This waterproof jacket from Paramo has a lovely relaxed, comfortable fit and the soft fabric feels more like another layer of clothing than a traditional waterproof. The body is long and the cut is generous, although drawcords at the hem and waist help get a decent fit. The stiffened hood is outstanding – coupled with the high collar, you can really bury your face into it! Paramo waterproofs use a lovely soft polyester fabric, permeated with water repelling Nikwax, which works in a similar way to the natural oils in animal fur. It’s extremely waterproof and also highly breathable, so you can wear this jacket all day long. If there’s a down side, it’s warmer and heavier than most.
Verdict: Although a little pricey and heavy compared to some, it offers tremendous breathability and versatility. The fabric technology is different to other waterproofs, but is well worth a try.
Colours: Heather, wine/black, marsh green/forest, slate, pacific/dark grey, forest
Fabric: Nikwax Analogy Waterproof system.
Main features: Extra large map pocket, two zip/flap handwarmer pockets, wired rollaway hood with volume adjuster, elasticated waist drawcords, two-way main zip, double storm flap
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01892 786444; www.paramo.co.uk