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Montane Minimus Lite review

If you're looking for reliable weather protection for your runs, the Montane Minimus Lite could be the answer. Here's our full review...

As both the name and Montane’s product description suggests, this is designed to be a stripped-back waterproof jacket for runners or speedy hikers.

Despite that, it still retains a strong feature set, all of which is encapsulated in its 211g weight and pack size, which is no bigger than a pint glass.

That’s not the lightest out there – in fact, Inov-8’s Raceshell Half Zip weighs half as much – but it still certainly doesn’t feel heavy while on or in your pack.

What features does the Montane Minimus Lite have?

Of those features, the hood is a particular highlight, with a volume adjuster at the rear and two toggles on the collar.

The hood’s three points of adjustment allow you to get a perfect, close fit, offering excellent coverage from the rain while making sure it doesn’t obstruct your vision at all when looking around from side to side.

There are further adjustment points on each side of the waist, allowing you to cinch it in and keep the elements out.

Additional features include two hip pockets, which will easily take a phone, keys, cards or energy gels. Just be aware that it will bounce around somewhat, which is why we prefer chest-mounted pockets for running.

Meanwhile, the cuffs are partially elasticated to bring them close around your wrists, however they’re not as close fitting here as one or two other options we’ve tested, which does leave the door slightly ajar for rain to get in.

Weather resistance

That being said, the combination of a durable water repellent (DWR) coating and Pertex Shield membrane proved waterproof even in heavy downpours, with water beading up consistency.

Of course, all DWR coatings eventually degrade over time and will need re-application for the beading to continue.

What’s the fit like?

Fit proved true to size, while the cut is a little roomier than some other options on test, allowing for additional layers to be worn underneath if needed.

That does mean there’ll be a bit more material flapping in the wind, but it wasn’t all that noticeable or annoying.

Usefully, the fabric also has an element of stretch to it, which ensures range of movement is fantastic.

Oh, and there are several colours to choose from, too, which is always appreciated. These include an electric blue, black and alder green.

All in all, yes, it’s not cheap at £185, but it’s incredibly reliable.

Verdict: Tweak the cuffs and lose a few more grams and this would almost be the perfect running jacket.

Score: 87%

For more running gear reviews, see our list of the best waterproof running jackets, the best carbon plate running shoes and the best running head torches.

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Rob Slade is 220 Triathlon's Content Editor. He joined the team in April 2021 and has a background in adventure sports, which he developed during his time as editor of Adventure Travel magazine. Always up for an adventure, he's motivated by good views and regularly uses the scenery as an excuse for taking so long to complete events. While he may lack speed, he always retains his positive disposition, probably because he knows a pint will be waiting for him at the end.