Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Colours: Fire, Forest, Navy, Black
Features to Note:
- Water Repellent
- Can be worn as a stand alone garment or with a Windproof Jacket
- Articulated shoulders and sleeves
- Two large chest pockets
- Two large waist level pockets
- Elasticated and poppered cuffs
- Concealed elasticated neck and waist/hem drawcords
- Scooped tail
Material: The Paramo Taiga is made from a soft, very comfortable and warm fabric. Performed well keeping me warm and fended off a strong wind.
Fit: Tester: male, 5'10", stocky build. Extremely roomy with generous sleeves and cuffs. Adjustable neck and waist drawcords are unobtrusive and work well ensuring a snug fit round the neck and waist. Cuffs are elasticated and poppered for adjustment. Has a scooped tail section at the back to protect the kidney area when bending or stretching which works superbly.
Collar: Good and high to protect my neck from the wind and rain. Zips goes all the way to the top of the collar. Collar has additional drawcord for a cosy fit.
Pockets: Four excellent zipped pockets. The two waist pockets are large enough to keep gloved hands nice and warm. The two large chest pockets are big enough for an OS map, compass, GPS, camera and whatever else you want close at hand.
Zips: Front zip and pocket zips tagged for easy opening. All zips ran smoothly. Front zip has a poppered covering flap.
Other considerations: Superb walking garment for all conditions. Can be worn as a stand alone garment (with a single base layer underneath) or in combination with a lightweight windproof shell jacket for complete weather protection. At 892g it is quite heavy for a fleece - but is designed to be worn instead of a heavy waterproof - not as well as.
Technical performance of the Paramo Taiga is excellent. Fits well and has a good combination of features for temperature control at cuffs and waist. Superb pockets. Having said that it is too warm and heavy for summer. Needs a lightweight outer shell to give total directional waterproof protection.
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• Superb kit. Worn in very cold weather with just base layer and remained toasties. Also been in very heavy rain and had ferara wind jacket over and was dry apart front neck...so get a hood or the waterproof hat with neck guard. Great kit.
Alan Brooks, Essex
• Best fleece I have ever owned - perfect weight and more or less waterproof. It would be even better if it had 'hand-warmer' pockets. Am trying to get a matching hood.
Jim Wilson, Appleby
• A really versatile garment, I bought mine to wear when fishing but often wear it to go shopping or to the library. I fish year round and need good quality clothing to keep me warm, as I have to take warfarin which thins the blood.
Chris Jackson, Harrogate
• Bought the fleece in moss for fell walking it is so good I bought a second in black for about town, also have two windproofs two shirts and a fully waterproof pullon, best kit available
Ian Stevenson, Darlington
• A lovely piece of Kit, I have two Taigas, one for everyday use and an Other for my journies, they handle all condition extremely well, different layering systems providing different levels of protection.
Reference the studs on the collar, Paramo on request make two types of hood for the taiga. One in the same material as the Fuera windproof at a cost of £25 and secondly a hood in the same material as the Taiga at a cost of £45.
Dean Jepson, Bradford
• Really great product! All you want from a quality fleece. However I have noticed there is studs on back of collar. Does this mean you can purchase a hood? If so could you please advise how to get one. Many thanks!
Ian Fawcett, Stockton-on-tees