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Castelli has proven itself well capable of going wildly off-script when it comes to redesigning, reimagining, and revolutionizing inclement-weather cycling kit. The Scalda Glove is an example of the brand playing it relatively conservatively, with even the name being a simple expression of utility. (Scalda is Italian for the verb "heats.") Of course, "utility" means something completely different for Castelli than for almost any other brand, and the Scalda's utilitarian ability to shield against the elements while maintaining a slim, low-bulk fit means it is to most cycling gloves as a carbon race bike is to a tricycle.

The Scalda's body is constructed from a tightly woven material called Ultra Fleece that's both water- and windproof. Ultra Fleece presents a nigh impermeable shell to the external elements, but the internal face is a soft, brushed, low-loft fleece that creates a barrier of trapped body heat between your skin and the shoulder-season chill. The body is trimmed with the usual Castelli fixings: silicone grip on the palm, conductive fingertips for touchscreen use, and low-profile stretch cuff that helps seal the elements out of both glove and sleeve.

Castelli recommends a temperature range of 42-60 degrees Fahrenheit, which matches perfectly with the typical workload of late fall and early spring. Chances are good you've used a pair of wool or faux-wool knit gloves that occupied a similar temperature range, but the addition of element resistance with the Scalda means your rides won't be limited to days without the chance of precipitation.

  • A cycling glove rated for temperatures below 42 and 60 degrees F
  • Wind- and waterproof fleece sheds spring and fall elements
  • Low-bulk construction and silicone grip maintain bar feel
  • Touchscreen compatible fingertips
  • Stretch cuff helps ensure a seal against the weather

Tech Specs

Ultra Fleece
Claimed Weight:
[pair] 68 g
Recommended Use:
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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Meh Fit, Great Snot Wipe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

I've been wearing these gloves for the last month or so, in temps around the 35-50* range. My range are short, so the fit is not great--too much extra fabric at the ends of the fingers, while fitting well across the palm. The snot wipe though, that soft bit of fabric along the thumb, prime! Cold and flu season hit Utah with a vengeance, and that little patch of fabric has been holding strong.

Great early winter choice

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

A great early winter glove. I would find these perfect for 45-55 degrees. Great dexterity and no bulk whatsoever. This is a great fleece glove, and I can post my Instagram photos with the touchscreen compatible fingers. No silly Velcro closure, just a reliable stretchable cuff, and no padding( my preference). Would not recommend for much colder than 45 degrees, but excellent above that.

Great early winter choice

Dexterity and Protection

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

One of the features I look for in my winter cycling gloves is the ability feel my brakes, shifters, and grab a bottle without fumbling about. The grip on the palm and fingers allows grip without bulk and touchscreen compatibilty is a nice feature. The protection from wind and lower temps is good, but I wouldn't rate these as a deep winter glove with temps dropping below 40, for that I would highly recommend the Estremo glove. My takeaway from the Scalda glove is that is a very nimble glove that offers great dexterity and feel with adequate wind and temp protection, great for fall and spring rides.

Warmth without too much bulk

  • Size Bought: L

These are life savers! I headed out for a ride after work, stupidly not checking the weather report before heading out. Luckily, I decided to put my new gloves in my back pocket just in case. I headed out while it was 60 degrees or so, not in any need for gloves, and I figured I wouldn't have to use them. Wrong. The sun started to set and I was at the top of a mountain, it was now 40 degrees and I had a 8 mile descent ahead of me. Luckily I had these with me and although I didn't stay completely warm and toasty (I was averaging 40mph for a decent clip!), they definitely saved my fingers from amputation, and for that I am forever grateful.

Great gloves, within reason

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

These are great for 40 - 60 degrees; you can even get away with mid-30s if you're not out for long. It's hard to find gloves designed for this temperature range -- either they're too heavy or too thin. These are just right. As to other reviewers' comments on the construction, I haven't had any problems and I've used them on the road for most of the winter. Then again, I fully expect cycling gloves to last only a season or two so my expectations are low. On sale in the high $30 region, these are a great deal; at $60, I'm not so sure. Still, they're fit for purpose and that's what you're paying for in the first place.

Poor construction

    I've had these gloves for a few months (2-3), and the stitching is coming apart in multiple seams. The construction is very sub-par. I'd love a refund or replacement with a glove that doesn't fall apart, but the BC return policy is 30 days, which has passed, unfortunately.

    Poor construction

    Weak Stitching

    I've had these for a couple months, and the stitching is coming apart in multiple seams. Another Castelli botch.

    Weak Stitching

    Stay warm

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    This is Castelli's new glove for riding in Fall, mild Winter, and Spring conditions. Castelli officially rates the Scalda for use in temps from 60° down to 42°. But cold sensitivity is somewhat individual.

    In sum: Great fit, style, protection. Yet the Scalda is still thin enough to allow for *excellent* bar grip, and control, and shifter function.

    By the way, these look awesome in the hi-viz fluo yellow; and help cars see you in the low-light conditions so typical of Fall and Winter riding.

    Great for cold weather riding. And will protect against fog, mist, and drizzle. But not "waterproof" (is any glove?). Will soak through eventually in steady rain conditions.

    Size up +1 with Castelli gloves. In gloves: Pearl Izumi = L. Specialized= L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.