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Mistral foul weather Jacket

(122 customer reviews)

£72.76

A versatile cycling jacket, to keep you warm when training in all weathers.

The possibilities of roads not yet ridden, sits open. We should not let the weather dictate our saddle time.

This Mistral is the forth evolution of our Foul Weather jacket and has evolved directly from customer feedback and new material technology.  The key to the garments success is the three-layer, German membrane, which is only 1.2mm thick; with only a light base layer you can train in comfort. The technical material will block fierce north winds and keep you warm in November downpours.

The garment just works to protect you cycling …..when it’s not summer. “Best money I have ever spend on anything cycling”

The material is now DWR treated before production, giving the material a lasting water shedding treatment. Ask around or search for reviews and comments from cyclists who use this jacket.  There are lots of soft shell fabrics out there,  The goal of this jacket is to keep you warm while riding in ALL conditions and the latest Mistral is does this seamlessly. The soft-shell is water resistant, but due to the superior body stretch of the material, the seams cannot be internally taped, so in downpour, the rain will eventually get through. The magic of the Mistral is that you will not get cold, being 100% windproof and with a breathable rating of over 10,000.

Use with only a base layer from only 5 to 14 degreesC.  Layer with a long sleeve jersey and it will perform down to freezing.

 

One of our riders who used it on a recent event describes it best :

“I had a warm chest, on a fast descent, in a thunderstorm…unreal”

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Features & Sizing

Features

 

  • 8000/ 10000 Triple layer membrane  (WP/VP)
  • Windproof  anti-stick zip.
  • At least 3 meters of technical fabric in each jacket.
  • A zip garage to protect the neck from irritation.
  • Articulated fleece collar to gently wrap around the neck in every cycling position
  • Rear pockets, with 3M reflective trim to increase visibility.
  • Full windshield double cuff.
  • 3 high stretch rear pockets with Mesh drainage feature.
  • Silicone waist band to keep the jacket locked in place.
  • Double stitching throughout.
  • Extra side, zipped security pocket

 

Sizing guide

The garment is designed to be neat fitting and only requires a thin base layer next to the skin. These are new generation fabrics, so we need to reconsider how we dress for conditions. This requires no extra layering in wind or rain.  If you want a looser fit or plan to wear more garments underneath, please size up.

 

Chest size in inches for standard fit.

 

 

Actual garment sizes

 

S
M
L
XL
XXL
front length  zip
53
55
5760
62
chest width
51
53
55
57
59
sleeve length from top of arm
68.5
70
71.5
73
74.5
sleeve width
21.5
22
22.5
23
23.5
collar height
5
5
5
5
5
back length from hsp
72
74
76
78
80
neck length
51
52
53
54
55
shoulder width
40.8
42
43.2
44.4
45.6
bottom stretch
50
52
54
56
58

As we sell direct, there is no retail margin, so please compare the quality and technical level of this jacket with others at Over £135 RRP.

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Reviews (122)

122 reviews for Mistral foul weather Jacket

  1. Victor Kincade

    What can I say….if felt invincible yesterday. 3 rain showers in a 70km training spin and arrived home smiling. Feel like I need to send Galibier more money for this jacket.

  2. Marc Sargent

    Ordered yesterday, arrived this morning, 50 miles today. Will love forever.

  3. allen

    without doubt my new go to jacket ,fantastic in the wind and cold.great fit and looks the dogs.bring on thew winter.thank you all at galibier

  4. Stephen Abraham

    I have a mark1 Castelli Gabba and was going to buy a new one, but was recommended to check this out. I have only had it for a week and a half but am very delighted. Warmer than the gabba in the rain. I’m 40″ chest and the large is a super fit. Have spread the word among my club, so if any buy it, I will be expecting discount of my shorts galibier!

  5. Dom Roadman

    So pleased! I wanted a jacket like this for a year and it is great . My medium is a good fit for my 89cm chest. Full force gale yesterday and I was warm. Rain this morning for the last 30 mins and, again warm. Wish the sun would appear but I’m ready and armoured if not.

  6. Patrick Clifford (verified owner)

    I am not a fan of cycling in the rain, any jacket I have gotten, either lets in the rain, or else I am soaked from sweat in it. With this jacket, I have been out in Irish weather, meaning, the sun is splitting the stones, so I unzip a bit to breathe and it doesn’t get wet inside. Then come the heavy downpours, my riding mates are amazed to see the water bead right off the jacket. I got home from a 2.5 hour spin, and my shoes were soaking, I’m skinny so get cold easy, I was dry and warm and all I wore was a vest inside it. I will wear a base layer inside it in the colder weather, I cannot say enough good things about this jacket-thanks!

  7. Paul

    Sold my gabba to get this, excellent bit of kit!, outperforms the gabba in all areas in my opinion, easily worth twice the price, its really simple, you need this for autumn/winter/spring!

  8. Billy Robson

    Have this jacket a while, but 4 hours in the rain at the weekends sportive, eventually got wet, but as you said and no chills on the chest. The whole run I was content and happy which in a pissing grey Sunday isn’t too bad. 🙂

  9. Imnotslow

    Nice fit, well made and it works! Felt warm today regardless of what the dark clouds chucked at us.

  10. Derek (verified owner)

    Excellent jacket, well made, very comfortable, great pockets and reflectives on the rear. Front zipper is very easy to pull up/down with gloved hands. The outer shell of the jacket just beads the water up beautifully. Not sure what it is like in proper heavy rain as I haven’t had the Jacket long enough yet to test that. One thing that was immediately obvious was that it is not a thermal jacket, Galibier claim “It is a game changer. Wear with just a long sleeve base layer from 2 to 15 degrees.” but in my limited time with the jacket I certainly would not want to ride in 2 degree temps with just a base layer, so the following morning I also wore my Gore Thermal vest underneath. Great jacket though I would definitely recommend, just layer up accordingly.

  11. Rory Loughran (verified owner)

    Worn for first time today, excellent chill protection with only a base layer under it, kept me warm early in the ride and didn’t overheat 3 hrs later when the chill lifted. Easily worth £100+ compared to other competitors on the market. Great piece of kit and a must for winter training. Well done Galibier.

  12. Liam H (verified owner)

    This is a great Jacket. Did an MTB sportive for 4 hours in Wind and Rain on my 2nd spin with The Mistral. I was warm all day and it kept the heavy rain out no problem. Its very warm for this time of year, but with the zip open you cool down fast. Looking forward to cold winter mornings now I have this jacket. Great service from Galibier as well.

  13. phil (verified owner)

    100% happy if you are looking for a go to cycle top this is it . have been through a new zealand winter and spring and it just leaves you with no excuses not to ride . keeps you warm,dry and happy what ever the weather .

  14. Steven (verified owner)

    This is my default for winter. Had it out in the p**sing rain for 3 hours today, and although the rain eventually came through, I was comfortable and warm. Can’t ask for better.

    I had reservations – it doesn’t fit me properly. I’m 5’9″ and stocky. Got a L to fit my chest and shoulders, but because of this, it’s not as tightly cut as I’d like. That and I have to roll up the sleeves for them to fit properly. I hesitantly kept it, and tried it out. Went out on a freezing morning and was warm as toast. Been out in the disgusting winter weather we’ve been getting in Northern Ireland, and it has been unreal. A great jacket, but definitely made for more typical cyclist shapes.

  15. Sean (verified owner)

    Received today,worn tonight on club run,5 deg. with the wind more like 2 deg.wore a technical long sleeve underneath,very very good bit of kit,blokes behind me remarked although the jacket is black I was easy seen with the 3M strips on the rear,front of baselayer was damp as was the inside of the jacket,but I do overheat quickly but at no time did I feel cold
    The jacket looks too short off the bike & I thought it was tight on the shoulders,getting on the bike this jacket came into its own,there is no way wind is going to get into it,can’t wait to go in the rain
    Buy it,don’t hesitate,just buy it

  16. Benny Smyth

    I have had this jacket for the last 3 months and wear it twice a day every day for the purposes of commuting. It gets little care and attention and still looks like the day it arrived. The fitting is exceptional with the front shorter than the back to prevent the material gathering when on the bike. Top notch garment.

  17. R (verified owner)

    Unbeatable. I’ve worn this jacket in rain, wind, wind & rain, snow and a bit of a storm and this jacket stood up to them all. At one point it was raining so heavy my overshoes were filling with water but not a drop got through the jacket. Descents in storm force winds and I didn’t feel a thing. Worn with just a long sleeve base layer underneath and I haven’t once overheated or been cold. If you cycle in terrible weather do yourself a favour and get a mistral

  18. mark .k (verified owner)

    ordered this jacket and it arrived super quick, wore it out last weekend and was really impressed, windproof, rainproof and warm, do yourselves a favour and get this jacket , you will not be dissapointed, PS.. superb value for money

  19. Chris (verified owner)

    wore this for 3 hours in 3 degrees and sleet showers with only a merino base below. one word Fantastic. and that is before you consider the price. another great bit of kit from Galibier. i wish i had discovered you before wasting money on other cycling brands.

  20. Howard

    Brilliant, kept me warm with just a baselayer on training rides and commutes in a chilly and breezy Edinburgh so far this winter! I will be buying another as I am ignoring my other jackets! A must have for the winter wardrobe. Buy it, you wont regret it!

  21. Richie (verified owner)

    Great bit of kit,Cycled through rain .storms.without any hassle .
    Great jacket and a great fit
    A medium is a medium which is the way it should be 10/10

  22. Jim Cunningham (verified owner)

    To be honest, I thought it would be a pretty good jacket, BUT and you can see it’s a big but … WOW, the jacket beats my gabba hands down.
    Have just done an hour hill repeat in torrential rain … Wore nothing underneath (very mild today 9 deg) BONE DRY
    Galibier were fantastic, send a little extra in the way of a pair socks (Thanks)
    With this level of service and quality I’ll be using Galibier as my go to product and I’ll be telling anyone who’ll listen
    Save cash and don’t compromise on quality

  23. Will (verified owner)

    This jacket is superb! The conditions today (6C, very wet, very windy) would not have suited my gabba for a long steady ride (110km solo in the lanes) but even when my winter boots eventually got squelchy my torso was still fine. I was only wearing a LS base layer. 1.81m; 74kg; average reach; size M is a perfect snug fit – no flapping, no draught. If you’re riding in wet, windy conditions (temp 4-10C) this jacket just works!

  24. Georgios Efstathiou (verified owner)

    great jacket! very warm and keeps the wet of you. Highly recommended!

  25. Marcus Cromie (verified owner)

    Having read several reviews on this jacket and Galibier. I had to see what all the fuss was about. Service was superb with a little surprise and a lovely note from staff reassuring me if I had any trouble to get in contact. I unwrapped my jacket and tried it on. I was impressed by the fit and the quality of the garment. Now having tried it out several times in windy, damp and coldish conditions I am pleased to report it is nothing short of Superb. The feel, the fit and ease of zipper and pocket access all great. I remained warm and dry on every run. I will be returning to Galibier from now on. Excellant.

  26. Chris

    Undoubtedly the best bang-for-buck water/windproof jersey/jacket type-thing out there. Kept me bone dry and warm in freezing torrential rain, water just beading up and running off! Wish I could say the same about my other (non-Galibier) kit. Bundled musette & socks also decent quality & much appreciated! With a couple more colour options this would obliterate the market.

  27. Mossy (verified owner)

    Beautiful jacket. It’s the attention to detail which outs this jacket above the rest for me. I’ve been through several winter jackets now and invariably having issues with zips, breathability, water resistance – of all the jackets I’ve tried this is by far the best as regards all of those areas. Gorgeous looking piece of gear also.

  28. Paul Dyson (verified owner)

    Bought this item based on reviews in a cycling mag. After first ride wearing it I was over the moon, jacket was great and comparable to a Castelli Mortirolo I have which is twice the price.
    However, the second time I put it on the seam on one of the arms started to come away! You get what you pay for is my advice to anyone looking to purchase items from this Company.

  29. galibier

    hello Paul, PLEASE send it back to us. We stand over ALL our products and want our customers to be happy. Over 900 sold and only one other quality issue!, thanks
    myles

  30. adam hutton (verified owner)

    Great fit
    1st ride today Sunday 10th Jan 2016
    Looked at jackets twice the price but kept coming back to this
    Didn’t want the same as others in our group
    Love the jacket
    Ok no rain this morning but a fresh & windy morning
    Never felt cold or never felt sweaty once
    Regulates you brilliant
    If it’s as good in rain this jacket will be perfect at a perfect price

  31. Richard Collier (verified owner)

    My first item of clothing from Glibber, it certainly won’t be my last!
    It does what it says ‘on the tin’ at nigh on half the price of its ‘big name’ competitors.
    My only comment is – take your measurements and note the actual garment sizing chart – I bought the XL because I’m so used to having to ‘size up’ (I’m 6’2″ with a 40″ chest), so it’s a little bit spacious when I’d prefer a racier fit. The quality however is excellent.
    Next on my list is the Colombière jacket – I’ll be getting the L this time

  32. Peter (verified owner)

    Got this as a Christmas present for myself from my wife and now worn a few times. Medium is a well-cut close but not tight fit (1.78m and 67kg). Pockets are the perfect size, deep but easy to access with gloves. Cuffs and neck make a good seal against cold air and the arms are long enough even for my gibbon-like proportions. Haven’t worn jacket below zero yet but it is a very good insulator as my thin base layer been soaked by the end of each ride; although there was no boil in the bag feeling as I was riding. Very pleased with this jacket.

  33. Gillian (verified owner)

    This appealed to me as I wanted a jacket which would cope with the chance of rain without having to wear a number of layers which always made me overheat and never really kept the rain out anyway.
    I had my doubts about just wearing a base layer underneath when I wore for the first time last weekend in very cold and wet conditions. It was however very comfortable and warm throughout and was very impressed with the waterproofing. On a day when conditions got so bad that the club run decided to turn and go home early as feet and hands turned numb, my upper body remained dry and reasonably warm.
    The next day temperatures were marginally better and drier and I was super cosy.
    If I had any negatives it would be good to have some female cut kit or perhaps an xs size. I’m no waif and there was still plenty of room in the small.
    The surprise gift was also much appreciated.
    I have several pieces of Galibier kit and will continue to recommend.

  34. Mark (verified owner)

    I was in the market for a decent jacket to get me through these winter months and the Galibier Mistral came to my attention in a recent article on winter jackets that are currently on the market.
    I tried the Gabba 2 as that appeared to be one of the market leaders but I struggled with the fit and even the XL showed off the extra timber I gained over Christmas unfortunately.
    After reading the description of the Mistral and the reviews here, I took the plunge and placed an order last Thursday, item arrived on Saturday.
    The jacket was well packaged & included a Galibier cap (thanks guys!); I have to say the detail on the jacket is very good and the quality is excellent, unbelievable at this price and the fit is bang on (I went by the size guide and a Large is perfect if you’re a 38-40″ chest).
    My first ride wearing the jacket was on my commute to & from work today, no rain so I can’t comment on its waterproof abilities but with only a base layer on underneath this jacket definitely keeps out the cold (5° today) and full marks for breathability as I was surprisingly bone dry underneath.
    A colleague at work was impressed and will be placing an order for the Elysee gloves & Ardennes scarf. I can only highly recommend the Mistral jacket and I’m now deciding on whether to buy the Tourmalet or Colombiere next.

  35. Kevan Day (verified owner)

    Jacket turned up a few days after placing order nicely packed with a well appreciated free gift of a buff. Worn a couple of times on 1 hour commute with long sleeve base layer and gilet, temperature hovering just above freezing and felt very comfortable. Today was more of a test, nearly 5 hour ride off-road with damp and windy conditions to start with followed by sunny spells. As expected my base layer was soaked but not once did i feel cold. Very impressed, jacket seems to shrug off wind and rain. I am 5´9 and just under 12 stone and medium fits almost perfectly. Think this is going to get plenty of use in next few months.

  36. David Holland (verified owner)

    I’ve now worn this jacket in all types of winter weather and it hasn’t failed me. It’s kept me warm and dry in everything from torrential rain to zero degrees. On top of this it’s a well cut neat looking jacket. It shouldn’t tick all the boxes at this price but it does. A fantastic garment.

  37. Clive C (verified owner)

    I bought this jacket back in October and have worn it every weekend since, it has taken all the Sperrin mountain weather has thrown at spat at it, and won the battle every time, you only need a base layer underneath and your set for a warm, dry days biking in any conditions, I saw in a recent review in a magazine where it received 9/10, now I don’t know what warrants a 10, but I would sure like to see the jacket that tops this one for value and performance

  38. David Baron (verified owner)

    Amazing jacket. I thought the castelli Gabba was good, this is better.

  39. Kev Wyke (verified owner)

    Well the weather today was foul, cold windy and that persistent rain the north west of England specialises in. It was my first ride in the Mistral and it didn’t let me down. I was weirdly warm and dry…weird because you expect a certain level of discomfort in bad weather, where were the usual drips down the elbows, cold dribbles down the chest? Well they just didn’t happen. I was as comfortable as it is possible to be, and as an earlier reviewer said I think I owe you more money (particularly as you added socks and a buff alike to the order – really appreciated). Excellent Jacket, amazing value… #thatisall

  40. Nigel BAXTER

    After years of using (3) Pace jackets (warmest you’ll ever wear- but NOT waterproof) I took the plunge..another jacket she asked me-Whatever for? Well actually to give me a grin ear to ear every time I go out wearing it..Most Frenchies wear team kit as they are all members of a club…such a pity guys (dommage) you’re missing out on the ironically named Galibier. Keeps me warm, dry and smiling.

  41. Paul (verified owner)

    Bought this having found it amongst various winter jacket reviews and seeing the overwhelmingly positive response. I try to stay away from the ‘Castelli’ crowd and be a bit different in all of my cycling and this fitted my ‘spec’ perfectly. Sizing was spot on. The fit is great. I like the fleecy neck particularly and the tights cuffs are very functional. I deals with light rain no problem. Overall a superb garment. Highly recommended

  42. Liam Egan (verified owner)

    Seriously cold (-1C) this morning heading out on the club spin. Brought along a gilet and pair of arm warmers just in case but they stayed in the pockets. A Canterbury base layer underneath plus a Grip Grab balaclava worked fine. Weird that my feet and hands stayed warm too for the first time in months. Looking forward to testing the Mistral in some wet weather 😉

  43. Alan B

    Top quality! Great fit, accurate sizing chart, really excellent in the recent wet and windy weather.
    I have ‘big brand’ gear and galibier is at least on par with them at a much much better price.

  44. Stephen Goan

    I’ve been riding around Shanghai as low as minus six degrees with icy winds and this jacket is more than up to the job. With only 2 layers on underneath it, I didn’t feel a bit of the cold conditions. Have had it out in the rain too and the water just beads on the surface. Have this in you kit wardrobe and the decision to get out and ride in the depths of winter so much easier. 5/5.

  45. John (verified owner)

    I have this jacket two weeks now and have done 4 rides . One was a 1h 45m ride in the rain and i stayed dry and warm. Another was in a freezing -1 and with an extra short sleeve base layer on i still kept warm
    I am skinny and love the fit of the jacket, no drafts at the neck or cuffs. Great looking jacket too much nicer than the photo suggests everyone needs a jacket like this.5/5.

  46. Graeme (verified owner)

    The best winter cycling jacket I have owned. Rain, wind and cold are just not a problem when wearing this jacket. I wouldn’t go out without it. It is almost perfect.

    If there is just one thing I could change though – I’d make the front about 2 or 3 centimetres longer. This isn’t a big issue though because when you’re on the bike and in riding position, the short(ish) front isn’t really noticeable.

    Great to see such a good jacket at a reasonable price.

  47. GERT S (verified owner)

    As GOOD as it gets – Fit Block and Breathe in a automagic combo no overheating nor chill out. Today at +15 just a sleevless mesh baselayer and thin armvarmers under for comfort. 🙂

  48. robert watkins (verified owner)

    this is my second year in this jacket does exactly what it should keeps me warm,water proof and good fit.would like the back to be longer but great clothing from Galibier.

  49. David Ross (verified owner)

    Glad i found out about this brand. Jacket is a great fit and very warm.
    I am a 42 chest broad shoulders and XL is a nice close fit. Dont be afraid to drop the guys an email all questions answered quickly and i even had a free pair of gloves thrown in with my first order.

  50. Richard C

    Quality piece of kit at a great price. On the coldest day of the year this year, with a severe wind chill, this jacket along with a baselayer kept me nice and warm.

  51. macmcdade (verified owner)

    Going by 1st impressions and 1st ride.

    Having just returned to the UK from 2 months in America where the temprature was in excess of 30oC, it became apparent that i needed a Winter jacket and quickly and came across the company by chance, had a quick look and was drawn to this jacket due to the black and red colour scheme. One that i seem to have adopted for my cycling clobber and bike without much thought.

    Ordered on the Thursday hoping it would arrive by the Monday, but no it arrived Saturday. Very Impressed.

    As Sunday is my “Recovery” session i decided to head out a bit earlier than usual 0700 to see how good this jacket would be in the coming months. It was 7oC and 12Mph westerly wind, set off on a 30 miles steady ride, my thinking was that if i was cold i could always speed up and work harder as all i had on my top half was a base layer and this jacket.

    10 mins in and i was more than happy with the fit, the 3 back pockets are huge and easily accessible with gloved (thin) hands, the smaller zipped pocket is big enough for ID, bank card and Asthma pump.

    By 30 mins i was thinking that i was getting hot, too hot for an easy ride so i unzipped the jacket but then it became more of a sail, catching the wind and i quickly cooled. Clearly it is an excellent wind stopper.

    Overall I am more than happy with the price, fit, quality and delivery speed but time will tell whether it was really a good investment. I recon that i’ll be OK to go riding down to freezing and still be hot enough in just a base layer and this jacket.

  52. Hywel Kirwan (verified owner)

    Another excellent buy from Galibier. This is far superior to the Gabba and a fraction of the cost! I don’t know how they do it. You only need a long sleeved baselayer underneath and it will take whatever the weather throws at it, including the rain! This is by far my favourite bit of kit and I will be buying a second one, essential bit of kit if you cycle all year round. Fit is superb and close so no drag or billowing on descents etc.

  53. Andrew Farrow (verified owner)

    Most expensive bit of cycling clothing that I have ever bought, but this is worth every penny.First time that i wore it was going up Galibier itself when it was -2 at the top. A fabulous jacket. Equally at home on a cold windy ride in North Wales today. I wear it with a thin jersey on underneath and its warm as toast. Snug collar. Arms are just the right length. Zipped pocket at the back. I liked it so much I bought the waterproof jacket to use as a shell on cold descents. Forget the bigger brands – buy this. Theses people make good stuff.

  54. Billy Bradley (verified owner)

    MISTRAL FOUL II WEATHER JACKET, Arrived within 2 days of ordering. Wore the jacket with a merino wool BaBa base layer on a cold 1 degree, 6HR morning ride with a 10NW wind.

    I found throughout the ride that I was quite cold, and unable to keep my upper body warm. Would not recommend using below 4 degrees without a good layer up in place, anything above 4 degrees then a lightweight base layer is perfect.

    I sweat a lot, no matter how short or long I ride and can honestly say this jacket has great wicking qualities.It has kept my body temperature just right, normally I would get to the coffee stop soaking in sweat, not with this “jacket”.

    Would highly recommend, I have a wardrobe full of various cycling jackets and can honestly that this one is the best out of them all.

    Have just ordered the COLOMBIÈRE WINTER JACKET for extreme cold wether that we have in Scotland.

    I would also like to say a big thank you to Myles McCorry for his positive feedback that I have received concerning various garments…

    This is your 1 Stop Garment Shop for cycling apparel theres no need to spend £100s when you can get better at Galibier for a fraction of the price.

    Cant wait for the spring and summer collection. will recommending Galibier to all my cycling friends.

  55. Gary Such (verified owner)

    Ordered this jacket on sunday, recieved on tuesday with much appreciated free gift(thanks Galibier) First ride out today in a very cold 2degrees. Did 60 miles with just a base layer underneath, must say as a 51 year old male who has cycled all my life, this is without doubt the best jacket i have ever used!! Incredible value at £72, A real world cycling jacket< at a real world price. Well done Galibier.

  56. a.churchill (verified owner)

    My first purchase from Galibier and I can’t praise them enough. Ordered a size M and it arrived within 48’hrs. Unfortunately I needed a small so sent it back for an exchange. This was Wednesday and I needed the jacket for Saturday. I emailed Galibier to explain that I was returning and they agreed to send the replacement even before receiving my return!. This was recvd on the Friday morning. You can’t ask for more than that.
    The actual jacket looks amazing. Quality is superb, now just to test it in the cold today!
    I will return to this supplier in the future.
    Well done Galibier.

  57. Derren Sarginson (verified owner)

    Super quick delivery. I’m 6 foot 2 inches tall 189kg average build and the XL fits really well. Not super close and clinging but comfortably over a base layer. Really like the inner cuff detail and deep pockets. Yet to wear it out in the weather but finish and fit is superb!

    Any chance of doing this product in some higher visibilty colours? Green would go great with my Cannondale Synapse!

  58. Libby (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this jacket. Out today in 1 degree C and no chill at all with a base layer underneath. Could easily wear it on its own a few degrees warmer. Fab massive pockets for carrying everything you need on a long ride, love the cuffs for extra warmth, and good in a bit of rain too. Stands up to the Scottish winter no problem. The Mistral is an absolute steal, price-wise. Size S fits me (female size 10) nicely – bit of room, but that’s where the base layer goes. Fantastic.

  59. R.McCann (verified owner)

    Amazing product, stands up in the cold and the rain through the entire Irish winter, looks the part too

  60. Antony Edwardson (verified owner)

    Ok, so I’m one of those who enjoys the process of researching a purchase almost as much as actually using it, its just who I am. The need to select a new winter jacket provided me with hours of glorious trudging through shopping sites, magazine reviews and blogs which all came down to one fundamental question: Do I want to spend over £200? Once I was confident that I didn’t, the only remaining quandary was which Galibier Jacket to buy, In the end the Mistral seemed to meet my requirements best and I haven’t looked back, its been warn through a 2 hour rain ride, a commute (21 miles) at -4 and most things in between and has performed faultlessly throughout, If you are in the market and wondering if you really must spend a kings ransom on some Italian foppery to stay warm and dry, stop reading this and click ‘Buy’, your search is over.
    Just a word on sizing, I’m 5’6″ and 67Kgs, Small all day long.

  61. Ian Smith (verified owner)

    Bought last year and cycling in Aberdeenshire through the winter certainly tests the claims of this jacket.
    In short it’s worth twice the money being charged and is a staple of my winter riding gear and gets commented on regularly too.
    Real quality piece of kit !

  62. Brendan Mulhall (verified owner)

    Bought this Jacket recently, it’s great in the cold weather that we have being experiencing in the south east of Ireland over the past few weeks.
    I love the deep pockets on the back of the jacket. Looking forward to wearing it in the rain !!

  63. marc.bullock (verified owner)

    First wear of the Mistral Foul II jacket and a Barrier III gloves on a 5 degree ride today. Both were brilliant and for someone who usually suffers in the cold I’ve never felt warmer. I’m a 40inch chest with quite broad shoulders and the size large fitted perfectly – fitted but not restrictive. I also received coneents from friends that the jacket looked great. Buy one you won’t regret it

  64. bigpattison (verified owner)

    First wet ride to nite.was out for 3 hours plus in the rain and wind.was warm and toasty on my body.legs were cold but I’ve just ordered the mistral tights.if there half as good as the jacket then worth every penny.when I got back in the house I was born dry under my jacket.only had my long sleeve galibier base layer under my jacket and was warm and toasty for it be nealy 0 degrees.iam always cold but not with this jacket on.so £72 is a bargain in my book.hope this helps others make there mind up.

  65. Steve Scarr (verified owner)

    Its very difficult to find something new to say about the is wonderful jacket. I’ve worn it recently in temperatures down to -7 and it constantly surprises me…Every time I think that its either too wet or too cold just for this jacket and a base-layer I find myself warm and comfortable…but never too warm. Truly a great garment and galibier are fast becoming my “go to” manufacturer. I’ve also got the foul weather gilet (as well as other bits and bobs) and that’s equally impressive.

    However galilbier, being from Yorkshire, I wont be offering you any more money ;0)

  66. Gary (verified owner)

    Simply fantastic. Great quality, great fit and great price.
    I don’t normally write reviews but thought this was such a good product i had to say something.

  67. Steve (verified owner)

    I bought the Mistral Foul II jacket as a Xmas present back in early December so could only used from Boxing day onwards and it is a fantastic bit of kit great price and great fit. For rides when the temperature is 4′ or above it is ideal with a thin summer base layer if the weather is really “Baltic” I would recommend the COLOMBIÈRE winter jacket, which I purchased last Xmas, or use a Marino base layer with the Mistral Foul II jacket. Two brilliant bits of kit from a great company who have a really refreshing attitude

  68. city-garage (verified owner)

    Super produit, excellent rapport qualité prix!!! Je recommande cette veste. Je viens de recevoir le bas long, je vous redonne des nouvelles dès que j’ai terminé ma sortie VTT. Mais je n’ai aucun doute, ça va être à nouveau un super produit!

  69. Loic

    This jacket is truly fantastic. I’ve been riding it almost daily for two months now, for training rides and commutes. The mistral + a good base layer is really all you need for most weather conditions – rainy or cold and dry days, it’ll do it all and keep you dry and warm. The value is unreal 🙂

  70. paraic mannion (verified owner)

    Great customer service, good performing jacket, some tweaks to the fit and its all you ever need to buy.
    Overall it’s a good performing jacket. As the name suggests it’ll keep you warm right down to the lowest of temperatures even when it’s raining / sleeting. I’ve been using it all this winter and have no complaints performance wise. However I think two tweaks to the fit and the jacket would compete with the best of winter jackets. 1. The sleeves are too tight to fit down over gloves, so when it is raining heavily water just fills up in your gloves. If the sleeves were flared like the Sportful jackets or the elastic had a bit more give it would solve this. 2. The tail / pockets are too long / big. Pockets are huge and you could fit everything you ever need in them. But I think they are too big and result in a lot of bulking. I’m 5ft 8” and 63kg bought the medium after trying a small, the tail just drops way down the back and the fit isn’t tight enough around the waist so its not very complementing. I appreciate its long to protect from road spray but why not do like other manufactures and provide a foldable tail as most people use some form of mudguards anyway.
    Overall it’s a very tough jacket, really warm and good value for money. I am a big fan of Galibier kit. If the fit tweaks were sorted I’d buy again but would not in its current form.
    As ever customer service was top notch.

  71. Jamie monaghan

    Great service and amazing value what’s not to like. This was my 1st purchase from galibier will not be my last

  72. Anthony (verified owner)

    This is a great bit of kit. And quite remarkable for the price. Easily competes with jackets x2 as much.

    And the customer service is the best I’ve had, hands-down. Dispatch was super speedy. And when I enquired about returning to try an alt size, I was sent a second jacket (alt size) free, so I could compare and return the one I didn’t want. How good is that?

  73. Nick Topley (verified owner)

    Simply superb, believe the hype. Now how can I sneak a blue and a red one into the house unnoticed!

  74. Gavin Clarke (verified owner)

    Just done 3.5 hours in the wind and rain, home warm and dry with just a short slieve base layer under my jacket. I wear it every day.

  75. Jack Sullivan (verified owner)

    I can’t really say anything else that hasn’t been said by the glowing reviews above, but this really is a top, top jacket. By far the best item of cold weather gear I own. It makes any weather seem fine and the fit is brilliant! I pity all the riders I see out on the roads with poor-fitting jackets flapping in the wind, especially knowing the mistral probably coat half as much. Owned for over a year and i love it.

  76. Marcus Cromie (verified owner)

    When it looks this great, feels this great and fits this great it sure is going to be great. My lifelong friend.

  77. Ollie ARTHUR (verified owner)

    I have this jacket almost a month now and it is a very a very good jacket, Every description it states, rain, wind, cold protection and comfort is 100% Service is excellent and superb. I would very highly recommend

  78. David Gray (verified owner)

    This was brought for me as a birthday present and it is the best jacket I have had. Coupled with the Mistral bib tights it has been my go wear since. so much so I have ordered a set of summer shorts too before they go out of stock.

  79. JaH (verified owner)

    Glad of my jacket this morning, with a ls wool base layer, just right when every other bit of me was chilly, appreciated the long sleeves and comfy high neck.

  80. Huw Thomas (verified owner)

    Not much to add to all the other great reviews. Excellent jacket and I’ve persuaded a few friends to buy these also.

  81. David (verified owner)

    I have been using this jacket for 1 month so far. Has been perfect for temps less than 10deg. Very comfy, well made, couldn’t be happier. What a great piece of kit.

  82. Robert dean (verified owner)

    Bought this jacket a while back was really impressed wearing it in winter very warm but never really tried it in the rain until the other day was very dissapointed only travelled 9 mile and was soaked to the skin inside not what I expected from the reviews I had read if I had known it wasn’t waterproof I wouldn’t of bought it sorry guys only trying to be honest I have a lot of your stuff and it’s very good

    (Hello robert, we dont sell it as waterproof, it is designed to keep you warm in all weathers. Please check care instructions supplied as it may need retreated)

  83. Michael Shipley (verified owner)

    Nearly lost for word’s on just how great this minstrel jacket is rode in near gale force wind and horizontal rain on the top of the north Yorkshire moors for couple of hours not only was I dry but was a little on the warm side I have had many jackets for alot more money how to do galibier make a profit on this quality simple great jacket thank you

  84. gavinhowat (verified owner)

    This jacket is incredible, as was the service from galibier. It’s not marketed as fully waterproof, so I don’t expect it to be, but the choice of materials and DWR treatment should keep out the worst when I don’t want to wear a Gore Tex Active. The quality appears on a par with Gore too, and I have no reason to believe longevity will be any different. Now I have found the brand, I will definitely consider other items.

  85. Milan (verified owner)

    1. Shipping costs – I live in Slovakia and the shipping costs = 0 (perfect)
    2. Cut – excelent fit (I am 178cm / 77kg and I ordered L)
    3. Warm? – I used it in the cold morning (+9 C) and with one short sleeve base layer + one long sleeve summer function tshirt – perfect.
    4. Rain? – I alreday tested it with short rain (temperature about +14 C) and I had no problems with it. Rain lasted about 15 minutes, afterwards the roads were wet, but the jacket definitely could handle it all.
    I am sattisfied till now. I hope I can train with this jacket and meriono base layer even in winter (about +1 – +9 C).

  86. Elijah (verified owner)

    Fantastic piece of garment. My first reaction when I saw it was that there was no way this garment would keep me warm as it’s thin and soft to touch. Boy was I wrong. It keeps you warm and some more. Add in to the equation it’s a lovely looking jacket and it’s been sold at a fantastic price and you have a full house. Next up on my list is the tourmalet.And then probably the foul weather gilet.

    Lastly I’d like to say a big thank you to Miles. Customer service is simply A1. He answers every and any question/query you send His way no matter how annoying it might be. Very swiftly too if I might add

  87. Andrew Farrell

    Bought this jacket a few months ago and got to wear it for the first time today one word FANTASTIC, on a miserable, cold and damp day I was lovely, dry and warm all round and highly recommend

  88. David

    Unbelievable jacket, excellent fit and the quality and finish is fantastic. Have used the jacket for a few weeks now and it impresses me every time I use it. In the dry or heavy rain it always seems to keep me at the right temperature and even after a 3 hour cycle in heavy rain I was still warm and dry at the end.

  89. Aidan (verified owner)

    Switzerland. November. 5 degrees.
    Even at 70kmh downhill, I was toasty warm…
    This IS Windproof.

    I felt overdressed, maybe I need to wait until it gets a bit colder 😉

  90. Kevin Wilkinson (verified owner)

    As usual with Galibier, delivery was spot on, my son had recommended I get this jacket and I’m really happy that he did. Used for a 75km ride over just a base layer in ambient temp of 12deg C, very warm, as the temp dropped at the end of the ride to 9deg C I became more and more comfortable, so suggest this jacket comes into its own as the temp drops below 10deg C. As a guide I’m a 97kg male with a 44″ chest, 36″ waist & 5′ 10″ tall and ordered the XXL, the fit is generous & I could have got away with an XL for a racier fit. Brilliant winter jacket. Also thanks for the extra’s, what a treat.

  91. macmcdade

    Further to my review on the 23rd October 2016, i have the need to downgrade the rating, based solely on the fact that i have still only worn it a couple of times and cannot see me wearing it again.

    As i said before it is a great windstopper and even on easy rides it keeps me very hot, which is the problem. I said i would be happy to wear it in freezing temperatures, which i would. However i would not be cycling when there was ice on the road.

    Therefore if you are a naturally warm person, this jacket is certainly not for you. It is too good at keeping you warm.

  92. Miles (verified owner)

    Great jacket. Cannot add much given all the positive reviews to date. Keeps you warm, dry and very comfortable to wear. Good deep pockets at the back

  93. david steel (verified owner)

    Really not much to say that hasn’t been said , great fit 0 degrees today had a sleeveless and a full base layer on and the jacket kept me very warm. Excellent product in this market worth at least double the price well done Galibier.

  94. a.gordon (verified owner)

    Outstanding jacket. Worn today in 2degC ride with longsleeve merino based layer and a summer race jersey. Perfect. Close fit is perfect, lets you ride freely and beats my old goretext softshell that’s seen me through NE winters in the past.

  95. Richard Vaughan Williams (verified owner)

    Hi
    Thanks for the quick delivery,it arrived just before Christmas. Now about the jacket,the fit was perfect & the material feels nice to the touch. I’ve only used a few times.2-5 Deg Celsius and windy,wearing just a short sleeve under the jacket and i felt comfortable. Really happy with the jacket so far,time will tell about durability,but the jacket feels well made. Thanks also for the neck warmer that arrived with jacket. Yours truly, Richard Williams. PS I will be buying more from Galibier in the future, good quality for a reasonable price.

  96. Dave P (verified owner)

    The best jacket I’ve ever worn (for cycling) I ordered a medium (optimistically) but had to concede defeat and change it for a large. galibier to there infinite credit posted the new one before if even posted the return so I got the new one a day after returning the medium so not just a fantastic product but also a fantastic company.. shame you can’t do six stars

  97. Kuria Njenga (verified owner)

    We’ve been having some ice cold weather here in New York. I wore the jacket with just one base layer underneath in -6C (20F) with wind chills that made the real feel -8C (17F). At no point during the 2hr ride was my core cold. I also had on the Mistral Membrane tights on, which kept my legs nice and warm. My toes were another story though. Fantastic form fit/race cut. I wear the Medium at 74Kgs.

  98. Tincaalot (verified owner)

    I wasnt convinced that you only needed to wear a long-sleeved baselayer under this garment, but 3 mths of testing it and I’m please to say my concerns were groundless.Have ridden in pretty much every condition the Welsh winter can muster this year and the jacket is holding up well. I’m still yet to double-up underneath and while it might feel a little cold zipping it back up after the coffee stop, you soon warm up again.A comfortable ,cosy winter jacket that even gets some admiring comments off my fellow club members…..sorted.

  99. Jim Robertson (verified owner)

    My first purchase from Galibier but won’t be my last! I have now worn the jacket for several rides in single figure temperatures with just a technical bases layer and the jacket has lived up to its claims. Accurate sizing, great fit and excellent customer service.

  100. Peter Humphreys (verified owner)

    I’ve had my jacket for two years now. After two rides around 0 degrees at the weekend I’ve been reminded how brilliant it is. My companions were sporting four or five layers on top but I was fine with just a long-sleeved undervest and my Mistral.
    In warmer conditions I sometimes have to let a bit of air in for a few minutes by undoing the zip a few inches but this is problem-free with the quality zip and puller. I also like the draught-proof cuffs and the pocket that are big enough to root around in with gloves on.
    There have been the odd disconcerting noises from the shoulder seams when I have pulled the jacket on or off too hard but everything has stayed intact.
    The new pro version of the jacket looks to have some useful extra features but this version is so good that I couldn’t justify trading up.

  101. Andrew (verified owner)

    This is an updated review – I got my mistral 2 back around November and was impressed. It’s now March and it’s been through the worst of the winter. Just recently it’s coped well with the Beast from the east, and today, -4 C, with vertical hail, sleet and 40 mph winds. It stood up as my top layer, w just a merino ls base layer, and summer jersey beneath. Despite ridiculous wind and the hail, never felt the chill. It maybe needs a wash now (!) but got to say that this is easily the most impressive road cycling jacket I’ve ever owned. Thanks Galibier.

  102. Steve Baxter (verified owner)

    The Mistral II Foul weather jacket is off the scale good. Somehow it manages to keep you warm, dry and upbeat whatever the weather throws at you. If anything it can be a little too warm for spirited rides when the temperature’s above 5C – but that’s a nice problem I guess. This outperforms clothing 4x the price – awesome!

  103. Eric

    I was searching for years and years and spent too much for a better winter jacket that keep me warm an early morning freezing temp ride but failed miserably, until I discovered Galibier in the websites, so I gave it a try. Got the mistral pro three months ago because I am tired of being cold period! The results, Whallla!!! Its magic! I am so glad that I did it! No more worries riding through freezing cold weather. Amazing product! Must have if you are tired of riding and being cold. Buy it now! You won’t regret it guaranteed.

  104. matt.coxy (verified owner)

    Fantastic bit of kit! I bought the large (39″ chest) and it fits perfectly. It kept the rain out this morning on my cycle into work – and kept me really warm without getting sweaty (was 7 degrees). Love it! This is now my main jacket for winter – I will wear the Tourmalet rain jacket if the rain is really bad – otherwise this is main jacket.

  105. steve.g4iwr (verified owner)

    I love the jacket. Its really comfortable but I feel as though im letting the side down when I say its not very warm. It came earlier this week and I have been out twice in it and been cold both times. Im going to have to wear someting over the top to keep me warm. I have been wearing a ten quid chinese jacket that the zip has gone on and been warmer.
    Sorry

  106. richard.thomas.green (verified owner)

    By far one of the best I have used.
    Mine is the previous generation but I liked the blue so that’s why I bought the older version. Can’t fault it. Looks smart too

  107. Duncan Macleod (verified owner)

    Every bit as good as the reviews suggest. Both wind and water resistance are good but at the same time breathability is good too when working hard. Nice high collar, tight cuffs and the dropped tail is great in the wet. Don’t let the lack of magazine reviews put you off. This is well worth getting, especially at this price. Punches well above it’s price point. Invest in this rather than a new turbo…

  108. Cheeks

    This is one serious bit of kit.I was out in a typical Irish day in December,5 deg,biting wind,showers,glimpses of sunshine & a wet road.The jacket kept me super warm from the get go.I just had a dryflo base layer underneath & I’ve never felt so toasty on a spin.It handled the showers easily & has great storage pockets for your grub & spares.Its design is cool & looks way more expensive than it is.So if you’re on the hunt for a winter jacket for this cold moist part of the planet,this for me is the number one.Bring on the elements:)

  109. Paul Franklin (verified owner)

    This an excellent jacket for the late autumn/winter wear. Worn a couple of times. Once during quite heavy rain. No problems. Warm and dry.
    Would not hesitate to purchase further Galibier kit

  110. Myles

    Was expecting the weather to be 7-8 degrees so wore this jacket plus thin long sleeve base layer. The temperature quickly dropped to 1-2 degree’s so it was zip to the top and all was well. Was kitted head to foot in gallibier (inc bib tights and light-winter gloves) and remained warm for the 3 hour winter ride.

    Only comment to make: the rear pockets are unusually high, making it a little harder than usual to get things from the pockets whilst moving. I lost a gel.

    I wear medium, 71kg 5’10” 38” chest is perfect

    Ride on.

  111. Myles

    Worn about a dozen times in British winter and they perform brilliantly. Great fit, feel and contortatable on rides over 3 hours. Better than two pairs of Spsortful’s I own.

    The only comment is that the bib top (waist) is very high making inevitable ‘pit stops’ a challenge

  112. Paul (verified owner)

    Fantastic jacket, comfortable, great value. Stick this on with a base layer and the matching bib tights and no need to mess about with any other layering or even a buff unless it’s really cold. Only suggestion for the next generation would be even more hivis/reflective, for the conditions it’s aimed at, the brighter the better, I am still wearing a reflective vest on top for dark rural commutes.

  113. Rob O’Neill (verified owner)

    Worn for the 1st time this morning, with just a base layer underneath. Kept me nice and warm and very comfortable. This will be my go to jacket for cycling in Autumn/Winter and for those chilly spring mornings.
    Have no hesitation in buying more products in the future and already have my eyes on a few things.

  114. Frazer (verified owner)

    Great Jacket. Had mine around a year now. Lots of use, still in perfect condition. I tend to use it when the temperature gets below 5 degrees, with a base-layer and a mid-layer. For me (5ft 8 63kg petite build) the size small is a good fit. It is more of a jacket cut, not as race fit as a gabba, perhaps the Mistral Pro is more Race fit.
    I echo please comments re a more visible colours. Having been knocked off on the commute, I just don’t buy any cycling tops in dark colours. I have the blue mistral and will by another when I finally wear this one out, but not if black is only (main) colour. Red / Orange please.

  115. Clifford Hughes

    Had this as a Xmas present from the wife, but didn’t get to wear it till yesterday. Size wise, I’m 5’7″ currently 66kg and a 38″ chest, a small fits me perfectly when paired with a long sleeved merino base layer.
    Conditions were around 10 degrees, and dry with light winds. I was planning on doing hill repeats, so this would be a good test of its wind blocking and breathable properties, and I can happily say it passed both for me,as I never felt cold on the descents or too warm on the inclines.
    It didn’t rain so I couldn’t test it’s waterproofness, but I did put the jacket under a running tap beforehand, and the water just rolled off, so seems excellent in this department.
    The only things for me that could be improved are that there isn’t much give in the wrists, and it was a bit of a struggle to get the jacket off, and I’ve certainly not got big hands!
    So maybe some elastic or more stretchy material there?
    Also I found the rear pockets a bit too high,and not being the most flexible in this area, it was a bit difficult trying to get to my energy bar with full fingered gloves on.
    All in all though I’m very pleased with it, and considering the cost it’s a definite bargain.

  116. Tino Todino (verified owner)

    Used it 3 times now in cold weather. Tonight was very wet. Happy to report that on all 3 rides my core was warm and comfortable, even though the rest of my kit doesn’t seem to be waterproof anymore lol!

    Two criticisms. Firstly I find the pockets difficult to reach back for. They seem much higher than all my other jackets. Secondly, my arms feel a little cold compared to my chest and back. I would recommend a little more heat retention in the arms for the next iteration of this jacket and to lower the pockets a little.

    I doubled up on the base layers 3rd time out and my arms felt so much better.

  117. Gerard (verified owner)

    Bought this jacket in early November and it’s probably the best piece of winter kit I now have. I’m 1.82m tall and weigh 72.5kg and the medium fit like a glove. I love the fact that there is no excess material and the sleeves are not baggy. The jacket did lose some of its water resistance after a few washes (I washed it at 40 degrees so probably my own fault) but Galibier are not lying when they say it will keep you warm in all conditions! Even in wet weather below 5 degrees celsius. If I had one minor criticism it would be that the pockets are a bit big and can be a bit awkward to access but overall this jacket is excellent, especially for the price.

  118. joostvanbreukelen (verified owner)

    This jacket is called the ‘foul weather jacket’. Maybe a more suitable name is the ‘foul and freezing weather jacket’. In my experience, this is a very warm garment. Of course it all depends on your body and the amount of effort you are putting in when cycling, but for me personally (41 year old fit and slender guy) this jacket becomes too hot very easily.

    After using the jacket for a couple of months now, my absolute temperature limit is 10 Celsius on cloudy days when using a thin and short sleeved baselayer. On sunny days, the maximum temperature to use this jacket on lays around 5 degrees Celsius.

    The jacket is most suitable for subzero temperatures. There’s no need to layer up underneath. A single baselayer (long or short sleeved) is enough. Under those circumstances it always kept me nice and comfy, without becoming too hot. As said earlier, this is personal and your mileage may vary.

    It’s also a great jacket in the rain. Once I was caught in a heavy shower with no place around to shelter. The raindrops formed pearls on the jacket and didn’t soak the jacket. It kept me nice and dry.

    Some other reviewers complained about the pockets sitting too high. I can see that, but it didn’t form any problems for me. They are just fine and also very spacious. There’s also a small zipped pocket which is very handy for your keys or some money.

    Some other reviewer also mentioned that this is more like a ‘jacket fit’ jacket and not a road cycling jersey fit. That’s absolutely correct.

    Size wise, the chart said that I was somewhere between small and medium. I eventually choose medium. In hindsight I should have taken the small. The jacket is very spacious, especially the sleeves are very long. So consider sizing down if you are in between sizes.

    So the good points:
    – excellent jacket for very cold weather
    – excellent coating against rain
    – good quality materials and finish
    – I like the bright yellow for visibility reasons
    – spacious pockets, including a zipped pocket for valuables.
    – great value, considering the low price.

    The bad points:
    – easily can become too hot when the temperature rises, depending on your body and effort
    – not a very snug fit
    – the fit is spacious, so consider sizing down
    – the pockets may be placed too high for some people

  119. dgladstone74 (verified owner)

    Right – the Mistral by Galibier. I’d been looking at this for quite some time and had been holding out for a discount code but nothing appeared so I sold my Rapha Winter Jersey which was a fantastic all rounder and bought this as a replacement. To say I’m impressed is an understatement. I’d worn a Gabba in the past a few times and admittedly the materials are different (or feel different) the Mistral is up there with the Gabba in my humblest. The material used on the Mistral certainly is NOT boil in the bag stuff – todays temp 15 degrees and it felt comfortable, zip open on a couple of climbs but I was working hard, but the feel of the jacket is spot on. Water proof? Yes albeit it may not hold out Monsoon type of rain but neither will the Gabba or Mossa but the Mistral stands up. Love the collar which is great with a buff for keeping out the worst of it, the zips have not failed at all which is a bonus. Wind proof? To an extent but I’ve not been out in 20mph+ gales as I’m not that daft but I’ve not noticed any major problems with wind getting through the material. Great longer cut at the back to stop your backside getting soaked as well – really well thought out addition. The rear pockets take some getting used to as they’re relatively high up but they’re bloody deep and if you lose anything out of them I’d be surprised! You could put the Titanic in them and not find it. However – I’d prefer them to be a bit lower but that may come with Mistral iteration 4. Overall I wish I’d gone a size smaller at a Large (I’ve a 42″ chest with a 34″ waist) and this is a great fit with a bit room to give so keep sizing in mind. Would I recommend? Definitely. Would I buy again? No – I’d go for the Pro Mistral but I’d not hesitate to say for under £80 I doubt you’ll get a better winter jacket. If this can withstand a Northumbrian Winter this can withstand anything. Buy it! Note: For an even better bargain Galibier has a shop on Ebay where (to my surprise) the Mistal is cheaper than at the shop. Now that is a bloody bargain!!

  120. beccyhesse1 (verified owner)

    I bought Mistral Foul Weather ladies fit after reading about it in a cycle Mag. i also ordered a variety from other places to compare fit and fabrics..I needed something not to warm , not too thin, windproof and water resistant without overheating me. I kept the Mistral and returned all the others!
    Im a size 12 and medium fits perfectly,i had thought a little short at the front but once on the bike i realised fit was great. Id also read on product description that you don’t need many layers which suits me perfectly and was very true. only thing i would change are the rear pockets a little too high, although on the plus, nothings going to fall out!! Will definitely reccomend this brand.

  121. Raymond Smith

    I’ve had this jacket since Xmas and have used it several times but I have been lucky not to have encountered rain until recently. For me there are definitely pros and cons to this jacket
    Pros. Quality of material and workmanship is excellent.
    I have worn it down to freezing temperatures with heavy base layer and been very comfortable. With the temperature up to 12 degrees with lighter base layer I have not over heated as it is extremely breathable. Worn in shower conditions it is warm and dry apart from lower arms which get wet. I assume it because water runs down sleeve but it hasn’t been a problem. Good reflective strip and high vis stripe on back. Many comments on how good jacket looks.
    Cons. I’m 5’10”, 80kg 41″chest which according to size chart is large but jacket is quite flappy so medium might have been better. The worst thing for me are the pockets. They are way too high. It is extremely difficult to access pockets especially on hard fast ride’s when on the rivet. The only way is for me too pull jacket down, struggle to access pocket and often have to abandon due length of time to get into pocket. On steadier club ride’s it’s not so bad as I have time to get bar or gel while waiting for weaker riders at top of hills etc. It might seem petty but I would not buy or recommend purely due to pockets

  122. Paul Wharton (verified owner)

    I have been using this jacket all winter for training and commuting without the need for anything underneath, even one morning at minus 5c. It’s is extremely comfortable and despite what others have said the deep pockets on the back are not a problem to me regarding their height. If I could make one suggestion for the next version it would be for some reflective material on the wrist or lower arm for signaling at night to make the arm more visible to motorist’s.

  123. Dermot

    Fantastic – What more can I say

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