Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie (2014)

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 or stashing a map. There is a third small chest pocket too that’s useful for a GPS receiver. The drawback is you can’t vent the front of the jacket so easily, although when wearing a rucksack it’s relatively rare that walkers open the front of their fleece jackets fully anyway. That chest pocket is also mesh-lined so it does allow some airflow, and for me this is a great option when walking. The Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie/ Zonda Fleece Hoodie uses Nikwax fleece, which doesn’t have any pile on the inside so it doesn’t feel quite as warm as other fleeces. But it does provide a medium level of wind resistance and insulation that is ideal for wearing under a waterproof or on its own over a base layer. The hood does not offer the close fit of other jackets here, which is the main drawback of this garment for me. The sleeves are also quite baggy, so again they don’t feel quite as warm as other jackets.

Specifications:

Material Nikwax Fleece
Men’s/unisex sizes S-XXL (Bora Fleece Hoodie)
Women’s sizes XS-XL (Zonda Fleece Hoodie)
Weight 451g (size L)
Hood yes
External pockets 3
Website www.paramo.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Páramo Bora Fleece Hoodie/ Zonda Fleece Hoodie’s smock design is a useful alternative to a jacket and it allows inclusion of a great chest pocket, but the hood and sleeves aren’t the best.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2014