Castelli Tempesta Glove - Men's
CastelliTempesta Glove - Men's

Ride no matter what.

The clouds are grey in every direction, and a snowy, rainy sleet has been pelting your shoulders and rolling off your helmet for your entire ride. Home is miles away, and your soaking wet gloves aren't doing much to stop your hands from stinging with cold in your drops. Sound familiar? Inspired by the hand-numbing March conditions during the past few years at San Remo, Castelli's Tempesta Gloves were made to keep your hands warm and dry on the days when no one in their right mind — or the wrong gloves — would actually head out on a ride.

Castelli's OutDry technology is the cornerstone of the gloves' construction, and it's been updated from last year's version to function as a single barrier against rain, snow, sleet, and whatever else is falling from the sky. The DWR membrane is bonded directly to the main nylon/elastane fabric to give you a single windproof, waterproof layer, which keeps the gloves stretchy and breathable. Castelli also includes a Dry Zone lining on the inside of the gloves to enhance their breathability and keep moisture moving away from your skin when you sweat.

When you're getting ready to head out on your ride, slip the gloves on using the neoprene cuffs — they'll slide easily under your jacket sleeves and will help water stay away from your wrists when you're stretched out in the saddle. Whether you're pedaling along blustering seaside roads in Italy or your familiar local routes, the Tempesta Gloves are made to make sure no degree of bad weather keeps you out of the saddle.

  • Cycling gloves for when the weather isn't cooperating
  • Windproof, water-resistant membrane keeps the elements out
  • High breathability also keeps internal moisture in check
  • Neoprene cuffs maintain a weatherproof seal
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great Cold Weather Glove

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

These gloves were comfortable in the low 30's F, but too warm for me above 45 F. Have not worn in wet weather yet.

Ok Glove

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I were thinking the glove would be warmer than it is. It’s designed to resist rain: I haven’t been able to test that yet. As usual, Castelli makes well made products, & this glove is no exception..well built!
DC

Great winter gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

I purchased these gloves after reading about its dry and warm technology. Already owing winter gloves, which were not great in 0 degrees (Celsius), I needed something to keep my fingers warm an dry throughout my winter rides. So far so good. Already they've out performed my previous winter gloves on 90km rides at 0 degree with rain and sleet. Would highly recommend

Excellent bike gloves!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Casetelli Tempesta gloves as part of my bike commuting gear for about 2 months. So far, they've worked great.

The bike-specific design is a definite upgrade over the winter gloves I was using before. I noticed an immediate improvement in dexterity using integrated shifters and brakes due to the form-fitting design. The rubberized grip works great in wet weather. The soft fabric on the side is perfect for painlessly wiping sweat or snot. The adjustable cuffs help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. The cuffs also help with controlling heat loss and skin exposure with baselayers and jackets. The gloves don't have much padding, which for me is another huge advantage.

These gloves do a great job keeping my hands warm. I've worn them comfortably on their own into the mid 30s and with Icebreaker Apex 260 glove liners into the mid 20s. Any colder than that, and I switch over to lobster gloves with hand warmers or bar mitts.

Overall, these are excellent gloves that do what they're supposed to do very well.

Not too hot. Warm enough.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

Fit is a little funny. Fingers are long but this is how Castelli keeps your fingers warm. The long fingers doesn't effect shifting. Great gloves especially for the price. My advice is buy the size you would normally buy.

Good quality but fingers too long

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: medium

Bought this on Black Friday and really wanted the gloves to work. I am 5'9" / 165 LBS and on all Castelli products I am a Large. Other than fingers being too long the Medium gloves fit well.

cold and wet weather - seriously?!

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

so I believed the hype and used these during stage one of the Haute Route Dolomites which was cold and wet. The gloves started to soak through at the start line which was OK on the climbs but was downright dangerous for descents (trying to steer on switchbacks with frozen hands). Coupled with a Gabba jacket which also soaks through and provides no insulation (its great when you generate heat on the way up) the result was almost a DNF. Maybe it works in mild rain but I can't predict the weather which is why I bought them.

Unanswered Question

How rain proof are these? Has anyone worn these out in the rain? Results?

Thoughts on sizing

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

True that the glove fingers are a bit too long, but for me the thumb is a bit tight.

First impressions based on fit, not use.

  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: X-Small

This isn't a review of actual use. That will come later this Fall or Winter.
Rather, this is a note about sizing. The 5-stars are for Competitive Cyclist customer service.

I purchased size Small (same size as my 3 other pairs of Castelli gloves, full and half-finger model). The Tempesta size Small was a full size too large: 1/2" too long on all fingers and thumb. Competitive Cyclist customer service quickly (as usual) sent the UPS label and DMA for the return. The X-Small arrived in 3 days and fits perfectly. My OutDry gloves from Pearl Izumi and Specialized work great so I expect no less from Castelli.

Are the seams taped?

From OutDry's website:



"OutDry® uses a one-piece patented construction process that creates a waterproof breathable barrier.

This impenetrable layer is heat-bonded directly to the outer fabric, leaving no seams, no gaps, and no way for water to get in. Compare that to traditional waterproof technology. Water gets in and stays in, collecting in the space between the inner and outer layers, making them heavy and wet. OutDry improves fit and dexterity, keeping you drier, lighter and more comfortable."



Makes sense as I think about it and what I've experienced with other OutDry pieces I own (Pearl Izumi, Specialized). I have Gore-Tex gloves where the outer shell is made of Gore-Tex and fully taped with the fleece or light wicking liner stitched in at the glove's hem. The issue is that when pulling your hand out, the liner slides out, too. Another fabrication-type is a non-Gore-Tex shell (sometimes taped and sometimes not, sometimes insulated and sometimes not, sometimes waterproof and sometimes not) with a Gore-Tex liner for water resistance, stitched in at the hem. Issues in this instance may be the liner slipping out, or water penetrating the shell and getting trapped between the liner and shell.



According to the OutDry tech sheet, OutDry heat bonds the breathable membrane directly to the shell and simultaneously seals the seams, thus doing away from the process of taping all the stitched seams (which answers my original question). Several manufacturers have also integrated insulating liners (Thinsulate, Primaloft, wicking layer and fleece) that do not slip out when removing the gloves. These inner layers do not seem to compromise the OutDry waterproofing: my Pearl Izumi PRO WxB Outdry 3 x 1 (discontinued) and WxB PRO Outdry gloves are 3 years old and have been bombproof wet or dry.



The Dry Zone layer may be a wicking layer or an insulating one; I don't know. Maybe someone else can answer that one. If it's a wicking layer, it may be more of a Spring & Fall glove (40 - 50 degrees). If it has a Thinsulate or Primaloft insulating layer, it may be better suited for Winter conditions (30 - 50 degrees). A matter of personal preference and comfort level.