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Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2014)

£350.00

FeaturesThere are four external chest pockets here, meaning there’s plenty of space for maps, compasses and hats or gloves between showers. Interestingly one of these pockets has a Velcro opening for ‘fast access’ says Páramo, while the others have zips. Zipped vents are also provided on the arms, and the helmet-compatible hood gets a wired peak with face and volume ...

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Páramo Cascada (2014)

£125.00

These are extremely well-established trousers that are very popular for hillwalking in cold and wet conditions. The Páramo Cascada uses a unique Nikwax Analogy fabric that’s extremely breathable and effective at keeping wind-driven rain out. The fabric also provides more insulation than other overtrousers, making it particularly useful for colder wet weather. Thigh-length zips allow the trousers to be easily ...

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Páramo Cambia Zip Tee (2014)

£40.00

FeaturesA fascinating concept well-executed by a British company that knows a thing or two about sweat. The clever Cambia can be reversed for optimal use in both cold and hot conditions, and is therefore rather plain-looking. But you get a deep, two-way zip neck, stretchy fabric plus padded cuffs and hem. 5/5 FabricThe reversible fabric is ‘Parameta T+’. In hot ...

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Páramo Torres Jacket (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe moment you reach a summit and want to throw on some insulation, in most cases you have to remove your waterproof before you can add a warm layer – and in the process you freeze. The Páramo Torres Jacket, however, is designed to go over your waterproof. It also has large, well-placed pockets and hood drawcords. The front zip ...

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Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie (2014)

£100.00

The Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie (men’s) and Zonda Fleece Hoodie (women’s) feature an over-the-head smock design, which won’t be to everyone’s liking but has distinct advantages over the more conventional jacket style. As there’s no front zip to get in the way, there’s a tunnel chest pocket that can be accessed from either side. This is ideal for warming hands ...

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Paramo Grid Classic (2014)

£50.00

If you want a warm, clever and versatile top that doesn’t look too flashy, look no further than the Grid. It’s a relaxed fit, but it’s made with a thick, insulating fabric (almost like fleece) which is so comfy I was still wearing it as an outer layer in late autumn. The distinctive grid pattern of this Parameta G fabric ...

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Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2013)

£350.00

The Páramo Enduro (men’s)/Ventura (women’s) is a new jacket that features stretch Analogy fabric to allow it to have a closer, ‘athletic’ fit. The stretch fabric is situated across the shoulders, down the inside of the sleeves and down the sides of the body. Previously Páramo garments have generally been quite loose, so you may or may not like this ...

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Páramo Pasco/Andina (2103)

£220.00

The Pasco (men’s)/Andina (women’s) is a unique offering, being even more radical in design than most Páramo jackets. Like other Páramo garments it is built around the tried and trusted Nikwax Analogy fabric, which is extremely good at controlling condensation and keeping rain out when hillwalking. It is also quite warm, so in winter this is a benefit, while in ...

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Páramo Cascada (2013)

£120.00

Páramo uses a unique fabric that is incredibly breathable while being able to keep the rain out when hillwalking. The Cascada trouser has thigh-length side zips so you can get them on easily over any boots. There’s also a press stud closure down the sides, so you can vent the trouser if needed. A single press stud at the ankle ...

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Paramo Quito (2013)

£220.00

There’s no doubting the Nikwax Analogy fabric wins in the breathability stakes – but this is offset by the fact that it’s a very warm jacket, and at a smidge under 500g, it’s not one you want to be carrying too often. This really means its best-suited for winter wear or for walkers who run cool. The warmth is mitigated ...

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Páramo Cambia Shortsleeved T-shirt (2013)

£29.00

With the Páramo Cambia Shortsleeved T-shirt you’re effectively getting two T-shirts in one. The synthetic fabric is finished differently on either side to provide extra warmth or cooling as required. With the slightly shinier surface on the inside, moisture is effectively dispersed during heavy exercise, allowing the wearer to cool down more efficiently. The reverse side has a softer, almost ...

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Paramo Mirada (2012)

£220.00

This one's extremely comfortable and noticeably lighter than other Páramo waterproof fabrics we’ve tested. It is so soft, quiet and flexible you’ll want to wear it all day, even if there’s no chance of rain. It’s cut fairly short at the front, with a scooped tail to protect the hips, and there’s plenty of length in the arms. Protection from ...

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Páramo Torres Jacket (2013)

£140.00

‘Block insulation’ is the term Páramo uses to describe the Torres Jacket, and it does create an apt image: the Torres is a super-warm, chunky layer. It isn't cut for action: this thing is made to protect you from really grim, gnarly weather when you’re stopped, sleeping or in trouble, and Páramo’s CV of gear built for Britain’s climate means ...

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Páramo Long Gaiter (2012)

£52.00

Like Páramo clothing, the Long Gaiter benefits from the Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner to actively push water through the fabric from the inside to the outside. The fabric is also very durable and very easily repaired, so it’s a great choice for gaiters. However it tends to provide a degree of insulation, which means in colder weather it is a ...

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Páramo Quito (2012)

£145.00

Páramo gear uses a unique fabric that is incredibly breathable while being able to keep the rain out when hillwalking, and the Quito is one of the brand’s most versatile legwear options. The trouser has full-length side zips so you won’t struggle to put these on as they fit around your legs so easily. The waist has a webbing belt ...

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Páramo Aspira (2012)

£290.00

The Páramo Aspira offers a highly durable, warmer, sometimes comfier alternative to the norm. Nikwax Analogy fabric actively pumps water away from the skin, through the material and out the other side. At 835g (size UK12) it is twice the weight of the average jacket here, but the Aspira is longer and has a similar amount of insulation to your ...

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Páramo Velez Adventure Smock (2102)

£200.00

Páramo’s unique combination of a closely woven microfibre outer with a Nikwax water repellency treatment combined with a Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner results in a jacket that is better at keeping the user dry than some of the lighter soft shell materials. The Páramo Velez Adventure Smock weighs a little more than others, but it is also a notch warmer ...

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Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock (2012)

£200.00

This is the lightest of Páramo’s super-breathable waterproofs and there are soft shells on the market that feel clammier than this. It has superb weatherproofness when it does take a hammering, and the Nikwax Analogy fabric sheds water with ease, while the hood is deep, comfortable and boasts an adjustable wired peak. It’s best-suited to people who run cool or ...

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Páramo Long Gaiters (2012)

£52.00

Páramo Long Gaiters are very well-proven. Like Páramo waterproof clothing they benefit from a fabric that is extremely durable, and even if it does become torn it is more easily repaired than other waterproof fabrics. The fabric is slightly warmer than some others, but it’s also more breathable and controls condensation well. The gaiter is fitted with a zip that ...

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Páramo Torres Jacket (2012)

£140.00

When it comes to insulating layers, Páramo says: why put it on under your waterproof when you can simply throw it over everything? But the question for a walker who will only use a jacket like this ‘just in case’ or when they stop for lunch is this: is it really worth the extra weight and bulk in their backpack? ...

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Paramo Cambia (2012)

£36.00

This simple looking base-layer has a neat trick up its sleeve – it’s reversible. That’s not just useful for extending times between wash days: one side of the top is built for use in cooler conditions, one is better suited to warmer weather. The stitching on one side has a series of dimples that either traps heat when against the ...

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Paramo Velez Adventure Smock

£200.00

Uses Nikwax Analogy waterproofing and works in a similar way to animal fur, driving moisture out and away from the skin. The waterproofing is handled by a DWR coating on the face fabric. The coating retained its water repellence for a longer period than expected, and only really started to wet out in high abrasion areas around the back and ...

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Páramo Aspira Jacket 2011

£290.00

The Páramo Aspira comes in a jacket and smock version, and both are particularly good for cold mountain trips. The unique fabric manages to force water out faster than it can get in through the jacket. In Trail rain room tests conducted at the University of Leeds, we found that Páramo garments were the only ones that kept out water, ...

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Páramo Alta II 2011

£245.00

The Páramo Alta II is a classic and well-proven jacket for hillwalking. There are a number of features that set the Alta II apart from other options. Firstly it uses a unique material that is easier to repair than other fabrics and it also controls condensation better. In a Trail test for waterproofness held at the University of Leeds, Páramo ...

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Paramo Merapi Active

£52.00

The first thing that makes the Merapis stand out against the other trousers in the test is the soft feeling of the fabric against the skin. Slipping into them, they feel incredibly comfortable, and lightweight too. That lightness makes them a good bet for warmer weather walking, as the air passes through well, and they are among the quickest drying. ...

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