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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 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 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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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 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 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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Páramo Cascada Trousers 2011

£115.00

Páramo is unconventional in its approach to waterproofing. Shunning membranes, it utilises Nikwax Analogy fabric, which mimics the action of animal fur. The outer fabric is only water-resistant, but a unique ‘pump’ layer pushes water back out of the fabric, ditto condensation. Apart from this well-proven system, the Páramo Cascada Trousers have two boons: they’re soft, which makes them both ...

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Páramo Torres Gilet 2011

£78.00

Gilets are really useful as throw-on lunch stop insulation, so one designed specifically as an outer layer makes obvious sense. The Páramo Torres Gilet has a windproof, water-repellent Nikwax outer that can be treated to increase wet-weather performance – although our tests found that it was remarkably waterproof even without additional treatment. The fast-drying synthetic fill lends itself to use ...

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Páramo Cascada Trouser 2011

£115.00

Páramo Cascada Trousers are an extremely popular solution to the age-old problem of knowing whether to wear waterproof trousers or not. Páramo trousers keep all but the most extreme rain out and so they can be worn all day in most conditions while keeping the wearer comfortable and dry. The trick is the fabric, which is extremely breathable yet it ...

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Páramo Long Gaiters 2010

£51.00

Thanks to Páramo’s Nikwax Analogy fabric, the Páramo Long Gaiters are by far the most breathable gaiters on test. The front closure system features a unique back-to-front zip design (which starts at the top and ends at the foot), making them very easy to fasten, while five press studs running down the length of the gaiter keep it firmly in ...

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Paramo Fuera Windproof

£56.00

Best described as a trouser version of a windshirt – light, breathable and extremely windproof. Like a windshirt, they work superbly over a base-layer, keeping the cold wind out, while getting rid of any perspiration fast. They don’t feel particularly comfortable, though, and any cold in the wind is felt where the fabric presses against the leg. Water resistance is ...

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Páramo Azuma Active Pants 2010

£51.00

Made with material that’s easy to wash and dry, Páramo’s Azuma Active Pants are very practical trousers with extra venting at the thigh, and adjustable ankle closures. There’s a good belt and zipped pockets. Great for long days walking in hot countries, but not as flattering as others we looked at. Review by Clare SavageFirst published in Trail magazine April ...

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Páramo Sumaco Shirt 2010

£51.00

The Páramo Sumaco Shirt does feel like silk against your skin: it’s very cool and wonderfully comfortable. And it’s packed to the rafters with technical features including Velcro adjusters at the wrist and a hidden zipped pocket – but surprisingly there are no straps to shorten the sleeves. As with the men’s version the sizes do come up very large ...

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Paramo Torres 2010

£100.00

The Torres’ are made from an insulated fabric that repels water rather than providing a hard barrier against it; and whilst this is waterproof, very breathable and extremely comfortable, it is sadly too warm for all-day wear (even with nothing beneath it), and also a little heavy and bulky for year-round emergency use. They have a unique belt and drop-front ...

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Páramo Torres Gilet 2010

£75.00

The Torres Gilet can be used for layering over a Páramo waterproof garment or worn directly over a base layer. Either way it will deliver fast and light insulation to the torso without being weighed down by sleeves or a hood. DesignAs with all gilets there are no sleeves, and unlike other jackets here there is no hood either. The ...

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Páramo Torres Overlayering Insulation (Sleeves & Trousers) 2009

£55.00

“Brrrr! Nice view, but I’m cold and wet, and I need to keep moving to stay warm.” How many times have you said that, having sweated your way up a mountain? When you’re cold and wet it’s hard to enjoy even the best mountain views. The problem is that most clothing systems are not designed to keep you warm when ...

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Páramo Explorer Pull-On 2009

£60.00

Páramo is best known for its waterproof jackets, which are well-proven as being ideal for walkers in the wet and windy British hills. But the company also makes a range of other layers such as the Explorer Pull-On, which is designed to be worn as either a base layer or mid layer and as part of a Páramo clothing system ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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
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