We put the ultralight Minimus 777 waterproof jacket to the test. Read the review here.
Montane Minimus 777 waterproof jacket
Montane's Minimus 777 jacket utilises a waterproof, 3-layer Pertex Shield+ fabric, has an elasticated hem and cuffs and has a non-adjustable hood.
Montane and Pertex have managed to cram 3 layers into this whisper thin and light material: A 7-denier nylon face, a 7-micron breathable membrane and a 7-denier tricot backer. This is quite some achievement and results in a jacket that is fully waterproof (20,000mm HH) as well as feeling incredibly breathable in use. It's also quite comfortable to wear and doesn't unduly restrict movement when running or hiking.
Fit is athletic, for hiking and cycling use we would have liked the hem to be a little more generous in length to provide more protection to the midriff area so we'd recommend going up a size if you're considering ordering online.
Features are, well, minimal - as you would expect. There is a hood which functions but certainly doesn't have any bells or whistles, the single chest pocket could take a GPS or phone but a map would be a push, the cuffs and hem are elasticated but not adjustable and that's about it.
The Minimus 777 isn't about features though, it's built for those that are willing to forego the luxuries of adjustability in favour of the lightest possible weight and pack size.
This is where we consider the Minimus 777 to be one of the best jackets out there. Packed up, the fist sized Minimus can be stuffed into the smallest of nooks and crannies making it the perfect companion for trail running and wild camping jaunts.
Then there's the weight, at 140g it's in a very exclusive club of ultralight jackets, we know of only one which is lighter and that's since been discontinued.
Overall, as a multi-use jacket the Minimus 777 is easy to live with, durability when carrying a heavy pack could suffer considering the thin fabric but it still makes a very compelling option even if the price tag is a little steep.