Páramo Directional Clothing was last night announced as the winner in the ‘Bold Move’ category of the prestigious Guardian Sustainable BusinessRead more
The clever tech bods over at Paramo have come up with a rather simple looking, but innovative layering system involving a stretchy warm soft fleece and a lightweight windproof, that when worn together will provide you with full waterproof protection.Read more
I went out on a short(ish) walk and loaded myself up with a local OS Map, Food For Free guide book, Photography guide book, Camera accessory pack, torch, pen, sunglasses, phone, knife, binoculars and small drink bottle but after that I ran out of things to put in all of the pockets. I did also carry a small pack with the rest of my camera gear and other bulkier items.Read more
Fairly new from Paramo is the Mirada Ladies Jacket, which is designed for hill walking and general outdoor activity. WithRead more
These are marketed as Travel trousers. And they appear to have been designed by somebody who has actually left the confines of their office recently. The fit is what Paramo call generous. I’d call it baggy, but that’s a good thing for travel because it both leaves a load of air circulation by your legs and helps disguise the valuables in your pockets.Read more
It’s a bit bonkers. It’s not to everyone’s taste. But, there’s no denying that the Torres Core and Sleeve combo is a brilliantly performing insulator and an innovative idea. More adaptable than a plain jacket for no extra cost, I can see this combo developing a small cult following. It’s rainproof and works well when wet. It’s grown on me a lot and I can’t find fault.Read more
The Velez smock is styled with a single large pocket across your belly, which can make you look as if you’re pregnant with a peculiarly-shaped baby, but is actually a very comfortable way of carrying everything from keys to maps to lunch. It doesn’t get in the way of backpack straps or waistbags, and is cavernous enough for a good hike’s essentials.Read more
It’s expensive, but it’s comfortable, feels lightweight and un-restrictive and the fit will suit a range of activities from climbing to cycling. The features all work like they should, and it’s not let me down or left me wanting for anything else on hikes and trips into town.Read more
It’s very warm in use. Wearing it under a windproof jacket has been plenty warm enough for the Autumnal mornings so far. Paramo explain on their website that their velvet-like fleece is better at keeping you warm when it is wet than ordinary fleece, and that theirs actively draws moisture from the inside outwards, keeping you less sweaty and damp, and thus better insulated. I still don’t know exactly how their materials achieve this, but suspect witchcraft.Read more
Paramo sell the Fuera Ascent as a jacket for “Hill and Hike” and “Multi activities”. I think that’s pretty much spot on. It’s the sort of jacket you could stuff into a backpack pocket and rely on when you need it. Those times when you’re caught out and need a modern-day cagoule.Read more
I greatly admire the designers at Paramo who can take a step back from conventional wisdom and launch a productRead more
There has been a sum total of one piece of outdoor apparel which Jodie has been willing to shell out my hard-earned money on, and the Velez Adventure Smock is it.
She’s very picky, you see, and a jacket has to be really quite special to make it to her Narnia-like wardrobe full-time, because to allow a jacket in is to deny a dress or something slinky the coveted space.
These trousers from Paramo are a bit Marmitey. You’ll either love or hate them, or convince yourself you hate them and then try them only to realise that they’re pretty good and you quite like them. Or something like that.Read more
Ah, April. One of my least favourite months because you never know quite what you’re going to get. It could be rain, wind, searing heat or densely foggy and invariably I’m either too hot, too cold or too wet for most of the month. It’s just so… British. So, it’s no surprise that a British company seems to understand the ever-changing weather and come out with such an adaptable jacket.Read more
I’ve met the marketing team at Paramo. They’re very pleasant. You wouldn’t necessarily realise that they’re masters of the dark arts, but behind their smiley exteriors must lie Hogwartian hearts. It’s the only explanation I can come up with for how their Analogy system works – Witchcraft.Read more