Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

RRP £125 Tar­get Price £100 If smart­phones have sup­planted or­di­nary phones, then the Ostro (women’s ver­sion Al­ize) is a ‘smart­fleece’. But as with the lat­est iPhone, you pay a big pre­mium for Páramo’s in­no­va­tion, de­sign and qual­ity. To touch (or rather stroke), the Ostro is ‘new flan­nel’ soft and this furry fab­ric does more than just feel nice. It was de­vel­oped by Nik­wax to be wa­ter re­pel­lent and wind re­sis­tant – the lat­ter prop­erty be­ing some­thing I was es­pe­cially grate­ful of on a walk across the blus­tery Kent Downs. The Ostro’s head-hug­ging hood (with asym­met­ri­cally aligned zipper) be­comes a bala­clava when pulled tight, seal­ing out the wind with an open­ing only big enough to see out of (though this leaves an awk­ward flap when not fully zipped). With its ath­letic fit and longer arms, this is a light and ver­sa­tile fleece for op­ti­mum mo­bil­ity and com­fort in the ex­tremes, de­signed to work in combo with the Ostro wind­proof. It has two hand­warmer pock­ets, plus a big chest pocket hid­den in­side. And as with all Páramo kit, it boasts su­perb eco and eth­i­cal cre­den­tials. PT

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