Why We Chose The Páramo Alta III: Warm, comfortable, eco-friendly
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As a brand, Páramo are renowned in the outdoor industry for their environmentally-friendly approach to kit. Unlike many other brands, their unique Nikwax Analogy waterproofing system has never used the harmful PFC treatments that have – deservedly – attracted such negative public attention in recent years.
They have achieved this because Páramo’s system is different to most others in the way that it works. The Analogy fabric does not use a membrane or laminate layer to keep you dry. It is still waterproof and breathable of course, and also designed to actively move sweat away from your body – something Páramo calls ‘directionality’. The lack of a membrane or coating means that the jacket is comfortable, soft and rustle-free, unlike many other conventional hard shells that may do the job but which tend to rustle like a crisp packet.
If it has a drawback, it’s that it makes the jacket a bit warmer and heavier than a typical hardshell. As the seasons get colder and wetter, however, that becomes a positive rather than a negative, and in the wildest winter weather you would hardly want to be wearing anything else. Plus, if you do start to overheat, the jacket has long zipped upper arm vents for cooling.
“The lack of a membrane or coating means that the jacket is comfortable, soft and rustle-free”
Páramo’s green ethos doesn’t end with its waterproofing either. The durable 100% polyester is fully recyclable, and it is ethically made too, thanks to the brand’s long-standing manufacturing partnership with the Miquelina Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia.
The Alta jacket has been in the Páramo range for a few years now. With this latest version, however, the fit has been refined, new features have been added and the styling has been updated. The cut has been trimmed and streamlined, though it is still roomy enough to be comfortable, while the scooped hem remains nice and long for added protection.