Páramo was making soft shells before the term was coined. The Velez Adventure Light Smock is a classic design that has proven its worth over the years. It’s made of Nikwax Analogy Light, which is extremely breathable while keeping the wearer dry from all but the worst rain.
The jacket weighs a little more than others, but it’s also a notch warmer and packed with practical features. First, the smock design allows for a massive chest pocket, ideal for maps and guidebooks.
There are two zips that open up the sides of the jacket to allow airflow, but they also provide access to an internal tunnel pocket that can be used to warm the hands. The hood is pretty good too, thanks to a wired peak and rear drawcord adjusters.
I’ve used the Páramo Velez Adventure Light Smock a great many times and find it ideal for mountain biking and walking, particularly in colder climates. But as with all smock designs there is less ventilation at the front.
Trail has found the fabric a little less durable than other options, and while it is easy to stitch the fabric once torn, it’s clearly better if it doesn’t tear in the first place.
Material Nikwax Analogy Light
Weight 620g (size men’s L)
External pockets 1
Internal pockets 2
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
The Páramo Velez Adventure Light Smock uses unique material in a smock design that offers a massive chest pocket and lots of venting, but it may not be right for everyone.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2011