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I've been looking at Paramo clothing for a while and have read quite a few reviews, some not so good. I took the plunge and bought a Velez Adventure Smock to replace my ageing (had-it) gortex jacket. I'm pleased that I did, it's my 'go to' jacket from roaming the hills to walking the dog. Just brilliantly comfortable, quiet, windproof and so far, waterproof. I like the smock version of the Velez rather than the jacket as it seems more rucksack friendly. I've found it really easy to get on and off as both the inside (and outer) material is silk like to the touch. It weighs 720g, which I don't find heavy at all. In fact it's really comfortable to wear, compared to my old jacket and the fact that one doesn't need more than a wickable T shirt underneath most of the time. Quite frankly, if you have problems wearing a few grams more than you feel you should, ye gods get real. It is quite warm too even with the side vents open and the sleeves rolled back (great advantage over gortex). I've been fine out on the hills in light/medium rain and a warm 15 degrees temperature (late July in Yorkshire). I've been waiting for a real driving downpour to really field test the smock. So far rain just beads and shakes off, in persistent rain the smock has worked well and been dry to the touch inside. My only gripe would be the cuffs do get wet after rubbing against my sides as I'm walking (caused by pressure, pushing moister inwards?). They do however dry quickly. I have a 42 inch chest, the large fits me well with enough room for a base layer and a good fleece, if needed. The roll-away hood is a really good fit. All in all, a great bit of kit!
Robert Mcconnell16th August, 2017