The Men’s Velez Adventure Smock is designed to be used for a wide range of outdoor activities, including walking, cycling, climbing and snow sports. Full directional waterproof performance gives weather protection and perspiration removal and is combined with excellent ventilation via Páramo’s unique front twin zip design. A roll-away hood with wired peak plus generous easy access pockets enhance its suitability for a broad spectrum of activities. This is probably my favourite waterproof jackets because of the directional technology and large front pocket.
I was looking for a lightweight shell and at 227g I choose the Marmot Nano made from Gore-tex Paclite. The features include micro-taping and lightweight water-resistant zips. I do like the cut of this jacket, I don’t like baggy water proof shells that flap in the wind, but importantly I can get a micro-fleece underneath for warmth. There are two pockets either side of the jacket and the hood has a wired peak and lightweight drawstring. The cuffs are velcro that tighten over gloves. I purchased the Granite Gear water proof stuff sack which I can fit both the jacket in one side and my water proof trousers in the other. Total weight of this item is 647g.
This jacket is made from ripstop Gore-tex XCR material and has a slimline cut but with movement for winter mountain activities. It comes just below my waist so can be worn with a harness. The hood has a peak with a wired edge and pull cords. I can wear a helmet comfortably with the hood up. There are two pockets and a chest pocket with waterproof zip. I tend to use this jacket during winter conditions, it keeps wind and rain out and fits well over a fleece.