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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

Material
[body] GORE Windstopper X-Fast, [ankle and heel] neoprene
Closure
zip
Compatibility
road shoes with external cleats
Claimed Weight
[pair] 126 g
Recommended Use
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 1

Trash

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
205 lbs

These are trash. They broke after 5 rides. Stitching on the inside heel was coming apart in two places on one foot. Upon closer inspection, the same thing was happening on the other side as well. Clearly a defective product. The stitching is trash. Contacted competitive cyclist for help, which they told me "too bad so sad." So i'm no longer a Competitive Cyclist or Backcountry customer. After 6 years, you treat me bad, i'm gone. Going to have to mourn the loss of this relationship for a bit. But if you don't stand behind your product, which was clearly defective, i'm not buying anything from you.

These

It’s not B.C. fault they’re a seller not manufacture of the product. Get with Castelli

>Rating: 2

Not it

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL

These don't keep your feet warm. 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.

>Rating: 5

Castelli Shoe Covers

Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
170 lbs

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!!).

>Rating: 1

Honestly I'm quite disappointed

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
medium

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).

Expected

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 ;)

>Rating: 4

Warm but not so waterproof

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

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

>Rating: 5

Great Shoe Covers

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

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

>Rating: 5

Great Shoe Covers

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL

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.

>Rating: 5

Looks great, performs better

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
153 lbs

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!

>Rating: 5

Look good, suffer well

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small

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.

>Rating: 5

Stylish and does the job! Winner.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XXL
Height
6` 0"
Weight
240 lbs

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.

>Rating: 2

Castelli should really do something !

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

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,

1,
>Rating: 2

Look good, don't last

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL (I'm a size 12 shoe - U.S.)
Height
6` 3"
Weight
164 lbs

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.

>Rating: 2

Too hard to zip

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
large

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.

>Rating: 3

Tough zipper placement.

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
Size 42.5 shoes
Height
5` 8"
Weight
150 lbs

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.

>Rating: 5

The Best

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

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.

>Rating: 5

Just what I was looking for

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L

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.

>Rating: 2

Dwarf sizing

Fit:
Runs small

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 $$$.

>Rating: 5

Style and warmth

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL

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.

>Rating: 5

WARMTH in the form of STYLE

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small

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.

>Rating: 5

Castelli works for me

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small

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........