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The Galibier GrandTour Foul Weather Gilet pairs perfectly with Galibier's GrandTour Jacket and is an excellent piece of kit for tackling the worst of Britain's winter weather. It's one of the thickest gilets I've used and has quickly become a must-have for a winter wardrobe.
Galibier created the GrandTour Foul Weather Gilet to work in conjunction with its GrandTour Jacket to overcome the worst weather conditions you're likely to encounter. And though Galibier's designers really have nailed it, our best cycling gilets buyer's guide shows there are a lot of very good options out there.
The GrandTour Foul Weather Gilet is the thickest and most substantial gilet I've ever worn. It is made from the same material Galibier uses for its GrandTour Jacket, which makes it more like a winter jacket that has had its arms cut off than a conventional gilet. And what is in effect an extra layer of weatherproofing keeps you very warm when you're riding.
Galibier has used laser finishing for precise cutting, so there are no hems or collar stitching, and the fabric ends are clean with nice, sharp edges.
The gilet has a snug, close-to-the-body fit that also helps with aerodynamics and cuts out any flapping sounds – but it isn't tight to the point of being restrictive or pinching. And no matter how long I wore it, the gilet was always comfortable.
Worn together with the GrandTour jacket, I have ridden in some of the worst weather a British winter could throw at me, and when I added a baselayer to the mix, rides were comfortable even in sub-zero conditions. If you feel the cold, this gilet really helps to stop rides becoming unpleasant.
The back panel has a slight mesh to it, which aids breathability and helps to reduce sweat build-up on milder days.
The gilet comes in a really nice sky-grey colourway that is designed to complement the GrandTour jacket, with a small patch of burgundy along the top of the back that's the same colour as the GrandTour Jacket.
The only potential issue with this colour is that if you were to get grease on your hands – from a roadside repair or dropped chain – this could lead to staining.
The gilet's two-way zip is a nice touch and allows you easy access to pockets in clothing underneath your gilet. You can easily pull up the zip a little from the bottom to grab a snack or your phone, and it's a little detail that makes a real difference on those grim days that have been so common this winter.
The main zip is well made with a large grab tag that's easy to grip even if you're wearing thick winter gloves, which is another very welcome touch on foul-weather days.
About my only issue is that when I did get too warm and wanted to take the gilet off, its substantial nature made fitting it in my back pocket a squeeze. It does fit in the GrandTour Jacket's pocket – but only just – and this is something to bear in mind when you're working out what to wear on a ride.
The gilet has three full-size rear pockets, which is great for loading up on snacks for longer winter hauls.
There's also a small chest pocket for your valuables.
The middle rear pocket, the trim along the tops of all three pockets and shoulder details feature extremely effective 3M reflective material, which gives road users behind a heads-up that you're in front.
I have found this gilet an excellent addition to my winter wardrobe – and I think you'd be hard pushed to find another gilet to rival its performance. Once again Galibier has managed to make a top-notch piece of cycling kit at an attractive price.
At £69.25, the Galibier gilet isn't super cheap, but the Rapha Classic Gilet that George really liked cost £100 and the Spatz BurnR Gilet that Neil tested is yours for a salty £134.99. The Galibier Foul Weather gilet is much less expensive than either of those two and is arguably a more substantial piece of kit too.
I'd say the cut of the gilet and the quality of the material result in a gilet that feels nicer than some top-brand gilets I've used in the past. If this had Castelli's name on it – or that of a similar brand – you could easily pay twice the price.
Galiber's Foul Weather Gilet is a great piece of kit and is now my go-to choice for the worst winter days
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Galibier GrandTour Foul Weather Gilet
Size tested: Medium
Tell us what the product is for
A weatherproof top-garment with a breathable rear panel, engineered for racing and riding in unpredictable spring and fall conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Windproof 2-WAY anti-stick zip.
At least 2 metres of Pressure Weave fabric in each smooth garment.
Articulated, seam free collar to gently wrap around the neck in every cycling position
Rear pockets, with 3M reflective trim to increase visibility and Mesh drainage feature.
Silicone waist band to keep the jacket locked in place.
Double stitching throughout.
Reflective 3M shoulder highlights.
Phone/valuables chest pocket.
The laser-cut hems give crisp edges to round out a great piece of cycling kit.
Super-warm item of winter clothing.
The only potential issue is getting grease on the grey colour.
The cut fits perfectly, with no flapping excess.
It fits true to size.
As a substantial winter piece, it isn't designed to be light, so there is a bit of weight to it.
I found the gilet consistently comfortable regardless of the length of ride.
The quality of the material and overall design make this is a high-quality cycling garment and, typical of Galibier, it comes in at a reasonable price too.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Washing has not only kept it nice and clean – it has also kept its water-resistant properties.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Perfectly, it has helped keep me nice and warm regardless of the weather.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Just how well it worked shrugging off winter weather – and I think it looks good too.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Its bulk makes it tricky to fit in a rear pocket and it can get very warm.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It is cheaper than a lot of its competitors – especially when you consider the Galibier's quality.
Did you enjoy using the product? Absolutely
Would you consider buying the product? Certainly
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
The GrandTour Foul Weather Gilet performs admirably in the foul weather it is designed for, and it is now my go-to layer for the worst weather.
About the tester
I usually ride: Canyon Aeroad My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Semi pro
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,