Of the two pairs of Páramo pants featured, these would be my choice for year-round foul weather hiking. Both are excellent garments, well made, utilising superb performance fabrics. They share several features, yet also share a drawback that prevents them being my go-to trousers. The Quitos – the lighter and cooler of the two – are designed to be worn as over-trousers or as standalones and work far better in the latter mode. They do run warm and wouldn’t be a bad choice for winter; the Nikwax fabrics used are remarkably breathable and you shouldn’t find your legs are sweat-drenched at day’s end. The full-length zips allow them to be easily pulled over boots, even with crampons, and a few poppers at key places mean you can use the zips as vents without the trousers falling apart. Comfort-wise though they suffer with the waist design, which is identical to that of the Torres pants, so I’ll comment there.
30th July 2013
Pros: Breathability, mild warmth, side zips with poppers
Cons: Waist fastening, price