26 August 2015
+ A wonderfully comfortable, rustle-free jacket with impressive waterproof performance. It has a two-way zip and an excellent wired hood that can be drawn in tight with minimal flap in the wind.
- This jacket is made from Paramo’s heavier Nikwax Analogy fabric. To counteract this added weight, the jacket is cut quite short, which leaves you fairly exposed. The jacket also has one small external ‘map’ pocket and two internal hand warming pockets, but bizarrely these are accessed via the side vent zips. This makes them pretty redundant – if you have cold hands you end up venting the whole jacket to get them inside.
VERDICT: We cannot fault the comfort, breathability and waterproofness of these jackets, but the design of the pockets needs a total rethink.