Paramo Cascada Waterproof Jacket
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Paramo Cascada Waterproof Jacket Paramo Cascada Waterproof Jacket
Cascada Waterproof Jacket

Paramo Nikwax Analagy

Vital Statistics:

Guarantee:
Life of the Jacket

Colours:
Forest/Navy, Tarn/Vanilla, Navy/Ash (Men and Women)
Slate/Navy, Ultra/Navy, Tarn/Ash, Navy/Vanilla (Men only)
Scarlet/Navy, Grape/Vanilla (Women only)

SRP:
£180.00

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

Material/Waterproofness/Breathability: The Paramo Cascada waterproof jacket is constructed using Nikwax's Analogy technology. Fabric comprises two layers and is both very soft to the touch and lightweight so allowing small volume storage. So far, we've tested the jacket during Peak District gales, hail-storms on Dartmoor and torrential rain in the Lakes!! Under all these conditions, both waterproofness and breathability have been excellent. The jacket is warm - have often used it without a fleece even during the 2002 UK winter. Worn whilst walking through scrub , the outer layer was punctured without any apparent reduction in performance.

Overall Design: A front opening which has very generous, double folding storm-flaps over the zip. Together with the adjustable cuffs plus waist-cords at both waist and hem, this provides a high degree of temperature control. Good selection of pockets which all have warm-feeling lining. The hood design provides good protection plus excellent visibility. The softness of the fabric does mean that the garment can appears to 'hang' a little. For the same reason, sleeves do on occasion turn inside out if you remove the garment quickly.

Fit: Tester: female, 5'7", average build) Very good length - scooped tail ensures this is maintained all round. Sleeve length is generous. Waist adjustment is actually at the waist and because it's under the storm-flaps and on top of the zip, it can be easily accessed without unzipping the jacket and when wearing a back-pack. Hood (see below) has 2-way adjustment.

Zips: Main zip goes all the way down the front and is easily opened and shut with gloved hands. Has very generous double-sided storm flaps which do keep the rain out. Likewise, hip pockets have easily opened zips with good, functional storm flaps. No underarm zips.

Pockets: Three good sized pockets - all warm-lined. Two external pockets at front hip level. At front, right-hand side there is a pocket underneath the storm-flap which can easily take a folded OS map. All are readily accessible when wearing a belted backpack.

Hood: Hood has wired front, is fully adjustable and can be rolled away. It's possible to adjust the fit in two dimensions - around your face and back from your face. This does help in ensuring great visibility no matter what other head-gear you're wearing. Very good face-guard which is integral with the collar. It's possible to easily zip this right up, leaving no gaps so providing excellent protection.

Cuffs and Collar: Cuff fit is very flexible. Cuffs can be secured snuggly around wrist or opened allowing sleeves to be rolled up the arm. 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 Cascada is excellent. Good combination of features for temperature control at cuffs, waist and hem. Easily stowable but maybe too warm if you only walk in the summer.


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