Tough, lightweight, fast-drying, windproof smock suitable for layering and year round use. Water repellency can be added by treatment with Nikwax TX direct.
- Looks good
- Fast drying
- Lightweight but not flimsy
- Reasonably affordable
- Good ventilation
- Cheap feeling plastic bits on hood
Fit and comfort: The overall fit works well for me (size large, 5'10 and 1/2, 200 lbs). It's big enough to fit over a fleece comfortably, but will not flap excessively in the wind as some smock designs can. It fits very comfortably and there is no friction or tightness at any point.
Adjustability: There is a good amount of adjustability by velcro on cuffs, cinch cords on hood.
Water resistance: This is not a waterproof garment, but can be treated with NikWax TX direct to become waterproof. It is a windproof garment that is very fast drying.
Breathability: The breathability is very good, it did not take me long to dry off after a great deal of exertion.
Moisture: The material appears to wick sweat away from the skin adequately, and works particularly well paired with the Paramo Explorer pull on which features directional fabric to wick sweat away.
Warmth: This is very thin so it does not provide much warmth, but by virtue of being a windproof it does keep some warm air in as you work.
Layering: This is excellent for layering with fleeces or just about any other mid layer.
Abrasion: So far so good. The fabric appears to be reasonably hardwearing, and there are no signs of abrasion from backpacks or hip belts.
Function: The design is nice with a deep chest zip for ventilation and a large chest pocket which fits right between a hip belt and a neck clip of a rucksack. All the design features of this garment are very functional and well thought out.
Ease of use: As a smock it is extremely easy to use.
Features: Made of Nikwax windproof fabric which is lightweight, windproof and rapid drying.
Construction and Durability: The construction is excellent, and to date the durability has proven to be so as well as there are no signs of wear.
Conditions: Hiking in Northern England and Wales in the spring time on high, and very windy plateaus, with a bit of scrambling required to reach them.
The only thing keeping this from being a perfect 5/5 is some very minor finishing touches. Paramo could do with some nicer toggles on the zipper and the hood instead of the cheap looking ribbon and plastic bits they use.
Arguably it's what keeps the price down, but for a minor increase in price this garment could compete with much more expensive items both visually and in performance (in which it easily matches and sometimes outperforms).
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 45 pounds/65 dollars