I really like my Minim Jam jacket. I've already been wearing it for 2 winters and I'm definitely satisfied with it I've been using it both for skiing and hiking and the jacket always performed well.
I bought it at the beginning of 2014 in one of Katowice shopping centres. It was sales time so, instead of paying 1400 PLN (about 350 USD), I got this jacket for 900 PLN (about 220 USD). The price may still not have been very low but it was good bargain - women's Minim Jam jacket's worth the money and it looks like it's going to serve me for many years.
First of all, it's 100% waterproof.
No matter if it was snowing heavily or raining - I never got wet from the outside. In addition, Minim Jam jacket protects well from wind and cold. I guess it copes well with harsh weather because of GORE-TEX membrane (very thin breathable fabric layer).
I tested it many times so I'll only mention here 2 most demanding tests Minim Jam jacket was subject to:
- December hike in Bieszczady - a few hours in icy-cold strong wind and still I wasn't cold or trembling, no water got inside,
- Skiing in Chopok - this mountain gets really nasty at the peak. The weather conditions were so bad I wasn't even able to see the piste. There was the strongest wind I've ever experienced. And the jacket coped well - I felt perfectly all right.
Another thing which I like about Minim Jam jacket is that it's light and comfortable. I was told the jacket had been produced using Motion Fit technology. Not being sure what that really was I read on manufacturer's website that "Motion Fit is Salomon’s approach to pattern engineering and tailoring. We provide an articulated fit while enabling unlimited freedom of movement".
Oh well, the jacket's just comfortable and I felt well wearing it both during skiing and hiking. Simply as that
I also find this jacket very durable - I used it for 2 winters and it still looks brand-new. And I'm not a perfect skier - I experienced a fair amount of falls and tumbles while skiing.
Other things which I find useful in this jacket are: taped seams, goggle wipe in the pocket, inner stash pocket, zipped chest pocket, ski pass pocket on left arm, storm pocket, fixed hood, powder skirt.
Now, for the disadvantages.
I think Minim Jam jacket could be a bit better at shedding the sweat. Maybe it's just me sweating a lot but I could definitely do with pit zips. Also, especially after intense physical activity, I felt that the jacket was a bit humid on the inside. Thanks to GORE-TEX membrane the moisture was gone quickly but perhaps not as quickly as I'd like.
To sump up, The Salomon Minim Jam women's jacket is well designed and gives good range of motion without being overly baggy. It gives you all the things you need from a good skiing jacket: it's water and windproof, light and comfortable. One thing which could be better is its face fabric - it might be durable and water resistant but compromises breathability.
Advantages of Salomon Minim Jam women's jacket:
- 100% water and windproof - GORE-TEX membrane
- Motion Fit technology (that just means it's comfortable)
- sufficient amount of pockets.
- no thumb loops to keep the snow and cold out
- no pit zip
- not enough breathability for a long hike.
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