‘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 you can buy this confident you’re getting the right kit for the job. This new Torres is built from the same light, windproof and water-resistant outer fabric as Páramo's Velez Adventure Light, and it does well to keep bulk down – something the older Torres struggled with. Durability and resistance to the elements is the obvious trade-off – and it's still beefy – but that brings this Torres down to the level of most others here rather than below it. Features-wise, there isn’t a lot; you get an adjustable hood, three zipped pockets, elasticated cuffs and that’s about it. Being a jacket less interested in fit than the others here, the Páramo Torres excels more at being thrown on top of an outer layer than sitting under one. The loose fit means it can be a bit draughty; but with clothing underneath hopefully most gaps will be plugged.
Weight 611g (size S)
Outer fabric Nikwax Windproof
Insulation 133gsm Nikwax Analogy Insulator (100% polyester)
Adjustable hood? yes
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes none
The Páramo Torres Jacket is an excellent insulated over layer, which, while bulky, provides reliably bombproof weather resistance.
Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine March 2013