Nike ACG Minima 2008

The Nike ACG Minima is a very lightweight jacket at 452g (men’s size L), and the weight saving comes from the use of Gore-Tex Paclite fabric, mesh pockets and a simple yet functional design. The front zip gets an external and internal stormflap to keep the worst of the rain out, and the two chest pockets can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The hood rolls very neatly into a collar pocket, fits very well and moves well with the head. There is also a good-sized peak that does a good job of protecting the eyes. Mesh-lined pockets add ventilation too.  But the Nike ACG Minima’s fit was a little close for a large, so the cuffs and hem tended to ride up when scrambling. Annoyingly the chest pockets are a touch small for OS maps, which is a real pity. Some reflective piping would be good for night action too. Other jackets use fabric that controls condensation better, such as Gore-Tex Pro-Shell.

Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XXL (women’s)
Weight 452g (men’s L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict
The Nike ACG Minima is a very good multi-activity jacket, with only minor niggles separating it from the competition.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008