Castelli's Rosso Corsa Classic Gloves have a reputation. For years, they've soaked up the cobbles of France and Belgium for Team Garmin-Barracuda, but to us, this speaks less to their quality than their Rosso Corsa designation from Castelli.
Rosso Corsa simply translates 'Racing Red.' However, there's much more to it than than that. Rosso Corsa was the traditional Red of international motor racing -- seen until the late 1960s as the color that all Italian race cars were painted for international races. Racing Red was definitely cooler than the white with two lengthwise stripes that the American cars had. Rosso Corsa is reserved by Castelli to delineate the best of its best, and the pieces that're part of this lineage represent where Castelli has sweated every detail to achieve what it believes to be a categorical breakthrough.
As Castelli glove designs traditionally present smooth lines to the wind, this glove has no strap or adjustable closure system. Instead, the glove is simply a pull-on. The Clarino synthetic leather palm has been given a generous gel padding, with sections of density ranging up to 5mm. Additionally, the gel padding incorporates a porous composition that minimizes palm sweat within the glove. At the outside of the palm, Castelli has placed silicone print that won't slip, even when the bars are covered with a sheen of rain and a patina of Belgian mud. And to further ensure grip, the gel padding is reticulated in order to ensure a full range of malleability.
For the sensation of cooling ventilation, the back of hand has been constructed from a highly breathable mesh. This way, you maintain the vibration absorbency found in the palm without drowning your hands in sweat. But, when sweat emanates from other parts of the body, like the head, use the newly added, microsuede thumb wipe to soak it up. And speaking of new features, this year's Rosso Corsa has done away with the embroidery of the past in favor of smoother finish that's free from abrasion.
The Castelli Rosso Corsa Classic Gloves are available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Red/black, and White/grey.
The Castelli Rosso Corsa Classic bike gloves are made to fit well and perform even better on long rides.
|Shell fabric:||50% Clarino synthetic leather/34% nylon/10% polyester/6% spandex|
Fully vented top side keeps hands very cool.
No velcro strap makes it easy to get on/off and comfortable. Pull tab between middle and ring finger helps get it off, but don't pull it off too hard - pull tab seems to be coming unstitched after a while. Wristband is coming unstitched in 1 place too.
Tried using for mountain biking...no good because of all of the gel pads. Stick to the roads.
This was my favorite glove last season and I ordered the same size again this year. I could barely get the glove on and it was painful trying to get it down the lower hand to the wrist. It took me about 5 minutes of working it back and forth and barely squeezed on. Not sure what they did, but I'll have to switch to something else, not recommended for anyone with a larger wrist or hand.
These gloves feel really nice out on the road. I have no complaints there. My issue is that some of the stitching started to become undone after a month or so of owning the gloves. Not quite the typical castelli quality--given how much they cost I feel they could be better.