If you want to travel fast and light then the key is a superlight fabric coupled with frill-free design, so that no weight is wasted. The Salomon Minim multi-activity jacket sets out with this objective, as its name suggests. It is made from Gore Paclite fabric, which is designed to be packable and lightweight. Better still, the designers have not wasted this benefit by adding superfluous detail. Instead they have just incorporated a main front zip and a small chest pocket. The hood rolls down to the collar where it can be secured, which is ideal for biking and running. The jacket has a close fit but it still allows good freedom of movement. Use this for adventure racing or superlight mountain travel and it should be ideal for a variety of different activities. But the Salomon Minim multi-activity jacket has no handwarmer pockets. The one pocket is high on the shoulder and is quite small, and I would prefer a large pocket lower on the chest for ease of use. You will experience more condensation inside this than with a Gore-Tex Pro Shell jacket. A stiffened or wired peak would make the hood better and some reflective piping would be good for night use.
Outer Gore-Tex Paclite
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 250g (size L)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict: The Salomon Minim multi-activity jacket is ideal for travelling fast and light on foot or by bike.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009