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This is my first pair of Castelli cycling gloves (I'm just beginning to get into Castelli gear now). Took them out twice for rides that started in the low 20F (11F with windchill) and ended in the high 20s, maybe hitting 30F. Started out a bit cold, but once I got warmed up, the gloves kept me nice and warm for 30-40 mile rides. Would think they could go below 20 and still keep my hands warm.
My hands measure 7"from base of palm to top of middle finger. That makes me either a small or a medium per Castelli sizing. BC only had the medium so that's what I got. It fit well, a little bit long in the fingers, but not excessively so. It was still easy to change gears, brake, etc. I have tried on the Lightness glove and the small fits great, but the small Chiro Due might be a bit too tight. If they had a small Estremo, I would try those.
The gloves are fairly thick relative to other cycling gloves I have (Gore Xenon), but you feel that as extra warmth when you start out. The palm of the glove feels a little 'fleshy', like there was too much material there, but it didn't interfere with handling the bike at all.
Great glove, bought a second pair as soon as BC had another one in. Highly recommended!
This is my first Castelli article ever. I slimmed down a bit from cycling the last 2 years and wanted something tighter fitting than my Gore Phantom jackets. Enter the Espresso Due.
The jacket is made from Gore's Windstopper membrane, albeit a different one than what Gore uses on its jackets. Castelli's is stretchier, allowing for a tighter fit that hugs, shapes, and moves with the body easily.
I am 5'7", 150lbs, 35" chest. Castelli's chart says I'm a small and that's what I went with. Fit like a glove! But this is the only jacket that I could go by Castelli's size chart. I've tried other Castelli jackets since this one, and I've had to size up and get a medium in those (Zoncolan).
This jacket is super warm. It is Windstopper everywhere, and medium pile fleece everywhere (by comparison, the Gore Xenon SO jacket is also windstopper everywhere, but only has a low pile fleece in strategic locations). The Castelli has lots of venting options though, 2 that are manually regulated by the rider (front chest and arm zips) and 2 that are not (shoulder vents, rear pocket vents.
Castelli rates the jacket 32F-50sF. I think they should subtract 5-10 degrees from either end. It's a fairly warm jacket and you will sweat quite a bit in it. But what's annoying is that if I have a lot of stuff in the rear pockets, I'll get some cold wind in the back, chilling my sweaty back. I've since learned to keep my back pockets lean with this jacket.
It's a great jacket, love the look and love the hand of the fabric. I think it has a lower temperature range than Castelli advertises because the jacket works so well, maybe too well, limiting its versatility (hence the -1 star).
Is it windstopper material all around or just around the forehead/ears?
Saw the jacket in a store this past weekend. What are the two extra velcro tabs on the front of the jacket for? thx
Which parts of the balaclava have windstopper material? Just the front part or all over? I'm follically challenged and need some wind protection on top of the dome, too. :-)