Paramo is best known for high-end hiking jackets, but the Quito tested here is a super-versatile ‘multi-activity’ waterproof designed with an emphasis on cycling.
The cut is shapely without being super fitted, the sleeves are suitably long so don’t drift up when riding, and the back is long enough for all but the most stretched out riders. Elasticated drawstrings allow you to cinch in the hood and hems to eliminate draughts and annoying flappy bits.
A simple Velcro tab will keep the hood rolled out of the way when not needed. There are two large map-sized zip-able internal pockets and two for keeping your hands warm.
Most importantly it is made from Páramo’s own Nikwax Analogy Light Waterproof material. This unique, non-rustly fabric makes it incredibly waterproof while remaining breathable by dispersing sweat and allowing it to evaporate quickly. This is pretty important as the trade-off is a much heavier and bulkier jacket than you may be used to. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as it also adds effective windproofing and will keep you warm on colder days. It’s also deceptively comfortable, feeling more like a shellsuit than a waterproof jacket.
Should you find it gets too hot it has huge pit vents to fine tune your temperature. They are easy to reach, work around pack straps and can be adjusted with one hand thanks to glove-friendly zipper tabs.
This is a jacket that’s meant to be worn rather than stowed in a pack and is hard to fault.