The Quito – a new multi-activity jacket from Páramo – is an alternative to the Velez (a well-established multi-activity jacket). The Quito is designed to be lightweight for adventure racing, biking, running and climbing. As with all Páramo garments the fabric provides outstanding levels of breathability, and in Trail tests it’s only Páramo jackets that haven’t leaked! The design is unusual, with two map-sized chest pockets inside the main front zip and two handwarmer pockets inside the jacket that are accessed via the long side zips. This works surprisingly well, and for a multi-sport jacket I think it is a good idea. The hood rolls down to the collar where it can be secured. On the head it is reasonable thanks to a wired peak, face drawcords and a volume adjuster. The hood fitted and moved with my head as well as other jackets (and far better than some, too). There’s reflective piping too, and generally this is great for mountain biking and cold wet weather activity. But 518g (size L) is heavy compared to some options, The Quito is warmer than others too, although not as warm as other Páramo garments, and over a base layer it does feel pretty good in all but the warmest of weather. As mentioned the hood could be slightly better; and while I like the pockets, external stormflaps would be better in really wet weather.
Outer Nikwax Windproof
Inner Nikwax Analogy Pump liner
Fabric waterproofness water-resistant/waterproof
Fabric breathability extremely breathable
Weight 518 (L)
Made in Colombia
Stores in UK 67
The Quito is very interesting and very effective new Páramo jacket that is great for cold and wet outdoor action.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010