To minimise weight the Páramo Vista is made from a lighter version of the brand’s well-proven fabric system. The Vista is also a shorter jacket than Páramo’s Alta for example, which again saves a few grams. However what it has in common with many Páramo jackets is that it keeps the wearer very dry through excellent condensation control coupled with the excellent water resistance that is provided by the unique fabric. The jacket is slightly warmer than others on test, which may be a drawback in summer, particularly as (unlike many other Páramo garments) the Vista does not benefit from side, arm or pit venting. But you do get a full-length zip of course to ventilate the jacket. The chest pockets are well-positioned for easy access while wearing a rucksack and they are large enough for maps and guidebooks. The hood can be rolled and secured at the collar while its wired peak is a benefit on the head. The fit and movement of the hood were not ideal for me but it is still pretty good for general hillwalking. The Páramo Vista is perhaps better used for multi-activity sport and cold weather walking rather than year-round general hillwalking.
Weight 606g (L)
Fabric Nikwax Analogy Light treated with Nikwax TX Direct
Lining Nikwax Pump Liner
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? Yes
Side/pit vents no
The Páramo Vista is a relatively short jacket that may be too warm in summer but it is a great option for hillwalking particularly if you feel the cold.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012