Paramo Enduro Windproof Jacket Review 2023

A well made and featured windproof outer layer perfect for climbing and mountaineering. When couple with the Enduro Fleece the Duology system is supremely versatile and surprisingly water resistant.

Pros

  • The Duology system is an effective wind and waterproof layer
  • Large, useful pockets
  • Excellent hood

Cons

  • Heavy for a windproof
  • Hand warmer pockets not lined

Hopefully you have read the Paramo Enduro Fleece review and are now reading this to get a better idea of whether to buy the Enduro system. The Enduro fleece has been a great mid layer that has proved to be well cut for climbing and surprisingly wind and water resistant in its own right. You should, however, seriously consider the extra investment of the Enduro Windproof Jacket as paired together they are pretty much unbeatable for mountain activities in temperate climates. The cut is similar, but not as close fitting as the Enduro Fleece so it has a snug fit that leaves little space against a mid layer so minimising the crumpled up feeling you can get with some windproof when wearing with a climbing harness.

The Paramo Enduro Windproof Jacket is a well featured outer shell that is perfect for lightweight days out. The compact nature of the jacket means it will fit into any space you have and at 385g (weighed on the trusty CGR scales) you will hardly feel the weight. There are lighter windproof layers on the market – and I have owned quite a few – but the Enduro Windproof has proved to be more robust and more importantly is repairable and easily re-treated so I’m expecting it to last the rest of my climbing and hiking years.

The Enduro Windproof Jacket works perfectly with the fleece. It’s a brilliant mountaineering set up.

The windproof acts a highly water-resistant  layer and is totally windproof, perfect for those long multi pitch climbs where you may be standing around for long periods. The pit zips and and unlined hand pockets (more on those shortly) offer plenty of ventilation options for approaches and hiking days. The outer is a densely woven polyester with a PFC NIkwax DWR – the dry water repellant can (and should) be re-applied using NIkwax TX Direct which is a wash in treatment. 

It can be done the at same time as the Enduro Fleece. Wash with Nikwax Tech Wash, add TX Direct and then what I prefer to do is let them line dry for an hour or so and finish them off in the tumble drier. If you don’t have a tumble drier then putting it on a radiator will work too – just don’t iron it! If you begin to feel that water is seeping through and the jacket feels like it’s ‘wetting out’ then it’s basically time to treat it. The stitch count is also very high and the seams are folded, double sewn and piped removing the need for taped seams (which will delaminate  – or at least they have done with every Gore-Tex jacket I have owned for a long time).

Perfect for those drizzly hiking days when a full waterproof jacket is not needed.

The jacket is well featured but you should remember it is designed to be used with the Enduro Fleece jacket so the hand warmer pockets are situated quite high so as to be accessible with a climbing harness or rucksack waist belt. The pockets are unlined so you can’t store anything in them. They act as useful vents and they are sited perfectly to access the pockets on the Enduro fleece. 

There are three pockets however, two chest pockets: the left hand one is fully zipped and plenty big enough for some energy bars, mobile phone or stuffing gloves in; the right one is hook and loop with an easy to use tab and is easier to access a photo copied route description or BMC Mountain Map. Neither will fit a laminated OS 1:25000 map. There is also a small pocket on the left hand sleeve suitable for stashing your lift pass for that uplift when ski mountaineering.

The zipped pocket is plenty big enough for stashing gloves. The other pocket has a hook and loop closure for easier access.

The hood is fully adjustable to fit over a climbing helmet, cap or beanie when hiking or climbing. With the size medium that I have been using I haven’t needed to adjust the hood for climbing so I have got it fit my Petzl Meteor climbing helmet very well. It also fits over my cap (I prefer a cap for hiking and hood to a beanie as I find them itchy). The hood is finished with a stiffened and wired peak so you should be able to adjust the hood perfectly for you and the activities you enjoy. All the adjusters are easily accessible and easy to use with gloves on.

The Paramo Enduro Windproof Jacket is finished with bar tackked, webbed sleeve cuffs, hem adjusTment to keep the warm air in and thoughtfully placed reflective flashing that can be seen when wearing a pack (which is very useful if you are behind the leader in the dark). A full two way body zip that has an ingenious, folding zip tab and a large hanging loop for using in the drying room. The jackets is fully recyclable (in the unlikely event you wear it out) and repairable via Paramo.

Unlike the Enduro Fleece Jacket the windproof is made in Vietman and not the Miquelina Foundation. I first noticed this when I bought a Halycon jacket a few years back for low level hikes and casual wear. This is because the Miquelina factory is running at full capacity so some manufacturing has had to go elsewhere. I am confident that the Paramo supply chain is robust and is ethical in its social responsibilities.

The Paramo Enduro Windproof Jacket comes in sizes S – XXL and three colour options.

There is a female specific version the women’s Ventura Windproof Jacket which comes in sizes XS – XL and two colour options.

The SRP is £120 and it can be bought direct from Paramo and specialist retailers.

Disclaimer – CGR reviewers and writers are never paid to provide a review and the website does not take advertising or link to affiliate sales. We are a bunch of keen climbers and travellers that accept sample products and offer an honest and independent review of the item. The reviewer will often keep the sample after reviewing it for both hygiene and safety reasons and more often it’s in no fit state to return!

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