Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2014)

There are four external chest pockets here, meaning there’s plenty of space for maps, compasses and hats or gloves between showers. Interestingly one of these pockets has a Velcro opening for ‘fast access’ says Páramo, while the others have zips. Zipped vents are also provided on the arms, and the helmet-compatible hood gets a wired peak with face and volume adjustment. 5/5

The men’s Enduro comes in sizes S-XXL and the women’s Ventura in XS-XL. The fit is closer than some other Páramo jackets but not too tight, while the length is slightly shorter than other jackets so my crotch area was more exposed to the elements than I would like, particularly if you allow for any riding up of the jacket hem. Sleeve fit and movement were excellent, and the hood fit superb. 4/5

Like other Páramo garments this uses Nikwax Analogy fabric treated with Nikwax TX Direct, well-proven to provide superb condensation control and comfort. In mild weather it can be too warm, but that is the only major drawback. A major benefit is you can re-treat the material for ever and it continues to perform, making it an extremely durable option. 4/5

In use
On cold, wet days the Páramo Enduro/Ventura is excellent. I’d like some more length, but the hood fit and movement plus its wired peak allow great vision. The four pockets are ideal for hand-warming and storage of maps, while the arm vents are very easily operated. The weight is a drawback if this ends up in your pack and the insulation could be too much. 4/5

The Páramo Enduro/Ventura is great for colder weather only, but its long-term performance has to be considered too. 3/5

The Páramo Enduro/Ventura is a well-proven clothing system that’s ideal for cold, wet mountain trips, but could be longer.


Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014