Castelli's Rosso Corsa Classic Gloves definitely are just that, classic. They have everything you need and nothing you don't; they are simple and do exactly the job that I want from a pair of gloves. They look classy too, which goes some way to justifying the price.
- Pros: Well-positioned padding, lovely fit, breathable
- Cons: We've tested some very good gloves for less than 20 quid
The Rosso Corsa Classics are lightweight and slender, and that starts with the padding. There is enough of it, and it's been placed in just the right place to prevent pins and needles.
You get a section that runs below the fingers before passing down between the index finger and base of the thumb, then running across above the wrist to protect the ulnar nerve.
I've been testing a carbon fibre integrated stem and handlebar setup which is very stiff, and because of the flat tops you don't cover them in bar tape. The Rossos have just enough padding to take the sting out without being overly bulky and muting the ride sensation. You also get a small section of padding on the thumb for comfort when your hand is positioned on the hoods.
This latest version has an updated Clarino palm which is a soft, suede-like material that's comfortable against the skin.
The back of the hand is a polyester/elastane mix which provides a close fit, and with the centre section being mesh your hands don't overheat either, as long as you have a good breeze passing over the top. A nice touch is the embroidered logos, which you know no matter how much you wash or wear them aren't going to peel off.
The fit is close so they don't require any Velcro strap or fixing at the wrist which I like, as that can lead to irritation especially if your arms get sweaty.
There is plenty of room around the fingers, plus they are quite short so if you aren't blessed with pianist length digits they won't catch behind the knuckles.
The Rossos are easy to get on and off thanks to a longer tab at the bottom of the wrist, and for removal they have a little tab between the middle fingers. It's unnoticeable when riding but is just enough to help ease them off at the end of the ride.
For the money, the quality is as good as you'd expect. The stitching is neat and tidy and all of the fabrics feel robust to stand up to a good few summers of riding.
Now £37 is pretty pricey for a pair of mitts, and we've seen some very good ones for a lot less. Altura's Sportive 97 Mitts, for example, scored very highly with their £19.99 price tag. On the flip side, though, David absolutely loved the Sportful R&D Cima Gloves, and they cost £35.
The Castellis are really good, and I wouldn't be averse to paying full whack; if you can find them for less, they are a great value.
Surprisingly simple gloves for the money but they do everything you need in total comfort
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Castelli Rosso Corsa Classic Cycling Glove
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Castelli says, "This glove has already become a classic, but we felt we could make it just a little bit better. The features you love are still there, like the reticulated gel padding, the great fit, the mesh back and the great styling. We've updated the palm with ClarinoTM synthetic for an even better fit and a smoother finish on your hand, and we've updated the thumb wipe area with microsuede and removed the embroidery. It's destined to stay a classic and to become your favorite glove."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Palm with gel padding / silicone print for grip
Easy pull-on design
Easy-off central pull tab
Microsuede wipe panel
Sizes XS to XXL (7.2" to 10.2")
Colours - White/Black, Black, Red
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
No issues at all from machine washing although they come up just as clean by a quick hand wash.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very comfortable for long rides and short blasts alike.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
I really like the simplicity of the Rosso Corsas and that they do everything very well. A great fit and very comfortable, with a quality finish, it's just the price that brings them down a notch.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.