REI Mistral Jacket II
Price Paid: $139
This is my favorite jacket. Love this jacket! It certainly lives up to its description. What I like most about it is its comfort. Fitwise, it moves very easily with you. Temperature wise, it is suitable across a pretty decent range of temperatures due to its wind resistance. It handles my needs 95% of the time (Southern California resident). Appearance wise, it works across a decent range of clothing styles since I bought it in black.
I have also used it as a wind-blocking mid-layer while snowboarding. Its slippery outer surface worked well with my shell because it did not bind. The windproofing was a nice advantage, but it could have provided a bit more insulation. Finally, its small size allows it to pack well.
If I could improve this jacket (i.e., Mistal III), I would add just a tad more insulation and make it water repellant. Finally, it seems to retain wrinkles after its first wash. Wish I could prevent it from wrinkling.
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Our Mistral II jacket has been updated with a lighter weight material—wear it for your active outdoor adventures and your urban outings as well. A great choice for cool summer nights, mornings at altitude or a transition piece for spring skiing and fall climbing and hiking. Polartec Power Shield® lightweight fabric has a woven nylon face that sheds light rain and snow, is durable, wind-resistant and very breathable. Soft velour fleece inner face traps body heat for added warmth. Power Shield lightweight also has two-way stretch comfort, wicks moisture and a great hand. Two mesh-lined hand pockets and chest pocket have reverse-coil zippers for added abrasion resistance; zipper hoods protect zipper heads. Stand-up collar is lined with brushed tricot for softness against skin. Drop-tail hemline is a bit longer in back for good coverage; elastic drawcord exits into hand pockets for easy adjustment. Streamlined, athletic fit. Closeout.
- REI refers to the men's version