Páramo Alta II 2010

Páramo garments use a unique and well-proven fabric that offers unparalleled levels of condensation control. They can also be reproofed indefinitely and repaired easily if torn. In Trail rain room tests only Páramo jackets were shown not to leak. For winter they are a notch warmer than other jackets, so you don’t need to wear as many extra layers underneath. The fabric is also soft and rustle-free, making it ideal for wildlife watching for example. The Páramo Alta II is a little longer than most general-purpose jackets, so just the job for general walking. The hood has a wired peak and can be rolled into the collar. There are two hip pockets that can be accessed while wearing a rucksack too. On the chest there is a map-sized pocket plus a smaller pocket that is ideal for a compass or GPS receiver.  But at 910g the Páramo Alta II is much heavier than the competition, which is less of an issue in winter as you can wear less insulation underneath but in warmer conditions it’s a drawback. The extra warmth is a drawback in summer too. You can squeeze water through the fabric, say if you fall into a puddle and put pressure on the elbow for example, but as it gets pumped out so fast this is a minor issue in reality. Some hoods are slightly better.

Outer Nikwax windproof
Inner Nikwax Analogy Pump liner
Fabric waterproofness water-resistant/waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 854g (men’s L)
Made in Colombia
Stores in the UK 90

The Páramo Alta II  offers exceptional condensation control and good features for cold weather, but others are better suited to warmer weather.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010