review

Galibier Bedoin Podium Jacket

9
£59.34

VERDICT:

9
10
Very nice casual jacket for riding and not riding
Weight: 
535g
Contact: 

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

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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.

Galibier Bedoin Podium Jacket - back.jpg

There are two zipped pockets on the outside, and they're constructed to give two open pockets inside the jacket too.

Galibier Bedoin Podium Jacket - pockets.jpg

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.

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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.

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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.

Galibier Bedoin Podium Jacket - riding.jpg

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.

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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.

Verdict

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.

Rate the jacket for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the jacket for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the jacket for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the jacket for waterproofing
 
8/10
Rate the jacket for breathability
 
7/10
Rate the jacket for fit:
 
8/10
Rate the jacket for sizing:
 
6/10
Rate the jacket for weight:
 
8/10
Rate the jacket for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the jacket for value:
 
9/10

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.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 44  Height: 189cm  Weight: 94kg

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, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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