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Castelli Lightness Glove



Well-made, comfortable and lightweight gloves for middling temperatures. They do a straightforward job without any fuss

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Castelli's Lightness gloves do a good job of keeping your hands warm in typical spring and autumn conditions, or even on cool summer mornings if you have cold blood running through your veins.

They're single thickness, the back sections being made from Thermoflex, which is a stretchy, breathable polyester with a slightly fleecy surface next to your skin. It adds a touch of insulation to keep the frost off your fingers but it's not shag pile. I've been wearing them when the temperature is around about the 10C mark.

The lowers are Clarino synthetic leather, with a rubbery print across the palm that stops them slipping on wet bars. There's an extra layer between the thumb and forefinger that provides reinforcement when you're resting on the hoods, but there's no padding so I've been wearing them on top of a pair of track mitts. The combination works well.

The stretchy cuffs extend just above your wrists so you don't get any draughts, and there's a little reinforcing tab just in the right place for pulling them on.

Neat little graphics aside, that's your lot. They're soft, they're low bulk, they keep your hands warm in middling temperatures. You can buy cheaper, but these are well made and they do a good job. Tidy!


Well-made, comfortable and lightweight gloves for middling temperatures. They do a straightforward job without any fuss

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Make and model: Castelli Lightness Glove

Size tested: XL

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You can buy cheaper -Castelli isn't a budget brand - but you have the confidence that they're well made

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 190cm  Weight: 74kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding,

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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