No longer made...
OK, my Viento is yonks old and battered and torn and I look like a tramp wearing it. So...for winter use I want to replace it but as mentioned on another thread it is no longer made.
Luckily, some stockists still have 'em in stock but does anyone know WHY it was discontinued as it ticks all the boxes as far as I can see esp the side zips for use with a harness?
Must just not have sold. They don't drop jackets often (is this the first?!) but they have of course got a wide range and finite manufacturing capacity.
Perhaps everyone who wanted side zips ended up getting one of their smocks instead? A full length front zip + side zips seems like overkill to me. You lose the giant chest pocket for one thing.
Or maybe the upper arm vents didn't catch on.
Even once it has sold out the kindly folk at Cioch would no doubt be happy to do a 'homage' to the jacket if you ask specifically for one....
ah! and the properly designed pockets that things don't fall out off even with the zip open for a bit of venting and they still keep the rain out.
hell, it just does the job. well.
paramo's blurb probably highlighted the features: pockets you can put things in. a hood you can put on your head. a two way zip to fasten jacket.
i tell them everytime i go into the paramo shop it's the db's.
They don't drop jackets often (is this the first?!)
No, the first Paramo was the Nevada smock, long gone but you can see where the Velez started off. The Cuzco disappeared too, the first jacket launched alongside the Nevada bears little relation to anything in the range now IIRC.
Sometimes a company get something really really spot on and then discontinue it in the name of "progress".
Sometimes they do (Rohan are particularly good at it IMHO), but in the case of the Nevada the progress really has been progress.
But often the case that you can't keep good things in the line that don't sell: it's a business, not a design museum.
Looking at the Viento... I was put off by too many whistles and bells adding too much to the weight. Compare and contrast to the Finisterre Storm Track, which is my idea of what I'd want in such a jacket: it gives you a 25% weight saving and still has everything I want.
You mention some stockists still have them in stock, can you let me know which ones?
I thought I did a thorough search a few weeks ago of all the big stockists and a Google search to pick up any others but couldn't find any.
how do you get on with the finisterre peter considering you're a "hot" one?
I don't have one, I would notionally quite like one assuming the fit is okay. And I'd like it for ski touring where the ambients are rarely above freezing and often several degrees below. However, I would anticipate carrying it when the sun's out and the wind's off, just as my wife carries her Velez.
But there again since we're in notion territory, a Storn Track made with the new AL outer fabric. And in red, please!
(slaps self and shouts stop it!)
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