Paramo for me is the ideal winter clothing being warm, waterproof ( if treated with Nikwax), comfortable and hard wearing. I have the excellent 3rd Element jacket and with it’s zip off sleeves you can extend the season further into the late spring and even summer if it is cool and wet. But what about trousers? Well Paramo sell trousers which are waterproof, but I have read a number of reviews that suggest that the fit is not that great with swaths of flapping fabric.
On a trip last year to Skye, I popped into Cioch, a small manufacturing company based on the island to look at the options of tailor made trousers using Paramo material. My report is here. I was most impressed with the quality and care taken with the manufacture and so I ordered some on my return early last autumn after giving my measurements.
I have worn these trousers thoughout the autumn, winter and spring ranging from heavy rain to cold dry conditions and blizzard conditions.
Cioch trousers, which are available off the peg for both men and ladies and made to measure are tailored to fit next to the skin. As they are made from the comfortable and waterproof Paramo fabric they can be worn all day, without the requirement of putting waterproof over-trousers on.
The trousers have a waterproof zip, two zipped pockets and articulation in the crutch area and knees for extra movement. For ventilation there are 3/4 length side zips and this has worked well in the warm conditions of March, but I found that once the temperature reached 20C + they were beginning to get too warm unless there was a strong breeze.
Weight: in Large – 595 grams
Renaissance and High-Tech Micro microfibres, ‘Parameta’ directional pump liner.
Also a choice of extras such as reinforced areas on knees, seat and ankles (climbers and scramblers) and braces.
My experience of the Cioch Trousers
This a review based on six months usage. I paid for the garment in question.
I have found these very comfortable to wear and obviously they fit well because I had them made to measure. They are both waterproof and windproof and are warm enough not to require a base layer underneath, even during a blizzard on top of Kinder Plateau.
I have read that people are concerned that sitting down in trousers made from Paramo material on say a wet rock, would push water through the fabric, causing damp underwear. I always take a small sit mat from Multimat that costs £5.00 and weighs 50g, so this has not been a problem for me to date. The ventilation zips work well and keep the water out as the fabric is popper studded underneath the zips.
Overall rating: 5/5
Price: £155.00 for off the peg and an extra £10 for perfect fit
What I like: Comfort, warmth, and waterproof. Great fit.
What I don’t like: Nothing I can think of.