I have to thank Andy Howell for letting me know about the demise of the 3rd Element,which I found from a linked article by Robin Evans and Richard from Stayin Alive blog for the website Paramo Extras. I got mine on-line for £143.00 and my wife got one by default. Let me explain, I ordered a medium after checking the sizing chart on their website. I am not a particularly big chap but I have broad shoulders and the jacket when it came the next day was tight in this area, but fitted my wife fine, with a bit of room to spare. So I ordered a large in red and grey, my wife has hers in taupe, so we don’t look like Mr and Mrs Paramo 🙂
Unfortunately, the jacket would not arrive for my trip to Kinder/ Bleaklow, which given the weather, would have been useful. – Trip report shortly.
Whilst, a number of people know this jacket and also the advantages of the Paramo system, I am posting up details for readers of this blog, particularly non UK readers who may not know this brand.
The first thing that I noticed as a first time purchaser of Paramo is how soft and warm the fabric is and how unlike the jacket is compared to waterproofs I have purchased before.
For those who are interested on the way the Paramo system works see http://www.directionalfabrics.com/fabric_info.htm
The fit was much better than the first jacket I got. The length is quite short at the front, which I don’t mind, but others may. The back has a drop tail to stop draughts.
The 3rd element is pretty different compared to other Paramo jackets and in fact any others I know, in that it is a system. You can have it as a full jacket, a gilet or somewhat weirdly wear the hood and sleeves on their own. (I am not sure I would use this last option). Photos below demonstrate this.
To convert to a gilet, is simple, by undoing two popper studs and unzipping the arms and then undoing a popper at the back, as the following photos show. The hood and sleeves can be stored in a horizontal pocket running the full width of the jacket near the tail.
The hood is excellent and is adjusted by the use of two toggles to pull the hood downwards and two toggles to tighten around your face. There is a wired peak which is good and I am sure will work well in the field.
The jacket has a full length zip, so ventilation is not a problem and there are popper studs as well, which combined should keep the rain out.
The jacket has two zipped chest pockets which are covered by velcro attached flaps. There is also a zipped inside pocket.
I look forward to testing this out in the field