Paramo Alta II Waterproof Jacket
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Paramo Alta II Waterproof Jacket Paramo Alta II Waterproof Jacket
Alta II Waterproof Jacket

Paramo

Vital Statistics:

Guarantee:
Life of the Jacket

Colours:
Colbolt/Navy, Fire/Navy, Mid/Dark Grey, Olive/Navy, Slate/Navy

Sizes:
S, M, L, XL, XXL

SRP:
£220.00

Paramo says:"The new Alta II jacket is lighter weight with less bulk than its predecessor. Increased ventilation via our unique two way reveresed zip makes the new Alta II an ideal choice for all hill walkers looking to maintain an ideal comfort level without taking 'layers' on or off. A new generation for Alta users - this season's version offers a contemporary look with all the renowned features you have to expect from one of Paramo's best selling jackets."

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

Material/Waterproofness/Breathability: The Paramo Alta II uses Nikwax's Analogy technology. The fabric comprises two layers and is both very soft to the touch and lightweight so allowing small volume stowage. In all tests both the waterproofness, windproofness and breakability are excellent. Choice of colours are excellent

Overall Design:T o save weight there are smaller internal poppered storm-flaps and waterproof zips. Adjustable cuffs, arm vents and draw cords at hem and collar provide a high degree of flexibility. There are two waist level pockets and two chest level external pockets and a fifth internal chest pocket. The hood design provides good protection plus excellent flexibility.

Fit: Tester: Male, 5'10", stocky build) Very good length - scooped tail ensures the lumber region is well covered. Sleeve length is generous. Hem has draw cords and sleeves use velcro and zipped vents.

Zips: Main zip goes all the way down the front and is easily opened and shut with gloved hands. Internal poppered storm flaps and external zip proved perfectly waterproof and kept the rain out. Likewise, hip pockets have easily opened zips. No underarm zips but the sleeves to contain ventilation zips which are very effective. One gripe - I found starting the zip off difficult at times since you have to line the two sections up very precisely. This has got easier with practice though.

Pockets: Four external pockets. The two at front waist level are zipped and will take gloved hands. The right-hand chest pocket is also zipped and will accommodate a folded OS map in a plastic case. The left-hand chest pocket is secured with velcro and will take compass, GPS device and or torch. A toggle on the outside of this pocket is there to secure compass, torch or GPS device so they are easily located. There is fifth internal waterproof pocket for documents etc. External pockets are not completely waterproof in storm conditions but the internal pocket is.

Hood: Hood has a wired peak and elasticated drawcords. The hood design provides good protection plus excellent visibility. The elasticated drawcords allow you to draw the hood in tight around your face, yet easily lift it on and off without further adjustment - pure genius.

Cuffs and Collar: Cuff fit is very flexible and are secured with velcro. Cuffs can be secured snuggly around wrist or opened allowing sleeves to be rolled up to the elbow. Collar, face-guard and hood work very well together.

Care and Maintenance: Good level of detail provided on routine care and on re-proofing. This is backed up by a life-time guarantee.

Buying Advice:

Technical performance (breathability, waterproofness, windproofness) of the Paramo Alto II is superb. Good combination of features for temperature control at cuffs, waist and hem. Easily stowable. The best walking jacket I have tried.

Starting the zip needs practice. Price might be a bit steep for some - but well worth it if you walk regularly.


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