‘The World’s lightest and most breathable waterproof mountain pants’ are how Montane describes Minimus overtrousers. They certainly are light at just 121g (men’s L) and as they pack down into their fist-sized stuffsack with ease you can also stash them in your rucksack and forget you are even carrying them. The fabric is extremely thin, meaning they are not restrictive; and this also makes them ideal for running and generally travelling fast in the hills. They are a little clammier than trousers with mesh linings, but at this weight that may be a price you are happy to pay. The design is fairly plain with a 33cm zip at the ankle, which just about allows these to fit over my boots. The calf area can be tightened with Velcro tab adjusters if desired while an elasticated ankle cuff provides a close, neat fit at the bottom. The waist is elasticated with a drawcord. Montane Minimus trousers only come in one leg length and when this is combined with that elasticated cuff you may find they ride up above the boot ankle cuff, which is not ideal, so a pair of ankle gaiters may be needed to keep water out of your boots. But they are still a superb choice for travelling fast and light in the hills.
Material Pertex Shield Lite
Weight 121g (M)
Montane Minimus trousers are the best for fast and light travel in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012