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David B.

David B.

David B.

David B.wrote a review of on May 28, 2017

4 5

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

I needed a base layer for commuting; it has to look civilian enough to wear under a shirt at work yet be sporty enough for a medium-effort commute. This one does it at half the price of merino.

The size is consistent with Craft/Euro. Most of my kit is medium so I got M and it's just a tiny bit loose, perfect. My US size is small.

One issue: the sleeves are very long and they stick out from a polo shirt by over an inch , an interesting look (obviously not a problem with long-sleeve shirts)

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David B.

David B.wrote a review of on December 5, 2016

3 5

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

I've worn them on a 35-mi road ride that started at about 1-2ºC/34F. The tips of the ring and middle fingers soon got chilly and I had to wiggle them all the time. Not warmer than my 4 year old LG Thinsulate gloves which are less bulky.

Speaking of bulk, shifting (Sram Rival 10) was OK. Reaching into my back pocket for a 40g gel though was impossible!

The snot pad is nice but there's no phone touchscreen patch. On the plus side, the gloves are easy to put on and take off.

All my gloves (summer, including Castelli's own; fall; winter) are size M; I went for Large with these. They are snug inside, while, as already mentioned, being quite bulky on the outside.

I own a lot of Castelli gear and had high expectations for these, particularly considering the price....

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David B.

David B.wrote a review of on August 28, 2013

3 5

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

The most important thing to know is the sizing. Mavic is a French company, however they list three sizes: Euro (Int'l), US, and Japanese; the size you see on this website is US. So the Mavic S and Castelli M are about the same size.

Now, to the rating. The material is nice but the stitching/assembly is not premium. For example, the panel that goes around the neck doesn't lie flat but has two creases. The little yellow 'M' on the front is attached with uneven stitches.

I've only worn it on a short ride (albeit hot) and it seems to wick fine.

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David B.

David B.wrote a review of on August 26, 2011

2 5

To begin with, this is not a gel glove. There's no gel to be felt, nor is it mentioned anywhere on the packaging.

I've only taken it on a 7-mi ride but it's clear this pair won't be my favorite (although I only have one other pair - a Pearl Izumi Pittards Gel). Grip in the hoods is not good! The material bunches up in the palm area (the gloves are size small); the area between thumb and forefinger is made of nice suede-like material but it crinkles as well.

I got it as a freebie with Craft bibs otherwise it would be on its way back.

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