Páramo Cascada Trousers 2011

Páramo is unconventional in its approach to waterproofing. Shunning membranes, it utilises Nikwax Analogy fabric, which mimics the action of animal fur. The outer fabric is only water-resistant, but a unique ‘pump’ layer pushes water back out of the fabric, ditto condensation. Apart from this well-proven system, the Páramo Cascada Trousers have two boons: they’re soft, which makes them both comfy and quiet; and they’re warm. The fabric is comfortable against skin (or leggings), and its slippery nature makes these the easiest in our test to get on and off. A smooth-running ¾-leg-length zip with two pullers allows for easy venting, and a line of poppers lets you bypass the zip altogether (good thing – these trousers will be warm in summer). The cut is close but allows for good movement, and there’s a double seat, plus stormflapped, zipped pockets. Usefully there’s both a drawstring and belt loops. The Páramo Cascada Trousers are relatively heavy and lack such technical features as anti-crampon panels – and the colour is an acquired taste – but for a walking trouser for outside of summer, they’re terrific. And, handily, any rips can simply be stitched.

Sizes M’s s-XXL & W’s XS-XL; wide range of short-long leg lengths
Fabric Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner
Functionality waterproof/windproof/breathable
Weight 544g (men’s M)
Pockets 2 zipped hand-warmers
Website www.paramo.co.uk

The Páramo Cascada Trousers are best for cold, wet walks.

First published in Trail magazine October 2011