For my hiking and packrafting adventures in summer and autumn, I was looking for a rain shell that is super light and still breathes quite well. After comparing some smocks and jackets I decided to give the Montane Minimus Smock a try. This is probably one of the lightest rain jackets which you can buy for your hiking or backpacking trips and here comes a short review.
The Montane Minimus Smock weights 143 grams and is almost invisible in your backpack since it packs really small. It also comes with reflectors which are quite useful when you still have to hike during the night on a road. The front-back is also useful since you can store items like a map in it and easily access it during your hike.
From my experience, a rain jacket stays most of the time in the backpack and I don’t see any point to carry a 500 grams jacket with me which I never use most of the time. Alternatively, there is also the Arcteryx Tecto FL jacket which weights a bit more, is a bit more durable since it is made of Gore-Tex active shell and has a full-zip so you can easily pull the jacket on and off which I found a bit difficult with the Montane Minimus Smock.
Below you can see how the Montane Minimus Smock is packed when you receive it.
YKK Aqua Guard Zip to keep you dry.
Pertex Shield+ and reflectors which are quite useful for night hikes.
Stuff Sack to pack the Minimus Smock.
Jacket inside out with the mesh front bag.
I have tested the Montane Minimus Smock on my trip to Sarek National Park in Sweden. If you are looking for a waterproof and lightweight jacket then you should give the Montane Minimus Smock a try.
Personally, I would recommend the Montane Minimus Jacket over Montane Minimus Smock. It’s just much easier to put-on/off the jacket. If you want something more durable for the winter then I can also recommend the Arcteryx Tecto FL jacket.