Brand: Mountain Hardwear
Fit Testers who struggle to find sufficiently long sleeves and hems rejoiced at the Minalist’s generous cut. “I can reach for high handholds and pull the hood over my helmet without exposing my lower back,” says our 6’1” tester.
Breathability The midweight polyester fabric and Dry.Q Elite membrane deliver outstanding moisture movement. Our tester never steamed up, even after hurried, 700-foot climbs in Colorado’s Park Range. In fact, the fabric moved heat and sweat so well that he found this jacket to be cooler than most, requiring him to wear extra insulation to avoid feeling chilled—even with the pit zips sealed.
Features Hardly a minimalist design, the Minalist packs conveniences ranging from a key fob (in a hand pocket) to a lens wipe clipped into the chest pocket. The center zipper is offset so it doesn’t chafe your chin, and a zippered gusset expands the high, protective collar to accommodate neck gaiters and helmet straps. A detachable powder skirt and soft, jersey-knit gaiters at the wrists seal out snow. Ding: The generous cut and bounty of features add ounces. Despite the midweight fabric, the Minalist is hefty.
$400; 1 lb. 11 oz.; mountainhardwear.com