Although my competition days are well behind me, I still enjoy doing out of the saddle, in the drops sprinting. The material in the palm area offers a positive grip. Combine these with some tacky Silca Nastro Piloti bar tape and your hands will feel like they're glued to the drops with rubber cement. ALSO NOTE - the sizing guide given is not accurate. If you refer to the castelli-cycling.com website you will find the correct sizing chart. My hands measure 9-3/8" and a size Large fits perfectly. Hope this helps!
Absolutely LOVE how these gloves feel and fit and grip the bars. Best glove I think I've ever worn! But why the 1 star you ask. Bought 2 pair and BOTH pair came apart on the third ride. No crashes and not abused. They just came apart at the seams. So sad a great glove falls apart so quickly and easily especially at this price point. Castelli, you make great products and this has great potential but HATE how this fell extremely short on the quality mark for this product.
When the short gloves aren't warm enough and the real gloves makes you sweat, this gloves provide me with the right coverage. I'm a just before the sun is up rider used to cooler temperatures. The fingers and palm are grippy enough you don't slide off the hoods (like some Pearl Izumi gloves I have) but not too sticky you get caught when trying to break or shift. I'd buy them again.
My Catelli experience is European sizing - size up typically. These gloves are great for those 50 degree +/- range on fall mornings to keep your fingers and hands from turning into brittle icicles while riding.
They look good and feel good. The grip is nice, the padding is sufficient for gravel, and I don't really have any complaints so far. I enjoy wearing them. I've used them regularly for several months and am surprised by its durability.