Páramo

Hal­con Trav­eller

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£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.

Pros

Ca­sual look; range of colours avail­able; good stor­age; light­weight yet well made

Cons

Not wa­ter­proof or es­pe­cially rugged; no hood

We say

A good op­tion in fair weather, though other jack­ets of­fer slightly bet­ter value Over­all score

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