What do the experts say about Páramo?

 

Don't just take our word for how good our gear is, look at what the press have to say....

The following are some of the recent awards and reviews earned by Páramo - click on one to read more.

  Reviews / Awards

November 2013

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Ladies' Tula Jacket

With an overall 95% ratings, the Tula Jacket wins the ‘Best in Test’ in the Long-line Waterproof test

Judy Armstrong chooses the Tula Jacket for its clean lines, practicality and unrivalled performance

“In tough conditions, the Tula it is unbeatable. Fabric performance is impeccable.”

Read full review

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Ladies' Tula Jacket

October 2013

COUNTRY WALKING - Ladies' Andina Jacket

The Ladies’ Andina Jacket rates 9 points out of 10.

The gear tester praises the Andina’s comfort and excellent ventilation features.

“A jacket for all weathers. Comes with a lifetime guarantee and it’s ethically manufactured too”

Read full review

COUNTRY WALKING - Ladies' Andina Jacket

October 2013

THE INDEPENDENT - Men's Helki Jacket

The Helki is chosen as one of the 10 Best Walking Jackets

Will Coldwell at the i, the concise daily Independent newspaper, selects the best garments for hill and hike currently available in the market.

“This jacket is a versatile piece of kit, with excellent freedom of movement and breathability”

Read full review

THE INDEPENDENT - Men's Helki Jacket

October 2013

CLIMBER - Men's Velez Adventure Light Smock

The reviewer reconsiders his opinion about Páramo garments ‘being too heavy’

In the Softshells test the Men’s Velez Adventure Light Smock competes with non-membrane jackets for its renowned good weather protection.

“The jacket is immensely comfortable, very breathable and adequately weather resistant”

Read full review

CLIMBER - Men's Velez Adventure Light Smock

September 2013

LAKELAND WALKER – Men’s Velez Adventure Light Smock

Out of the mid-weight waterproofs tested in this review the Men’s Velez Adventure Light Smock was the best garment to cope with the elements.

The well though-out features of the Men’s Velez Adventure Light Smock win the approval of the Editor, John Manning.

“Páramo waterproofs are pretty much unassailable in terms of breathability and are therefore better-able to keep you comfortable day-long. 5/5”

Read full review

LAKELAND WALKER  –  Men’s Velez Adventure Light Smock

June 2013

THE GREAT OUTDOORS - Men's Pasco Jacket

TGO recommends the Pasco Jacket in their New Waterproof Jackets feature

Chris Townsend, Gear Editor at TGO, gives four starts to the versatile Pasco.

“This is a good Páramo jacket with the usual properties of superb breathability and excellent comfort”

Read full review

THE GREAT OUTDOORS - Men's Pasco Jacket

February 2013

Wanderlust Travel Awards 2013

At the tail end of 2012, Wanderlust magazine asked their readers to tell them about their year of travel, from what their top destinations were, to the top guidebook series. We were delighted to hear that, in the top equipment brand category, Páramo has retained our top 5 place! Take a look at the rest of the categories here.

Wanderlust Travel Awards 2013

February 2013

Balaclava is one of the Best Winter Hats says Country Walking magazine

Nick Hallissey looked at a variety of winter hats and selected the Páramo Balaclava as one of his ‘Six of the Best.’

“It’s waterproof and windproof, as well as silky-soft to the touch.”

Read full review

Balaclava is one of the Best Winter Hats says Country Walking magazine

February 2013

Climber magazine rates Pasco Jacket ‘Best new stuff we’ve seen’

As soon as the Pasco Jacket was launched Climber magazine took a close look.

“This is an intelligently ventilated jacket, designed for demanding climbs, walks and backpacking trips… the Pasco offers a package of fantastic weather protection and breathability combined with brilliant ventilation in a durable but soft and quiet jacket.”

Read full review

Climber magazine rates Pasco Jacket ‘Best new stuff we’ve seen’

January 2013

Adventure Travel tests men’s waterproof jackets

Adventure Travel magazine carefully assessed the Men’s Alta II Jacket and said “ the Alta II is a great all-rounder that will perform to a high standard. A classic jacket that I still love to wear.”

Read full review

Adventure Travel tests men’s waterproof jackets

January 2013

Alta II Jacket wins ‘Best on Test’!

Richard Fox, Operations Co-ordinator for Fix the Fells, the body responsible for repairing the Lake District’s upland paths, tested walking jackets in atrocious weather… perfect conditions for assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

“After one memorable day of torrential rain in Langdale, we were still completely dry in the Páramo Alta II … the design shows impeccable attention to detail … and it’s so comfortable you can happily wear it all day, rain or not rain.”

Read full review

Alta II Jacket wins ‘Best on Test’!

November 2012

TGO magazine rates the Aspira as ‘Best Winter Jacket’

For Chris Townsend, one of the leading outdoor writers in the UK and TGO’s Gear Editor, the Aspira ticked all the boxes to be the best winter weather jacket.

“As a winter mountain jacket the Aspira can’t be faulted.”

Read the full article...

TGO magazine rates the Aspira as ‘Best Winter Jacket’

November 2012

Trek & Mountain review Grid Technic Baselayer

In Trek & Mountain magazine’s Mini Test the Men’s Grid Technic Baselayer was described as “very soft and there is plenty of stretch which avoids that ‘clinging feeling you get with some baselayers. It’s versatile too.

Verdict: Warm, comfortable and wicks really well.”

Read full review

Trek & Mountain review Grid Technic Baselayer

November 2012

Trail says Quito Trousers “Best for cold and wet weather”!

“Thanks to its innovative fabric and design the Quito Trousers were chosen as the most suitable for the UK cold and wet weather. Their renewability and repairability qualities made them stand out from the group test.

 

The Quito is one of Páramo’s most versatile legwear options…The major benefit of the Quito, is that it can be reproofed year after year with Nikwax TX Direct without a loss in performance.”

Trail says Quito Trousers “Best for cold and wet weather”!

October 2012

Country Walking magazine awards Velez Adventure Light Smock ‘Best Waterproof Jacket’

Described as sexy, talented and versatile the Velez Adventure Light Smock won the applause of the Country Walking team.

“If it was a movie star it’d be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in one.”

Country Walking magazine awards Velez Adventure Light Smock ‘Best Waterproof Jacket’

October 2012

Country Walking magazine tests Windproofs – Ladies’ Fuera Crest wins!

Out of the six windproof garments tested, the Fuera Crest proved to be the best in terms of performance and water repellency. The gear tester was impressed not only with its value for money but with the renowned Páramo hood.

“The fabric is tough and long-lasting with excellent water-repellent finish.”

Country Walking magazine tests Windproofs – Ladies’ Fuera Crest wins!

February 2012

Walk Awards 2011

We are absolutely thrilled that once again, Páramo kit features strongly in the line-up of favourite walking brands voted for by readers of the Ramblers’ Association walk magazine.  This year, walk readers voted Páramo into Gold Medal position for:   

  • Best Waterproof Jacket;
  • Best Baselayer;
  • Best Midlayer and;
  • Best Overall Walking Brand.

walk readers also voted Páramo into a Silver Medal position for:

  • Best Walking Trousers - but a special point was made that we were a very close second to the Gold winner Craghoppers.

Winning a walk Reader Award is a major accolade within the walking industry and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that voted for us.

Other Páramo related winners were: 
  • Nikwax won Best Other Walking Product (against strong competition)
  • Whalley Warm & Dry won best Independent retailer

Walk Awards 2011

October 2011

Velez Adventure Smock - highly commended by Country Walking

The Velez Adventure Smock was rated 10/10 for comfort and fit, and 9/10 for performance awarding it with their 'highly commended' accolade in the November 2011 issue of Country Walking. They said "it works really well at keeping moisture away from the skin and is very soft to wear. In wet and cooler conditions, it's hard to fault." They summarised it as "A classic Páramo top that performs beautifully in cooler conditions."

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Velez Adventure Smock - highly commended by Country Walking

October 2011

Aspira Jacket - highly commended by Trek & Mountain

"Rated 9/10, Trek & Mountain said "the hood is excellent, with the soft fabric moving easily when wearing a helmet. This is a jacket ideal for the coldest weather."
 
Trek & Mountain magazine October 2011.

Click here to read Trek & Mountain magazine's review of the Aspira Jacket.

Aspira Jacket - highly commended by Trek & Mountain

October 2011

TGO reviews the Torres Jacket

Rated 5 out of 5 for warmth, water resistance and value for money TGO said "There is a place in our damp climate for a thick, warm synthetic jacket that can be pulled over a waterproof jacket with any worries of it getting wet. The Torres Jacket is one such jacket and the best that I've tried in years. It's a well-designed, functional jacket. The handwarmer pockets have insulation on both sides and are very roomy. The inside pocket is big too and ideal for drying damp gloves. It will take a map. The Torres Jacket always kept me warm whilst stationary."

Read the whole review here.

TGO reviews the Torres Jacket

September 2011

Ladies' Halcon wins 'TGO Recommends'

Ladies' Halcon win 'TGO Recommends' 


“Páramo is my top choice for hill walking in wet weather provided I’m wearing it, not carrying it, because I can guarantee Nikwax Analogy will move moisture and keep me dry.” 


TGO Magazine, September 2011


Click here to read the full review

Ladies' Halcon wins 'TGO Recommends'

August 2011

Countryfile award winners announced!

We are delighted to be voted 'Favourite Outdoor Brand' by Countryfile readers - a huge accolade from the magazine's discerning country-minded devotees.

The Countryfile Magazine Awards 2011 are a celebration of our countryside and its people. The awards feature 10 categories, from conservation projects and food heroes to country writers and our finest nature reserves.

Fergus Collins, Editor of Countryfile Magazine, commented: "We launched the awards as a way to celebrate the countryside and thank the often unsung heroes who work hard to make it accessible, keep it beautiful and conserve its heritage and wildlife. And from the tremendous numbers of votes cast in each category, it's clear our readers agree."
Pick up the September issue of Countryfile to see the rest of the winners!
 

Countryfile award winners announced!

June 2011

Fuera Ascent wins Best Buy in OE June 2011

In June 2011 OE Magazine ran a test of Lightweight Mens Summer Waterproofs and the Fuera Ascent received their ‘Best Buy’

Fuera Ascent wins Best Buy in OE June 2011

June 2011

Fuera Crest wins Best Buy in OE June 2011

In June 2011 OE Magazine ran a test of Lightweight Ladies' Summer Waterproofs and the Fuera Crest received their ‘Best Buy’

Fuera Crest wins Best Buy in OE June 2011

October 2010

TGO Magazine recommends Torres Gilet

John manning tests a selection of gilets to keep you warm this winter.

Click here to read the full review...

TGO Magazine recommends Torres Gilet

October 2010

Ladies' Alta II wins 'Best in Test' in Country Walking November 2010

"Páramo makes some of the most breathable waterproofs on the market, so if breathability is your biggest concern, the Alta II could be the waterproof for you...'

Read the full review here...

Ladies'  Alta II wins 'Best in Test' in Country Walking November 2010

October 2010

Outdoor Photography November 2010 Halcon Review

“Could this be the best outdoor jacket I have ever worn? Quite likely because I haven’t worn anything better.” 

Read the full review here by Keith Wilson…

 

 

Outdoor Photography November 2010 Halcon Review

June 2010

Ethical Consumer Magazine: Páramo wins 'Best Buy'

"We're delighted that in the Outdoor Gear Special edition of Ethical Consumer we've beaten all the competition to score 13.5 out of 20 to win their Best Buy of Waterproof Jackets"

Click on the image to read the review...

Ethical Consumer Magazine: Páramo wins 'Best Buy'

June 2010

Outdoors Enthusiast : Fuera Ascent wins 'Best Buy'

'The Fuera Ascent is made from Nikwax Windproof fabric and as such its designed to be used in conjunction with the company’s Nikwax Fleece (Summit Hoodie) and aftercare products (the latter to renew water repellency indefinitely)...' 

Click the Fuera Ascent image to read the full review...

Visit the Outdoors Enthusiast website... 

Outdoors Enthusiast : Fuera Ascent wins 'Best Buy'

June 2010

Walk Reader Awards 2010

We are absolutely thrilled that once again, Páramo kit features strongly in the line-up of favourite walking brands voted for by readers of the Ramblers’ Association walk magazine.  This year, walk readers voted Páramo into Gold Medal position for:   

  • Best Waterproof Jacket
  • Best Walking Trousers and; 
  • Best Overall Brand.

Winning a walk Reader Award is a major accolade within the walking industry and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that voted for us. 

Walk Reader Awards 2010

April 2010

Country Walking Spring 2010: Fuera Peak wins 'Best in Test'

“This is where is all comes together. A highly technical top which feels like a lightweight soft shell, with its multiple seams, two-tone colouring and chunky zips. This makes it feel adaptable; I know when I’d wear this, without having to have its optimal use explained to me….”

Click here to read the full review...

Country Walking Spring 2010: Fuera Peak wins 'Best in Test'

February 2010

Outdoor Photography’s: Technical fleeces review

"Páramo's Taiga Fleece is difficult to categorise as it doesn't look of feel like a fleece jacket. It features Páramo's polyester 'pump liner', which deals with moisture coming in and out....."

Click the image to read the full review...

Outdoor Photography’s: Technical fleeces review

February 2010

Camping Awards 2010: Cascada win Best Jacket Award

"The judges recognise the imagination and development that has gone into producing one of the most successful waterproof, breathable jackets around."

Click on the image to read the full review...

Camping Awards 2010: Cascada win Best Jacket Award

January 2010

Birdwatching magazine tests out Halcon Jacket

Birdwatching magazine tested out the new Halcon Jacket and Velez Adventure Light Smock. They scored 9/10 for quality and value for money. Click on the image to read the review...

Birdwatching magazine tests out Halcon Jacket

January 2010

Countryfile magazine rates Cascada Trousers their top choice!

The Feb 2010 issue of Countryfile magazine looked at waterproof trousers and rated our Cascada trousers their top choice. Click on the image to read what they said...

Countryfile magazine rates Cascada Trousers their top choice!

November 2009

Trail tests out new Torres products

Graham Thompson, Trail magazine's gear guru, tests out the new Torres Sleeves & Trousers. In a nutshell the plus and minus points were:

Torres Sleeves
+: provides insulation where it is needed; can be worn over outer layers
-: unconventional design takes some getting used to
=: practical arm insulation for the outdoors for when performance really matters

Torres Trousers
+: provides insulation that can be worn over outerlayers
-: nothing
=: ideal for adding insulation without removing layers

Click on the image to read the whole article.

Trail tests out new Torres products

November 2009

Pájaro Jacket is Best Buy in Outdoor Photography, November 2009

Recommended as the 'Best Buy' in the Outdoor Photography’s 'five of the best tested waterproof jackets':  

Paramo jackets are quite heavy and best for cool or cold weather - but in such conditions they're unbeatable. The membrane-free fabric, which is based on the principles of mammal fur, is supple and quiet, with very high breathability and weatherproof ratings. Venting options are extensive, including horizontal zips along the upper arms. The cut allows excellent freedom of movement and room to layer. Length is on the short side: the hem finishes at crotch height on both men's and women's. Pockets are well sized and placed for use with a rucksack. The hood, to is a winner; it is adjustable, quiet, has good peripheral vision and moves with you head. Waist and hem draw cords finish at the sides. Pájaro is designed with photographers, birdwatchers and country lovers in mind, and remains a firm favourite in their range.

Ratings:

  • Fabric 100%
  • Ease of use/hood: 100%
  • Quality/value: 85%
  • Pockets: 100%

Overall: 96.25%

Pájaro Jacket is Best Buy in Outdoor Photography, November 2009

November 2009

Country Walking 'Highly Recommends' Cascada Jacket

"Fantastic breathability and comfort explain why the Cascada is Páramo’s best selling walking jacket. The fabric is soft and luxurious against the skin, and the fit tends to be quite roomy and long at the hem..." 

Please click on the right hand image to read the full review>>

 

Country Walking 'Highly Recommends' Cascada Jacket

June 2009

Fuera Peak receives OE 'Best Buy'

Recommended as the 'Best Buy' in the 'Men's Waterproof Jackets' category, the Páramo Fuera Peak Jacket gained the accolade:
"Made from Nikwax Windproof fabric the Fuera is water repellent, windproof, tough, lightweight and dries rapidly, making it ideal for summer use. The well designed features include a stowable helmet-compatible hood, scooped tail for extra protection (so good for mountain biking), two zipped torso pockets which are accessible when wearing a pack and also map friendly, and adjustable hem and cuffs. The fabric is also very tactile and ‘non-crackly’, and at well under a hundred quid you can’t go far wrong with the Fuera Peak."
  • PERFORMANCE 4.5/5
  • VALUE 5/5

Fuera Peak receives OE 'Best Buy'

March 2009

Trail Magazine: Velez Adventure Light

Trails Simon Ingram is one of the first to get his hands on our new Velez Adventure Light. He puts it through its paces and asks the question, could this be the jacket to finally silence Páramo's doubters?

Click here to read his review...

Trail Magazine: Velez Adventure Light

March 2009

Walk Reader Awards

The results are in! After months of Walk readers voting for their favourite kit, retailers and destinations, outdoor expert and avid industry-watcher Cameron Mcneish announces the winners of the 2009 Walk Reader Awards.

Walk Reader Awards

January 2009

Country Walking: Men's Base-Layer Tops

Tom Hutton from Country Walking Magazine said that the Páramo Cambia Zip - Neck was: "A very versatile top that really performs well as a base-layer, yet will work on its own."

Country Walking: Men's Base-Layer Tops

December 2008

Páramo receives TGO accolade

TGO said " Thanks to Páramo's Nikwax Analogy waterproofing systems, these pants completely remove the need for overtrousers. They are extremely warm, very easy to ventilate, highly breathable and waterproof."

Páramo receives TGO accolade

September 2008

Outdoors Enthusiast September 2008

Ladies' Aspira Smock

The Páramo fabric has an unmistakably soft feel to it, meaning its not a chore to pull on and you escape the crinkle and crunch of a more traditional waterproof. The outer is made of directional microfiber which means that regardless of the humidity or temperature the fabric works at moving moisture away from your skin to keep fresh.   


It features a fixed (rollaway) hood with wired visor which will fit over a helmet, upper arm vents to provide upper body ventilation and temperature control, as well as further vents via a two-way chest with internal storm flap. The deep chest zip opens to the waist allowing access to inner layer. The drawcords and zips are designed to be operated by a single gloved hand.   


Performance
4/5 
  

Value 4/5 


http://www.oe-mag.com  

Outdoors Enthusiast September 2008

September 2008

Country Walking Men's Waterproof Jackets under £200

Voted into 1st place in the 'Men's Waterproof Jackets' category, the Páramo Cascada Jacket gained the accolade:

"A well-designed, incredibly comfy jacket with exceptional breathability. Páramo often loses out to lightweight waterproofs, but against other of similar weight and bulk it's in a league of its own."

Country Walking Men's Waterproof Jackets under £200

September 2008

BBC Wildlife Magazine Waterproof Jackets

We are delighted that the Ladies' Pájaro Jacket was voted the 'On Test Winner'.   

The gear tester said "the superb Pájaro was designed with wildlife watchers in mind and I found the camouflage colour a definite bonus. Drawcords in all the right places ensured a perfect fit. It really excelled in cold, rainy weather - I stayed warm and dry, and the comfy hood (Best On Test) moved with my head. My top choice for autumn and winter."  

BBC Wildlife Magazine Waterproof Jackets

March 2008

Walk reader awards-Gold

We're delighted to see that readers of walk magazine, the official publication of the Ramblers' Association have voted Páramo the Gold Award for 'Best Base Layer'.

Walk reader awards-Gold

March 2008

Walk reader awards-Silver

Plus we are thrilled to be awarded the Silver Award for 'Best Waterproof Jacket' and 'Best Fleece' as voted for by Readers of walk magazine, the official publication of the Ramblers' Association.
And Páramo received the Silver Award for 'Best Overall Brand' with glowing words from Cameron McNeish, editor of TGO magazine.

Walk reader awards-Silver

March 2008

Walk reader awards-Bronze

Finally, we received a Bronze award for 'Best Walking Trousers', in the Walk reader awards. It's a category we've not featured in before, and Cameron McNeish said "Páramo Cascada Trousers have become my numberone choice for winter hillwalking".
We'd like to thank everyone who voted for us.

Walk reader awards-Bronze

March 2008

OutdoorsMagic readers vote us Best Clothing Brand

OutdoorsMagic invited its readers to vote for their Best Clothing Brand and we were thrilled to hear that we had won. Our thanks to all the people who voted for us on OutdoorsMagic. Click here to see more info and to see who else won.

February 2008

Outdoor Enthusiast Technical Tshirts

The Men’s Cambia T-shirt won Editor's Choice in the review of performance base-layers in the March 2008 edition of Outdoor Enthusiast.

Outdoor Enthusiast Technical Tshirts

September 2007

TRAIL Best Value Fleece Mid Layer

September 2007 TRAIL's review of Fleece Mid Layers concluded:

Buy the Páramo Explorer Pull-on "if you want a practical mid layer with a superb chest pocket as this is ideal for a wide range of activities."

TRAIL Best Value Fleece Mid Layer

June 2007

Country Walking Gear of the Year 2007 - Waterproof Jacket

Voted into 1st place in the 'Waterproof Jackets' category, the Páramo Cascada Jacket gained the accolade:
"The best garment I've ever bought....bar none" from wearer Paul Clegg of Delph, Lancashire.

Country Walking Gear of the Year 2007 - Waterproof Jacket

June 2007

Country Walking Gear of the Year 2007 - Base-layers

The Cambia Reversible Range was awarded first place too for Base-layers by Country Walking readers in Gear of the Year 2007, with the highest overall score of all walking kit at 94%.

Country Walking Gear of the Year 2007 - Base-layers

February 2007

Walk Reader Awards - Gold

Once again, readers of walk magazine, the official publication of the Ramblers' Association have voted Páramo the Gold Award for 'Best Waterproof Jacket'.

Walk Reader Awards - Gold

February 2007

Walk Reader Awards - Silver

Readers of walk magazine, the official publication of the Ramblers' Association, have voted Páramo a Silver Award for 'Best Fleece'.

Walk Reader Awards - Silver

February 2007

Walk Reader Awards - Silver

Readers of walk magazine, the official publication of the Ramblers' Association, have voted Páramo a Silver Award for 'Best Base Layer".

Walk Reader Awards - Silver

October 2006

Country Walking Best in Test

Ladies' Cascada Jacket

 

In the Country Walking review of Women's Waterproof Jackets, the Cascada was crowned 'Best in Test'.

Verdict: 'I love this jacket!'

Country Walking Best in Test

October 2006

Trail Used & Abused

Fuera Smock

 

Simon Ingram, features editor of Trail, claims the Fuera Smock is 'perfect' after using it for 12 months. To quote:

"Verdict: my all-knowing, magic mountain buddy"

 

July 2006

Outdoor Industry Award

NEW 3rd Element Jacket

Presented at Outdoors 2006 in Friedrichshafen, this award recognised the innovation of this modular jacket, which converts easily from a fully functional jacket into gilet and arms to suit individual needs - allowing you to fine tune your insulation

Outdoor Industry Award

March 2006

Walk Reader Awards - Bronze

In the 2006 walk magazine awards, Páramo received its first Bronze Award for "Best Base layer" - voted for by readers of the publication, the official magazine of the Ramblers' Association.

Walk Reader Awards - Bronze

March 2006

Walk Reader Awards - Silver

In the 2006 walk magazine awards, members of the Ramblers' Association and readers of its official magazine voted Páramo the Silver Award for "Best Waterproof Jacket."

Walk Reader Awards - Silver

January 2006

Trail Gear of the Year 2005

Velez Smock

"The results of the biggest hill-walking gear test ever conducted" saw the Velez voted into top place as a Multi-activity Waterproof. Readers had to rate gear for performance, build quality and value for money.

Trail Gear of the Year 2005

January 2006

Trail Gear of the Year 2005

 

Aspira Jacket

"The results of the biggest hill-walking gear test ever conducted" saw the Aspira voted into top place as a Winter Jacket. Readers had to rate gear for performance, build quality and value for money.

Trail Gear of the Year 2005

March 2005

Walk Reader Awards - Gold

In the first ever walk magazine awards, the publication's readers voted Páramo a Gold Award for "Best Waterproof Jacket."

Walk Reader Awards - Gold

February 2005

Trail Used & Abused

Velez Smock

Claire Maxted, staff writer on Trail, extols the virtues of her Velez Smock after putting it through its paces for 4 years.

Verdict: I'll live in it till it dies!