Narcisista 2 Shoe Covers
When it comes to wind protection, few names inspire the confidence of GORE. Castelli enjoys a similarly glowing reputation for high-end cycling apparel. Since it represents a combination of the two venerable manufacturers, we had high expectations for the latest generation of Castelli's Narcisista 2 Shoecover. With cold-resistance courtesy of GORE and Castelli's decades of cycling know-how behind it, the Narcisista 2 doesn't disappoint.
And that's a good thing, because we've built up a relationship with the Narcisista models of the past. Like its predecessors, the Narcisista 2 incorporates panels of neoprene at the ankle and heel for weatherproof flex that protects against road moisture. It does feature an upgrade to GORE, though, with the previous model's Stratolight body being replaced by Windstopper X-Fast.
The combination of materials insulates to preserve body heat and provides water resistance so that warm microclimate isn't compromised by clammy dampness. It isn't equal to a monsoon-like deluge, but the Narcisista 2 will keep your feet dry in most conditions where riding a bike at speed is still a feasible undertaking. If it's raining so hard that the Narcisista 2 would be overwhelmed, it's probably best to just stay inside and watch replays of the weather-stricken 2002 Roubaix, anyway.
The inclusion of a zipper makes the Narcisista 2 easy to pull on, and the zipper is waterproof so there's no easy point of elemental ingress. The shoecovers' soles are built for durability, and a hit of reflectivity on the heel helps keep you visible in the kind of low-light, overcast conditions where the superlative protection of GORE Windstopper and neoprene will really come in handy.
- A cold-weather cycling shoecover
- GORE's Windstopper X-Fast material resists the elements
- Neoprene inserts add flex without compromising water-resistance
- Waterproof zipper ensures a dry ride
- Reflective heel detail for low-light visibility
- Item #CST00E8
What do you think about this product?
April 2, 2020
Seems like I got a defective pair or something; my experience has not been like others'. I bought these after my Pearl Izumis got trashed in an accident. I generally don't get cold easily, but these Castellis left my feet cold on rides from 32F up to 45F. The PIs or Specialized covers I had were way better at blocking wind and keeping feet protected in the same temp range.
March 25, 2020
Castelli Shoe Covers
They look as fantastic as they do in the advertisement!! They arrived exactly when they said they would and i'm beyond happy!! Great service (thanks for the tracking number!!).
February 5, 2020
Honestly I'm quite disappointed
Expected a lot more from a Castelli product. Not adequate at all for Seattle winter commuting and mid-distance riding. I've been using these for less than two weeks and they are not great. Already seeing the stitching coming apart and wear on the bottom. I'm not walking miles in these - they're my first shoe covers so maybe I'm doing something wrong? They do indeed help with wind and chill in the 30's-40's, but if it's any kind of raining you'll be feeling hosed. Runs small - I bought a medium and am wearing them over a pair of Giro Manta R women's size 8.5 (USA).
February 25, 2020
Regarding the wear and walking, they aren't meant for any walking really aside from just going in/out of your home or maybe into a store for a snack. Even though, for bad weather and in the city where i might be walking into shops or the grocery store, I use an mtb shoe and booties designed for them which expose the walking lugs and therefor don't have you walking on the bootie fabric. Favorite winter shoe is Lake mx type. Good luck, I'm in the same area as you ;)
January 22, 2020
Warm but not so waterproof
Great for cold-weather riding, the temperature was between 35-40F and my foot was very warm(with wool socks) It is not so waterproof, tried one time in heavy rain and my foot was wet,. Probably I didn't wear the cover correctly, I wrapped my tight around the shoe cover, will try different way next time
December 12, 2019
Great Shoe Covers
Finally shoe covers that are easy to pull on. I ordered size L as reviews said they run small. My shoes are Sidi size 42
April 6, 2019
Great Shoe Covers
This cover performed really well keeping wind and splashing water from puddles completely out. I rode it in the 40*s F and had no problems with cold toes. The XL fits really well over my Sidi Wires size 45, but I also like my covers on the tight side. I doesn't fit quite as well over my Giro Empires, but that is more an outer-soul issue. No issues at all zipping them up.
February 1, 2019
Looks great, performs better
Great shoe covers! They do just the trick on those cold days. They have a pretty low volume, so not super bulky. The material is pretty nice and they are quite comfortable. They tend to run a bit small. I wear a size 44 shes, but I could have done an XL. A great shoe cover!
January 29, 2019
Look good, suffer well
Best shoe covers I have used. They do run small. I wear 46 and the XXL is perfect. Shoe covers that are too tight will wear out more quickly. Avoid this issue by getting a pair that stay put, but don't compress the shoe. I've ridden in these covers down to 30 degrees with a wool sock and they kept my feet off my mind.
November 3, 2018
Stylish and does the job! Winner.
I wear a size 46EU/12.25US Specialized shoe with 1 BOA dial. These fit just right no issues getting them on or off. Several reviews did mention the difficulty in zipping up. Can agree completely, just need to take your time to get them started but then it is smooth sailing. The heel cut out does not really fit my shoe as I have 2 rail like platform as opposed to a solid bump. These are great keeping the wind out and the thermal layer keeps my feet nice and warm.
March 17, 2018
Castelli should really do something !
1, the logo peels off easily, 2 the front part of the bottom breaks easily. for the front part of the bottom, I have to use duct tape, but still no use,
March 13, 2018
Look good, don't last
Loved the stylish looks but unfortunately they have zero durability. After 1 ride they started to wear through in spots. I've worn them maybe 4-5 times in all and probably can get one more ride out of them before they end up shredded to tatters.
March 4, 2018
Too hard to zip
I couldn't zip them up due, I believe, to the zipper being designed to go too low on the back of the shoe and perhaps due to my own inflexibility. The fit on my Sidi shoe was snug but ok. I just couldn't get them zipped even with a lot of effort. So I'm having to return the item. FWIW, I wear 9.5 (US) shoe and bought large.
December 23, 2017
Tough zipper placement.
These seem pretty nice, didn't use them. Returned. Where the zipper is placed and the nature of the stretchy material, makes it impossible to zip these with one hand. It's a twist your back two handed yoga maneuver. I'd also prefer that they go higher. But they do seem well made, otherwise good design and materials.
December 14, 2017
I've been really happy with these shoe covers, Castelli makes some really great winter riding gear and these are no exception. They are plenty warm around freezing temps and will keep your feet dry. They do run slightly small so size up if you're in between sizes.
December 11, 2017
Just what I was looking for
As previous reviewers have mentioned, these run smaller than indicated. I bought a size L for EU 41 shoes (even though the sizing chart says M), fits perfectly. These replaced a pair of Rapha winter overshoes for me, but they never kept my feet warm enough. These are fantastic. The exterior is stretchy and accommodates shoes and Boa dials perfectly, the fleece lining keeps my toes warm while reasonably wicking away any sweat. I've worn them down to 30F, at which point I swap for a heavier pair of Gores.
December 9, 2017
I excitedly opened my new winter shoe covers only to see that they may fit perfectly if only I were a 6 year old girl. I wear a size 9.5 US or 44 EU. Ordered a Large based on Castelli size guide. I cannot get the cover on my shoe at all. Almost have to rip it to even get the bottom hole over my Shimano cleats. I knew Castelli run small but I recommend oversizing by 2 sizes. I have never worn an XL in anything but after this I believe I need an XXL. UPS loves all the shipping to and from $$$.
October 29, 2017
Style and warmth
Rode in upper 30s, low 40s. These shoe covers were nice and warm. Very stylish! Just like all Castelli kit, size up. I have larger ankles and calves so zipper is a little more challenging for me. I am sure I would have that issue with any brand. I have a 43-44 shoe and I ordered XL. Good fit. I would buy again.
October 26, 2017
WARMTH in the form of STYLE
The warmers have been great, I feel that they run a touch small so if you are on the bubble, or anywhere near the bubble, size up. I wear a size 43 and went with a Large since the reviews said they ran small. I was stoked on the fit and that made it easier to get them on and off. I have worn them down into the teens and they were acceptable with wool socks, in the 20's and 30's they were perfect. I rode them in some light rain / snow and they did a great job of keeping me warm. I would buy these again.
April 2, 2017
Castelli works for me
I wear a size 42.5 in Sidi's & Specialized....I knew Castelli stuff usually runs smaller so I ordered a Large and it has worked out fine......shoe covers are usually not the easiest pieces to put on, so I didn't expect a slam dunk here.....a little work to fit over the buckles and bands, but with a little patience they fit like they should...... snug......keeps my feet nice and warm ( I've worn them from the high 30's to the low 50's)..... the zipper seems like it will hold up as long as I'm careful....I ruined a pair of Giordana covers by being impatient.....the price is right as long as you buy when it's discounted........
February 23, 2017
PITA first time. Awesome afterwards
I really like the look of this shoe cover. Like it better than the Duvilo covers I bought last year because I prefer a zipper over velcro and it keeps out rain better. I order a XXL even though I wear a 42 shoe and the shoe guide says pick XL (it is Castelli after all). Even buying up a size the first time I put tried to put the shoe covers on I bet it took me ten minutes on just one shoe and boy was I cussing. There is a trick. While holding both sides of the cover in one hand, you hold the zipper in the other and manage to also hold the bottom of the boot cover down to make it zip up. It is that last thing that makes it easy and now they go on quickly. No cussing. I have had several people compliment me on how good these shoe covers look while I usually think more function than form on such an item as this, I will say the look is one thing that got me to buy them. It fits very close to the shoe/leg, and has kept out the rain pretty well and worked in some pretty cold temps. With the thicker Castelli socks I even rode down to 28F in a light misting rain for over an hour one day and was fine. I would buy a pair again.