The Castelli Illumina gloves offer good protection for spring and autumn rides, providing wind and water resistance while still maintaining breathability.
Wind and water resistant
The Castelli Illumina gloves are made from Castelli's Stratos Light upper fabric, with these women’s specific middle-weight gloves covering a temperature range of between 12-18 degrees. A rather wet and windy late autumn means I can vouch for their wind and water resistant properties, and thanks to their breathability – they have still been by go-to pair of gloves on the on the rare dry days we’ve had up to now.
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Any chilly jacket-to-glove gaps are prevented thanks to longer than average 5cm wrists and reinforcing between the thumb and forefinger web should make these pretty durable, and doesn’t interfere with the sensibly sized nose wipe, a must have feature for cold weather riding.
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Being female-specific, the sizing of the Castelli Illumina gloves has been scaled down for smaller hands – but I found myself in between sizes, settling on a medium, as it offered the best fit lengthwise for my fingers.
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The Castelli Illumina glove’s minimalist construction allows for great radial grip and still manages to squeeze in a decent palm pad and reflective detailing, making these ideal for night rides. I normally suffer really badly with numb hands, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that despite the marketing and low profile padding - I found them actually kept my hands warm down to about eight degrees, with a wind and rain chill making it feel much colder. The price tag does make these a considered purchase, but are ideal for autumn early/late winter and spring.
Hannah Bussey is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving Tech writer, having started with the Magazine back in 2011.
She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including Pro Peloton Team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand. For fun, she's ridden LEJoG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, win 24 hour mountain bike race and tackle famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.
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