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Fitz Travels
(fitztravels)
5 oz Hardshell? on 05/04/2013 13:43:03 MDT Print View

Was just looking through Backcountry.com and noticed on the New Items section: Montane Minimus Smock.

http://www.backcountry.com/montane-minimus-smock-mens

Its made of Pertex Shield+ and weighs 5oz and packs the size of a tennis ball.

Supposedly its waterproof.

Edited by fitztravels on 05/04/2013 14:18:11 MDT.

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(annapurna) - MLife
Re: 5 oz Hardshell? on 05/04/2013 15:17:49 MDT Print View

Here from last years outdoor retail market.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: 5 oz Hardshell? on 05/04/2013 21:21:34 MDT Print View

I got the rab Pulse pull on on sale at camp saver...same weight, same pertex shield...I kind of like it actually. Worked really well walking my dog in a nasty downpour the other day here in Chicago....

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: 5 oz Hardshell? on 05/04/2013 21:24:55 MDT Print View

"Worked really well walking my dog in a nasty downpour the other day here in Chicago...."

Can I assume you bought two so poor CharlieDog was protected from the nasty downpour too?

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: Re: 5 oz Hardshell? on 05/04/2013 21:30:17 MDT Print View

Are you kidding?? He LOVES nasty downpours. And mud puddles. He don't need no stinkin' pertex shell!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Montane Minimus on 05/05/2013 22:43:42 MDT Print View

I haven't been impressed with Pertex Shield. The WP/B coating is way too thin/non-durable. I've got the Montane Minimus pants and after biking to work in them for a couple months the coating had flaked off the entire inner butt area. It's darn thin stuff. It comes off like dandruff. It's worth a couple extra ounces for something that'll hold up.

Edited by dandydan on 05/05/2013 22:44:14 MDT.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Montane Minimus on 05/05/2013 23:00:50 MDT Print View

I do a few trips every summer where I am fairly confident that it won't rain, but the consequence if it does rain is pretty bad. These pertex jackets fill this niche. I carried my 12oz event jacket way too many times last summer. Hopefully I will never find out if the pertex is waterproof or not.

Evan Chartier
(evanchartier) - M
Ultralight Rain Jacket on 05/05/2013 23:22:01 MDT Print View

For those shorter weekend trips where I dont think it will rain I usually just take an extra trash compactor bag...works in a pinch, and super light. Covers my pack too.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Ultralight Rain Jacket on 05/06/2013 07:02:25 MDT Print View

Yeah I can't imagine using that Pulse a ton; the fabric really is quite thin. I love the Demand (10 oz eVent) and that has been my go to for just about everything...but I got the pulse for less than $100, so I figured it might be a good idea to throw in the pack on summer trips where I'm not REALLY expecting too much rain. For 5 oz it fits that niche pretty well...

Anyone have any ideas how this compares to, say, the helium II?

Too bad one cannot get the new Haglofs gram comp for less than $300...that's just ridiculous....

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Re: Ultralight Rain Jacket on 05/06/2013 10:08:56 MDT Print View

Pulse and Helium II use pretty much the same fabric. The Helium II uses 20d face nylon while the Pulse use 15d (so on paper Helium should be a bit more durable). Otherwise the only real difference is fit and features. Many hate the Helium hood although it's slightly improved in the II version. Dave Chenault says if the hood was improved (more like a Rab hood) then it would be a serious all weather shell. My mens medium weighs in a 6.03oz/171g.

Haven't had rain to test mine out but should get a thorough workout of it this upcoming week so I'll report back later.

Stevie Patrick
(XstevieX) - M
Rab Pulse Pull-on on 05/06/2013 10:37:50 MDT Print View

I picked up a Rab Pulse Pull-on last month and had only wore it around town up until this last weekend. I love the fit and design, and around town, it seemed to meet my expectations. However, I did take it out on a three day trip this last weekend and did experience quite a bit of rain on my last day, it started about a mile in on my 15 mile hike back to the car and lasted the rest of my hike. It was in the mid to high 40s and it didn't seem like it was breathing at all, I hiked very hot at first. But after being rained on for about two hours, it began to wet out. It was just a matter of time before my upper body was completely soaked. I was pretty bummed about it, I really wanted it to work. But it looks like I'll be returning it and trying something else. I may have been a bit naive about how it should have performed, but either way, I'd rather not put myself in that situation again, at least not at that temp. For short summer showers, maybe.

P S
(xeren) - F

Locale: Southern California
OR Helium II on 05/06/2013 11:19:19 MDT Print View

I picked up the OR Helium II during the last campsaver sale and though I haven't used it on a trip yet, I stood in the shower with it on, and the hood worked great. The part where the water was hitting my neck started to wet out, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the pressure from a shower over the course of several minutes would do that- I don't expect that to happen so quickly from normal rain, which wouldn't have nearly as high PSI.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Back to the drawing board on 05/06/2013 12:07:57 MDT Print View

What Dan said, so fragile it won't hold up.

Do these vendors FIELD TEST these UL garments?

Tom Dowser
(DaFireMedic) - M

Locale: Southern California
Not worth it on 05/06/2013 12:17:57 MDT Print View

Even if these these things were more durable, its way overpriced at $199. I believe in buying the best stuff you can afford, but I believe theres better out there for much less.

P S
(xeren) - F

Locale: Southern California
$83 on 05/06/2013 12:54:54 MDT Print View

meh- I got my OR helium II for $83 and change- it's going in the bottom of my pack on trips where the weather report says 0% chance of rain. for anything else, I'll bring my heavier 3 layer eVent jacket.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Back to the drawing board on 05/06/2013 13:28:21 MDT Print View

"What Dan said, so fragile it won't hold up.

Do these vendors FIELD TEST these UL garments?"

Sure, and it's a betting game.

1. They charge a bunch to offset returns. I believe that is a large part of the price for air mattresses.

2. It won't get heavily used and survive. My guess is that a large proportion of expensive outdoor garments don't get heavy use.


3. It does have a no questions asked lifetime warranty and OR is good on their word from my experience.

I like the CYA for no rain forecasted. I carry a 7oz poncho for the same reason and get an emergency shelter in the bargain for $60 retail. I've carried a DriDucks jacket for the same conditions.

This class of jacket is great for travel, where you can have a clean looking do-it-all shell in your day bag. Breathability is less bothersome wandering city streets than climbing a long string of switchbacks, so usingvit to cover windshirt and rain shell is more practical. I would still choke at a $199 price tag.

P S
(xeren) - F

Locale: Southern California
lifetime warranty on 05/06/2013 15:23:09 MDT Print View

I've often thought about that too- it's probably cheaper for a manufacturer to just make a product that stands up to how 95% of people use it, which is to say, not very much, and happily replace the items that get destroyed by the 5% who use them a whole lot, than to make it so bombproof (and more expensive to make) that no one ever needs to return an item.

This is probably actually very smart, because you then have geeks like us singing the praises of the customer service of a manufacturer who sends you a new item to replace your damaged one without batting an eye.

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"5 oz Hardshell?" on 05/06/2013 16:10:26 MDT Print View

The North Face makes a 5 oz.ish smock with their Hyvent fabric that isn't too bad. It doesn't breathe much so will wet out from exertion, but it's pretty waterproof. I ended up using it most of last summer, gambling with good weather reports. But I wouldn't use it for an extended hike or if there was rain in the forecast. Good wind/mosquito protection too.

Edited by book on 05/06/2013 16:11:22 MDT.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
On the other hand on 05/06/2013 17:24:29 MDT Print View

There are a number of reviews by British fell runners, etc, who sing the praises of the Minimus Smock. I'm wondering if it is a jacket that will be fine for most uses, but not heavy duty bush whacking and, in the case of the pants, also not for activities like cycling that produce a lot of friction on the seat area. The one thing that does give me pause, however, is the wear and tear on the shoulder area that would result from carrying a pack for extended periods. All in all, it sounds like a really good bet for the Sierra, where it could serve as both a wind shirt and a WPB shell. I'll report back at the end of the season.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: On the other hand on 05/06/2013 20:45:50 MDT Print View

My thoughts exactly...I was pleased to get it as cheaply as I did (that's the only reason I went for it), and if I only use it on those trips where I really don't expect much rain, times when I'd rather not carry my 11 oz Demand but I'd be miserable if I didn't have something a bit more than a windshirt.

If I keep it to such limited use I'm HOPING it will serve me well. If not, well, expensive lesson learned.