Páramo’s unique combination of a closely woven microfibre outer with a Nikwax water repellency treatment combined with a Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner results in a jacket that is better at keeping the user dry than some of the lighter soft shell materials. The Páramo Velez Adventure Smock weighs a little more than others, but it is also a notch warmer thanks to the Pump Liner, which adds a layer of insulation, so you can wear less clothing underneath in colder conditions. This is a smock design, which allows there to be a massive chest pocket that is ideal for maps or guidebooks. There are also two side zips, which allow the smock to be vented, but they also facilitate access to a tunnel pocket that is ideal for warming the hands. The hood is pretty good thanks to a wired peak and good adjustment, and when not needed it can be rolled and secured at the collar to prevent it flapping. The fabric is not quite as durable as some options and there is no stretch either, but this garment is ideal in colder climates and particularly good for mountain biking and adventure racing in cold and wet conditions as well as walking and backpacking, making the Páramo Velez Adventure Smock an excellent all-round multi-activity jacket.
Material Nikwax Analogy Light
Sizes XS-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 620g (men’s L)
The Páramo Velez Adventure Smock is the best choice for multi-activity among the soft shells jackets we looked at.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012