PÁRAMO DARK CLOTH

$27.00

Weight 395 g
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Product Ethics

  • Produced in Colombia by MIQUELINA, a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Guaranteed Fair Trade.
  • PFC*-free water repellent finish (*per and polyflourinated compounds)
  • Fully recyclable through Páramo

OVERVIEW

Suitable for all large & medium format photography, the Dark Cloth also aids Digital SLR users with composition.

If you photograph outdoors in all seasons, you need a dark cloth for weather protection as well as lightproofing. Standard dark cloths are heavy when wet, slow to dry and awkward to use.

Directional Nikwax Analogy Waterproof fabric gives excellent weather protection. It actually moves water away from the camera, reducing misting of the viewing screen. It dries quickly so you end up with much less water in your bag when you pack away. It is designed for ease of fixing and maximum adaptability for different cameras.

 

The Páramo Dark Cloth offers condensation removal as well as weatherproofing and lightproofing, adaptability to different cameras and secure fixing:

  • Analogy fabric combines lightproofing and colour neutrality with wind/ rain protection and the ability to move moisture away, hugely reducing condensation and misting of the viewing screen.
  • Easily adaptable from traditional draped cloth to two sizes of tunnel.
  • Lightproof, secure fixing to camera, with red fabric at one end for correct positioning in low light.

 

Nikwax Analogy Waterproof fabric is more than just breathable, it is directional.

Analogy Waterproof
This means it is capable of moving liquid water away from your body and not just water vapour.

It is essential to avoid a build-up of water in your clothing system when you are working hard, as too much retained moisture will lead to your body rapidly chilling when you stop and rest.

In conventional clothing systems, approximately 20% of sweat production is dealt with effectively, leaving the remaining 80% trapped inside.

Nikwax Analogy garments are unique, in that they pump out this 80% of liquid water and allow it to drain away; you are left feeling dry and comfortable.

To understand the difference between directionality and breathability, you can read more here.

  1. Nikwax Analogy fabric provides wind- and waterproofing but also removes moisture very effectively, reducing condensation and misting.
  2. Dries exceptionally quickly so you don’t transfer water into your bag and saves space in your bag.
  3. Drawstring for simple light-tight fixing to camera.
  4. Placement of red fabric simplifies assembly and use, especially in low light conditions.
  5. Full length zips allow conversion from open draped cloth to two alternative sizes of tunnel for easy adaptation to different conditions and requirements.
  6. Fabric is soft, flexible and quiet so it is very easy to work with.
  7. Zips and poppers are easily operable with cold or wet hands.
  8. Adopted by digital SLR camera users too to improve composition and the visibility of the LCD screen – especially live view users.

Choose the Dark Cloth for its weather protection, its moisture control and its usability and adaptability for different cameras …

The Páramo Dark Cloth offers significant benefits over standard cotton/ polycotton dark cloths, firstly because of the fabric’s characteristics and secondly for its ease of use. It can be adapted from a draped cloth to a tunnel, with two size options. It has been tested in the field by photography professionals.

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ALENGTH OF ZIP FLAP91
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How do I look after my Páramo clothing?

Always wash this garment with Nikwax Tech Wash® to remove dirt and revive the water-repellency. If, even after washing, the garment outer absorbs water, it is time to reproof with Nikwax TX.Direct®. If you very heavily soil your garment, for example with tar or oil, you can have it dry cleaned. It will then need to be washed with Tech Wash and reproofed with TX.Direct.

Tech Wash The No.1 easy to use, safe, high performance cleaner for wet weather clothing and equipment.
Cleans effectively, reviving breathability and water repellency.

TX.Direct Wash-In The No.1 easy to use, safe, high performance wash in waterproofing for wet weather clothing.Adds Durable Water Repellency and revives breathability – in a washing machine.

How do I care for my Páramo waterproof?

Regularly wash it with Nikwax Tech Wash® to remove dirt and revive its water repellency. If, after washing, the outer fabric absorbs water (it does not run off in beads) it is time to reproof your garment with Nikwax TX.Direct®.

If your waterproof picks up a contamination which cannot be removed in a normal wash, Páramo can professionally wash and reproof it for you. Find out more here.

 

What if I damage my Nikwax Analogy Waterproof clothing?

Simple repairs can often be done with a needle and thread without compromising the performance of your Páramo gear.

If you seriously damage a garment, you can send it back to Páramo and request a quote for having it mended – most damage can be repaired! Our Customer Service team can advise you.

If you have irreparably damaged it, you may want to consider recycling it through the Páramo Recycling Scheme, whereby you will receive a substantial discount off your next purchase.

We guarantee everything we make.

The weather protection systems used by Páramo, maintained correctly with Nikwax, will outperform membrane and coating based waterproof systems. The durable fabrics and quality components used in all our garments contribute to their longevity. Under the terms of our Lifetime Guarantee, any manufacturing defect will be rectified free of charge indefinitely, while damage to the garment by accident or normal ‘wear and tear’ can be repaired by our workshop at a reasonable cost. To register a guarantee click here.

What if I damage my Nikwax Analogy Waterproof clothing?

Simple repairs can often be done with a needle and thread without compromising the performance of your Páramo gear.

If you seriously damage a garment, you can send it back to Páramo and request a quote for having it mended – most damage can be repaired! Our Customer Service team can advise you.

If you have irreparably damaged it, you may want to consider recycling it through the Páramo Recycling Scheme, whereby you will receive a substantial discount off your next purchase.

 

We guarantee everything we make.

Páramo waterproof garments, maintained correctly with Nikwax, will outperform membrane and coating-based waterproof systems. The durable fabrics and high quality components used in our garments contribute to their longevity.

Under the terms of our Lifetime Guarantee, any manufacturing defect will be rectified, free of charge, for the life of the garment. Any damage by accident or normal ‘wear and tear’ can be repaired by our workshop at a reasonable cost.

To register a guarantee with us please click here.

All Páramo garments are covered by our Recycling Scheme, which prevents them from ending up in landfill.

For every item of Páramo clothing you recycle with us, you will receive a voucher of (up to) £50, to use against a future purchase.

Nikwax Analogy fabric systems are uniquely suited to recycling as they avoid the need for mixed materials, membranes or taped seams. Instead, they use 100% polyester, which unlike many materials, can be broken down and reformed into new, high quality fibres.

Click here to read more about recycling your Páramo.

 

This garment is made by the charitable Miquelina Foundation.

Páramo’s ethical manufacturing partnership with the Miquelina Foundation in Bogotá, Colombia, has offered vulnerable women training and employment since 1992. This alliance has benefitted thousands of at-risk women in practical ways, helping them to build houses, and providing a kindergarten and canteen for their children. With Páramo’s support, Miquelina holds ISO 9001 accreditation, which assures dedication to quality. In 2017, Miquelina attained guaranteed Fair Trade status from the World Fair Trade Organisation. Click here for more information.