Paramo introduced new lightweight pull on waterproof Quito trousers recently and last weekend I had the first opportunity to test them on a walking trip in Torridon in North West Scotland.
Saturday on Bein Alligin was sunny and windy and the new Quito trousers stayed in the bottom of my rucksack.
On the second day on Corbett Sgurr Mhor just south of Beinn Eighe the weather was different -very windy, warm and thunder showers.
We started the walk along the track passing the SMC Ling Hut in sunshine in 17 degrees and slowly climbed the slopes to the summit plateau. Then the thundery rain showers started and I pulled on the Quito Trousers over my light walking trousers.
Quito Trousers are designed to be pulled on without removing your boots. Each leg is zipped open, the trousers held up by a waist belt while each leg is zipped up. Difficult to do in a strong wind as I found out but it helps when the stud at the ankle is fastened. During the wind blown rain the Quito’s kept me perfectly dry and despite working hard walking through rough terrain I did not overheat.
Luckily on reaching the summit the rain stopped , the sun came out and I took the trousers off. This is done by zipping up from the bottom of each leg, unfastening the ankle stud and then removing the waist belt. This was all done when I was standing up without taking my boots off.
Next day in the same conditions I had to use the Quito’s on another nearby Corbett and by then I had mastered quickly putting them on and taking them off as the weather changed.
My first impression of Quito Trousers was very good. It took some time to master putting on the trousers and taking them off, especially in wind but so much easier and faster than conventional overtrousers.
They compare favourably to lightweight Velez Adventure Trousers being very slightly heavier at 425g compared with 414g but much more versatile. Velez Adventure Trousers have slighly heavier fabric in heavy wear areas which make them more robust. They are both priced at £145.
Quito Trousers are only available at Paramo Partners such as Hilltrek and directly from Páramo.
The full specification is as follows:
Innovative and simple “zip off” construction allows trousers to be put on or taken off speedily, without taking one’s feet off the ground or sitting down.
Full-length side zips with poppered internal storm flaps allow variable ventilation.
2 handwarming pockets at hips.
Adjustable webbing belt in waistband tunnel, with hook and loop tabs to secure.
Articulated knees enable unrestricted movement.
Contoured shape minimises fabric bulk and flap.
Ideal to put on quickly over shorts or light trousers or can be worn next to the skin.
Constructed from Nikwax Analogy Light fabric ensuring low bulk with minimum weight.
For more details of the walk see http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/torridon/sgorr-nan-lochan-uaine.shtml