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Riding through harsh winters teaches you many lessons -- some are introspective, some are life changing, and some are just common sense that we've all managed to ignore. One such lesson is that of protecting your hands at all times. Numb fingers are not only painful, but given that we rely on the phalanges to brake, they're also downright dangerous. This is why a dependable pair of gloves are necessary when the mercury drops, a pair of gloves like the Castelli CW 3.0 Gloves.
To insulate your hands in the chillier months, Castelli constructed the bulk of the gloves from the patented Thinsulate 100 material. Essentially, this fabric works by trapping the radiant and conductive heat from the body between the fabric lining and the hand. And because Thinsulate 100 is a specially-engineered microfiber (less than one denier), it's more effective at trapping large pockets of air in less space than other synthetics. Accordingly, this 'thinner' system also promotes a higher level of breathability and moisture management without the detriment of compromising its strong layer of warming insulation. Additionally, the gloves feature an exterior membrane that lessens the intrusion of both wind and water. So, you'll be ready for whatever Old Man Winter has in store for you.
For further protection, the 3.0 gloves feature a Clarino synthetic leather palm. Compared to genuine leather, this material increases durability and finger dexterity. In fact, this is the same material that's commonly found in the gloves of American law enforcement. For grip, Castelli has lined the palm and fingers with a silicone print. Now, gripping the hoods and performing effective shifts is a simplified affair in wet conditions.
In terms of fit, Castelli has cut the gloves a tad oversized compared to its traditional second-skin fit. The logic behind this is simple -- it allows for an easy addition of Castelli liners. This extends the gloves current temperature range of between 32 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit even further into the freezing zone. And lastly, for an easy entry and exit into the gloves, Castelli designed a warming neoprene wrist cuff with one hook-and-loop strap.
The Castelli CW 3.0 Gloves are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/red and White/red.
- Q & A
Great gloves, no complaints
Purchased a pair for winter riding. I've been using them for some time now and the glove performed as expected. I consider myself having large hands, but I also find Castelli sizing chart one size too small. XXL fits me perfect. Keeping your extremities warm is a highly personal matter. I generally, do not get cold in my hands (although my toes are always cold despite winter shoes, wool socks or neoporine covers), so the gloves keep me reasonably warm in 28-30 F (plus NY wind chill factor). However, I also find Castelli products about 10F too warm compared to their product recommendation guide. All in all, great glove, for $35 can't go wrong.
great cycling glove
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I bought these gloves a few months ago in preparation for this winter. I followed the sizing chart carefully and looked at the other reviews and determined I would need an XL. XL fits great and I am pleased with the gloves. (To give some perspective to thoes trying to decide what size to pick, I weigh 180 lbs. and have a pair of Specialized gloves that are size medium. So, you will likely need to size up one or two sizes from your american gloves to fit in these.) In the 40s my hands are plenty warm. It hasn't gotten into the 30's here yet but I think they will be fine in that range as well.
The gloves look great and give great tactile controll for getting water bottles out and changing gears.
Not worth it. Not worth it--
I bought these on chainlove for 29.99 (plus shipping). First pair went back as they were too small to fit any kind of liner underneath, even a superlight silk weight one. Got the right size, took them out in 32 degree weather and my hands froze. Fortunately I took an extra polypro glove that fit OVER the castelli glove. Then it became manageable. They're going back, they don't keep my hands warm and I've come to the conclusion that the best I can do is get xxl or 3xl windstopper gloves and then use liners and gloves of varying thickness underneath those to keep my hands warm depending on the temp.
they look nice though.
Great gloves! Very warm.
I took these gloves out for the 1st time yesterday. ~4C but sunny. My hands were very warm throughout the ride. I especially like that the glove has good coverage around the wrist, where others sometimes leave this area exposed. The palm grip is so good, I had a hard time handling my waterbottle. Definitely recommend for non-wet cold weather road riding. Picked these up on Chainlove for $30.
Are Castelli glove measurements not around...
Are Castelli glove measurements not around the palm?