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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Salamon Quest Stretch (2012)

Top marks for comfort here. The Climapro Stretch fabric is soft to the touch, rustle-free and, of course, stretchy. But it doesn’t breathe as well as the Gore-Tex Paclite used on some of the other jackets on test. The hood is great – super-adjustable and deep enough – but like most, the peak’s too flimsy to deal with high winds. The main zipper is waterproof, but the storm flap is not particularly substantial so it needs to do its job. The fleecy collar feels lovely against the chin and the jacket has a good selection of pockets – two well-placed, venting handwarmers that will swallow a library of maps, plus a zip-up security one on the inside that’s perfect for keys. Plenty of adjustment at the hem and cuffs, too.

Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: Climapro 2.5L Stretch
Weight: 400g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: www.salomon.com

 

Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012


Salomon Mountain Crossing

: A lightweight jacket that employs stretch panelling in key areas to aid movement. Here it is used across the top of the back and around the lower part of the hood. It really helps with stretching and reaching, and the hood stretch allows it to move with your head when the hood is pulled tight on blustery, showery days on the hill. The hood itself works well enough, although it doesn’t have a stiffened peak to keep its shape. The collar is kept separate from the hood, which does help to keep the wind out from around your neck, although a lack of adjustment to the brushed collar means it’s difficult to get a proper seal.

VITAL STATS
Sizes:
S-XXL
Fabric: climaPRO 2.5 L, climaPRO Stretch 2.5L
Weight: 317g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01276 404 860; salomon.com/uk
• Review from Country Walking magazine, May ’11


Salomon Minim

A very light down jacket, the Minim feels a lot lighter than its actual figures. But it is remarkably warm despite its weight. The lightness is in part due to the Pertex Quantum face-fabric used, as well as an absence of zips on pockets and other bulk-boosting additions. Only one chest pocket has a zip closure, with two handwarmer pockets going without. In an effort to save bulk, deliberately slimline zips have been used and as a result, their durability is compromised, especially when stuffing the jacket into the chest pocket. Unfortunately, the fine weave of the Pertex and the additional stitching used in the jacket’s construction pushes up the price, while feather-loss through the stitching and even through the fabric was noticable. After a day wearing a light pack, in the snow, it did feel a little like it was shedding in preparation for an early summer.

Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: Pertex® Quantum
Insulation: Down
Weight: 358g
Women’s version available: Yes
Contact: 01773 601 870; www.salomon.com


Salomon XT Speed 2010

The Salomon XT Speed multi-activity jacket weighs 268g (size L); ClimaPro Stretch fabric is very stretchy; small chest pocket; reflective material on one shoulder; ideal for running and events when hoods won’t be needed. But no hood, so of limited use; only one small pocket so limited cargo options and no handwarming opportunity.

The Salomon XT Speed is a lightweight jacket that is ideal for specific activities such as running and biking, but the lack of a hood limits its appeal.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Salomon Tracks/Tiana 2010

The Salomon Tracks/Tiana weighs 332g (size L); Gore-Tex Paclite fabric; longer body than some options; excellent movement in sleeves; two hip pockets. But hip pocket access is easily obscured by rucksack belts; hood is not as good as the best here; Paclite is not ideal for controlling condensation.

The Salomon Tracks/Tiana is lightweight and a reasonable price, but its features could be better.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010


Salamon Tiana Paclite

Cut just long enough to cover the hips, the Tiana’s body and arms have a flattering, slimline shape. It’s made from Gore-Tex Paclite fabric which is waterproof and fairly breathable, with mesh-lined pockets for a welcome flow of air. The collar is on the small side, so it doesn’t sit well over a mid-layer, and it would also benefit from some fleece under the chin to prevent chafing. Unfortunately, the smallish hood and floppy peak don’t move well with the head, and don’t protect the face in bad weather.

VITAL STATS
Sizes:
XS-XL
Hood: Fixed
Weight: 275g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01276 404 860; www.salomon.com/uk


Salomon Minim 2009

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
Inner none
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes XS-XL
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

 


Salomon Minim Paclite

The Minim is an incredibly lightweight Gore-Tex Paclite jacket that offers no bells and whistles to save grammes and minimise the pack-down size. It has only a single chest pocket – not big enough for a map – but it does have an excellent hood, with plenty of adjustment but sadly no stiffening in the peak. It also has Velcro on the cuffs, which aids venting. The Gore-Tex fabric proved more breathable than some proprietary fabrics and kept out heavy rain too. Better for running or cycling.

 

Sizes: S-XXL
Hood: Rollaway
Weight: 280g
Women’s version: Yes 
Contact: 01206 404 860; www.salomonsports.co


Salomon Speed 2008

The Salomon Speed  multi-activity jacket weighs just 254g (women’s M); very breathable, very waterproof ClimaPro fabric; one chest pocket; mesh arm pits and back of shoulder; comfy collar lining. But no hood, making this a dedicated fast-pace jacket; no map-sized pocket; front zip lacks external stormflap; some adventure races state a hood is compulsory kit.Verdict
The Salomon Speed  is a adventure racing or action jacket where the lack of hood and pockets won’t be a drawback.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Salomon Paclite Jacket 2008

The Salomon Paclite Jacket weighs just 328g (men’s L); Gore Paclite offers good performance; the two pockets are map-sized; hood can be rolled down and secured; full-length front zip; good hood fit and movement. But pockets cannot easily be accessed with rucksack; more condensation than Gore-Tex Pro Shell; hood peak, fit and movement not ideal.Verdict
The Salomon Paclite Jacket is a reasonable price and weight, but pockets and hood could be better.

First published in Trail magazine November 2008

Salomon Speed

This multi-activity jacket weighs 254g (women’s size M); very breathable and very waterproof ClimaPro fabric; one chest pocket; mesh arm pits and back of shoulder for ventilation; brushed polyester collar lining. But no hood making this a dedicated fast pace jacket; no map-sized pocket; front zip does not get external stormflap, so may leak more easily than some; some adventure races state a hood is compulsory kit.

Verdict: A dedicated jacket for fast-paced action where the lack of hood and pockets won’t be a drawback.