Paramo Enduro Jacket Review 2016

Features

The new Enduro jacket from Páramo benefits from its Nikwax Analogy fabric system, which is extremely breathable, but also soft and relatively rustle-free. There is a wired peak on the hood, two large main chest pockets plus two additional Napoleon chest pockets. There are zip vents under the arms too. The only niggle is the 831g weight. 5/5

Fit

The men’s sizes are S-XXL and the women’s sizes are XS-XL. The body is about 4cm longer than the shortest jacket we looked at. The sleeves and body have a closer fit than many other designs, though, which Páramo describes as an ‘athletic fit’. Sleeve movement is excellent without the hems or cuffs riding up. The hood fits closely and moves effortlessly with the head too. 5/5

Comfort

The softness of the Nikwax Analogy fabric sets the Páramo Enduro apart from all other jackets, and it is also more breathable, but it is warmer so you can overheat in warm weather. But at least you don’t need to take so much spare clothing, making it ideal if you know the conditions are going to be cold. There are pit zips for more ventilation too. 4/5

In use

The two main chest pockets are OS map-sized, they’re great for the hands and they can be easily accessed while wearing a pack. The two Napoleon pockets are good for maps and a GPS. The hood’s wired peak improves vision, and the length of the body and sleeve movement add up to real mountain functionality. The weight and warmth are the only potential concerns. 4/5

Value

The price is creeping up but you can reproof the material more successfully than others, so the Páramo Enduro does have greater long-term value. RRP: £370. 4/5

Verdict

The Páramo Enduro is ideal for colder, wetter conditions, but if you get a mild day it can be too warm and a bit heavy to carry. 4.4/5