Paramo Vasco Waterproof Jacket
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Paramo Vasco Waterproof Jacket Paramo Vasco Waterproof Jacket
Vasco Waterproof Jacket

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Colours:
Black/Cobalt, Fire/Black, Lavender/Black, Silver Birch/Marsh, Silver/Black

Sizes:
XS* - XXL
*Lavender/Black, Silver Birch/Marsh only

SRP:
£180.00

Paramo says:"The latest multi-activity garment from Páramo with advanced ventilation features providing high performance in the widest range of activities. Climbing and cycle friendly, this jacket offers intelligent design combined with a contemporary look."

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

I was looking for a jacket that I could use hill-walking but also wear as I get into Nordic Walking. I tried the Paramo Vasco on several rainy trips, early Autumn in mountain areas of Trentino (Northern Italy) and in the Derbyshire Peak District.

Fit : The body and sleeve length on me (5' 7'', average build) were good. The slimmer fit plus the design of the sleeves and shoulders made this really comfortable for both hill-walking and for Nordic walking - when the pole swing means your arms are being used more vigorously.

Whilst it's a shorter fit than eg Cascada - it still offered perfectly adequate protection. The 'scooped' tail provided additional coverage at the back and stopped any riding-up under my back-pack.

Temperature Control/Comfort: I wore this with just a short-sleeved, breathable top underneath the jacket. The multitude of options for ventilation (2-way zip, underarm vents, back vents, sleeves that stay rolled-up) really did work in helping me stay comfortable throughout the day whatever my exertion level. As I'd expected, the breathability was excellent.

Hood:The hood is fully adjustable and can be rolled away or detached. The peak is quite small, though, which would reduce it's usefulness in more extreme conditions.

Other features: There's a good size pocket at the front that is big enough for an OS map plus two 'hand-warming', zipped pockets. The reflective piping ion the back is certainly a useful feature should you find yourself finishing the last few miles of a walk in the dark.

Buying Advice:

At 810gms, those who demand ultra lightweight gear may consider the Paramo Vasco a little heavy. But for the rest of us this really is a superb jacket that you can use for any number of outdoor activities. At 810gms, those who demand ultra lightweight gear may consider it a little heavy. But for the rest of us this really is a superb jacket that you can use for any number of outdoor activities.

It's warm - but the multitudinous ventilation options mean you can pretty well wear it throughout the UK autumn/winter/spring. And it looks pretty good as well.


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