DE­SIGN­ING FOR WIN­TER

GREG CARE has been de­sign­ing and field-test­ing out­door gear for Páramo for over 20 years. Here’s what guides his think­ing when it comes to cold weather…

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Advice -

“Al­low­ing the wearer to con­trol their tem­per­a­ture is the main fo­cus of my work, and that starts with sup­port­ing the body’s nat­u­ral tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion.

“The chal­lenge is to re­duce the build-up of mois­ture, so each el­e­ment in the cloth­ing sys­tem needs to move mois­ture away from the skin. Páramo part­ners with Nik­wax, whose di­rec­tional tech­nolo­gies re­move mois­ture re­ally ef­fec­tively from per­spi­ra­tion and con­den­sa­tion.

“But ef­fec­tive ven­ti­la­tion is just as vi­tal. The wearer needs to avoid overheating and sweat pro­duc­tion when they are work­ing hard. So we de­sign clever ven­ti­la­tion that lines up in each cloth­ing layer to al­low fresh air to cool the skin while min­imis­ing water ingress.

“Then there’s sim­plic­ity of oper­a­tion for cold hands and numb brains. We need to cut down on faff; that means strong, grip­pable fas­ten­ings and ad­justers; big pock­ets and sturdy se­cur­ing points for equip­ment.

“Fi­nally, I pay a lot of at­ten­tion to cre­at­ing a user-friendly hood. It’s cru­cial to heat preser­va­tion that the hood fits well, ad­justs well and doesn’t com­pro­mise vi­sion.

“And just when you’ve thought about all that – you then have to present it in a world of fash­ion and style. So there are no easy com­pro­mises in this game!”

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