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Put your indecisive mind at ease.

In the transitional seasons, choosing a conditions-appropriate cycling glove can be an exercise in frustration and second-guessing. We'll be the first to admit that we've cut rides short due to frozen fingers, but we also prefer to not wear neoprene armor when it isn't necessary. For cooler days that don't quite justify equipment born from ski and scuba technology but still warrant something more than bare skin, we indecisive cyclists have been blessed with Castelli's Nano XT Gloves. Neither winter riding gloves nor summer gloves, the Nano XTs fill that frustrating niche of mid-range temperature conditions.

The Nano XTs' lightweight construction is designed to keep your mitts comfortable in the 50 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit range while affording water protection equal to the challenge of a drizzle, but not a deluge. The palms exhibit equivalent restraint, offering cover from the elements while minimizing hand-to-shifter interference. The gloves' elongated wrists, made of the same water and wind resistant material as the back of the hand, stretch to get on and off easily but still stay snug on your lower forearm. Reflective graphics help you remain visible to motorists in low-light conditions.

The Castelli Nano XT Gloves - Men's are available in sizes ranging from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, White, and Yellow Fluo.

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pretty good but runs small

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

I like the gloves but there are a couple of issues. The main issue is that they run small. I also got Castelli Leggenda Gloves at the same time for even colder riding. Those

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: L

1) They do run small. I have these in L and the leggendera in M and they fit the same
2) 50 to 64degF... i would be roasting at those temps in these gloves. Maybe that makes sense if you are just tooling around. But if you are riding hard, the reasonable temp zone for these is more like 35-50. For reference, at 50degF I would start wearing long fingered mesh backed gloves.
3) The windproof works great.

Size up +1

    This is a light full-finger glove designed for Spring & Fall use -including in misty, drizzly conditions. These are a touch warmer than Castelli's "Lightness" glove.

    Castelli officially rates these for use from about 64° F down to 50° F (but temp sensitivity is individual, so YMMV).

    Pros: Elegant looking, light, great bar feel/grip, excellent nose wipe on thumb, fits great (size up +1), has no velcro (to catch on your expensive kit). Will repel water in mist or drizzle. And the material used in the palm provides *excellent* bar feel.

    Cons: (1) While the top textile is wind-proof and water-resistant, it is not water-proof. And the seams and the palm are not water-proof at all. So if you really need a totally rain-proof glove (not sure it exists) look elsewhere. (2) These gloves can get a bit sweaty under hard effort - like when climbing.

    Sizing: Size up +1 with Castelli gloves. For gloves: Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

    P.S. - Mine came with the honeycomb pattern on the bottom.

    Sizing is a bit off. Last year's model.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I wear size Large in most gloves. The fingers and width of the palm fit like a Large, but the thumb length is shorter than it should be given the finger length. The gloves fit tight, as they should. Also, in size Large, their stock is the 2014 model (i.e., the 2nd and 4th photos from the left), so call them to see if they have the 2015 model (the 1st and 2nd photos on the left) in your size if that's what you want.
    I also ran the gloves under running water. The back of the glove totally sheds water. The palm of the glove does absorb water, but only on the surface, so your hand remains dry. Water will get through the seams, but this is at a slow rate, so if you're riding in light rain for shorter durations, your hand should stay fairly dry.

    I see based on the images provided two palm styles. One with a honeycomb pattern the other plain leather. Is the palm style based on which color glove you choose? Or am I looking at a inner plus outer glove system? Thanks!

    I just received some and they have the honeycomb palms.