Montane Minimus Jacket 2011

Weighing in at just 220g (men’s L) and packing down into its own apple-sized stuffsack makes the Montane Minimus Jacket a true ultralight option. Much of the weight saving comes from the fabric, which is Pertex Shield, and in the lab it gives top-end breathability and waterproof performance figures. And it does all that for an incredible £120, making it around half the price of some of its competitors here.
On the hill the Pertex Shield fabric doesn’t handle sweat quite as well as some other jackets, which just goes to prove that staying dry in a waterproof is not only about fabric breathability but also about having an inner lining that effectively disguises any condensation. The Montane Minimus feels a notch more clammy than other jackets we looked at. Like them, you get a full-length front zip with an internal flap to deal with any water that gets through – it’s funnelled down the flap and out the bottom.
The feature set is particularly good for fast action including biking and running. Firstly the hood can be rolled away and secured at the neck to prevent it flapping around. Also, there’s reflective material for night use, and when on the hill, the wired peak of the hood and the superb fit means you can pretty much just get on with walking rather than trying to prevent the hood from flapping around.
There is only one pocket, on the left of the chest, but it’s reasonably large so you can drop an OS map in there with ease or let your GPS nestle safely. The fit of the Minimus is quite close – which again is ideal for running and biking – and the slightly scooped rear helps protect your lower back and bum.

Price £120
Weight 220g (men’s L)
Fabric 3-layer Pertex Shield
Lining none
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes S-XL
External pockets 1
Wired hood yes
Contact (01670) 522300; www.montane.co.uk

Ratings
Features 4
Design 5
Comfort 3
Performance 4
Value 5
Overall 4

The Montane Minimus Jacket offers incredibly good value, impressive weight and the features you get are well-designed, but not the best fabric for comfort.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine September 2011