I’m hoping to be in the Lake District this weekend, depending on health issues (not mine). Apart from the Ultrahike and Fuizion Food, I will be trying out a couple of other new items.
As you know I like Paramo. I’ve been following with interest the introduction of lighter Paramo garments, but have resisted buying one. Last week I took the plunge and bought a Velez Adventure Light. I would have prefered a Vasco light. The Vista and Quito are not quite right. So it was the Velez.
I think I prefer the fixed hood to the detachable hood of the standard Velez. The lighter outer material is noticeably thinner than the standard outer. It is also shinier and seems to be a denser weave, which may make it more water-resistant. It’s a shame the sleeves are not slightly longer.
The other new bit of gear is the Montane Bionic Long Sleeve Zip Neck. Compared with the earlier versions of their Sportwool garments, it has a smooth rather than waffle face. Although quite close-fitting, it doesn’t cling quite as tightly as the Icebreaker Chase LS, which is quite similar. I like Sportwool. I think it combines the best of wool and synthetic fabrics.
I’ll give a fuller report on these after I used them for a few days (hopefully this weekend).