User Review: Paramo Cascada Jacket
Fabric: Paramo's own Parameta
Price Paid: �$180
First and foremost, this is a fully waterproof jacket. This is by virtue of the design of the fabric (combined with wash-in proofing liquid), rather than by a waterproof lining. Tears and punctures can, therefore, be fixed without specialist materials.
I've had this jacket out in a variety of conditions, including day-long rain and snow and it never let in the slightest drop of water. It is seriously impressive stuff.
It is also very warm, and I'd have to say too warm to wear in good weather. But then, you wouldn't be wearing this in good weather. In wet or cold weather, you can be easily comfortable in a thin base layer and this jacket.
The hood has a gutter which works very well, and is fully adjustable via retained cords. The wrists are velcro adjustable, and wide enough to accomodate mitts. The usual storm flap zip is there to keep the zip area dry.
As to the fabric, it is very soft and supple. It has none of the stiffness associated with most waterproof fabrics, and none of the heavy rustling noise either. This makes it a definite pleasure to wear.
My only criticism of this jacket is the size of the map pocket. It fits a map nicely, but not if you put it in an Ortlieb waterproof map case. Then it's just a bit small to get the map in and out easily.