Salomon Minim (2014)

The Salomon Minim lives up to its name by tipping the scales at just 292g (size men’s large). It is made from a very thin Climapro fabric that is waterproof and breathable but does not boast the performance of higher-priced jackets, and that is why it has a lower price tag than some options. The main front zip is exposed like most lightweight jackets, but it is not the most water-resistant design, which again saves a few pennies, but it does have an internal flap to limit water ingress. You do get three pockets though and they can all easily be accessed while wearing a rucksack. The two main ones are map-sized and the chest one is useful for a compass or GPS receiver. These pockets are mesh-lined though, so they won’t keep you as dry as other designs. There are also pit zips if you overheat. The hood is not quite as impressive as the best jackets as the peak is not wired and does not really form a peak once the drawcords are pulled in, and instead is more of a forehead protector. But at least the hood does stick to your head as it moves. Ths Salomon Minim is all about the weight, and what you get for that weight and its price tag. It is not as good as higher-priced jackets though.

Specifications:

Fabric 2.5-layer Climpro

Lining none

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes XS-XL

External pockets 3

Stowable hood? no

Side/pit zips yes

Weight 292g (men’s size L)

Website www.salomon.com

Verdict

The Salomon Minim is a sub-300g jacket with a manageable price tag and accessible pockets, but the hood is not ideal and the pockets are mesh-lined rather than sealed.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on featuring in Trail magazine July 2014

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