Castelli's Secondapelle RC Gloves are so lightweight that the only way you'll know they're present is because the padding will keep your hands from hurting and the AX Suede palm will keep you glued to the hoods. The lack of seams and a fastening device also keeps them looking low-profile and super pro.
- AX Suede palm
- Seamless construction
- Lightweight four-way stretch material
- Pull-on cuff
- Item #CST007K
- Q & A
Glad my real skin doesn't tear so easily
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
There appears to have been some thought in the design and materials used in this glove, but the execution is lacking. Second skin is right - they are about as easy to pull on and off and one's own skin (read: difficult). After only 5 uses, the stitching along the edge of the thumb - on both right and left gloves - has started to separate (see photo) and I will shortly need to purchase another set of gloves.
Nice minimalist mitt
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I like the minimal material and logoing, good understated summer glove. The palm material pooches out a little when my hands are off the bars. There's a little bit more padding than expected at the base of the thumb, yet to see if it's too much for me. Note that there's no nose- or sweat-wipe material on the thumbs.
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
I like this gloves because they are very simple, aerodynamic and comfortable. It is true there is no sweat accesorie, and they are difficult to try to take them off after riding them, but this are minimal things for me... Had some problems with the seam in my right hand glove.
These road gloves look and feel awesome.
1.) Minimal padding provides better bar feel, comfort, and control. Fantastic feel. 2.) No velcro for better aerodynamics, and easier to wash (was with the rest of your kit, no snagging on your expensive jerseys!).
3.) Very clean elegant styling. 4.) Synthetic AX suede palm is more durable and washable than leather. 5.) Very fine, soft lycra top provides snug, aero fit.
"Secondapelle" means "second skin" in Italian.
Cons: 1.) Expensive. $60 for short-finger gloves made in China? 2.) No sweat wipe on the thumb top. 3.) Most importantly: Longevity. The laser cut "raw" hem along the top wrist is fraying after only 10 uses. In addition, despite VERY careful removal, I'm having trouble with a second pair tearing along the middle finger seam after only 4 uses. Anyone else?
(I'm using Pearl Izumi's PRO Aero glove as back-up. No problems there at all.)
Sizing: Per usual with Castelli gloves, size up +1 (here, for sure). Sizing for gloves in general: Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = L/XL. Castelli = XL.
nice lightly padded race glove
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Very little padding but very very solid race glove. I don't like much padding in my glove it's just for crash protection and grip. I like this glove cause it's light and ventilates well.