Maximum tech. Minimum weight.

Wet weather? No problem. Slide on your Montane Minimus Jacket and head out for a short hike to explore your surroundings. An athletic cut and slight drop tail give you plenty of room to move about while hopping over downed trees and scrambling over big boulders.

  • Ultralight Pertex Shield 2.5-layer fabric and features a waterproof breathable PU membrane and DWR coating for severe weather protection
  • Ultra breathable construction means that you won't overheat while exerting yourself
  • Roll-away mountain hood with reinforced wired peak keeps your dome sheltered
  • Reflective detailing helps keep you visible in low-light situations
  • Includes stow away stuff sack for easy storage in your pack or clipped to your harness
  • Reviews
  • Q & A
Unanswered Question

Does the jacket have pit zips/vents?

so light!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got this jacket and the corresponding pants to help cut weight on my hiking gear. Very happy I did, too. I cut almost a full pound off my previous gear. The Pertex is an awesome material. Waterproof, super light, and not too 'loud'. Would definitely recommend this as well. Fit seems to be true, but I did order larger than my normal size so I can layer. And, I tend to prefer a looser jacket.

Small fit

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

The Minimus seemed like a good quality jacket, but I had to return it because it runs too small. It has a very narrow fit and was too tight around my torso. I gave the jacket three stars because I feel that there are much better options available in the same price range.

Nice and light. But HUGE!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

I usually buy most things in size small. But on the advice and ratings given for this jacket in the Backcountry reviews I decided to order Medium. It's HUGE. Even a size small would have been quite large for me.

Shame, as the jacket was what I wanted in terms of features and weight.

Nice jacket

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: medium

Seemed well made and what I was looking for, however the fit wasn't right for me. Too long in the arms, too tight in the body. Returned

light, waterproof, expensive

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

light as hell, seemed waterproof (with a shower test), returned it because it was so damn expensive! good athletic cut (kind of slim.)

Good fit and finish

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

Looks to be a quality product and for the price, I expect it to be. However the XL is sized small in the chest.I wanted 44" (XL) chest size so my 42" chest and a synthetic GoLite vest would fit. When I got it I was really concerned that the jacket looked and felt snug but I could still zipper it. I can even zip over the vest so it's all good. for me. However, forget it if I was a 44" as an XL is supposedly sized. It wouldn't have fit unless you are comfortable in a leotard. The zipper is also on the left side so it's kind of awkward for American men used to right handed zippers. Fit and finish look excellent with all seams taped except a few places where different material types are sewn together but the silnylon was rolled over on itself so I'm unconcerned. The chest pocket is pretty large but I hate micro zippers. I always fear ripping the tag off. It comes with a mesh stuff sack but for the life of me I don't know If I could can get the jacket in such a tiny bag.

when will it be available in l ? blue or...

when will it be available in l ? blue or green

Hello there! Unfortunately, doesn't have a back-order for this jacket in size Large. Sorry for the bad news.

Montane Minimus

Mark - Can you share which size jacket you are wearing in the video? I'm 5'10" and 170, trying to figure out what size to order. Thanks!

Ridiculously light!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looked around for a light trail running jacket. My selection criteria:

1) Had to fit right (Athletic cut)

2) Keep wind and rain at bay and still breathe. (Don't care for material that "sticks" when it gets damp).

3) Under 200.00.

I called and got a hold of Lincoln. This guy is a gear geek and knows his stuff. We finally narrowed it down to the Minimus and as luck would have it, it was on sale!

I ordered the M according to the size chart, but had to return for a L. No problem with the exchange and great customer service!

When I got the L I turned it inside out and noticed the seams are all taped well along with a sealed zipper and solid stitching. Took it out on one of my long training runs (5 hour). The wind was blowing briskly and the temp was 40. I had an UA heat gear compression shirt as a base layer. This jacket did everything I wanted. Blocked the wind, breathed w/o sticking from the sweat and was cool looking and ridiculously light!

Update to January 4 post.
OK, after researching more, The Pertex Shield on this jacket is different from the old DS. Pertex was bought out a couple years ago and the "New" Pertex Shield Montane claims have some high breathability claims:

Montane Minimus jacket
Main body - Pertex Shield
Breathability at 25,000 MVTR
20,000mm hydrostatic head
Weight around 200 grams

After doing a little more research, I found that if it's a 2/2.5 layer shell, the claims are way off. If it's the 3 layer version, it might be true. I e-mailed them directly about this and apparently it’s just a new version of Pertex DS. Now there are quite a few 2.5 layer fabrics now making these sorts of claims: Marmot's Membrane strata for instance, so no reason at all that Pertex couldn't have sourced something like this.

What might be more interesting is how far we should believe these tests in terms of comparing these 2.5 layer fabrics with 3 layer ones.
I had another opportunity to test the Minimus in what I would consider a pass or fail test. I took it out on a 2 hour trail run. The temp. was 60, wind blowing 10-15 mph with a steady rain! I was wearing the same UA heat gear compression shirt as a base layer along with a visor hat to keep the rain from dripping down on my face. Pulled the hood up and cinched in back and sides. Man, this jacket performed great! It was just a tad clammy when I finished my run, but what jacket would not be.
Again, for the money/weight ratio, you cannot go wrong with this jacket

Thank you very much for the great review and update! I had heard some similar things about the 2.5L membrane to the 3L. From what you have put this jacket through it seems like this new version of 3L Pertex Shield is awesome. Thanks again for the great review!!

You’re welcome Sean. I would like to clarify that this particular jacket IS only a 2.5 layer. That is the beauty of the newer Pertex Shield and why it is Ultralight. A 2.5 layer with similar 3 layer capabilities.

I would also like to add after finishing the Rocky Racoon this Saturday, I don't think I will be buying another jacket soon. It rained for the first 4 hours and was in the mid 50's to low 60's all day. What a well designed jacket. Again, you cannot beat the money/weight ratio.

I�d like to be able to wear a Patagonia Ultra-Light Down Jacket under it.

Do you think it is possible without squeezing it too much?

Unkas, I would definitely order at least one size up if not two if you plan on layering. This jacket has an athletic cut for sure.