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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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Favourite ski jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Less is more. Or is more more? Who really knows. But what I do know is that Mountain Hardwear’s Minalist Jacket nailed a sweetspot for backcountry skiers – more frills than an ultralight climbing shell, less frills than a resort jacket. The jacket is so Minimalist they had to take two letters out of the name to shave weight. OK, bad joke, but you get the point.

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I really like the cut and simple features of this jacket. It's great for touring and the resort. I've had a lot of jackets in my day, MHW in particular, but this one rises above.

Favourite ski jacket

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

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.

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?