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Páramo Velez Adventure Light 2009

£180.00

For many, the word ‘Light’ that suffixes this new, slimmer riff on Páramo’s cracking Velez Adventure Smock will arch an interested eyebrow. Páramo waterproof products have always been love-’em-or-leave-’em affairs for many, with praise usually centring on their freakish waterproof/breathability powers (more of which later) and durability, and excuses typically involving the words ‘hot’ and ‘heavy’. The original Velez Adventure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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PARAMO ALTA II

£220.00

Review: The Paramo Analogy fabric works by repelling water from the outside, in a similar way to an animal’s fur; while the inner lining draws perspiration and expels it. As a result this is a very breathable jacket and the membrane-free, non-rustly fabric is also very comfortable. The Alta II is very well-featured, with a superb hood, featuring a wired ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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PARAMO CAMBIA ZIP-NECK

£35.00

Review: Good length sleeves and hem, and the double-sided fabric feels soft and has plenty of give in it. Cuffs are a bit baggy, though. A reversible top with one side providing more warmth and the other better moisture management. The latter performed better, wicking superbly and drying slightly quicker than the winner. Smellier and not as warm, though. VITAL ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Alta 2009

£200.00

The Páramo Alta is overshadowed by the Páramo Alta II, which at £220 is slightly shorter and also lighter. However the Alta is ideal if you really want a more protective design as it is the longest here so you can easily put your hands in your pockets and stay warmer and drier. Páramo garments also use a fabric that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Cascada

£100.00

Páramo’s best-selling trousers work a little differently to all other brands tested here. The Cascadas can be considered waterproof as their Nikwax Analogy fabric works to actively pump water (sweat included) from the inside to the outside. This means their heavier weight (528g) is more than made up for as you don’t having to carry waterproof trousers, which generally weigh ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Paramo Cascada

£100.00

The Analogy fabric felt wonderfully soft and comfortable against the skin, but not as stretchy as some and the drawcord waist was fiddly. Good waterproofing and breathable, too. But quite hot, even with the leg zips open, and also quite heavy and not as easy to move in as some.VITAL STATSColours: Navy, dark grey, forestSizes: S-XXL (five leg lengths)Fabric: Nikwax ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Velez Adventure Smock 2008

£180.00

Páramo garments have a broad following thanks to their unique fabric, which controls condensation better than anything else, and keeps the rain out (and the performance can be maintained for life using Nikwax). Two zipped side vents on the Páramo Velez Adventure Smock add ventilation and give access to a zipped tunnel handwarmer pocket. The design is a smock, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Paramo Short Gaiters

£25.00

A shorter style that secures just above the ankle, giving a completely different look and feel. Cool, light and very comfortable. If grass/mud/water remains below the cuff they are wonderful, and so much lighter than most. Otherwise you’ll need something longer.Contact: 01892 786444, www.paramo.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Paramo Cascada

£180.00

A great fit with well-designed sleeves and a good combination of Velcro and elastic at the cuffs. Hem and waist drawcords help fine-tune fit and hood was easy to adjust. Comfort-wise, it’s hard to knock the Cascada, which is cut from a wonderfully soft and rustle-free fabric making it a real pleasure to wear. Good breathability, making it really pleasant ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Páramo Aspira Jacket 2008

£250.00

The Páramo Aspira Jacket controls condensation better than most alternatives due to its unique fabric, which also remains waterproof indefinitely if treated with Nikwax, unlike conventional waterproofs that leak if punctured. It’s also warmer than most jackets, making it ideal for winter. The material works really well at keeping out driving rain and the jacket is longer than most, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Alta II 2008

£220.00

Páramo garments have one huge advantage over all other waterproofs, and that is that they have exceptional control of condensation, which means you stay dry both from rain and from sweat. The fabric is soft and rustle-free too, making it very comfortable to wear. Compared to most jackets here, the Páramo Alta II general-purpose jacket is also longer in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Maui Cargo Shorts

£45.00

These are extremely well-thought-out, rugged shorts that are lightweight and built for hill-walking and scrambling. Like everything from Páramo, they’re designed with moisture control in mind, using rapid-evaporation Parameta A fabric. These have plenty of secure pockets, jeans-style at the front (which may not appeal) and a variable hem. Made in VietnamUK stores 150(01892) 786444; www.paramo.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Cambia Sports

£25.00

This reversible T-shirt is pitched as ‘two garments for the weight and price of one’. Wear it one way round and it keeps you cool. Turn it inside out and it’ll act as a warming base layer. Versatile, very comfortable and designed with hill-walkers in mind, it is great value.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Cascada Trouser

£100.00

These featured in Trail’s waterproof trouser review too, but they are really soft shell trousers and so are ideal for use in any weather. Because of the nature of the fabric, and the design and construction, they will not only serve as really comfy, well-thought-out walking trousers but when it starts to rain they will also keep you dry and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Torres Smock

£100.00

This insulated jacket is the only smock we looked at, so if you have a preference for this style, it will certainly be a contender. It should also be considered if your normal hill-walking ensemble is the Páramo system, as the Torres smock is designed to work over other Páramo garments. Notable features include a fully adjustable hood with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Paramo Cascada

£100.00

These winter trousers from Paramo are a little long and baggy, but are incredibly comfortable next to the skin and lovely to move around in. A belt would be better than the drawcord adjuster, though. Not only really warm, but waterproof too, so they offer superb protection in bad weather. A little toasty for milder winter days perhaps, and not ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Torres Smock

£100.00

This duvet jacket has a generous body size, designed to be worn over another jacket; synthetic insulation; tunnel waist pocket; fixed hood; XS-XXL size range; medium level of insulation is ideal for UK; map-sized chest pocket; very durable fabric. But 838g is a bit heavy; sleeves tended to ride up a little; some may prefer a jacket to a smock.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Cascada Trouser

£100.00

These are not your conventional waterproof overtrousers, and you will not have to keep these packed in the bottom of your rucksack for emergencies. Because of the nature of the fabric, design and construction of these trousers, they will not only serve as a really comfortable, well-thought-out walking trouser but when it starts to rain they will also keep you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Explorer Pull On

£60.00

Typically of Páramo, this fleece mid layer is dedicated to being functional on the hill. At around 484g it is reasonably lightweight. It can also be worn inside-out if you find it a little too warm. The fabric is very durable and wind-resistant, and will keep light drizzle at bay too. It is a smock design, which allows a large ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Alta II

£220.00

A superb general-purpose waterproof jacket that is very popular, the Alta boasts a unique fabric that controls sweat better than most and yet keeps the wearer dry in heavy rain. It is a little warmer than most jackets, so you don’t have to wear or carry so many insulating layers across the hill. Ventilation at the top of the arms ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Aspira Jacket

£250.00

A hugely popular jacket for winter, the Aspira controls condensation better than most jackets and is also warmer than most, making it ideal for the worst of winter weather. The material is different to others, yet it works really well at keeping out driving rain. The jacket is longer than most with excellent movement in the sleeves. There are four ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo 3rd Element

£200.00

Páramo garments benefit from the advantages of the soft shell concept as well as the hard shell concept in many ways, as they control condensation better than most conventional waterproofs, but are softer and more durable than most hard shells. This 3rd Element soft shell jacket takes the range of climatic conditions that soft shell garments can tolerate to a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Cascada Pant

£100.00

These women’s walking trousers have an elasticated waist with drawcord and belt loops; very water-resistant and breathable fabric that feels great on; three quarter length leg ventilation zip; press stud ankle cuff adjustment; well-cut with an articulated knee; two zipped hip pockets. But rather bulky and heavy; most would also find them too warm for year-round use; fabric has no ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Merapi Vent

£50.00

These men’s walking trousers use beautifully soft fabric; zipped mesh vent in thigh; map-sized gusseted hip pockets; articulated knees; hidden zipped pocket; elasticated waist with belt. But black belt doesn’t match trousers and shouts ‘outdoor!’ and so isn’t cool; baggy cut is not ideal for the hill.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Paramo Cascada

£100.00

These Paramo Cascada pants are incredibly comfortable against the skin, but may be too long and too baggy – meaning mud quickly works its way up the insides of the legs. There’s only a basic drawcord adjuster at the waist. These are effectively waterproof trousers however, with the breathability of normal pants, so they’re superb in bad weather. They’re too ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4

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