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Paramo Waterproof Kit


For winter walking & Mountaineering i don’t think you can beat Paramo’s waterproof kit. Is exceptionally breathable and warm too. I found some of the older models a bit on the heavy side if they were spending more time in the rucksack than on, but the recent Velez Adventure range is so much lighter and so i just can’t find anything to grumble about.

I use the Men’s Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock (red/grey) and the Velez trousers in the same lightweight material.

These new trousers are particularly great as previously i owned paramo over-trousers but never needed to wear anything under them as they were lovely and warm – but the cut was very generous as they were over-trousers. These new Velez trousers are designed to be warn as trousers which is so much better for me.

Manufacturers Technical Spec – Velez Adventure Light Smock

  • Average weight 584g
  • Fully articulated shoulders and elbows for maximum freedom of movement and optimum fit.
  • Two-way twin reversed zip design with inner, poppered baffles for maximum temperature control.
  • Cropped front for maximum freedom of movement.
  • Drop tail for maximum protection with draw-cord.
  • High collar with central, single-hand adjustment to prevent wind, rain and snow entering the neck area.
  • Reflective piping (front and back) for maximum visibility.
  • Easy adjust velcro cuffs with bite tab, cuffs can be rolled up for temperature control.
  • Double-layer lining either side of spine and on shoulders, for technical rucksack use.
  • Excellent field of vision and protection provided by fixed hood – fully adjustable, wired and roll-away.
  • Single hand adjustment throughout.
  • Nikwax Analogy Light fabric performance guaranteed.
  • 1 large ‘dry’ zipped front pocket for OS maps, snacks, compass, etc.
  • 1 Inner ‘dry’, zipped pocket for storage and hand-warming – fits OS map.

Manufacturers Technical Spec – Velez Adventure Trousers

  • Average weight 414g
  • Unrestricted leg movement with minimal weight due to knee articulation.
  • Comfortable and adjustable fit provided by elasticated waist secured by a belt.
  • Zip fly with popper at top.
  • Full weather protection, but with easy and rapid temperature adjustment provided by long thigh vents with internal storm flaps.
  • Ankle adjustment with hook and loop fastening – ideal for multi-activity use.
  • Handwarming and storage from two external hip pockets with zip closure.


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Author: Phil Newby