The Páramo Aspira comes in a jacket and smock version, and both are particularly good for cold mountain trips. The unique fabric manages to force water out faster than it can get in through the jacket.
In Trail rain room tests conducted at the University of Leeds, we found that Páramo garments were the only ones that kept out water, with most others leaking around the zips. The fabric offers better condensation control than other jackets too. The longer length of the body is particularly beneficial in windy, wet and cold weather. There is a good hood too and four chest pockets. One of the best pockets is massive, but the others are smaller. The jacket is quite warm, which is great on colder days, but when the sun does come out you can overheat quickly.
Compared to other jackets this is relatively heavy too (932g, men’s L), although you don’t have to wear so much insulation, so this is only a drawback when the jacket is in your pack during warmer weather. It comes in a men’s and a women’s version.
Weight 932g (men’s L)
Fabric Nikwax Windproof
Lining Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner
Sizes men’s S-XL; women’s XS-XL
External pockets 4
Wired hood yes
Side vents yes
The Páramo Aspira is a classic jacket that benefits from a longer body and better condensation control than others, but the weight and the extra insulation can be a drawback.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011