Páramo gear uses a unique fabric that is incredibly breathable while being able to keep the rain out when hillwalking, and the Quito is one of the brand’s most versatile legwear options. The trouser has full-length side zips so you won’t struggle to put these on as they fit around your legs so easily. The waist has a webbing belt to get a precise fit too. There is no adjustment at the ankle cuff, but as the fit is a good general cut for walking and scrambling this is no major problem. The Nikwax Analogy Light fabric provides more insulation than other waterproof trousers in our test, which means these are warmer than most and can therefore be worn next to the skin in summer as well as over other trousers in winter. The drawback of that extra insulation is that they may feel too warm in summer of course, even over bare legs. The major benefit of the Quito, like all Páramo gear, is that it can be reproofed year after year with Nikwax TX Direct without a loss in performance – unlike most trousers, which become more difficult to reproof and repair over time.
Material Nikwax Analogy Light treated with Nikwax TX Direct
Sizes S-XXL (men’s): XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 439g (men’s L)
Páramo Quito trousers are the best for cold and wet weather in this test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012