Clothing Review: Páramo Halcon and Pájaro Jackets

Editor’s Note: In recent travels I have been eyeing the labels on the clothing of my traveling companions. Páramo has caught my eye several times.  Guest poster Barrie Cooper from the UK reviews the men’s Páramo Halcon and women’s Pájaro Jackets. 

by Barrie Cooper

Men’s Halcon jacket by Páramo.

As a keen birder, wildlife watcher and global traveller, having the right gear is important for me. In terms of clothing, I am a big fan of Páramo who seems to understand the importance of good design, material and.…pockets! This is the first of two reviews of Páramo clothing.

The Páramo Halcon is my regular waterproof jacket when birding during wet weather. It’s made from Nikwax Analogy Waterproof fabric that works in a clever way by directing sweat and condensation away from the body while keeping the rain on the outside. The fabric works very well and, being rustle-free, waterproof and windproof, is perfect for birding. There are upper arm vents to allow temperature control. There are seven large and secure pockets, which of course, are useful for storing field guides, valuables and a range of paraphernalia; two of these pockets are lined with fleece and are perfect for warming chilled hands. In addition there are two low-level internal mesh pockets that can hold stuff such as a fleece top.

The wired peaked adjustable hood fits very well and moves with you so you don’t get an obstructed view when you twist your head.

One of the clever things about this jacket is the range of temperatures it can protect you from the weather. I’ve worn it in May when birding in Europe and in winter with a fleece in places such as Hokkaido, Japan. Due to being waterproof and windproof with spacious, secure pockets it’s a versatile jacket and, in my opinion, perfect for birders and wildlife enthusiasts.

Women’s Pájaro jacket by Páramo.

Further details of the men’s Páramo Halcon waterproof jacket can be found here.

The Women’s equivalent of the Halcon is the Pájaro jacket, details can be found here.

 

 

Corporate ethics:

Páramo is a company with strong ethics and environmental principles and supports nature conservation in Ecuador and elsewhere. Eighty percent of its annual production occurs at the Miquelina Foundation in Colombia. The Foundation provides employment and training for over 500 vulnerable women each year, who want to improve their lives. 130+ houses have been built, 200 under 5s attend the kindergarten and 300 children eat daily in the canteen. Details of its ethics can be found here.

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