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Item # CST2605

The gloves that you know and love.

Castelli's Rosso Corsa Classic Gloves have a reputation. For years, they've soaked up the cobbles of France and Belgium for Team Garmin-Barracuda, but to us, this speaks less to their quality than their Rosso Corsa designation from Castelli.

Rosso Corsa simply translates 'Racing Red.' However, there's much more to it than than that. Rosso Corsa was the traditional Red of international motor racing -- seen until the late 1960s as the color that all Italian race cars were painted for international races. Racing Red was definitely cooler than the white with two lengthwise stripes that the American cars had. Rosso Corsa is reserved by Castelli to delineate the best of its best, and the pieces that're part of this lineage represent where Castelli has sweated every detail to achieve what it believes to be a categorical breakthrough.

As Castelli glove designs traditionally present smooth lines to the wind, this glove has no strap or adjustable closure system. Instead, the glove is simply a pull-on. The Clarino synthetic leather palm has been given a generous gel padding, with sections of density ranging up to 5mm. Additionally, the gel padding incorporates a porous composition that minimizes palm sweat within the glove. At the outside of the palm, Castelli has placed silicone print that won't slip, even when the bars are covered with a sheen of rain and a patina of Belgian mud. And to further ensure grip, the gel padding is reticulated in order to ensure a full range of malleability.

For the sensation of cooling ventilation, the back of hand has been constructed from a highly breathable mesh. This way, you maintain the vibration absorbency found in the palm without drowning your hands in sweat. But, when sweat emanates from other parts of the body, like the head, use the newly added, microsuede thumb wipe to soak it up. And speaking of new features, this year's Rosso Corsa has done away with the embroidery of the past in favor of smoother finish that's free from abrasion.

The Castelli Rosso Corsa Classic Gloves are available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Red/black, and White/grey.

  • Low-profile mesh body
  • Clarino synthetic leather palm with gel padding and silicone grip
  • Micro suede wiping patch

Tech Specs

[palm] Clarino, [wipe panel] micro suede, [back of hand] mesh
gel, Clarino
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Hand Circumference <7.2in
7.2 - 8in
(18.4 - 20.3cm)
8 - 8.7in
(20.3 - 22.2cm)
8.7 - 9.5in
(22.2 - 24.1cm)
9.5 - 10.2in
(24.1 - 26cm)
Hand Circumference <6.5in
6.5 - 7.2in
(16.6 - 18.4cm)
7.2 - 7.9in
(18.4 - 20.2cm)
7.9 - 8.7in
(20.2 - 22cm)
How to Measure:
Measure around the widest part of your hand, excluding the thumb.

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Great padding...odd fit

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

I generally wear a size medium in gloves, maybe large. So I ordered a pair of larges since Castelli occasionally runs small. Way to small so tired the xl...again to small. The xxl size fit and I really like them. The only down side is that there is no velcrow opening so even getting the xxl pair on can be difficult. Again, great padding, cool, protects my hand but sizing is just odd.

Great padding...odd fit

Thanks for the review Sterling! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

Hanging on by a Thread

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like the look and feel of these gloves, but they began to break down rather quickly. I will say that even though they became a bit tattered, they never died. I still use them because I like the padding and the cut. I just wish they were a bit more well put together. Big hands, XXL is cool. The wrist is not very elastic, so you have to make like a crab to squeeze your "pinchers" in. Grab a pair of these on sale and take them to pound-town (I just hope it's not a block away).

Hanging on by a Thread

Light. Breathable. Somewhat Durable.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these gloves for about 2 years now and are still in decent shape. The only part that has not lasted was the grip of the palm. Other then that, I'm glad I got these light and breathable gloves.

Great feel, unsure about durability

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves feel really nice out on the road. I have no complaints there. My issue is that some of the stitching started to become undone after a month or so of owning the gloves. Not quite the typical castelli quality--given how much they cost I feel they could be better.

Avg. ride time: 3h 29m per week
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Smaller this year?

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

This was my favorite glove last season and I ordered the same size again this year. I could barely get the glove on and it was painful trying to get it down the lower hand to the wrist. It took me about 5 minutes of working it back and forth and barely squeezed on. Not sure what they did, but I'll have to switch to something else, not recommended for anyone with a larger wrist or hand.

Avg. ride time: 1h 25m per week
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Very light, questionable durability

    Fully vented top side keeps hands very cool.

    No velcro strap makes it easy to get on/off and comfortable. Pull tab between middle and ring finger helps get it off, but don't pull it off too hard - pull tab seems to be coming unstitched after a while. Wristband is coming unstitched in 1 place too.

    Tried using for mountain biking...no good because of all of the gel pads. Stick to the roads.