Galibier's Bédoin jacket is designed as a casual jacket that you can wear on and off the bike. It's a really nice quality option for casual riding and just knocking about when it's cold, and it's great value to boot.
- Pros: Nicely made, comfortable, warm and windproof, decent in the rain
- Cons: Tail could be dropped a touch for better coverage on the bike
Galibier uses the same full-membrane, three-layer fabric as the Mistral foul weather jacket, so it's a technical bit of kit, but the cut is more casual for day to day use. It's a lot more roomy than Galibier's on-bike gear (Ash in the photos is a bit lighter than me), and the cut is squared off so there's no dropped tail.
There are two zipped pockets on the outside, and they're constructed to give two open pockets inside the jacket too.
The inside of the jacket is a thin microfibre fleece layer, which makes the jacket comfortable even against bare skin, and also quite a bit warmer than it would otherwise be. It's not designed to be a full winter outer but it's warm enough, and it's also completely windproof. The high collar isn't completely snug but it does act as a good wind baffle and you can wear a Buff inside it if you need more warmth.
In the rain the jacket is very good. Water beads well off the surface and although the seams aren't taped the three-layer fabric is fully waterproof, so you're not going to get too wet wearing this, even in a deluge. Breathability is decent, although the fleece inner inhibits the transfer of moisture a bit as sweat tends to condense on it a bit if you're working hard. It's not really designed for hard work on the bike, though.
I've been wearing this Bédoin mostly as a commuting jacket: riding down the hill to town, popping to the shops, going out for lunch, that sort of thing. I haven't worn it to sign on at a cross race or sat in the winter sunshine at a Bédoin café like Galibier suggests I might like to (and I'd certainly like the second of those, a lot) but for everything I've been wearing it for it's really good. It feels like a quality jacket: well made, nicely cut, comfortable and effective.
On the bike it's better on an upright city bike, as there's no drop on the tail at all. Personally I think Galibier could get away with dropping the back just a bit to make it more bike friendly, because it's actually a very nice riding jacket other than that. It's not designed for long, hard rides but for casual riding it works very well: the sleeves are long enough and the fit isn't so loose that it feels baggy (it was a bit big for our model – the sizing is quite generous so you might want to size down from your usual). Just a bit more length – or even a tuckable flap like the Vulpine jackets use – would really add to the usefulness.
I'm being picky, though, because for less than £60 this Bédoin jacket is a bargain. It works very well, and for casual riding and just knocking about it's excellent.
Very nice casual jacket for riding and not riding
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Galibier Bedoin Podium Jacket
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the jacket is for
Galibier says: "Whether walking to the sign on of a CX race or sitting in the winter sunshine in a Bédoin cafe, this jacket is designed to meet your needs for added warmth and subtle style. We wanted the function and protection of our Mistral jackets, to wear in civilian life (off the bike).
It is made from a 250 gram, FULLY windproof 3 layer membrane, with a high neck and long arms to fend off the winter chills. The inside has a fire red, Micro-fleece for thermal warmth and soft feeling next to the skin. The entire garment is double stitched to last seasons of style.
With two zipped front pockets and two matching, open and deep inside pockets you can keep your essentials safe.
Our logo is subtly embroidered in the collar and we detailed a hand stitched patch, with our new logo inside for only your soul to see.
Stylish and structured warmth, for everyday life."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the jacket?
Galibier lists these features:
3000/4000 Triple layer membrane (WP/VP)
Windproof anti-stick zip.
At least 3 meters of technical fabric in each jacket.
Articulated fleece collar gently wraps around the neck in every cycling position
Double stitching throughout.
Tell us how the jacket performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Really well: great for general use.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the jacket
Comfy, well made, windproof, warm, waterproof.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the jacket
Could do with a slightly dropped rear or a stowable flap to make it better on the bike.
Did you enjoy using the jacket? Yes
Would you consider buying the jacket? Yes
Would you recommend the jacket to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
A really good casual jacket that's excellent value. Recommended.
About the tester
I usually ride: whatever I'm testing... My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Kinesis Aithein
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.