Páramo Aspira (2012)

The Páramo Aspira offers a highly durable, warmer, sometimes comfier alternative to the norm. Nikwax Analogy fabric actively pumps water away from the skin, through the material and out the other side. At 835g (size UK12) it is twice the weight of the average jacket here, but the Aspira is longer and has a similar amount of insulation to your standard 400g fleece. This, combined with excellent breathability, makes it an excellent choice for very cold and/or wet conditions. The downside is that you wouldn’t want to carry it ‘just in case’ on warmer days. Though not the best-looking jacket, the features are great: glove-friendly zip pulls, storm-flapped main zip, side pockets, massive chest pocket and arm side vents (rather than underarm pit zips). There’s also an inside mesh pocket. The Páramo Aspira’s smock design means the zip reaches three-quarters of the way down and it’s two-way so you can vent from the chest area. The wired-peak hood is excellent, helmet-compatible, fully adjustable and folds away into the collar. Reflective piping throughout is another nice touch when descending hills at night as your mates can see you more easily.

Weight 835g (size UK12)
Material Nikwax Analogy
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Pit zips yes
Wired hood peak yes
Stowable hood yes
Website www.paramo.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Páramo Aspira is a highly breathable, comfortable jacket at a good price, for wearing in very cold and/or wet conditions, but not one to carry ‘just in case’.

Review by Claire Maxted
First published in Trail magazine November 2012