Our View - Paramo Women's Velez Jacket:
Off the back of the success of the Men’s Paramo Velez Waterproof Jacket we are really pleased to see that Paramo have introduced a women’s specific version. The Jacket is a hybrid in the Paramo range, in that it combines both their traditional heavier weight Analogy material and their lighter weight Analogy material to make a highly durable but equally slightly lighter and airier piece. It's designed as a 'do anything' waterproof jacket and it'll be capable for lots of different outdoor tasks.
The Paramo Velez Jacket is designed so that critical areas of wear and weather get the slightly heavier fabric, with the lighter fabric used where you need greater breathability. In our experience, there’s little to choose between the performance (in terms of breathability and waterproof) of the two fabrics. What is different is the warmth, weight and durability and Paramo have design the jacket to ensure these are placed in the appropriate place.
As with more recent Paramo jackets, the cut has been revised and the Women’s Velez Jacket has a nice feminine cut that is relatively fitted on the body and sleeves but allows a full range of motion for active pursuits. It’s designed for the active user and doesn’t impede you doing more active things in the jacket at all.
In many respects the lining of Paramo jackets is where the magic happens (!). The great thing about Paramo jackets is that the windproof outer (which sheds the majority of the rain thanks to the Nikwax treatment) is backed up by a ‘pump’ liner that directs moisture out from the body and impedes water coming in. The two layers make a ‘bulletproof’ waterproof jacket and make it super-breathable. The lining on the Paramo Velez Waterproof Jacket has been revised using lighter fabrics across the back and in key areas – this cuts down the weight of the liner, improves breathability when you are working hard (and generating sweat and heat).
It's a shorter, active cut and features large vented front pockets (with 2 zippers so you can keep your pocket zippered up whilst still allowing ventilation) and arm vents too. It goes without saying that Paramo have included an excellent, storm tight hood with plenty of adjustment.
All in all, we’ve been hugely impressed with the Velez Jacket and we use it regularly ourselves and we are sure that ladies who are looking for a waterproof, breathable but durable jacket for mountain pursuits will be equally pleased.
Specifications - Paramo Women's Velez Jacket:
- Athletic cut
- Mesh reinforcement in the back panel
- Arm vents
- Pocket vents
- Zippered pockets
- Nikwax Analogy fabric
- Ideal for mountain hill walking, cycling, climbing and trekking
- Fully adjustable and helmet-sized hood
- Wire peak in hood
- Articulated cut in shoulders and elbows
- Reflective detailing
- Two way zip (lockable, chin guard)
- Zip storm guard/gutter/Flap
- Draw cord hem
- Scooped rear tail
- Designed for use with backpacks, helmets and gloves