The Páramo Enduro (men’s)/Ventura (women’s) is a new jacket that features stretch Analogy fabric to allow it to have a closer, ‘athletic’ fit. The stretch fabric is situated across the shoulders, down the inside of the sleeves and down the sides of the body. Previously Páramo garments have generally been quite loose, so you may or may not like this new closer fit. What’s also a shift away from some other Páramo winter classics is that this is a much shorter style – and for me it just felt too short. However, the sleeve movement is excellent so at least the hem does not ride up when arms are raised over the head. You get four pockets on the chest and three of them are map-sized while the fourth is described as a ‘fast access’ pocket, with Velcro rather than a zip closure, and a smaller size. The hood is very good with a wired peak plus very good fit and movement. Overall I am sure that some people will love the Páramo Enduro/Ventura’s more athletic fit. As the fabric provides a good degree of insulation you won’t need to wear this over many layers, so the close fit is not likely to be a major problem. Also Páramo makes layers, such as the Torres, to be worn over its garments – and this would work well with that. But the price, weight and length are still drawbacks for me when mountain walking and scrambling.
Weight 853g (size men’s L)
Fabric Nikwax Analogy Light treated with Nikwax TX Direct
Lining Nikwax Pump Liner
Men’s sizes S-XXL (Enduro)
Women’s sizes XS-XL (Ventura)
External pockets 4
Can hood be rolled down? yes
Side/pit vents yes
The Enduro/Ventura needs to be viewed as part of a Páramo clothing system but its weight, short length and high price tag are still drawbacks compared to other options.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2013