Páramo is an area in the Andes with an uncomfortable climate and is where the first jackets were tested in 1986. Started in 1984 by getting inspiration from wildlife and how feathers and fur can repel water, Paramo is now a multi-award winning specialist in outdoor clothing.
Páramo Pájaro Jacket Specification
- Fully adjustable, roll-away hood with wired peak for increased field of vision and fit.
- Articulated shoulders and sleeves for maximum freedom of movement.
- Two-way reversed front zip with pop studs.
- Upper arm vents for adjustable venting and temperature control.
- Reinforced shoulder construction and removable foam insert strips.
- Easily adjustable cuff design allows sleeves to be pushed or rolled up.
- Unique 2in drip skirt and scooped tail.
- Additional temperature control from single-handed waist and hem draw cord pulls.
- Two external secure and ‘dry' breast pockets.
- Secure internal breast pocket.
- Hand warming and ‘dry' storage from two large and lined bellows pockets.
Páramo Pájaro Jacket Features and performance
From a distance, the Pájaro looks like any inexpensive outdoor coat with the typical appearance and green finish. Despite being very thin, the material keeps the body core nice and warm. Soft fabrics have been used and I was very comfortable wearing the jacket even with just a t-shirt underneath.
Lots of pockets are available for putting stuff in like the two huge pockets on the chest.
A lot of waterproof coats are stiff and unmanageable simply because of the materials needing to be sealed. The Pájaro flies in the face of this common understanding as Páramo have aimed the jacket at feeling like a second skin and it certainly does.
The jacket is designed to keep you warm in extreme weather conditions, so has technology like the Nikwax Analogy fabric, hand warming pockets and storm defence flaps on the front zipper. However, it also has features that will keep you cool like the ventilation flaps on the arms, velcro cuffs so they can be rolled up and waist & hem pull cords.
I field tested the jacket on Bonfire night and it was bitter when we were away from the fire, but the parts of me that were covered by the jacket remained snug and warm. I know this was not simply because I had extra layers on, because the length of the jacket came down to mid-thigh and this is the precise point where I got cold from.
The Páramo Pájaro jacket comes with a lifetime guarantee which is great news for those who may be stretching the bank balance to get one. The waterproofing can be renewed if you have to machine wash, for instance, which means the life of the jacket is instantly elongated.
Páramo have teamed up with the charity Trees for Life and for every garment purchased, Páramo will contribute enough to plant a new sapling in Scotland to help offset the carbon footprint caused by the manufacture. I think this is a great idea and deserves a mention.
Páramo Pájaro Jacket Verdict
If you are a photographer that enjoys going out into the extremes of the wilderness or just expect to be out long enough to have a need for this kind of protection, then the Pájaro is an excellent contender to look at. It is certainly a formidable defence against the elements which could justify the £250 price tag.
For general or minimal use, I think the price is too high even for an advanced piece of clothing like this. That is why I have knocked the Overall score of the jacket one mark lower.
The Páramo Pájaro is very intelligent and packed with technology to keep you cool on hot days and dry on British days.
The two foam strips running down the back increase air circulation to the back, but can be removed.
Páramo Pájaro Jacket Plus points
Built in facilities to keep cool as well as warm
Páramo Pájaro Jacket Minus points
The Páramo Pájaro Jacket costs around £250 and is available via the Páramo website here.