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The Castelli S Rosso Corsa gloves are a neat, well-ventilated option for summer riding.
The best bit is the Pittards leather palm. It's soft and supple so it moulds to the shape of your palms and you get useful gel padding across your thumb joints and the heel of your hand. It's not the deepest cushioning ever – in fact, it's pretty slim – but it's well placed and effective for avoiding any numbness. If you like deep, plush padding to isolate you from the road, these aren't the gloves for you, but if you like more feedback, they're worth considering.
The gel is perforated and so are the palms to help avoid sweatiness while the back of the hand is made from what Castelli describe as a 'diamond micromesh fabric'. It's low density so plenty of cool air can get in there too, and it's stretchy enough that there's no tightness across the knuckles when you grab the bars.
The back of each thumb has a synthetic microsuede panel that's absorbent enough for wiping your brow, nose or whatever, and large holes allow for more airflow.
Closure is by a Velcro tab. The hook section sticks only to certain fabrics and that doesn't include most Lycra shorts, which is a bonus because it'll inevitably come into contact with your favourite pair sooner or later. It does stick to the micromesh section on the back of the gloves if you take them off and leave them scrunched up, but that's not a problem – it doesn't pull any threads or cause any other damage.
I used these gloves a lot at the end of last summer, occasionally under long-fingered gloves over the winter, and more this spring. They leather provides good grip even on wet handlebars, with silicone stripes between the thumb and forefinger helping keep your hands firmly in place when you're resting on the hoods.
As I said, you get effective padding where it really counts and everything is lasting well here too. The palms have become shiny in certain areas and some of the black leather dye has stained one small section of the back section but there are no real signs of wear after many miles and many washes – all the stitching is still intact, there's no fraying around the ends of the fingers, and the rubbery lettering on the backs is still firmly attached. All in all, these are a good investment.
Airy summer gloves that are well made with effective gel padding.
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Make and model: Castelli S Rosso Corsa glove
Size tested: Large, red
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Castelli list these features:
Pittards leather palm
Perforated gel padded palm inserts
Double-sided wrist pull
Diamond micromesh fabric on back of hand
Easy-off pull tab
Closure at wrist with magic velcro
Microsuede sweat wipe
They're lasting really well.
It's not the deepest cushioning ever, but it works well.
The Pittards leather presumably bumps up the cost a bit so they're priced more than average but not outrageously.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
They do a fairly straightforward job well: they're grippy enough and I didn't get any hand numbness.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The all-round comfort.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
I prefer gloves with no Velcro, as a rule, because I'll always catch it on something. That said, the Velcro closure does allow you to get a close, slip-free fit.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Age: 41 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
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, club rides, 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 road.cc 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.