Finisterre is a brand born on the surfing beaches of Devon by founder Tom Kay.
The brand is all about providing cold water surfers with clothing they can use out of the water that performs well but also looks good.
Does the Finisterre Mistral live up to those lofty standards? Well, the jacket is certainly a welcome departure from the usual waterproof jackets we test at Active Traveller which, although fit for purpose, are rarely stylish other than in an ‘outdoor chic’ kind of way.
The Mistral has a slightly retro anorak style to it but it still manages to maintain a flattering fit. The subtle navy blue outer is offset by a white waterproof YKK zip.
The hood is 3- point adjustable and has a wired peak which adds to the jackets tech credentials. There are further adjustments at the hem as well as Velcro adjustable cuffs.
The outer is 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a PU membrane and breathable mesh lining which helps make the jacket comfortable next to the skin.
There are two handwarmer pockets large enough to store your essential items in and the jacket can be rolled up into the hood and cleverly secured using the hoods rear adjuster.
The Mistral has taped seams, waterproof zips and a 20,000mm hydrostatic head rating, headline figures that could challenge some of the most technical jackets on the market.
In some fairly dire weather the Mistral performed faultlessly. The adjustable cuffs, hem and hood helped to keep the elements out and the waterproofing and breathability were up there with some of the best.
If you’re looking for a technical jacket with a touch of style then the Mistral is well worth a look.