The Paramo Socorro is quite a low-key hiking shirt, which meets the brief of being cool and practical with the minimum of fuss. The star feature here and the reason for the “Best Buy” award is the fabric itself, Parameta A Light, which feels fresh and soft against the skin. It has a very tight weave, great for durability, sun protection and keeping biting insects at bay, and although there are no vents, the shirt is cut in a loose style that allows both airflow and freedom of movement needed for hot climates.

Lucy Wallace’s Best in Test

The Socorro is quite a low-key shirt, which meets the brief of being cool and practical with the minimum of fuss.
  • Lightweight
  • Tough
  • Cool fabric
  • Bulky cuffs
Quick specs
Price £90
Weight: 156g (size medium)
Materials: 100% Polyester Parameta A Light
Features: Button front, hook and loop cuffs, button chest pocket and zipped napoleon pocket.
Sizes: XS-XL
Men’s version: no, although the Katmai has similar technology.

The negative bit of feedback I have for the Paramo Socorro is the hook and loop closures on the cuffs, which are bulky, and the fastenings catch and scratch the skin without feeling very secure. The cuff design does have the advantage however that it can be completely sealed at the wrist- ideal to protect against mosquitoes and midges.

The discrete zipped napoleon pocket is a useful size- I don’t like the feel of heavy objects in chest pockets but will take a passport or travel documents and is completely secure.

The Paramo Socorro comes in sizes XS-XL, which is quite a limited size range, but I note that my medium is too big for me in the body and sleeves, (I’m an average 12), so larger sizes may be catered for than is first apparent.

Although I tested this shirt in mild spring weather, I expect that it will perform the best in this test in hotter climates thanks to the cooling effects of the supple fabric (and I have earlier experience of Parameta A Light in this respect), and relaxed generous fit.