Paramo Halcon – The best outdoor jacket you can buy?

Posted: January 11, 2014 in Review
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After spending a night in the pissing rain in Gloucestershire during the badger cull generally chasing shooters, baiting the police and walking footpaths it became pretty clear I needed another jacket to keep me warm and dry. I was pretty much soaked through and feeling a bit miserable. It’s amazing how one can keep their spirits up if you’re dry and warm . . . although it has to be said a good cuppa can do amazing things, well I am British after all.

After a fair amount of research on line and with a few recommendations I decided to purchase the Paramo Halcon. Designed in collaboration with well-known wildlife cameraman John Aitchison and aimed squarely at the hardcore outdoor enthusiast it seemed to fit my requirements. Retailing at around £300 it wasn’t going to be cheap but I’ve always been one of those “buy right, buy once” kinda guys and with a lifetime guarantee it looked a no brainer. I shopped around and found one for about £260 on the interweb which was an absolute bargain.

I’ve been wearing the coat for several weeks now and it’s been really tested to the max. I’ve stayed warm even though it’s quite thin; the wind just doesn’t penetrate so you’ll just need a light base layer and fleece underneath unless you’ll be out in the extreme cold. It’s kept me totally dry when other coats would have no doubt leaked and I’ve been comfortable throughout. You can see John’s input on this coat. It’s fantastic for the wildlife photographer with lots of big pockets both inside and out, some you can easily fit a pair of bolt croppers in, not that I would need to you understand. The map pockets will actually hold an OS map (many don’t) and it has some nice touches like zip and poppers on the main fixing plus under arm air vents if you’re a bit of a stinky bugger and need to air your pits. It’s nicely adjustable and comes in what has to be the perfect colour (ignoring military style DPM) for blending in, a darkish dull green they call Moss. It doesn’t rustle like a lot of waterproof clothes so you don’t have to be too scared of making noise that will attract unwanted attention from anyone you wish to avoid and scaring away animals.

In conclusion if you spend lots of time outdoors watching/photographing wildlife, hiking, dogging etc then this has to be on your shopping list. It aint cheap but then the best rarely is.

The Paramo Halcon gets the MoreThanJustBadgers official “Double Thumbs Up” award with bells on. It’s bloody fantastic . . . I’m going to buy the wife one as well – how great am I!


Tech Spec:

Fully adjustable, roll-away hood with wired peak for excellent field of vision and fit.

Fleece-lined collar for extra comfort.

Articulated shoulders and sleeves for maximum movement.

Two-way reversed zip with poppered internal storm flap allows ventilation and access to inner layers.

Upper arm vents allow venting and temperature control.

Increased comfort when load-carrying from reinforced shoulder construction and removable foam insert strips in back.

Easily adjustable cuff design allows sleeves to be pushed or rolled up for cooling.

Excellent weather protection from 2” drip skirt and scooped tail.

Additional temperature control from single-handed concealed waist and hem drawcord pulls.

Two external secure and ‘dry’ breast pockets large enough for field guides, OS map storage etc.

A large and secure internal mesh breast pocket.

‘Dry’ storage from two large bellows pockets with secure fold-over tops with poppers.

Two zipped and fleece-lined handwarming pockets located behind bellows pockets.

Two low level capacious inner mesh pockets.

The Men’s Halcon Jacket comes in Moss, with a Forest Fleece lined collar.Reduce the ‘carbon footprint’ of your Halcon Jacket and make a positive impact on wildlife. We’ve teamed up with Trees for Life, an award winning conservation charity dedicated to the regeneration and restoration of the Caledonian Forest in the Highlands of Scotland. With every Halcon Jacket purchased a sapling will be planted.

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