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Páramo Tempro Zip Neck Review

Páramo’s Tempro Zip-Neck is a fantastic and versatile baselayer. It’s well cut, with a decent length that stays tucked in when you want it to and long sleeves which don’t ride up but are roomy enough to push/roll up if it’s hot, and a deep, asymmetrical zip (good for ventilation when needed).

The Parameta T fabric feels extremely comfortable against the skin, and does a very good job of wicking moisture away from the skin and drying quickly. With an average weight of 180g, it’s comparatively light. It’s also surprisingly warm – despite this being a top designed for ‘mid range’ temperatures, I comfortably used mine hiking about on the Dachstein plateau in Austria in late October, just after the weather had turned for the worse and something like half a metre of new snow had been dumped up there. I wore the Tempro under my (also excellent) Velez Adventure Smock in the rain, but other than that, when on the move I quite often wore it by itself, and didn’t feel the cold. The range of colours is particularly nice – I have the Neon Blue Marl – and it washes up well with Nikwax BaseWash.

Photo: Me in the Tempro Zip-Neck on the Dachstein Plateau after October snowfall (2017).

The Tempro Zip Neck remains my favourite baselayer, and has gone with me on all except mid-summer hiking trips (when I tend to wear the slightly cooler Cambia LS Zip Neck and Cambia T Shirt instead), including multiple trips to Austria and Slovenia over the past few years, while working on hiking guidebooks to trails in both these countries.

As with all Páramo gear, the ethics and environmental commitment are outstanding – the company has a long-term partnership with the Miquelina Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia (which provides work opportunities, training and experience as well as homes and childcare for vulnerable members of the local population), and their clothing is PFC-free as well as fully recyclable through Páramo.

Find out more about the Páramo Tempro Zip Neck here.