around the crossbar, I'm in a danger zone as that area is very slick with these gloves. I guess I could bite the bullet and tape all the way up, but I'd rather not. With a glove with a more standard palm (nubuck, etc), this wouldn't be a problem, which was the case with my old Trek gloves.
Pros: - Decent looking - Sweat wipe area on the thumb (this is critical for me) - Light with just enough padding (not too much, not too little)
Cons - Padding material (as described above) - Mine didn't come with the pull tabs as advertised
These have minimal padding which works perfect for me. I wore them for couple of hundred miles so far - no problems with things falling apart. I'm careful with the finger loops which are very handy but seem somewhat fragile. During ride they provide plenty feedback from the road and the cushioning effect is not overdone. The nose wipe works well. I'll buy Castelli again.
My new Castelli Pro Gloves arrived from Realcycyclist.com on-time. The gloves looked great, but without the advertized molded hook-and-loop closures. This feature was the main reason I chose these gloves. I was disappointed, but decided to say nothing. I enjoyed some long rides and appreciated the gel pads. But when the stitching on the back of each glove started to unravel, I became dissatisfied. I cant recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a quality cycling glove.
After a few hundred miles with these and one washing, a lot of the stitching was coming undone. The velcro is essentially useless, the sizing is ridiculous (I don't have particularly large hands and I had to wear a xxl o_0) and when I got into a gnarly bike crash they didn't provide that much protection. I would buy these again if they were ~$20, but at this price I just cannot recommend them.
I really like these gloves, the ventilation they provide is superb for warm/hot weather riding, and the construction has no pressure points or seams placed right at the knuckles or webbing like some other brands I've tried. The gel padding in the palms is very well placed for riding on the hoods, flats, or in the drops and is very comfortable, yet not obtrusive. Also, the loops between the fingers to help you take them off are substantial and work very well. Even at the $35 MSRP, I think these gloves are a steal! They perform better and are much more comfortable than gloves I've tried that are considerably more expensive.
After about a thousand miles with these gloves I've been impressed with their durability and functionality. The gel has held up well, even after multiple washings, and is placed correctly for my riding position (predominantly on the hoods, with some flat bar riding while climbing). My only gripe with these gloves, and what keeps them from a perfect 5 star billing, is the velcro closure. It's useless and unnecessary, providing no real adjustment in these already well-fitting gloves. Further, it interferes with my watch (worn with the face on the bottom of my wrist). When these finally wear out I will be purchasing the Rosso Corsa glove, which doesn't have the velcro.