Paramo are known for being a bit ‘Marmite’ – you either love it or… not. The fabric is the proprietary and not technically waterproof ‘Analogy’, and I’ve read more online verbiage about whether or not it actually works than I’d care to admit. I’m generally a lover; when it’s cold enough not to rain but I will be working hard, there’s nothing that breathes better and keeps me drier. Other people swear by it all year round. Paramo are also environmental leaders, both for avoiding the use of PTFE’s and for their labour market ethics. The new Velez has some great features too: pockets that vent as well as provide ample storage, a wired, helmet compatible hood, details like a compass loop and upper arm ventilation rather than pitzips (which are more efficient in my view). I always want for a little more structure in Paramo’s hoods for adequate face protection, but there’s one more thing here that’s not quite right, and that’s the length. The jacket is built for gnarly conditions, but is too short to sit under a harness or backpack waistband without riding up. On the other hand, winter mountain bikers should love this jacket.
VERDICT: A well made, ethically sound and feature rich jacket. Needs to be longer, with a more structured hood.
BEST FOR: Winter hill walking and easier grade mountaineering.
Review by David Lintern @