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Big weather protection, ultralight design, tiny packing size.

From 20-mile trail runs to multi-day backpacking trips, be prepared for wet and windy weather with the Montane Men's Minimus Smock. The ultralight Pertex Shield supplies a high level of waterproof and breathable performance while the Lycra-bound hood stays put in windy conditions. Plus, this five ounce jacket packs into a tennis-ball-sized stuff sack so you'll always have space to bring it along.

  • Pertex Shield shell fabric is exceptionally lightweight, waterproof, and breathable
  • Micro-taped seams keep wet weather out
  • Athletic fit with articulated arms allows for a full range of movement
  • Lycra-bound hood fits snugly around your face and can be worn beneath a helmet
  • Half-length front zipper provides ventilation when down
  • Lycra bound cuffs and hem keep weather out and warmth in
  • Large zippered bib pocket keeps essentials securely stowed
  • Reflective accents improve your visibility to motorists in low light conditions
  • Jacket packs into an included tennis-ball-sized stuff sack and weighs in at just 5 ounces

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Montane Minimus Smock (Pt 2)

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

The kangaroo pocket is very well thought out. The pocket does not expand side to side so far that the shoulder straps from my backpack lays over the pocket. As well, the pocket does not extend to the bottom hem like on many other kangaroo pockets, which means my backpacks hip belt lies beneath the pocket. This design keeps items inside the pocket from getting smushed from my pack straps, or causing them to dig into my abdomen. This also keeps the items from getting trapped in a separate compartment from the backpacks straps and not being able to access them with the pack on.

The hems around the waist, wrist cuffs, and face are all lined with lycra. Surprisingly, this works well. The waist hem is actually a bit tighter than I would like (but it may loosen with use), and the wrist cuffs fit excellent; they actually create a seal around my wrist that is not too tight, but works.

The hood is not the best hood I have used (note that I have no need to wear helments), however, it is by far not the worst either. There is a single piece of elastic stitched into the back of the hood which does a good job at securing the hood around my head. There is not other methods of adjustment on the hood.

All in all, I give this piece a 4. Minus one on the fit, although it does state "athletic" cut, this seems to be a bit trimmer than anything else I have tried on.


Montane Minimus Smock (Pt 1)

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

I am 5'10", ~ 200 lbs. My measurements around my chest/back direclty under my arm pits is 45? (in circumference) and over the top of my shoulders is 52?. I ordered the XL in black.

As far as fit, it is tight. This is the tightest fitting XL jacket I have worn. To be honest, I would like to go up to the XXL (something I have never had to do in any other piece as the XL's are usually plenty baggy enough for me to layer even a puffy under) but at the moment, these are not available on BC (other than 1 in size small). If I were to do it again, I would go with the XXL. To be fair though, the fit on the smock is listed as "athletic" (note that the jacket version of the Minimus has a regular fit though).

The color is as expected and matches the color of the displayed model on my screen.

My XL weighs 5.3 oz, or 5.6 oz with the supplied stuff sack. (Note that these weights are verified and not echoed from a listed spec.)

This jacket is made from Pertex Shield +. While I have not had this one out yet to test in the field, I can say that from my past experience with Pertex Shield (not the updated "Pertex Shield +") it is a pretty reasonable "WP/B" material, especially when compared to all the other "WP/B" materials...

The quality of construction appears to be top notch. All seams are straight and uniform. I found 1 stray stitch, which I verified to be safe to cut and did so with not reason for concern. The smock is entirely taped on the inside, which is centered along the stitching. The tape is all applied evenly, with no lifting edges or "corrections" noted.

The zippers all work as expected.

See part 2 for the rest...