Why We Chose The Páramo Ostro Fleece: Versatile, technical, innovative and very comfy
Innovative, light and packable – but still highly functional – and with a bunch of admirable credentials in regards to ethical and eco-friendly manufacturing, there’s a lot to like about the Ostro Fleece from Páramo. Designed to help you handle all kinds of conditions, this is the kind of versatile item that can come in handy right the year round.
Who Is The Páramo Ostro Fleece For?
This’ll suit all kinds of activities. Hikers will certainly appreciate its breathable warmth, fit and features, so too will climbers and mountain bikers. We can even see this performing well as a thick baselayer for any gnarly mountaineering expeditions.
The Ostro is made from Nikwax Fleece, a synthetic fabric that’s rather different to the standard fleece material we’re all familiar with. It’s streamlined rather than bulky and it’s densely woven but still lovely and stretchy.
It’s also wind resistant and water-repellent thanks to the Nikwax solution that it’s pre-treated with. Free from any of those nasty eco-hazardous PFCs and super easy to reapply at home, Nikwax offers an effective wet weather solution that we’re big fans of here at Outdoors Magic. It works by spreading any moisture out thinly and pushing it away from the fleece’s fabric so that it can evaporate into the atmosphere – ultimately making for a super quick drying time. It’s clever stuff.
The Ostro System
While the Ostro Fleece offers an impressive amount of water resistance, in any really wet stuff, Páramo advise combining this with their Ostro Windproof.
“I remember being really impressed at just how quickly it dried up.”
This will make for a windproof and highly water resistant system, one that will keep you warm without that clammy feeling you often get from a membrane lined jacket. You’ll find our thoughts on how well this fleece works with a Páramo windproof in the Tester’s Verdict below.
Perhaps the most notable detail is the hood – more specifically, its zip. The collar goes right up to just below your eyes making for a ninja-like look. The zip is also offset for greater comfort, coming up to the side of your cheek instead of sitting on your chin and lips.