I recently received a Merrell Minimax to consider for review, and after putting it through the ringer (that would be: the bike park with my boys, many miles of trail runs, and two bike commutes), I’m smitten.
This is a lightweight wind breakeresque coat, with a soft hand, plenty of breathability, and a complimentary design. Which is to say, it makes me look good, feels good on my body, and offers the types of protection I want from a lightweight coat.
This includes (but isn’t limited to):
- Keeping me dry in a light rain
- Protecting my skin from the sun’s rays
- Not allowing me to overheat
- Wicking away sweat
- Large zippered front pockets
The coat compresses to the size of a small cantaloupe and weighs a fraction of one. The synthetic material is treated with the company’s proprietary water- and wind-proof technology (“M-Select”). To the touch, it feels almost as though it is made of silk. Unlike silk, it does not wrinkle, which means I’ve bunched it up and thrown it in my purse almost every day this spring. When faced with unpredictable weather, it’s reassuring to have a reliable jacket on hand.
This is the first active jacket I’ve owned with an elasticized waist at the back, and I surprised myself by falling in love with it. The feature has the dual effect keeping the coat in place when I’m riding my bike or running, and adding shape to the design and creating a more flattering fit.
In a word, this jacket is easy. It’s got the technology to protect you from the elements, the design to look good in the process, and the durability to stand up to your daily life. Versatile and reliable, I’ve found it to be a trustworthy companion both on the trail and off.
Info: merrell.com; $99