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Montane Minimus Rain Pants

manufactured by :
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
165.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On July 16, 2015
Last modified:October 3, 2016

Summary:

I’ve been hiking with this pair of Minimus Rain pants for close to two years now and except for a small hole on the bum (patched with Tenacious Tape), they’ve held up remarkably well, even on bushwhacks. I surmise this is a because they are more formfitting than many of the so-called waterproof/breathable rain pants I’ve worn in the past, which have been annoyingly baggy and tear when they catch on rocks and branches

Montane Minimus Rain Pants have velcro tabs on the lower leg that you can cinch down to eliminate bagginess.
Montane Minimus Rain Pants have velcro tabs on the lower leg that you can cinch down to eliminate bagginess.

Besides the fact that they’re very lightweight, the most important thing you have to know about Montane’s Minimus Rain Pants is that they’re not baggy. They have extra velcro tabs along the base of the legs that you can cinch down to make the legs form-fitting so they don’t flop when you’re hiking or running.

I’ve been hiking with this pair of Minimus Rain pants for close to two years now and except for a small hole on the bum (patched with Tenacious Tape), they’ve held up remarkably well, even on bushwhacks. I surmise this is a because they are more formfitting than many of the so-called waterproof/breathable rain pants I’ve worn in the past, which have been annoyingly baggy and tear when they catch on rocks and branches

Made with Pertex, the Montane Minimus Pant is remarkable lightweight weighing only 5.7 ounces in a size XL men’s, which gets a big vote in my book because I always carry a pair in my pack, day hikes and backpacking trips included. However, while many in ultralight backpacking circles hail Pertex Shield Lite as some wonder waterproof/breathable fabric, the reality is that I sweat when I wear these pants in the rain, and so does everyone else (and all rain pants).

The fact is, I mainly wear them for warmth retention in rain (see When do you put on your ran pants) rather than to keep me dry, since rain gear has never kept me dry when I’ve hiked in the pouring rain. As far as I’m concerned, the value of Pertex shells is that they’re very lightweight, which I believe is important since they’re a fixed weight in my pack that never varies between hikes.

The cut of Montane's Minimus Pants is slim, especially in the legs.
The cut of Montane’s Minimus Pants is slim, especially in the legs. And yes, I have lost a bit of weight this year. Lots of hiking I guess.

Fitwise, be aware that Montane clothing runs very small and you’ll need to size up a full size when you buy it. For example, if you normally wear a large anything, you’ll want to bump up to an extra-large in Montane. That’s a head scratcher, I know, and Montane claims they’re trying to fix their sizing issues.

A few technical details about these pants:

  • Elastic waist with draw strong waist adjustment (good when the draw string pulls out)
  • Pertex Shield Lite has a MVTR of 7000g/m(squared)/24hrs and 10,000mm hydrostatic head
  • Velcro calf tabs (shown above)
  • Taped seams (interior)
  • Elastic leg hems
  • Articulated knees
  • YKK Calf zippers – very convenient for on/off when wearing trail runners
  • Reflective print on legs – good for nighttime running

Everyone I’ve run into wearing Montane’s Minimus Pants adores them, and that includes me. Good kit.

Disclosure: Montane provided Philip Werner with a sample pair of Minimus Pants for this review. 

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6 comments

  1. I have these, and love them. Finally a pair of hiking pants that don’t look like baggy clown pants. I agree about the water-resistance–if it’s raining, you are gonna get wet no matter what. These guys are so light and dry out super fast which is awesome. They are really comfortable to not only lounge around in camp, but also to hike in due to their athletic cut. Good stuff!

  2. Sure wish I *could* wear something like this. However, being rather short at 5′ 4″ means that articulated knees wind up being closer to my ankles! Ugh. Pants with zippers at the lower leg can’t be hemmed, well, not without spending a fortune on custom tayloring. My wife and I each have a set of Bean’s pathfinder something or other, and yes they’re 3 – 4″ too long. We have to roll the cuffs up inside the legs, and even that blows. So far we’ve only had to use them on motorcycle trips and I must say they have done an outstanding job at keeping us dry, even at 70mph in a MN monsoon. We dread the thought of having to hike in them with the legs so long. We’re seriously looking at frogg toggs (dri-ducks?), at least they’re super light and inexpensive. We can just hack off any extra length with sissors I suppose.

    • They make a women’s version, which probably has a shorter inseam (though the website doesn’t say that I can find), if you’re willing to go that route. Also 5’4”, also have this problem. I’ve even hemmed shorts so I don’t look like I’m hiking in culottes.

    • Rainy Pass Repair does alterations on outdoors gear, including raingear. You could get an ideal fit.

  3. Wow. $120 for rain pants I rarely wear. I think I’ll add velcro to my Red Ledge Thunderlight pants

  4. I am a big fan of the Montane Featherlite wind pants. They are lighter and although they aren’t waterproof, they resist most rain, are lighter than the rain pats and are dryer than rain pants in everything but hard poring rain.

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