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Of the full-finger ones I've been only using the Sessanta which is nice, but obviously not for rainy or really cold weather. Anyway I've generally be finding Castelli's advertised temperature range to be fairly conservative, and the quality consistent, you'll probably not go terribly wrong by that.
This summer I bought the CW4.0 gloves. They are nice quality and feel pretty robust and have about the right level of insulation for cold weather aerobic activity. They also have funky rubber grips on the palm and would be ideal for something like xc skiing where you need to grip as long as it's not super cold (I mean minus 20 deg C not 0). They look good enough to wear them with an overcoat to work in needed. I don't think they would keep your hands totally dry if it rained heavily for 3 hours, but for showers they should be fine (I do not ride more than 3h if it rains). I've only worn them a few times as I bought them in summer on sale, but happy so far.
I also use some very cheap Nike running gloves. They are knitted and super stretchy and work well for moderately cold conditions and pack down nicely if you take them off. I think they were £10. I guess the Castelli equivalent would be the Lightness glove.
For UK conditions of 5 to 10 degrees and dry I might try the Super Nano gloves. For really wet, the Diluvios, but you have to ask how often you go riding if it's really pouring. I was also tempted by the Estremo glove as I like the long collar, but they appeared overkill unless you go skiing or winter hiking, and then I'd want a full waterproof glove for that money.
wassertreter wrote:Would prolly be helpful if you provided some details what your winter is like. I'm also usually looking at Castelli first, but not sure they have something that holds up in wet weather close to freezing temps. Their only waterproof one, "Diluvio" is not getting raging reviews. As much as I love everything Castelli, I've come to the conclusion that their overshoes and gloves are a little delicate for beating them up in the dark, when nobody -- not even the wearer -- sees how nice they look.
Diluvio isn't a waterproof glove.
hna wrote:Diluvio isn't a waterproof glove.
http://castelli-cycling.com/en/products/detail/208/ wrote:This is your glove for cold and/or wet conditions. The Japanese neoprene is some of the highest quality available and this is what makes it so stretchy, comfortable and warm. The seams are constructed using the same technique as a wetsuit: the stitching is only on the outside, while the inside is thermo welded to make it smooth and completely waterproof. While the waterproofness is an obvious benefit in the rain, what’s not so obvious is how good this glove is in the cold.[...]
The super nano's are slightly thicker then the normal nano's. I love the nano's too which I find work great between 6-13C.
PS: I have quite good circulation = warm hands
wassertreter wrote:(Emphasis mine)
Thing is, because they work by having your hands sit in their own (supposedly) warm sweat, after 30 minutes they'll be as wet as if you were wearing gloves made of tissue paper. And what's more they'll stink to high heaven. I was hoping these would be the answer to my glove problems, but it seems I need to keep on looking. We're getting into low single digit *C figures here at the minute and already after about 40 minutes on the bike I'll have lost all feeling in my fingers wearing these.
They are great down to about 5-7 degrees at which point my hands would get cold on any ride longer than 30mins. To be fair, I still did use them on my commute in sub zero but my fingers would be cold by the time I arrived. They don't get too warm either even up to mid teens.
They're water resistant, but not waterproof. Worth a look.
I measure my hands to 19cm, which was at the bottom of the size range for medium. They're a pretty perfect fit, and don't feel tight across the knuckles as some of the reviews on wiggle complain.
1. Diluvio - very warm and waterproof. I'm using this for temperatures below 6° C. Only drawback is they don't breath at all. When I take my hand out, it's usually wet from sweat.
2. Unico - quite warm, does't work in wet. Surprisingly warm for a knitted glove. I use these for 7° C and up, when not wet or super windy.
3. Super Nano - a bit less warm than Unico, but more wind and water resistant. I actually expected them to be warmer than Unico, but for me they are not. I use them for racing in 7° C and up. And training in wet when I can't use Unicos.
@wassertreter: Don't bother with a liner under the Diluvio. It will get wet as hands sweat like feet. Buy something else if you want dry hands.
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