Castelli has proven itself well capable of going wildly off-script when it comes to redesigning, reimagining, and revolutionizing inclement-weather cycling kit. The Scalda Glove is an example of the brand playing it relatively conservatively, with even the name being a simple expression of utility. (Scalda is Italian for the verb "heats.") Of course, "utility" means something completely different for Castelli than for almost any other brand, and the Scalda's utilitarian ability to shield against the elements while maintaining a slim, low-bulk fit means it is to most cycling gloves as a carbon race bike is to a tricycle.
The Scalda's body is constructed from a tightly woven material called Ultra Fleece that's both water- and windproof. Ultra Fleece presents a nigh impermeable shell to the external elements, but the internal face is a soft, brushed, low-loft fleece that creates a barrier of trapped body heat between your skin and the shoulder-season chill. The body is trimmed with the usual Castelli fixings: silicone grip on the palm, conductive fingertips for touchscreen use, and low-profile stretch cuff that helps seal the elements out of both glove and sleeve.
Castelli recommends a temperature range of 42-60 degrees Fahrenheit, which matches perfectly with the typical workload of late fall and early spring. Chances are good you've used a pair of wool or faux-wool knit gloves that occupied a similar temperature range, but the addition of element resistance with the Scalda means your rides won't be limited to days without the chance of precipitation.
- A cycling glove rated for temperatures below 42 and 60 degrees F
- Wind- and waterproof fleece sheds spring and fall elements
- Low-bulk construction and silicone grip maintain bar feel
- Touchscreen compatible fingertips
- Stretch cuff helps ensure a seal against the weather
- Item #CST00E4
- Q & A
Great gloves, within reason
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
These are great for 40 - 60 degrees; you can even get away with mid-30s if you're not out for long. It's hard to find gloves designed for this temperature range -- either they're too heavy or too thin. These are just right. As to other reviewers' comments on the construction, I haven't had any problems and I've used them on the road for most of the winter. Then again, I fully expect cycling gloves to last only a season or two so my expectations are low. On sale in the high $30 region, these are a great deal; at $60, I'm not so sure. Still, they're fit for purpose and that's what you're paying for in the first place.
I've had these gloves for a few months (2-3), and the stitching is coming apart in multiple seams. The construction is very sub-par. I'd love a refund or replacement with a glove that doesn't fall apart, but the BC return policy is 30 days, which has passed, unfortunately.
I've had these for a couple months, and the stitching is coming apart in multiple seams. Another Castelli botch.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
This is Castelli's new glove for riding in Fall, mild Winter, and Spring conditions. Castelli officially rates the Scalda for use in temps from 60° down to 42°. But cold sensitivity is somewhat individual.
In sum: Great fit, style, protection. Yet the Scalda is still thin enough to allow for *excellent* bar grip, and control, and shifter function.
By the way, these look awesome in the hi-viz fluo yellow; and help cars see you in the low-light conditions so typical of Fall and Winter riding.
Great for cold weather riding. And will protect against fog, mist, and drizzle. But not waterproof (is any glove?). Will soak through eventually in steady rain conditions.
Size up +1 with Castelli gloves. In gloves: Pearl Izumi = L. Specialized= L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.