Paramo

Cas­cada II

Trail (UK) - - Test Of The Best -

£145 Men’s S-XL plus 3 leg lengths Women’s XS-XL plus 3 leg lengths Weight 485g (size M) Ma­te­ri­als Nik­wax Anal­ogy

IT'S GOOD

What sets these apart from other trousers is that they of­fer far greater wa­ter re­sis­tance, while also be­ing much more breath­able than con­ven­tional wa­ter­proof overtrousers. This of­fers im­proved com­fort in typ­i­cal cold, wet and windy moun­tain weather; their suc­cess is driven by the use of a unique Paramo Nik­wax Anal­ogy fab­ric. You also get thigh-length side zips with dou­ble zip pulls, so you can vent the trouser from the thigh or an­kle ar­eas, and there’s press stud ad­just­ment at the an­kle cuff, too. There’s an elas­ti­cated waist with belt loops and the two hip pock­ets are zipped and will take an OS map eas­ily. The main ben­e­fit is the ma­te­rial’s weather re­sis­tance.

HOW­EVER

There is less stretch in this fab­ric so they feel a lit­tle more re­stric­tive when scram­bling. Also, you're get­ting less pock­et­ing com­pared to oth­ers, but this will of course de­pend on your needs and pref­er­ences. The an­kle cuff can be ad­justed, but some oth­ers have a gus­seted an­kle cuff area, so you can have this area open with­out gap­ing. The fab­ric of­fers more in­su­la­tion and wa­ter re­sis­tance than most other trousers here, so you may feel overly hot in some con­di­tions, but again it de­pends on the weather, as these are more com­fort­able in the cold, wind and rain.

VER­DICT

Ideal for cold, wet and windy moor, hill and moun­tain walks, but oth­ers have ben­e­fits in mild con­di­tions as well as for scram­bling.

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