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Tempesta 2 Glove

One of the best all-around gloves for rides in wet and cold conditions, the Castelli Tempesta 2 Glove provides waterproof protection when it's raining and snowing, plus a fleecy lining that traps warmth without the bulk of a heavier glove. The Hipora membrane remains fully breathable, so your hands won't soak in sweat from the inside out.

Another impressive feature is the allover silicone print along the palm, so you can grip your bars and retain control over shift and brake levers, especially in slippery conditions. Because you'll be controlling tracks and monitoring your ride on cycling apps, it comes with touchscreen-friendly fingertips for using your smartphone on the road.

  • Low-bulk protection for rides in cold, wet conditions
  • Hipora membrane seals out rain from soaking your hands
  • Breathable construction allows perspiration to escape
  • Lined with soft fleece for thermal warmth without bulk
  • Allover silicone print for grip and control in wet weather
  • Touchscreen-friendly fingertips for using your smartphone
  • Item #CST00IY

[membrane/laminate] Hipora waterproof/breathable, [fingertips] touchscreen-compatible, [lining] fleece
Claimed Weight
[pair] 128g
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 3

Good Choice if bought at Sale Price

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 8"
160 lbs

Around 30 degrees F at road riding speeds, I can feel the cold air infiltrate the seams. This results in fingers getting cold and going numb in about an hour. This is at the bottom of Castelli's operating range, so maybe I'm expecting too much. However, at 45 degrees F and raining at a recent CX race I was very pleased as my hands were warm even though the outside of the glove was wet. What this glove does best is fit well with minimal bulk, good grip, and high dexterity. I do reach for this glove most often when in the 35-50 degree temps, I just wished it was a bit warmer on the colder (30 degree range) of days.

>Rating: 4

Nice upgrade from original Tempesta

I've used it several times
Runs large
Size Bought
Purchased Small
5` 4"
128 lbs

Overall, it works as described. Hands have stayed reasonably dry in typical Northwest Washington winter downpours during 2 hour rides. It remains to be seen how warm they'll be when the temperature drops because it's been on the warmer side so far this winter. They're a good upgrade to the original Tempesta because stuffing a thin liner glove into the originals was difficult due to the tighter overall cut. The 2nd gen Tempesta is bulkier, warmer and more versatile due to the extended range in colder wet conditions. Note: I had to size down from the small to the x-small in the original Tempesta because there was at least 1/2" extra in the finger length. The new Tempesta sizing ran the same way: I had to size down to an x-small. The Lightness, Scalda, Spettacolo and Estremo I own all fit true to size. The fleece liners are sewn into the hem and follow the "hung" liner method of fabrication. In other words, they'll pull out a little when hands are slid out and can be a bit of a pain to push the fingers back into the fingers of the shell when your hands are cold and damp.

How would you compare them to the Spettacolo for winter riding in Seattle?

To: Ron R. Castelli rates the Spettacolo at 36 - 54 F and the Tempesta II at 32 - 46 F. I used to commute (now live on Whidbey Island) daily from Seward Park to Lower Queen Anne and wore the Spettacolo comfortably in the 36 - 54 range when it was NOT raining. The original Tempesta wasn't warm enough without a liner to ride in cold wet conditions (too tight and stiff to be comfortable). Tempesta II has a wider range of use in the kind of weather we've had in Seattle (and Whidbey) so far this year. I've worn the Tempesta II a lot more than the Spettacolo this winter. The T-II has been warmer AND drier than the Spettacolo during my daily commutes and longer weekend rides on Whidbey. One other note: the T-II's Hipora shell is much softer and flexible than the T-I's Outdry shell which was bombproof but also stiff and relatively inflexible. I prefer the Hipora shell for comfort and dexterity but it remains to be seen how "waterproof" the T-II's will be in the longer term. If this winter is as wet as it was in 2016 - 2017, then I'll find out sooner rather than later.

January 7, 2018 Update. 1.5 hour ride in steady rain. The shells were wet all the way through. The liners didn’t soak through so the hands stayed relatively dry. The flip side is that it took 4 short cycles (20 minutes each) on low heat to get the shells about 90% dry. The cuffs are still a bit damp. Temperature was in the high 40’s F so my hands were chilly by the end of the ride. Glad it wasn’t wet AND cold outside today.


Is this seam sealed or is it just a membrane without seam sealing. I'm looking for something actually waterproof, not just waterproof fabric.