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    Paramo jacket

    Anyone have any experience of this clothing? I was looking at the paramo pajaro jacket? Looks quite functional, nice colour too. Little bit pricey, but just thought if anyone had any thoughts or experience of their stuff. Thanks.

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    In my opinion, the best waterproofs you can buy for active use

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Anyone have any experience of this clothing? I was looking at the paramo pajaro jacket? Looks quite functional, nice colour too. Little bit pricey, but just thought if anyone had any thoughts or experience of their stuff. Thanks.
    I had their trousers and my girlfriend had one of their jackets. I thought the trousers were OK but they lasted probably the least time of any pair I've owned, probably less than a week, plus I found them a bit warm for my purposes and they always felt like they billowed about in the wind. I got a part in Aladdin wearing them. My girlfriend seemed to like the jacket OK but despite following the care instructions it didn't really remain waterproof very long and she kept it as her "good" jacket so it didn't get hard wear. I bought the jacket for her but wouldn't get her another Paramo waterproof as it isn't up to the use she would give it, even using it as her "good" jacket.

    My experience has been that they are OK for relatively light use or if you can accept a fairly short life but being honest most people don't give waterproofs a huge amount of use so depending on how often you are out they might work just fine for you.

    I wear the Paramo Trail shirts almost literally every day and have done so for maybe 15 years now and love them. Quality varies from batch to batch but I still get a lot of wear from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    I had their trousers and my girlfriend had one of their jackets. I thought the trousers were OK but they lasted probably the least time of any pair I've owned, probably less than a week, plus I found them a bit warm for my purposes and they always felt like they billowed about in the wind. I got a part in Aladdin wearing them. My girlfriend seemed to like the jacket OK but despite following the care instructions it didn't really remain waterproof very long and she kept it as her "good" jacket so it didn't get hard wear. I bought the jacket for her but wouldn't get her another Paramo waterproof as it isn't up to the use she would give it, even using it as her "good" jacket.

    My experience has been that they are OK for relatively light use or if you can accept a fairly short life but being honest most people don't give waterproofs a huge amount of use so depending on how often you are out they might work just fine for you.

    I wear the Paramo Trail shirts almost literally every day and have done so for maybe 15 years now and love them. Quality varies from batch to batch but I still get a lot of wear from them.
    Thanks for that. I'd be using it, or any jacket for that matter, quite a lot or quite hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boarboy View Post
    Thanks for that. I'd be using it, or any jacket for that matter, quite a lot or quite hard.
    Paramo is not best suited to daily hard use. Like all waterproof breathable fabrics it requires washing and reproofing to work at its best. But unlike most it suffers very badly and very quickly from performance loss between washes.
    Also, because of the way Paramo works there is the theoretical potential for it to leak at pressure points in the fabric when kneeling on wet ground, for example (admittedly this is theoretical and I can't say whether or not it does cause problems).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSimon View Post
    Also, because of the way Paramo works there is the theoretical potential for it to leak at pressure points in the fabric when kneeling on wet ground, for example (admittedly this is theoretical and I can't say whether or not it does cause problems).
    It has been a while since I've had the trousers so I'm vague on the details but my memory is that my legs were wet a lot in them and if you were to kneel or crawl then you might as well not have bothered with them. It must be said, however, that every waterproof trouser I've owned has let water in at the knees when kneeling or, when it gets very wet, has been prone to condensation it is just that my perception was that the Paramo were the worst. I destroyed them fishing but they wouldn't have lasted half an hour working at sheep.
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    Ive had a Paramo jacket for a number of years for hill walking, dog walking, shooting and daily wear. Can't fault it as long as you keep reproofing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caorach View Post
    It must be said, however, that every waterproof trouser I've owned has let water in at the knees when kneeling or, when it gets very wet, has been prone to condensation.
    Interesting and little known fact:
    Waterproof garments are typically advertised as having a hydrostatic head of X.thousand mm. Gore's top end products are often in excess of 30,000. Cheap pack-a-macs can be as low as 2000 (and will leak with any kind of pressure applied to the fabric)
    BUT! Almost invariably the seam tape which is used to seal the stitching will be a fairly low number 1500-3000. Well designed products will use better techniques at the seams to reduce the chances of the tape being too important, but ultimately they do all have the potential to leak quite easily.
    The only trousers I've found don't leak when kneeling or sitting, even in snow for long periods, are the type designed for Scottish and Alpine winter mountaineering. But they're uncomfortable to wear for anything else.
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    Mines almost 15 years old,worn regularly, re-proofed annually and is still the most comfortable coat I own.Thorns can be a pain but even with a few pulls in the fabric,it still does its job and it's the only coat that I don't drip with sweat in after a hard walk.I'm considering getting another (one or two sizes bigger) for my birthday.

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    IMHO Paramo is awesome for what it's designed for, mountaineering and serious walking.

    Sadly I don't think it would be any use for stalking/shooting. It's not designed to be used for crawling through rough terrain and the material is quite slippy so I think you'd struggle to keep the butt in your shoulder.

    If you intend to get up into the hills walking then it's worth every penny, for stalking I'd stick to military surplus kit.

    Jim

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