Páramo Aspira Smock 2010

The Páramo Aspira comes as a jacket and smock, and both are great choices for winter. The smock is particularly good for use with a harness as the design is less cluttered around the waist. There is still a long front double zip though, so you can vent the jacket easily from the top or bottom while wearing a harness. For increasing ventilation there are vents on the sleeves. The three chest pockets are all easily accessible, and they’re nice and large too. The fixed hood is particularly good as it fits over a helmet and can be rolled into the collar. The main difference though between this and other jackets is the material. In Trail rain room tests, Páramo garments were the only waterproofs to keep the rain out, with most others leaking at the zips. In cold, wet conditions the fabric offers superior condensation control too. This combination of features means you should stay drier in this than in most other waterproofs. But in warm weather the extra insulation provided by the fabric can be a drawback as the Aspira can be pretty warm. Also the weight of the jacket is higher than most, although in cold weather you won’t need as many insulating layers of course so this is not always going to be a problem. Other jackets have a slightly better hood.

Outer Nikwax Windproof
Inner Nikwax Analogy Pump liner
Fabric waterproofness water-resistant/waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Sizes S-XL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight 842g (women’s M)
Made in Colombia
Stores in the UK 22

The Páramo Aspira Smock is a superb classic winter jacket that comes in smock and jacket versions, and both are ideal for chillier conditions.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010