Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket

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Minalist Jacket incorporates the latest Dry Q Elite…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $215

Summary

Minalist Jacket incorporates the latest Dry Q Elite fabric ,which keeps you dry inside. Asymmetric full length zipper and short expansion zipper keeps the chin protected from abrasion with enough room for a baklava. Best use for resort or back country skiing. Highly recommended.

Pros

  • Full featured ski shell with breathable waterproof fabric
  • Plenty of pockets, external and internal
  • Water resistant zippers
  • Zip out snow skirt
  • Adjustable hood and waist
  • Built in Recco reflector
  • Pit zippers

Cons

  • Pricey ($400 list)
  • Easy to get confused with the Marmot Minimalist


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Overall view with left chin zipper open
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Showing internal hood pulls running outside into hood; also chamois lined chin flap.

Adjusters are hidden in the hood at the top of the collar.  You adjust by pinching the adjuster and pulling the cord.  The hem adjusters  are completely hidden the hand warmer pockets, but work the same way. 



Overall fit is slightly snug in the shoulder and sleeve area. There is room, but if you need to add more than normal layering you should consider the next larger size. Pit zippers make the armpits a little tight if wearing more layers. Fabric however is light and flexible. 

Both the hood and the bottom can be adjusted with cinch cords using hidden adjusters. Hood adjusters have ferrules inside the collar so cords don't dangle outside the jacket. Hem adjusters and cords are inside bottom pockets. Cuffs are generous and have a asymmetric cut with large Velcro flaps so plenty of room for gloves.  

Snow skirt has a rubberized grip with four inch width and can be unzipped. The snow skirt zipper is protected by a nylon flap. The hood is not removable but overlaps a high collar. The brim is stiffened and has the adjustable cord running at the edge of the brim.

The full length zipper runs at an angle to the right chin and another 7 inch zipper starting at the left of the chin opens up a fold for more room. This makes the chin area quite comfortable on bare skin since it is lined with soft micro chamois material.

Storage is not a problem as this jacket has 4 external pockets, one water resistant left zipper pocket, one small ski lift pass pocket on the left sleeve and two regular zipper (flap protected) hand-warmer pockets. There are also two internal chest pockets.   

As I just received this jacket I have not tested in appropriate conditions. More later when I get the chance to test it. Overall it is a well thought out and sewn jacket. 

 

Joseph Renow

John...can you say (picture) a little about the hood and hand-warmer pockets on this jacket? 1) how does the hood adjust? 2) what kind of zipper or closures are on the hand-warmer pockets?


5 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Welcome to Trailspace, John. I hope you'll let us know how the jacket performs once you've had the chance to use it fully.


5 months ago