Why We Chose It: Tried and tested, practical, eco-friendly
Páramo’s Velez Adventure Smock has been around in one guise or another for more than two decades. We know a few hillwalkers who’ve had theirs for almost as long, and they’re still going strong. It uses the tried and tested Nikwax Analogy system to offer complete weather protection and has plenty of functional yet versatile features. These make this smock suitable for biking and even climbing as well as backpacking, hiking and hillwalking. It works best in cold and wet conditions, so is ideal for the tail end of the year here in the UK.
Like a lot of Páramo kit, it’s also robust and reliable, easy to reproof with Nikwax aftercare products, and easily repairable too. Put it this way: if you shred your Gore-Tex waterproof jacket, you’re probably in for a tricky and costly repair. If you puncture a Páramo, there’s no such drama – it’ll keep on trucking. And if the damage is bad enough to need fixing, you can usually do it yourself with a needle and thread.
What Is The Velez Adventure Smock Best Suited To?
This smock is ideal for multi-activity use including backpacking, cycling, climbing and snow sports. It’s designed to offer full protection in cold, wet weather as a robust and reliable outer layer that is waterproof yet also keeps you dry from the inside out. Hoe? By moving moisture vapour and liquid water (sweat) away from the body. The smock’s twin zip design also allows a backpack to be worn without compromising ventilation, so you get optimum comfort and temperature regulation.
This smock is made from polyester, and while the fabric isn’t recycled, it is fully PFC-free and fully recyclable. Páramo are also one of the few outdoor brands never to have used environmentally persistent perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in their water-repellent treatments, since the Nikwax finish is water-based and free of harmful chemistry.
“This smock is a fully featured bit of kit.”
This garment is also made by the charitable Miquelina Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia as part of Páramo’s longstanding ethical manufacturing partnership. Through the Foundation, the brand has offered vulnerable women training and employment since 1992. This alliance has benefitted thousands of at-risk women in practical ways, helping them to build houses, and providing a kindergarten and canteen for their children. With Páramo’s support, Miquelina holds ISO 9001 accreditation, which assures dedication to quality. In 2017, Miquelina attained guaranteed Fair-Trade status from the World Fair Trade Organisation.