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Keep it sleek and simple in this top-tier, weather-proof jacket.

The Mountain Hardwear Men's Minalist Jacket lets you keep a low profile when bump-busting in Breckenridge or skinning up Mt. Moran for a mid-winter challenge. Waterproof and windproof, the Dry.Q provides maximum breathability from the get-go. While the tech takes an aggressive stance against the elements, this no-fuss jacket couldn't be bothered to fully spell out minimalist. If only the rest of your world was so simple, Mr. Super-Cali-Frag-a-Lis-Tic-Ex-Pe-Ala-Do-Cious.
Dry.Q Elite represents Mountain Hardwear's premier weatherproof, breathable technology. Dissimilar to other breathable tech, Dry.Q Elite does not require a critical mass of moisture vapor before respiration begins. Instead, the jacket breathes all the time, giving air a chance to get and stay fresh and giving you more sweat-free steps before you need to open up the underarm vents. Wind and water don't stand a chance of getting through to your skin (or base layer) unless you find yourself submerged in a bathtub. So stalk cyclones and hunt hurricanes, or just go play in the snow like the rest of us.
The standard fit provides ample room to layer underneath without adding bulk to your profile. The hood holds your helmet without putting blinders on the sides of your eyes. If you're wearing this jacket in town or backpacking, the powder skirt comes off to slim your silhouette even more. The slightly offset full-length zipper resists spits of sleet and saves your chin from unnecessary chafing. Even though you won't find frills on the Minalist jacket, you will be glad it has a key clip in the left pocket. The only thing worse than losing your keys is discovering you've lost your keys.

  • Dry.Q Elite 3-layer ripstop nylon
  • Standard fit
  • Underarm zips
  • Removable, adjustable powder skirt
  • 3-way adjustable drop hood, helmet-compatible
  • Recco reflector

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Love the big collar and hood

Love the big collar and hood

The oversized collar and hood are great for storm days and fit over a ski helmet. Here, you can see just how big it is over the head without a helmet underneath.

4 5

It's Minalist, not minimalist

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

The Minalist Jacket is an enigma. Its name implies that this is a minimalist shell. But the Minalist is anything but minimalist. Although I was fooled by the name, my appreciation for the shell developed over time.

SIZE: For outer shells, I typically wear a size large to make room for an insulated mid-layer underneath. However, the Minalist size L is more like an XL. The first time I put it on, I felt like I was wearing a big blue tarp. A puffy layer underneath takes up some room, and the arm sleeve length seems reasonable, but the torso is extremely roomy.

FEATURES: The oversized hood is awesome for wearing over a helmet, which I utilized on a very windy storm day doing laps off the Wildcat lift at Alta. I also love the offset zipper that closes up a gigantic collar. Typically on nasty days, I wear a neck gaiter, but with the Minalist, I can hide inside that collar with the hood up and be totally protected, almost like cinching down the hood of a sleeping bag on a cold night.

Other details are nice, like the removable powder skirt. If I feel it is not needed, the skirt easily zips out and can be stowed, saving on bulkiness and weight. The sleeves have great coverage over the wrists and use velcro to cinch down for heat entrapment and powder repulsion.

TECH: My favorite feature is the Dry.Q Elite membrane. This sucker BREATHES! While this hard shell is like a bomb shelter when sitting on long lift rides in a blizzard, the breathability is still top notch.

Overall, I think this shell is ideal for lapping the resort on days when a puffy mid layer is needed. Otherwise size down! I am over the moon for the Dry.Q Elite membrane. It has become my favorite cold weather/storm jacket for shredding all day at Alta, but is too bulky for backcountry ski touring.

It's Minalist, not minimalist
4 5

Solid Ski Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

Not sure how this is a minimalist jacket to be honest... it has everything most ski jackets have - including a multitude of large pockets, and pit zips. It isn't insulated (which is good, I like to layer), and it runs longer than I expected, and for the SAC price this was an absolute steal. The material is tough, the hood is nicely adjustable, and I love the colors. This will be my goto ski jacket for as many seasons as it lasts me!

NOTE: for those wondering, there are, absolutely, hand pockets on both left and right. The pockets are huge, and can fit anything you need.

Blizzard like in Jupiter Bowl.

Blizzard like in Jupiter Bowl.

Bought this jacket for my husband and he loves it. He is about 6'3", 240, and the extra large fits great. He tele's and loves the shoulder room, reverse zipper and the zip out powder skirt, for days when skiing the groomers. Quality workmanship...very pleased.

Does this jacket have hand pockets? It...

Does this jacket have hand pockets? It says [external] 1 zip chest, hand, 1 pass. I'm assuming "hand" means hand pockets but I cannot see any hand pockets in any of the pictures?

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It actually does not have any hand pockets. There are just the 2 pit zips, the chest, and the sleeve pocket.

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I just received this jacket in the mail from Backcountry. It does in fact have hand pockets left and right, it however doesn't have "Internal jersey cuffs, thumb loops". 6'2" 207lbs and the large works well for me.