Actually, I’ve already run in too many really good rain jackets to feel like experimenting. But I have heard and read so many positive things about the Montane Minimus Jacket that nothing could go wrong. ;)
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Maybe I should start with the fact that Montane is not a typical supplier for runners. Although the English company is dedicated to developing “innovative, lightweight, breathable clothing and equipment for endurance sports and activities in extreme environmental conditions”, the focus is certainly more on mountain sports than (trail) running. Nevertheless, even as a runner you can only benefit from the brand’s knowledge and experience in other areas.
The Minimus Jacket is made for fast and intensive activities, as you can see from its sporty cut. A rain jacket has to meet two main requirements: on the one hand you want to be permanently protected from the rain under the jacket, but on the other hand you don’t want to stew in your own juice. In addition to rainproofness, breathability is therefore an important factor.
The Montane Minimus Jacket is made of the material “Pertex Shield”. This withstands a water column of 20,000 mm. This should therefore be more than sufficient even in continuous rain. In the other direction the jacket lets 20,000 g/m2 of steam through per 24 hours – at least that is what the manufacturer says. For comparison: from 10,000 g/m2 one speaks of very good breathability. For the Salomon Bonatti it’s 15. 000 g/m2 and the absolute leader is the Soar Ultra Rain Jacket with 70,000 g/m2.
The Montane jacket is equipped with a cap that even has a stiffened brim. Several cords and the corresponding stoppers allow it to be perfectly adjusted to the head and needs.
The lower waistband has also been designed to be adjustable. The jacket has a relatively sporty cut and also goes over the butt, but especially when it rains you want to offer the wind as little surface as possible.
On the left chest there is a large zipper pocket. It is so big that you could almost store a tablet in it ;) Strictly speaking, it has exactly the right size for a hiking map. But a cell phone can be transported just as well without it bouncing or sliding.
For space-saving transport, the 188 gram jacket can also be completely stowed away in this breast pocket if necessary.
I could not complain about sufficient testing possibilities in the last weeks. There were mild days with light showers, but also heavy continuous rain. On the mild days, the breathability had to show if it was sufficient for sports. The numbers kept what they promised: the plastic bag effect did not occur and I never felt the need to take the jacket off during rain breaks. In addition, you can even use the breast pocket as a ventilation opening because it is made of an air-permeable mesh on the inside.
In heavy rain I was quite happy about the cap – even if I could do without it otherwise. The cords make it very easy to adjust. I especially liked the very high cut “neck” of the jacket, because it reaches up to the nose when the zipper is closed. Together with the peak of the cap you are really well protected. I have never seen this done so well with any other jacket.
Apart from that I had to realize that even with low drizzle potential I liked to take the Minimus jacket as a precautionary measure, where I usually like to get wet. This was certainly due to the really good fit of the Montane and the fact that it hardly rustles when running.
Montane Minimus Jacket
The Montane Minimus Jacket is a very good rain jacket for runners. It absolutely convinced me in its function and showed no weaknesses. I can recommend it without reservation.
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This is where Thomas Pier writes about running and (much more than just the necessary) equipment. I don't run particularly fast or far. But I like to share my experiences as an ambitious recreational runner, curious early-adopter and as my own trainer.
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