M Páramo Vista Rain Jacket Review
by Chris Wallace
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The Páramo Vista is a full-zip rain jacket that forsakes the traditional membrane for a Nikwax Analogy Pump Liner. The idea behind the liner is to mimic the fur of an animal and push water out. This is done to protect the user and the user's insulation from the typical precipitation, condensation, and perspiration. The Pump Liner is then combined with a Directional microfiber outer fabric whose purpose is to deflect both wind and precipitation. While this sounds like a bunch of marketing lingo, my experience has been that the Vista lives up to the hype.
I have been wearing the Vista for a couple of months now and received it just prior to winter here in the southeastern U.S. For the most part, every time I've been out in any kind of precipitation, the Vista has been along for the ride. We've seen freezing rain, hail, sleet, snow, and high winds. I've been interested in the Páramo concept after hearing how well regarded it is in parts of Europe that share a similar climate. Unlike the western U.S, here in the southeast we're more likely to experience freezing rain than snow, and if we do get snow, it's a usually a sloppy wet mess.
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