Castelli Prima Gloves  £25.00


Surprisingly grippy gloves for spring and autumn with the added advantage of being compatible with touchscreens.

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by Mat Brett   November 5, 2013  

Castelli Prima Glove

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Castelli's Prima gloves are a grippy option for spring/autumn and you can operate all kinds of touchscreen with them.

The gloves are made from Coolmax polyester with long cuffs to keep your wrists draught-free. They're fairly warm but not windproof. I'd say they're good for temperatures down to about 10°C – although that'll depend on how fast you're riding, how much you feel the cold, and so on.

The Coolmax wicks moisture away from your hands effectively although, of course, if you do start getting sweaty palms you can easily whip the gloves off and put them in your pocket.

The palms, fingers and thumb aren't cushioned but they are patterned with a silicone print that does an excellent job of keeping your hands from slipping on the bars or levers. These are surprisingly grippy, even when rain or mist has made your bar tape wet. That print left its mark on my lovely white handlebar tape during my first ride – I've got dozens of little squares on the tape now – although, to be fair, anyone using white handlebar tape at this time of year is asking for trouble. I'm going back to black.

One other interesting feature is that you get what Castelli call 'Conductive Touch Technology' on the tips of the thumb and forefinger. You know how some some touchscreens don't work when you have gloves on? They will work when you're wearing these.

If you're interested and don't already know, a resistive touchscreen like you find on some Garmin Edge computers will work when you're wearing any gloves. A capacitive touchscreen, like you might well have on your phone, won't work with most gloves, but it will work with these, which is handy if you use your phone for navigation.

The scorpion logo on the back of each hand is embroidered so it's going to last. One final thing: the washing instructions tell you to hand wash these. That might sound a bit of a pain compared to bunging them in the machine but I've just been running them under the tap after every couple of rides and they're doing fine.


Surprisingly grippy gloves for spring and autumn with the added advantage of being compatible with touchscreens. test report

Make and model: Castelli Prima Glove

Size tested: S/M, Black, 2 sent

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Castelli list these features:

- 100% Coolmax Yarn

- Conductive Touch Technology fingertips

- Silicone grip on palm

These provide warmth and grip but no cushioning

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Castelli have given these gloves 'Conductive Touch Technology' which is a posh way of saying that they'll work with capacitive touchscreens like you might well have on your phone.

Rate the product for quality of construction:

They're knitted gloves so there's not really a great deal to get right or wrong here. Embroidered logos usually last much longer than heat transfer logos.

Rate the product for performance:

They're fairly basic knitted gloves but the ability to operate touchscreens might be a real bonus to you.

Rate the product for durability:

The polyester is pretty tough stuff.

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
Rate the product for value:

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The long cuffs and the ability to use touchscreens.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Possibly.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 43  Height: 190cm  Weight: 75kg

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,


8 user comments

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"good for temperatures down to about 10°C" - lol. You obviously don't live in Scotland! You certainly wouldn't get much wear out of them in spring/autumn here of that was the case.

posted by bohrhead [58 posts]
5th November 2013 - 9:26


Fair point, bohrhead.

posted by Mat Brett [2036 posts]
5th November 2013 - 12:01


Looking at a set as liners to go under a shell glove. I am guessing that they are similar to the DeFeet gloves?

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posted by mrmo [1601 posts]
5th November 2013 - 15:43


I've had a pair of these for a month or so. I'd say they are fine even down to 0c although I generally don't get cold hands, (my feet were numb with cold the other day but my hands felt cosy with these on)
I've been ignoring the washing instructions and just bunging them in on a 30c wash with the rest of my kit. They seem to be doing fine, just make sure they get properly dry before wearing them.
You're not wrong about the grip, these are crazy grippy, I feel like I could climb up a building Spider-Man style in these. If anything they are too grippy, at one point I was starting to feel a bit blistery on my thumb where it was rubbing but this was after 2+ hrs on the bike.
One plus point is that they look like nice gloves when off the bike.
I haven't tried making a snowball with them yet though Wink

posted by Leerf [8 posts]
5th November 2013 - 19:54


Embroidered logos? It's not real Castelli if the logos don't fall off though.

posted by Nick T [871 posts]
5th November 2013 - 21:29


Twice as good as DeFeet Dura for £12.60 ?

I don't follow trends. Trends follow me.

posted by BBB [193 posts]
6th November 2013 - 2:25


I went for the Giro Bravo LF full finger glove at about £20.

I use them in the summer to stop my hands burning (sun allergy...) and they're very comfortable in 25C full sun. For winter they sufficed to about 5C before the cold really got through.

No "capacitative touch technology", but at least some thumb and palm padding which does me just fine.

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posted by neildmoss [222 posts]
6th November 2013 - 9:12


I've been using Peter Storm woollen gloves with thinsulate insulation that i use over the later autumn - early spring period. Last for a couple of seasons or more and only £4.50 if you hunt around.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [511 posts]
7th November 2013 - 23:31

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