deliquium wrote:John_S wrote:Hi julk, Jamesh, Mike & NUKe,
The Paramo Men's Quito Jacket - the colour of the yellow hi vis one is good but it says that the jacket weighs 500g and to me I worry that this might be a bit thick/ heavyweight and it could lead to me overheating. It also has a hood and when cycling I wouldn't use a hood and I think that this might perhaps get in the way and be annoying.
A few years ago I tried on a Paramo Quito jacket when I was looking for a new cycling waterproof jacket.
I found it heavy and I didn't like the hood (preferring to wear a plain cotton cycling cap in the rain and a tight collared jacket). But the deal breaker for me was the SMALL being way way too big and baggy/flappy. I'm a slim bellied 37" chest. The sleeves were also rather uneccessarily voluminous in my opinion.
My personal OPINION, was it was more of an outdoor rambling jacket, rather then a dedicated cycling jacket.
I'm sure it would suit a great deal other folks though - these things are SO personal. - Any jacket really must be tried on and evaluated for fit and comfort before spending a lot of money!
I've got a Paramo jacket, not the Quito - can't remember its name - but the same material, and firstly I'd say it is breathable. Really very breathable, it's about the only waterproof jacket that deserves to be called breathable.
However, I'd agree that it is bulky and cut way too big. The long arms are apparently deliberate - the idea is that hikers can pull the sleeves down over their hands for protection from wind and wet up on the moors (or wherever) - and they seem to have carried this over to their cycling jacket. Also, I'm not sure they're terribly generous with the reflectives - though to be honest, this applies to many manufacturers who claim to have reflective features.