These Castelli Chiro Due men's cycling gloves feature wind protection, warmth and dexterity for holding the line in wintry riding conditions.
Punch through cold air with the Castelli Chiro Due Cycling Glove. A WindStopper back ensures protection form the cold, while a synthetic suede palm with silicon gripers provides the dexterity needed to nail the perfect gear change and to hold your line.
|Insulation:||Thinsulate polyester fibers|
|Shell fabric:||60% polyester/39% leather/1% synthetic leather|
I did not buy these from Realcyclist, but locally. The Chiro Due gloves are quite good in the 36-40 F range, I have used them for 3+ hours in this range and my hands have stayed warm. Between 40-45 F they are good but on the warm side and above 45 F they are probably too much. I had to ditch them one day when the temps got upward of 45 F, changed them out for a pair of Defeet Woolie Duragloves that I was carrying (it was early days with the Chiro Due and I did not know how warm they were). I have not used these in wet weather, but I suspect they will not be stellar performers in steady rain and cold temps as most WS gloves are a letdown in these situations. Hint: try neoprene paddling gloves for cold rainy days.
These gloves are good for the cold, period. I've tried several other brands and these are the best for straight out cold morning or nights in the dark with winds and temps below 40. In the afternoon when the sun comes out your hands will sweat so bring a pair of fingerless if you are on a day long ride and think it will warm up.
Nice gloves but do not order by the size chart on BC. My finger to palm measures 7.5 inches, indicating I need a Medium. Those were way too small. I ordered the Large and it fits but is still tight. No room left in the finger tips.
The glove is wind proof. I have only ridden with it in 40 degrees and my hands were warm.
These gloves fit well according to the size chart and the quality is pretty sweet. I cannot wear them in temps below the mid 30's w/o several fingers going numb. I imagine if you buy them large and use liners they would be better. My experience is they are a fantastic mild winter day glove, but not for brutal winter days.
I wear an XXL glove in other brands and bought an XXL wish they had an XXXL size glove. I can get away with the XXL so keeping it just wish there was a little more room.
Like all things Castelli, these are definitely quality Italian designed gloves. They have great fit and finish. All the seams look quality. Standard snot wipe on the thumb; grippers on the index and middle fingers. Seem very warm. I got these in the early spring, so haven't had to wear.
BUT, you better reconsider your size if you go by the provided chart. It's off by at least one size if not two. I had the same problem as another reviewer. Got on sale in a Medium based on size chart; returned for Large; and still a bit too snug. I tried to see if maybe the size chart is maybe for hand circumference, but that can't be correct either. So beware of sizing and go at LEAST one size up.