Why We Chose The Páramo Bentu Plus Fleece: Soft, comfortable, versatile
Fleeces are great. They’re warm, soft and comfortable, and if you pick a lightweight one, they’re pretty breathable too. But they’re pretty rubbish if it gets wet or windy.
Páramo’s Bentu Plus fleece is a bit different though. It uses a special fabric that has all the qualities of conventional polar fleece but copes with drizzle and light breezes better than most. It can also be combined with Páramo’s Bentu windproof jacket in order to create a warm and weatherproof system that is suitable for year-round use.
Who is the Páramo Bentu Plus Fleece for?
Páramo describes the Bentu Plus Fleece as being “for people who enjoy outdoor activities all year”. That’s because it works well in spring and summer as a warm yet light layer to keep you comfortable when you take a rest or if you are out in cooler conditions. However, if the weather deteriorates and you need more rain resistance, it can also be combined with the Bentu windproof jacket for a true weatherproof system.
Bottom line, it’s a great layering piece for hiking, hillwalking, bushcraft activities and more.
The Bentu Plus fleece is made from Nikwax fleece fabric, a tightly woven, wind-resistant polyester that is finished with Nikwax’s durable water repellent treatment. This makes it more weatherproof than standard fleece, though it’s no substitute for a windproof or waterproof shell.
In terms of weight, the fabric is more substantial than lightweight fleece, giving added insulation over 100-weight microfleece. However, it’s not too warm to wear in most conditions, even on cooler summer hill days. It’s also breathable, wicking moisture well to keep you dry and comfortable.