Starting with a standard pair of their Thermoflex armwarmers and coating it with millions of silicone 'nanofilaments', Castelli have created a water repellent fabric called Nanoflex that causes raindrops to bead off of the fabric as you are riding keeping you drier for longer. That's the theory; and the practice?
A brand new pair of extra large Castelli Aero race gloves, in the Black and White colour scheme. I was given these as present, but I have already got a pair of the Red & Black ones, so don't really need two pairs!
Although they are an extra large, they aren't that big, and are a tight fit. Probably equal to a large in other Castelli gloves.
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RRP: £37.. looking for £25 posted
£37 for a pair of knee warmers? A bit steep, isn't it? Ah yes, but prepare to be surprised... Castelli's Nanoflex are water repellent so rain beads up and rolls off.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard it all before. That's what we thought too. But Castelli's NanoFlex fabric actually works.
There's nothing like doing a ride in new socks, is there? Magic. Some socks stay feeling good for a long time after they're new, and the Castelli Riga 9s are certainly one of those socks. Plus, they look Pro, and that's very important in a sock.
Similar in appearance to Castelli's top level Free Aero bibs the Velocissimo shorts are the Italian outfit's mid-range offerings, if you can call the best part of a 100 quid mid range.
Thor Hushovd and co on the Garmin-Cervlo team are currently wearing Castelli's Body Paint bib shorts in the Tour de France, so I was expecting them to be nothing short of superb on test. And they are. These Body Paint shorts really do deliver, in all aspects of their design and function. Enough to justify that eye-watering price tag? Well...
Castelli's GPM jersey is a lightweight classic styled jersey but using very modern fabrics. Standing for Gran Premio delle Montagne (King of the mountains) the GPM is designed for long forays into the hills rather than the out and out racer. Made from 100% polyester with what Castelli call Prosecco treatment, this basically gives the fabric better evaporation rate by spreading moisture out over a larger surface area. This creates a high wicking top which coupled with the full zip keeps you cool and dry on even the hottest days we've seen lately.
These Castelli S Tre gloves don't quite live up to their 'revolutionary' billing but they're grippy, comfy and well made, as well as looking classy.