/ Paramo aspira users
I like mine but it's definitely cold weather only as I run quite hot and it's pretty warm.
i would call them a super soft shell rather than a full on waterproof.
Cracking kit I use a buffalo under mine for when it's proper cold and crap ideal for cold and wet.
I would not consider relying on my Velez in the mountains without an Event jacket over the top! Has been sent back to Paramo who said that I'd overproofed it. They cleaned and re-proofed it and I promply got soaked walking along a canal towpath for 2 hours. Got wet on the back and shoulders (no rucsac) and not just through the zips.
Takes too long to dry out to be considered softshell in my opinion. On the other hand loads of my club members swear by them.
Now use Buffalo in winter and Rab Event in summer.
Think it's great BUT it leaks at pressure points ie rucsac shoulder strap and waist belt area.
I can literally see the water bubbling on my Aspira sallopetts when the area across the thigh is under tension. .. as in walking steeply uphill! Good job it drys quickly :-)
What most others have said, for winter or cold weather, but it is excellent then. I've put it on over wet kit before to find the wet stuff dry when I took it of an hour later. I have a Quito for summer now, after my dad used one through winter golf for a few years and didn't get wet. It's a lot lighter and the cut is better (and I'm looking at it thinking it would be nice in winter too.)
Excellent, I use mine 7 days a week, 2 hours a day dog walking in all conditions and whatever the weekend throws at me. I would call it 3 season and you do need to keep on top of proofing. Mine is the Smock. Also quiet and repairable. I would buy again.
My Valez has kept me dry in all weathers.
The material has wetted out due to the DWR being neglected.
Other than that always bone dry. same with cascada pants.
I would have preferred a permanent hood for the valez as in a storm force megga gale wind does get in.
I tend to use it when its cold as it is warm and heavy if you need it to go into rucksack.
The Aspira is heavy but it's also very warm, meaning you do not need to carry so much insulation, so it's swings and roundabouts really.
I find it a very good jacket, warm but then you need less spare clothes, so I reckon its works out a similar weight as Event with an extra base layer.
(a base layer is what I estimate the extra warmth to be)
Never been wet in it yet but its always well proofed.
If its mostly for walking, I'd go for the lighter Paramo's.
I have a Quito for the summer and its light, great vents but the face fabric wouldn't take the winter climbing wear as well as the Aspira jacket.
The main advantage of Paramo is the continued breathability (>14yrs) and being able to repair damage by stitching it up and reproofing the garment.
Hope this helps
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