Páramo has built a large loyal band of users who love its different approach to keeping dry on the hills.
The brand has been working hard to bring its kit up-to-date, with recent designs demonstrating a less traditional and more active look.
The latest innovations in Páramo’s new range for 2017 will include a new fleece and windproof combination to give flexibility for high-energy activities such as running and cycling.
The Ostro Fleece and Windproof Jacket, and the women’s Alize versions, have been designed to work together, offering maximum flexibility for protection against the elements.
The men’s Ostro fleece is treated with Nikwax TX Direct to give a degree of water repellency. It has five pockets, all lined with the brand’s pump liner to help remove moisture. There are two external hand-warmer pockets, a zipped internal pocket and two internal drop pockets.
The fleece has a simple, close-fitting hood for use under a helmet when needed, and its zip is off-centre to avoid bulk when used in a layering system and to improve comfort in the chin and mouth area. Its simple cuffs can be pushed up the arms for cooling, and the jacket has a lower back hem for extra protection.
The Ostro Fleece weighs 379g and will sell for £125.
The Ostro Windproof Jacket is the companion to the fleece and is made from a tough polyester microfibre, again treated with Nikwax TX Direct.
It is designed in an athletic fit and has two internal pockets accessed via ventilation zips.
The hood is helmet-friendly and has a dual adjuster for ‘halo’ effect cinching. The hood has a low-profile peak. It can be rolled away and secured with an elasticated tag.
The jacket’s elasticated cuffs can be pushed up for cooling and the sleeves and shoulders are articulated to ease movement. It also has a scooped tail for extra protection and comes with an internal stuff pocket the jacket can be packed into.
The 168g Ostro Windproof Jacket will retail at £85. Combined with the Ostro Fleece, Páramo says it creates a waterproof system with the flexibility to deal with different conditions and activities.
The two, and the Alize women’s versions, will hit the shops in March next year. The two will also be offered in a package at £190.
Páramo has also created a new women’s technical denim trouser. The Acosta is made from tough stretchy polyester treated with Nikwax TX Direct. The rapid-drying trousers can be used from a range of activities, from climbing and cycling to more urban pursuits. They are ideal, the brand says, for women who cycle to work or to the railway station.
They are easy to pull on, Páramo says, thanks to the zip and button fly, and have small, mesh-lined side vents for temperature control.
There are two jeans-style hip pockets and rear pockets and the trousers have reflective material on the front and rear pockets, plus extra reflective strips on internal leg seams, which show if the trouser leg is rolled up.
Seams are strengthened with rivets and the trousers provide UV protection of over 50 SPF.
The 227g Acosta Trousers will sell at £90. The men’s version, the Montero, has similar features and weighs 327g. It too will retail at £90.
The popular Cambia T-Shirt, with its reversible fabric, now has dual-colours so users can more easily determine which faces they are using. The smooth face reduces pooling of perspiration to eliminate cold spots after exercise, while the grid-pattern face provides drier comfort in cooler conditions.
The base layer, in both women’s and men’s versions, is contoured for high-energy activities and has flat seams and an athletic cut.
The women’s version weighs 112g and the men’s 130g. Both will sell for £39.
The new Tempro Zip Neck is a long-sleeve baselayer that comes in both men’s and women’s versions. It uses Parameta T fabric, a lightweight, wicking synthetic material that’s soft and stretchy. It can be worn on its own on cool days or as part of a layered system in colder or wetter weather.
An off-centre, three-quarter zip makes it easy to pull on or take off, and increases comfort around the mouth and chin area.
The women’s version weighs 173g and the men’s 190g. Both will retail for £55.
The Grid Technic top gains a hood in a new version, the Grid Technic Hoodie.
It can be worn either as a base layer or midlayer and has an asymmetric three-quarters zip to improve comfort in the mouth area. The close-fitting hood is designed to fit under a helmet, and the Hoodie has a contoured shape and athletic fit. Sleeve and shoulder articulation are maximised to aid movement range.
The men’s weighs 240g and the women’s 227g. They will be on sale for £80.
The brand will also introduce a new gaiter, completely redesigned as part of the brand’s commitment to make its clothing PFC free. The old model couldn’t be made without these chemicals so Páramo went back to the drawing board for its new Mountain Gaiter, which will retail for £60 a pair.
It uses the brand’s Analogy fabric for water resistance and has Dyneema on the lower sections for protection against scuffing.
In the shops now is the new Velez Jacket, which builds upon the popularity of the Velez Smock but offers the convenience of a full zip.
Material is the polyester Analogy fabric with Pump Liner to shift moisture outwards. It features lighter fabric in the hood and lower section, but thicker in the main body area.
The chest pockets work as both vents and secure handwarming pockets, and will take maps too. The hood is wired, adjustable and helmet-compatible, with ‘halo’ adjustment to cinch in tight without restricting vision, even while wearing glasses.
The sleeves have adjustable cuffs and can be pushed up the arms for cooling. The jacket has a scooped tail and fully articulated shoulders and elbows.
The men’s Velez Jacket weighs 605g and is on sale for £275.
The Torres Alturo Jacket offers warmth and its Analogy Insulator fabric is treated with Nikwax TX Direct for water repellency.
Páramo said the jacket will still insulate even when wet, thanks to its breathable lining and synthetic fill. It is also designed to be worn as part of the Analogy system for overlayering.
The Torres Alturo has a full front zip with storm flap and chin guard, harness-friendly handwarmer pockets and an internal, map-sized pocket.
It has 133g fill apart from 60g fill in the hood, handwarmer pockets and cuffs.
The jacket packs into its own internal pocket for storage. The men’s Torres Alturo weighs 667g and sells for £170.
The Páramo range reflects the brand’s corportate move away from using perfluorinated compounds, which are seen as environmentally damaging, and many of the garments are ethically manufactured at the Miquelina Foundation in Colombia.