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Páramo Velez Jacket | Review

Wet weather protection, excellent breathability and a bunch of good eco aspects. There’s a lot to like about Páramo’s Velez jacket

Why We Chose It: Eco friendly, breathable, good cut

In the UK, you tend to see a lot of walkers out in an excellent jacket by Páramo called the Alta III, a thick wet weather option that, while highly protective and breathable, pushes the scales at a heavy 805g. The jacket in focus here, the Velez, it would appear, was created by Páramo as a slightly lighter alternative, one that offers almost all of the same qualities as the Alta but at a lighter 600g. And we love it. In fact, this is the second year that’s it’s made it into our Outdoor 100, chosen this time on account of its nice new colourway and subtle design updates.

The Paramo Velez is a lighter alternative to a traditional Paramo jacket. Photo: Chris Johnson

Who Is The Páramo Velez Best Suited To?

The best thing about Páramo is its Nikwax Analogy fabric and the breathable rain protection it provides. You know that clammy feeling you get in a jacket with a membrane like Gore-tex? You don’t get that with Páramo and that’s why it’s perfect for any wet weather hikes in mild temperatures and/or during strenuous activity.

“You can get a few layers underneath comfortably but it doesn’t have a baggy or loose look to it either.”

Imagine you’re hiking up Ben Lawers, it’s a long old slog and the rain keeps stopping and starting. With a membrane jacket, you’re not going to want to keep it on due to the sweat but you’re also not going to want to take it off because of the rain. With Páramo you can power on through without discomfort from inside or out. 

Mountain bikers will also appreciate this breathability and also the cut as well, which is short on the waist and slightly dropped on the back. 


Details on the Velez include a two-way main zip, zipped vents on the arms and venting hand pockets too (the one on the right also has a mini zipped pocket for valuables inside it). Then there’s the hood which is adjustable, can be worn over a helmet and has wire-moulded peak. The hem can also be adjusted via a toggle and the cuffs have Velcro tabs. 

As well as new reflective details and the added valuables pocket, one of the other main updates to the Velez includes the addition of a new lighter fabric in certain parts of the jacket (including the arms and base of the torso). This, from what we can see, brings the same level of durability and moisture resistance as the previous fabric, but with a bit more breathability.

All the fabrics and the manufacturing are fair trade certified, by the way, and the jacket can be recycled at the end of its life too. 

The hood offers large adjustment and can be worn over a helmet. Photo: Chris Johnson
Pit zips further boost breathability. Photo: Chris Johnson
The chest pockets also double as vents. Photo: Chris Johnson

Is It Waterproof?

The short answer is no, but the Velez is very, very water resistant. It’ll take a really heavy and long downpour for any moisture to get through the layers of Nikwax Analogy fabric and even then, when the rain stops things will dry up super quickly. That’s the thing about Páramo, once the rain passes you don’t stay wet for long. And the Nikwax hydrophobic treatment is completely eco-friendly too, with no PFCs or any other hazardous chemicals. It’s worth bearing in mind that this treatment does need topping up after every few months of use – fortunately this is easy to do at home with Nikwax TX Direct though. 


OM editor Will Renwick has this to say on the fit: “I’m 5ft 10 and of an average build and the medium size, my usual one, fitted me perfectly. I like the cut actually. You can get a few layers underneath comfortably but it doesn’t have a baggy or loose look to it either. Being cut quite short on the waist, I would say that those with, shall we say, a sizable belly, might find they need to go a size up.”

The Velez on test in North Wales. Photo: Jamie Barnes

Tester’s Verdict

Grant Hyatt, Snowdonia based outdoor photographer

“I promised myself I wouldn’t gush over this, but it’s gonna be hard. For me, Páramo is a brand that inspires confidence and this jacket is no exception. The venting options with this are incredibly efficient. On one mountain walk, I started off low in warm humid conditions and finished up in the dark and in the rain. I was able to keep the jacket on throughout, making use of the side and pocket vents, as well as the internal buttoning on the main zip.

“Having become all-too-used to adding and removing layers as I move up and down mountains, this was a welcome treat and meant I was better able to enjoy the climbs and variety of temperatures/conditions faced when on a mountain. The map pocket does fit a map and compass, just, although I did find it was a tight squeeze for one of the waterproof OS maps.”

Páramo Velez Jacket

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