The 2014 Milan — San Remo one day classic cycling was notable for being held on a bitterly cold day. So cold, and with such hail and heavy rain, that for safety reasons a crucial climb was removed from the race.

Like other pro teams that day, the Cannondale team suffered from hands so numb they could not feed properly, change clothes, or have a good ‘feel’ of their bicycles through the handlebars.

After the race the team sat down with Castelli to design a pair of gloves that would get them through a similarly wet, freezing cold day of racing. The result, the Castelli Boa full finger winter cycling gloves.

The glove outer is made from OutDry, 100% nylon to keep out the cold and rain. The sleeve of the glove is extended to ensure that there’s no gap between the jersey and the glove. On the inside, the Boa gloves are line with fleece. Feel for the bike is provided via the use of silicon on the palms of the gloves.

Last, but not least, the Boa closure system helps cyclists get the gloves easily on and off. Using a rotary dial similar to the Sidi Shot cycling shoes, the thin palm of the gloves present no problems on a harsh winter ride.

Price and availability

The retail price of the Castelli Boa gloves is $119.99, but you can pick them up from as low as $88. Buy the Castelli Boa Gloves online at Amazon.


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