£130 (around $160) www.paramo.co.uk
The Halcon Traveller gets off to a good start thanks to its lightweight design that packs away small. It’ll also look the part in the city as well as the country, especially if you go for this dark grey version. Brown and green options are also available, in sizes that range from XS to XXL, and there were no sizing surprises with the Medium sample that we ordered.
With it being such a lightweight jacket, the four main front pockets feel a little less substantial than those on the Country Innovation products, but they are large enough to hold a lens each. You get a further eight pockets, including four inside and a couple of handwarmer pockets. Another nice touch is that poppers have been put on the side slits to stop the jacket rucking up when you’re crouching down to take ashot.
Páramo markets this jacket as being best suited to sun, wind and shower protection. It’s not waterproof, though, as droplets soak into the Cotton+ fabric rather than beading off it.
Casual look; range of colours available; good storage; lightweight yet well made
Not waterproof or especially rugged; no hood
A good option in fair weather, though other jackets offer slightly better value Overall score