Paramo Katmai Walking Shirt Mid Layer
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Katmai Walking Shirt Mid Layer
Features to Note:
- Gusseted and poppered cuff
- Wide cut sleeves which can be rolled up and secured
- No shoulder seams to reduce 'rub' from rucksacks
- Articulated sleeve and back gusset
- 2 large chest pockets plus additional 'secret' pocket
- 2 spare buttons
- SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 40+ and CPF (Clothing protection factor) 30+
- Constructed from Parameta rapid evaporation fabric
I tested the Paramo Katmai walking shirt on a particularly 'sweaty' climb up Pike of Blisco in the Lake District and - as you'd expect from Páramo - the fabric really did deal with perspiration superbly, drying out quickly and keeping me comfortable.
The Katmai shirt fits well and has a lovely soft feel. The fabric itself has a good level of protection against UV and the addition of a proper collar means this can be turned up for extra protection.
It washes well, dries quickly and is ready to wear without ironing. The sleeves have cuffs which can be fastened in several different positions including 'rolled up'.
There are two good sized chest pockets with velcro fastenings and another 'secret' zipped pocket big enough for a passport/folded OS map.
At £50 this may not be the cheapest addition to your rucksac but that aside - for versatility, overall performance and style, it's difficult to see how a shirt like this could be any better.
The Paramo Katmai uses an extremely comfortable fabric that deals with perspiration superbly. £50 may be a bit steep for some.
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