Now there’s a selection of words that are unfamiliar on the same swing tag. I’m having my first real taste of Páramo and I’m straight in with this brand new special edition of the Velez Adventure.
I wanted to test the Velez Adventure because of its fixed hood and the slimmer cut that the Velez models come in, and I’m doubly pleased to have the lightweigh version here. The standard version (which I’ll be having a look at over the winter) comes in at 720g, this new version is 584g. Both versions are listed at £180.
I’ve just had it on in the house, so I’ll be back with much more detail and better photies after some hill time. But the fit is good, as is mobility, the hood seems okay for rough weather and folds down neatly. There’s a big chest pocket which I’ve alway liked after years in old Karrimor Pertex smocks and there’s a hidden pocket behind the side vents.
It feels very different, soft and quiet. Warm around the house right enough, but it’s looking grey out that window so I’m hopeful of some good testing conditions any minute.
The aesthetics? Always a talking point with Páramo. I’ve had a look through all the bumff they sent me and it looks like they’re trying. Less looking like a farmer who’s strayed onto the summit, more technical dare I say? The red and black of the Velez Adventure could be from any mountain jacket in the last 15 years, so fine, but not sexy?
It also looks like Páramo are taking the seat at the adventure travel clothing table that Rohan abandoned when they went to look for the lifestyle market and never came back.
I digress, more soon.