Páramo waterproofs are unlike any other: soft as bedsheets, rustle-free and unlaminated, but impervious to water and highly breathable. The Andina is all of these things, with the added benefit of underarm zipped vents, Velcro adjustable cuffs and a cinchable hem – all of which help you regulate your temperature. It’s incredibly comfortable and soft enough to be worn over a short-sleeved base layer with no clammy feeling next to the skin. The pocketing is well thought out, too. There are two handwarmers, but when they become obscured by a backpack belt, you’ve got two inner chest pockets. The smaller one is still large enough for a phone; the larger one takes a map and more besides. And as for toughness: I wore this on a Scottish mountain and it has been on many similar walks since.
Fabric: Nikwax Analogy
Colours: Purple, blue, red with blue trim and without
Men’s version: Yes, Pasco
Soft, well-fitted, hard-wearing – what more could you want?
Tested by Sarah Ryan
Country Walking May 2015