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September 2005 Jackets

Jacket Review: REI Mistral II

Comfortable, water-resistant fabric earns points lost from this jacket's boxy fit

Our testers love the way Polartec’s lightweight Power Shield balances breathability and weather resistance, creating a fabric with an outstanding comfort range (it helped the GoLite Kinetic earn an Editor’s Choice Award in 2004). Northwest editor Mike Lanza says the Mistral II adds an important attribute: affordability. He used the jacket while hiking and skate skiing in cool to subfreezing temps, and he praised the Mistral’s breathability, features, and stretch. His only hesitations: “The fit is boxy in the torso, and the cuffs would work better with gloves if they were elasticized or adjustable.”

Price: $139

Sizes: men’s S-XXL, women’s S-XL

Weight: 13 oz.

Contact:: (800) 426-4840, www.rei.com.

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