Our View - Paramo Women's Alta III Waterproof Jacket:
The Paramo Alta III Waterproof Jacket – Ladies is an update to the 12 year old Alta II jacket that was the mainstay of the hill walking jacket range from Paramo. The reason the Alta has been in the range for so long was that it was hard to beat and hard to improve. We think Paramo have done it and judging from our customers, the ladies Alta III jacket has been improved too.
With its 2 layer NikWax Analogy fabric, the Ladies Paramo Alta III Waterproof Jacket is a relative heavyweight. Coming in at 702g, it’s light enough to be packable but it fulfils an all season remit –it will cope with mid winter hikes and anything the UK can throw at it. It’s warm when you need it but with its high level of breathability, it keeps you within a comfort zone of warmth when you are working hard. Obviously, it’s totally waterproof too!
The Ladies' Alta III continues to employ Paramo’s unique Nikwax Analogy fabric technology, which pushes water away from the skin, through an active liner and out through a windproof outer. Rainfall is mostly impeded by the windproof outer but persistent conditions and heavy rain cannot pass the active liner and all this whilst the jacket stays very breathable too.
The fit of the Ladies' Alta III has been optimised with fully articulated sleeves and shoulders and has a slightly longer cut to provide extra coverage and prevent the hem riding up. The fully-adjustable hood has been updated to offer an improved fit and ensure vision is maintained at all times even with googles or glasses. It can be rolled away into the hood and stored securely. The unique dual stretch adjustment mechanisms in the hood and hems retain cord ends safely and comfortably.
There’s an excellent, hard wearing full length two-way locking front zip, which has an internal storm flap to maximise protection when done up, but can be opened and secured via poppers when increased airflow is required. Arm vents offer airflow without the need to open the front zip or with both open increase this further. Sleeves are easy to roll up thanks to the low bulk cuffs and can be secured with the adjustable fastener.
The Paramo Ladies' Alta III Jacket also features 4 pockets (2 hand warming pockets, 1 front chest pocket (OS map sized) and 1 internal pocket.
Specifications - Paramo Women's Alta III Waterproof Jacket:
- Weight: 702 grams
- Designed for one hand gloved operation throughout
- Dual stretch hood and hem adjustment (cords are retained)
- Subtle waist and hem cords
- Rucksack friendly (reinforce, no cords, extra breathability on back and shoulders)
- 2 way locking zip
- Front zip gutter, chin guard and popper fasterners for extra ventilation
- Arm vents with locking zips and internal liner
- Fully adjustable hood
- Hood rolls and secures into collar
- Wired peak in hood
- 4 pockets (2 hand warmer, 1 chest (OS Map sized), 1 internal)
- Low bulk sleeve cuffs and can easily be pushed up for cooling.
- Shoulder/ arm articulation