Paramo Cascada

A great fit with well-designed sleeves and a good combination of Velcro and elastic at the cuffs. Hem and waist drawcords help fine-tune fit and hood was easy to adjust. Comfort-wise, it’s hard to knock the Cascada, which is cut from a wonderfully soft and rustle-free fabric making it a real pleasure to wear. Good breathability, making it really pleasant to wear for more energetic walking. It proved very waterproof, coping well in some of the wettest Welsh weather, and the hood is nice and roomy so you can really bury yourself inside it, while the soft fabric means you can still hear what someone’s saying! Loses a mark as the pockets are hard to get to with a pack on.
Colours: Eight, including chilli pepper, navy, forest and brown
Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: Nikwax Analogy
Key features: Extra large map pocket, adjustable rollaway wired hood, two hand pockets
Weight: 870g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01892 786444,
Verdict: A well-designed, incredibly comfy jacket with exceptional breathability. Paramo often loses out to lightweight waterproofs, but against others of similar weight and bulk it’s in a league of its own.