When the days begin to shorten and the calendar rolls over into fall, the first area that we give extra protection to is always our hands. This means that many of us keep two, three, or even four pairs of cycling gloves in the drawer, and Castelli's Scudo Gloves fill the fall/spring slot, playing the perfect middleman between summer and winter gloves.
The Scudo has a windproof back, so it's utility is similar to the classic knit glove with a few extra degrees tacked on to the bottom end of a knit glove's temperature range. The wind-blocking properties live up to the glove's namesake when it comes to stopping wind (scudo is "shield" in Italian), but the material isn't water-resistant water, so be wary of sudden spring showers. A low-profile synthetic palm keeps bar-feel impediment to a minimum, and silicone grip helps maintain a hold on the hoods.
- A cool-weather cycling glove
- High-stretch, windproof back shields without impeding
- Synthetic leather palm has silicone grip
- Touchscreen-compatible fingertips
- Castelli's gloves tend to run small
- Item #CST00E5
- Q & A
Very mixed feelings
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: L
Full disclosure, I haven't even gotten as far as testing these for warmth.
The note that says that these run small is right on the nose: I bought a size L for fairly average-sized hands and these are borderline too small for me, especially in the wrists where they're quite tight.
Touchscreen compatibility is quite poor, I've managed to get my phone to recognize a touch or swipe from either thumb or forefinger exactly once in a couple of minutes of trying.
Material is quite thin and without fleecing or lining, so any warmth will be provided by the Windstopper. Also note that the inside has quite a few raw seams that chafed almost immediately. I'll likely wear them exclusively with cotton liner gloves just for comfort.