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?
The Páramo Torres is warmest of all the jackets on test – so it’s great if you are after a really toasty layer. However, it weighs in at 625g (size XS) it’s the heaviest too, and it takes up a fair amount of space in your bag.
It’s only available in a unisex fit, and I found it rather shapeless on my arms and shoulders, and fairly tight around my hips (it’s elasticated but not adjustable).
Featurewise it’s certainly not lacking, boasting a draught excluder under the main zip, a fully adjustable hood, an extremely effective windproof and water-repellent outer shell, a large internal pocket for drying gloves, and elasticated cuffs. There are a couple of issues with the Páramo Torres Jacket, though: I found the cuffs a little loose and baggy when not wearing the jacket over many layers, which created gaps for cold air to get in. The chinguard is slightly less comfy than others; and the zip got stuck on the fabric several times.
Weight 625g (size XS)
Outer fabric Nikwax Insulator, Nikwax Windproof Light outer
Inner fabric as outer
Insulation Nikwax Analogy Insulator Light
Unisex sizes XS-XXL
The Páramo Torres Jacket is a great option for winter camping and if you want a jacket to throw over all your layers, but it is very heavy and bulky for a hillwalker who only wants it for the occasional stop.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2012