Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock – longer term review
OK, a short re-visit to the Paramo. In short, great. As I mentioned before, I’d have the arms slightly longer, but there’s not much in it & with the wrist tabs done up everything’s comfortable & stays put<./p>
The big question; ‘has it stayed waterproof?’ – yes. And Paramo are one of the very few that always reproof properly when they need it. Good on & off the bike & seems much more resistant to dirt than most fabrics. Got splattered with Dalby mud the other day, the sort you’d think might not even come out in the washing machine, and it just didn’t soak in.
If you really don’t get on with smock designs, unfortunately they don’t have much else that works for biking.  Now they do… I wasn’t 100% convinced that it would be as good all round as the eVent it replaced, I went for it because I wanted long life (from the Paramo, it doesn’t make you live longer..!) Now I’ve used it for a few months it all makes good sense.
Another plus for the ’10 version is the choice of a few more colours.
Paramo Velez Adventure Light Smock – First Impressions
The Velez Adventure Light is a new waterproof from Paramo, IMO it’s their 1st one that’s not too hot for biking (in the UK at least!).
 – since this was originally written, Paramo have released other waterproofs that are very suited to mountain biking
So far it’s all good. I find it’s best worn with just a base layer; with all the vents closed it’s warm, open the vents and it cools down enough not to have to remove it except in warm weather, when you’d not be using this kind of garment anyway
For me, the best thing with Paramo waterproofs is that the waterproofing doesn’t wear out. It doesn’t use a membrane – the layering system does the main waterproofing, and you just reproof it with Nikwax every so often. Because there’s no membrane, you can reproof it indefinitely, so they work out quite reasonable value. Also, they’re among the most breathable outdoor waterproofs available
Downsides? Sleeve length whilst OK could be a bit longer for me, and it replaced an Endura eVent jacket that I lost at Dalby (don’t ask…)