Highly technical, durable and directional waterproof jacket for women who do a variety of high mountain activities such as climbing or mountaineering.

The Ventura uses the Nikwax Analogy Waterproof fabric system for excellent weather protection, generous ventilation for temperature control, and a technical design for great functionality.

WOMEN'S VENTURA JACKET

RRP £375.00

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  • PFC-free water-repellency
  • WFTO-verified Fair Trade: from the Miquelina Foundation
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The Ventura Jacket is for high mountain enthusiasts or professionals, outdoors for long periods in varying conditions.

High mountain activities such as climbing, alpinism and snow sports involve moving with exertion across a range of environments for long periods. To remain comfortable, you need efficient moisture and temperature control to minimise changes on the mountain, freedom of movement and good functionality.

The directional Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof fabric gives dry comfort, with stretch panels for unrestricted movement. It offers excellent temperature control and a helmet- and harness-compatible design.

The Ventura Jacket has an athletic fit, great ventilation and technical features

  • Minimal excess fabric and a streamlined design in an athletic fit
  • Excellent temperature control thanks to effective ventilation
  • High mountain functionality provided by a helmet- and harness-friendly design and a great choice of pockets

Nikwax Analogy® is more than just breathable, it is directional, moving liquid water

Nikwax Analogy Waterproof FabricConventional breathable membrane waterproof fabrics fail because they cannot remove all of the sweat we produce when we are working hard, especially in cold and wet conditions. Therefore condensation and icing are well known problems experienced with membrane rainwear.

Nikwax Analogy® overcomes these problems because it is not only breathable, but also directional. The Analogy fabric system directs condensation and perspiration away from the body, where it can safely drain away.

To understand the difference between directionality and breathability, read more here.

Nikwax Analogy comes in two weights:

  • Nikwax Analogy®: durable, full-weight protection
  • Nikwax Analogy® Light: same protection, weighs 20% less. A little less durable, but perfect for fast & light adventures

Choose the Ventura Jacket because of its moisture and temperature control and technical design...

The athletic fit Ventura Jacket uses the Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof System with stretch panels for unrestricted freedom of movement. An effective ventilation system minimises water ingress enables effective temperature control during high energy activities in wet weather. A helmet- and harness compatible design and useful pockets provide optimum performance without distractions on the mountain.

How will your Páramo® outperform breathable membrane garments?

The Nikwax Analogy system is designed not only to be extremely breathable, but also directional. That means that it directs liquid water as well as water vapour towards the outside of the garment, protecting your insulation.

Although breathable membranes allow moisture vapour to pass through them, they do nothing to transport liquid water. Therefore, when the production of sweat exceeds moisture vapour transfer, they begin to build up condensation, soaking inner clothing.

So Nikwax Analogy garments work much better for heavy work, and in colder or highly humid conditions, because they actively move all perspiration and condensation outwards.

  1. Well-placed front of arm vents for effective temperature control without water ingress.
  2. Low-bulk athletic fit with stretch panels in shoulders, sleeves and sides for freedom of movement.
  3. 180° shoulder/ arm articulation gives easy movement and prevents jacket riding up.
  4. Rucksack, harness and single-gloved-hand compatible design.
  5. Uniquely shaped, helmet-friendly hood accommodates long hair. Large peak offers vertical and horizontal adjustment to optimise vision even if wearing glasses or goggles.
  6. Six practical pockets:
    • secure ‘fast access’ chest pocket
    • large external map pocket
    • secure internal chest pocket
    • two zipped high level handwarming pockets
    • ski pass pocket on left upper arm.
  7. Embedded cords, locks and Eco Freemagic cuff closure improve water/ snow shedding.
  8. Two-way off-set front zip with internal storm flap for comfort around the mouth. Locking zip-pulls throughout give maximum security.

What users say...


“I’m very considered about the kit that I take on expeditions with me. It needs to be multi-purpose, which is why I choose Páramo. The Ventura Waterproof Jacket fits the bill perfectly.

I took it to the Pyrenees in early March. The weather forecast was changeable. The beauty of the Ventura is that it’s not only waterproof but windproof and insulated to deal with lower temperatures, and has many venting options so if the mercury starts to rise when you’re on the move you can vent the heat straight out and carry on climbing.

Pockets are very important too. As an Expedition Guide, I like to have kit to hand but not overfill pockets, so prefer a jacket with options. The Ventura certainly has options! Whether working in the UK with maps and compasses or overseas with radios, cameras, gloves and snacks, I have a multitude of well thought-out pockets.

With a female-formed shape, the jacket has no excess bulk but still has a little freedom for air to circulate.

An all round great jacket that is a firm favourite in my expedition wardrobe. ”


Jo Bradshaw, expedition leader and outdoor instructor


“The Ventura is my go-to jacket for the season. Icy winds and the prospect of freezing on chairlifts? Think I’ll take the Ventura because of its warmth and waterproofing – and a hood that fits properly over a helmet and high zip so, with goggles on, there’s little exposed to the elements. Bluebird spring day for ski touring? No brainer. It’s got to be the Ventura because of the fabric’s breathability and the excellent ventilation – also, the freedom of movement without the crackling of Gore-Tex.”
Elaine Deed, Editor of Style Altitude, stylealtitude.com


Wanderlust Allrounder warm“As a multi-purpose jacket for high mountain activities it’s super – I can’t wait to wear it for winter mountain walking as well as skiing.

In a line: Great multi purpose jacket for all sorts of high mountain activities.”

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The Nikwax Analogy® Fabric System

“Páramo saves the day! Whilst doing Nordic ski training in Norway during April I fell through the ice up to my chest. Struggling to get out, I fell back in again. I was 2 hours from the nearest hut on a plateau and soaking wet in icy winds. I was genuinely worried but was of course wearing my Páramo kit. By the time we skied to the hut 2½ hours later I was dry and warm…I was totally impressed. Nice one Páramo!”

Richard Harpham, Big 5 Kayak


In what kind of weather conditions can I use my Ventura Jacket?

Your Ventura Jacket has been tested to resist at least 4 hours of continuous heavy rain; so you can use it throughout the year in cold or wet conditions or at high altitude. Because the fabric system offers significant insulation when the ventilation zips are closed, this is not the best garment to deal with heavy showers in hot conditions. In that case, we recommend a Nikwax Windproof such as the Ventura Windproof, perhaps combined with one of our Parameta T+ baselayers, to optimise breathability and cooling, or with Nikwax® Fleece for full weather protection.

Which garments should I use with my Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof to get optimum performance?

We recommend using our Parameta T+, Parameta T or Parameta G baselayers under your Nikwax Analogy clothing.

Parameta T+ fabric is a lightweight wicking baselayer fabric for warmer conditions where you don’t need significant insulation. The fabric manages the sweat you produce when working hard, rapidly moving it across the fabric for evaporation.

Our Parameta T baselayer fabric is designed to provide a good balance between light insulation and heat dissipation for a wide range of activities in mid-range temperatures.

Our Parameta G fabric is a versatile baselayer fabric, perfect for days when you’re planning high activity in colder conditions. The raised grid texture allows wind to pass through it, giving excellent cooling when venting through a waterproof - perfect for going up hill. When you stop at the top of the hill, close the vents on your outer layer and the raised grid will trap a layer of warm air for insulation.

For trips when you’re likely to experience extreme cold, our Nikwax Insulator garments are designed to be worn on top of your waterproof clothing. This is great when stopping whether to eat lunch, take some photographs or set up camp.

Páramo® clothing does not rely on hazardous fluorocarbon (PFC) treatments for water-repellency.

Páramo have pioneered a treatment programme for waterproofs, fleeces and windproofs which enables us to take untreated fabrics and add Nikwax® waterproofing, not reliant on fluorocarbons to repel water. Studies show that fluorocarbons of all kinds persist in the environment and are damaging to human health. Nikwax waterproofing solutions are water-based and use no harmful solvents or propellant gases, are not tested on animals, not harmful to humans, and contain no damaging fluorocarbons. For more information on our PFC policy, click here.

This garment is guaranteed Fair Trade from the charitable Miquelina Foundation

Páramo’s ethical manufacturing partnership with the Miquelina Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia, gives vulnerable women training and employment, and helps to care for and educate their children. Since 1992, Páramo’s cooperation with Miquelina has benefitted thousands of women and children in very practical ways, with factory profits funding housing projects, a kindergarten and a canteen for local children. With Páramo’s encouragement, Miquelina holds ISO 9001 accreditation, assuring dedication to quality. Miquelina is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization. Click here for more information…

All Páramo® garments are covered by the Páramo® Recycling Scheme which helps save garments from landfill and rewards the owner with up to £50.

The Nikwax Analogy fabrics are what make Páramo clothing so durable and easy to repair. This same directional fabric system avoids the need for mixed materials, membranes and taped seams, making our gear uniquely suited for recycling. It uses 100% polyester, which unlike many materials, can be broken back down to its basic building blocks and reformed into new high quality fibre. Click here to find out more about recycling your Páramo…

What if I damage my Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof clothing?

Simple repairs can often be done with a needle and thread without compromising the performance of your Páramo gear. If you seriously damage a garment, you can send it back to Páramo and request a quote for having it mended – most damage can be repaired! Our Customer Service team can advise you. If you have irreparably damaged it, you may want to consider recycling it through the Páramo Recycling Scheme, whereby you will receive a substantial discount off your next purchase.

What if I damage my Nikwax Analogy® Waterproof clothing?

Simple repairs can often be done with a needle and thread without compromising the performance of your Páramo gear. If you seriously damage a garment, you can send it back to Páramo and request a quote for having it mended – most damage can be repaired! Our Customer Service team can advise you. If you have irreparably damaged it, you may want to consider recycling it through the Páramo Recycling Scheme, whereby you will receive a substantial discount off your next purchase.

We guarantee everything we make

The weather protection systems used by Páramo, maintained correctly with Nikwax, will outperform membrane and coating based waterproof systems. The durable fabrics and quality components used in all our garments contribute to their longevity. Under the terms of our Lifetime Guarantee, any manufacturing defect will be rectified free of charge indefinitely, while damage to the garment by accident or normal ‘wear and tear’ can be repaired by our workshop at a reasonable cost. To register a guarantee click here.

Size To fit chest up to
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XXS 81 32
XS 86 34
S 91 36
M 96 38
L 101 40
XL 111 44

Páramo Ladies' ATHLETIC FIT Size Guide Garments are specified using metric measurements, therefore the metric measurements in this chart are the most accurate. Imperial equivalents are rounded to the nearest half number.

 

Measurements relate to the body rather than garment measurements.

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