The Galibier Mistral Foul Weather Jacket bridges the gap between a long sleeve jersey and typical winter softshell jacket. It provides a very effective barrier against wind and keeps out most rain, while remaining useable across a versatile temperature range, and it also has a number of well thought out features.
December 2015 proved to be a difficult time for riding as far as the weather was concerned, with the daytime temperature typically higher than average at around eight to 12 degrees, but still plenty of rain around. It was the perfect time to test the Mistral.
The jacket is made from a three-layer membrane fabric, with a waterproof rating of 6,000mm. The Mistral jacket’s not waterproof itself because the seams aren’t taped, and Galibier make as much clear on their website (they say the seams can’t be taped because of the stretch of the fabric). In reality, the jacket will do a good job at keeping rain out and only a small amount of water made its way through the seams when riding in prolonged rain or heavy downpours.