Páramo Men’s Enduro Jacket

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Several qualities make the Páramo Men’s Enduro Jacket special.

You can buy a jacket for the price of a round of drinks, or you can buy one for the price of a week’s holiday in a nice hotel. The Páramo Men’s Enduro Jacket, which I’ve been trying out for several weeks, falls into the latter category. And, rather like the aforementioned holiday, it makes for a very pleasurable experience.

Frontal zip under the rain

Much of this is down to the Nikwax Analogy fabric from which the jacket is made. It consists of two layers – an outer one that repels water landing on the jacket’s surface and an inner one called a Pump Liner, which pushes moisture away from the body. The Páramo website explains in detail how there are three things that get you wet in the outdoors – precipitation, perspiration and condensation. Mere water-repellency and breathability will not always keep you dry, but this jacket’s construction is designed to do so. Does it work? In my experience, yes. I’ve worn the jacket in extended downpours, in light showers, in drizzle and on dry days, too. I’ve walked, I’ve scrambled, I’ve cycled and I’ve sat in cafés. And all the time I’ve felt lovely and dry.
And if you keep your jacket for a long time, which, given the price tag, you’ll be hoping to, you can renew the water repellency with Nikwax Aftercare.

The manufacturer makes many claims for the Enduro Jacket, including these:

  • Paramo Enduro180-degree shoulder/arm articulation to prevent jacket riding up
  • precise hood adjustment to protect face without compromising vision
  • helmet-friendly hood with large peak
  • excellent weather protection from two-inch drip skirt and scooped tail
  • reflective piping front and rear

On test

Closed hoodIt’s not just feeling dry that makes wearing this jacket such a comfortable experience. It’s also very soft and flexible, and moving about in it I feel as though I’m wearing a favourite jumper or a much-loved fleece rather than a tough outer garment guarding me against the elements. This comfort is partly down to the material itself, and also to the stretch panels in the shoulders, sleeves and sides.

Large frontal pocketThere are plenty of pockets, each side of the chest or torso has two large ones, accessed in opposite directions. Two of these are designed for hand-warming as well as storage – and here’s where my first slight reservation appears. For me, these pockets are on the high side for hand-warming. The jacket has been designed to leave the lower area clear, and this will be an advantage if wearing a climbing harness. But if you’re a walker rather than a climber, and one who likes to stick their hands in their pockets on easy strolling stretches, as I do, you can only do do by adopting a rather forced, pointy-elbowed, position. One of the outermost chest pockets, though, is secured by Velcro rather than a zip, which is handy. There is also a small, secure inside pocket for phone, keys, or valuables.

Adjustable hoodI find the hood is easily adjustable, its peak keeps the rain off well, and it neither slips back off my head nor slides down over my eyes, as hoods on other jackets have. But here comes my second reservation, again a slight one only. My two previous walking jackets – a Berghaus and a Sprayway – have had hoods that roll away into the collar when not needed – which, even in Scotland, is a fair proportion of the time. The Enduro’s hood, no doubt because the peak makes it impractical, needs to stay out all the time. And because the hood’s interior is in the same contrasting colour as the rest of the jacket’s lining, it’s rather noticeable.

Ventilation pocketsMy third and final quibble is that the Enduro is short – certainly compared to other jackets I’ve had. I’m sure there are sound reasons for this, and the short style plays a part in the jacket’s phenomenal comfort level. But if you’re wearing, say, a biggish jumper underneath, then it will probably poke out of the bottom of the jacket, looking a bit scruffy and potentially getting wet – though if the rain is more than a shower you’d doubtless be donning your waterproof trousers, which would come up over the jumper. I’m 6ft 3ins and have an XL jacket – I’m pretty sure the XXL would be too voluminous.

Velcro strapBecause of these three features that, for me, are not quite ideal, I feel I have to give the Enduro a relatively modest star rating. But for other wearers those factors – lack of low-down pockets, always-out hood and shortish style –  will not be disadvantages at all, and for these users the Enduro will be among the very best jackets available. Even for myself, it’s a pleasure to wear.

The Enduro is a men’s jacket, though Páramo’s Ventura jacket, for women, has similar features. It costs £330, comes in XS, S, M, L and XL sizes and weighs, on average 802g.

For more information check paramo.co.uk



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