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 comfy and quiet; and they’re warm. The fabric is comfortable against skin (or leggings), and its slippery nature makes these the easiest in our test to get on and off. A smooth-running ¾-leg-length zip with two pullers allows for easy venting, and a line of poppers lets you bypass the zip altogether (good thing – these trousers will be warm in summer). The cut is close but allows for good movement, and there’s a double seat, plus stormflapped, zipped pockets. Usefully there’s both a drawstring and belt loops. The Páramo Cascada Trousers are relatively heavy and lack such technical features as anti-crampon panels – and the colour is an acquired taste – but for a walking trouser for outside of summer, they’re terrific. And, handily, any rips can simply be stitched.
Sizes M’s s-XXL & W’s XS-XL; wide range of short-long leg lengths
Fabric Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner
Weight 544g (men’s M)
Pockets 2 zipped hand-warmers
The Páramo Cascada Trousers are best for cold, wet walks.
First published in Trail magazine October 2011