Páramo in the squirrel woods

By early 2014, I had been monitoring and photographing red squirrels in West Cumbria for about 18 months. It rains in Cumbria (sometimes heavily) and I found that my existing waterproofs did not provide the required level of protection and comfort. April 2014 saw me in Scotland and the weather forecast, unseasonably warm, suggested that my trip, carrying heavy camera equipment, was likely to be a distinctly uncomfortable experience. I bought my first Páramo jacket, a Cascada, for the trip, was delighted with the results, and soon bought my first pair of Cascada directional trousers. My comfort level immediately improved.

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The Spine cometh again

Most people come out of Christmas into New Year with New Year Resolutions to lose weight and do more exercise. Most Spine racers have been piling on the pounds in preparation for yet another arduous journey from Edale to Kirk Yetholm with one thing on their mind; finishing! But before then, the months of training culminate in last minute kit conversations and food.

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Why we’ve awarded Páramo Best Buy status – Tim Hunt, co-editor of Ethical Consumer magazine

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It’s rare to find a company like Páramo. We’ve been rating and ranking companies based on their ethics for over 25 years but not many ‘walk the walk’ in the way that Páramo do. Páramo’s ethics are embedded in every part of its business from products that are ‘designed not to become obsolete’ to the socially responsible factories in which garments are produced. That’s why we have awarded Páramo a Best Buy Label for its waterproof jackets and fleeces. Continue reading

Keeping dry on a wet hare day

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A brown hare sits out in a heavy rain storm on RSPB Havergate island Suffolk

Although living in East Anglia means we have no high peaks to climb, I was certainly thankful for my Páramo clothing on a wild and wet weekend back in November 2015. I’m the main wildlife photography tutor for the company Wild Adventures under Suffolk’s Skies, who run days on the RSPB reserve of Havergate Island in Suffolk. The main attraction of the island is the small population of brown hares that have become quite tolerant of humans although fieldcraft is still essential in order to get close to them. Continue reading

Double first! Páramo comes out top among waterproof jacket brands – twice!

Páramo Quito Jacket in Snowdonia

Páramo Quito Jacket in Snowdonia

Páramo emerged at the top of an extensive list of waterproof jacket brands in independent surveys by two highly respected publications assessing performance and sustainability:

• Which? magazine asked consumers to rate their outdoor gear. Results based on over 2,300 responses rated waterproof jackets brands for Water Resistance, Breathability, Comfort, Durability, Fit and Warmth. Páramo, achieved an overall score of 93%, ahead of all other brands surveyed.

• Páramo was also ranked highest in Ethical Consumer’s guide to waterproof & insulated jackets. The Jan/ Feb 2016 issue places Páramo ahead of 16 other key outdoor brands for a range of sustainability measures and Páramo emerges as the ‘Best Buy’. Continue reading