Montane Minimus (2015)


Montane Minimus overtrousers are very lightweight, and established favourites thanks to their combination of features. You get Pertex Shield fabric, which has excellent waterproofness and breathability, low weight and some essential features such as a waist with elastication and drawcord plus adjustment down the legs for a good fit. They lack the features of higher-priced options though. 4/5


Available in XS to XXL for men and 6 to 16 for women, Montane Minimus overtrousers are close-fitting – and you can make the fit even closer by adjusting the calf and ankle Velcro tabs. The ankle cuff is elasticated so you need to wear these over gaiters to prevent water creeping into your boots. The elasticated and drawcorded waist helps keep them in place. 4/5


As Montane Minimus overtrousers are so light you can forget they are on, and as there is no loose mesh lining they tend to feel unobtrusive and don’t easily snag on undergarment zips. The Pertex Shield fabric offers superb waterproofness and breathability although condensation is slightly better managed by 3-layer laminates. 4/5

In use

The weight makes Montane Minimus overtrousers superb for summer use when they live in your rucksack. In the depths of winter or in driving rain, heavier trousers offer a little more wind and insulating protection and have better ankle areas. Also, heavier trousers are more durable. But these are ideal for fast and light trips and backpacking outside of the worst conditions. 4/5


You are paying for the low weight here, plus a good level of waterproofness and breathability from the fabric. 4/5


Montane Minimus overtrousers are superb for travelling fast and light through the hills, but when the weather is really wild then others have benefits. 4.0/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine April 2015