Refresh: Trew Gear LTD Powfish Jacket

It may be a little late in the season to shop for snowfall gear, but try telling that to all the revelers playing in the late outpouring gunpowder on Oregon’s Mount Hood. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re still experiencing plenty of fresh snowfall, enough in order to be allowed to jam-pack a few sandwiches and take out Trew Gear’s brand-new LTD Powfish jacket for a spin.

At WIRED, we desire Trew Gear. Their lightweight and stylish ski apparel works on both sunny dates and in the wettest climate. The LTD Powfish is their first limited-edition collection that includes both hardgoods and softgoods. Everything, from their signature bibs to a ski and snowboard, is in a elegant and ninja-like black.


When everyone at your local coffee shop is wearing a stylish coat or a down vest, it’s hard to remember that jackets like these were once considered highly technical apparel. The LTD Powfish is the first endeavor that I’ve considered to make a technological ski or snowboarding jacket look like streetwear. And, in my opinion, Trew nailed it. As we headed to the lift row on our first run of the working day, my friend turned to me, gave me the once-over, and announced, “I’ll trade you jackets at lunch.”

This jacket is cut to look like an insulated, waterproofed parka. The matte pitch-black shell is soft and stretchy, without any of the stiff, wax-paper crinkling that I normally associate with winter shells.

The shell is a two-layer Dermizax, a raincoat, breathable layer that is lighter and softer than the eggshells on other Trew Gear clothing. The Trew logo, thumbs-up, and powfish–drawn by master and outdoor athlete Rachel Pohl–are printed in iridescent ink.

The women’s version.


The jacket has vest insulation made from PrimaLoft Gold Active, training materials designed for aerobic activities. It’s light and thin, and allows heat and humidity to escape. That entails Trew had greater leeway when it came to picking a lining cloth. Instead of an airtight one, they picked a breathable, lustrous, woven nylon and spandex merge. It seems good to have bare skin against the liner of the case, rather than gross and clammy.

Also, I normally buy coats a width big to accommodate coatings and to give me greater freedom of movement, but it was apparent that I didn’t need to do that with the Powfish. On my 5’2” chassis, a medium was very loose, and long enough to sit on the jacket’s separate fishtail hem on the raising. It doesn’t have a powder skirt.

The jacket has two hand pockets, a sleeve pocket for your heave ticket or season pass, and a chest pocket for your purse and phone. The zip for the chest pocket is cleverly concealed under the zipper protector, and on the women’s form, the zippers and plucks are a bright and easy to experience plenty light-green. The coat also has pit nothings( two of them, in case you two are curious ), and a hood.

Wild is the Wind

On my first few operates, I wore both a heavy-weight hair basi seam and the other down coat underneath the Powfish. It was hard to believe a jacket this light-colored and fragile-seeming could possibly violate 30 -mph jazzs on the lift up to Timberline Lodge’s Miracle Mile. Fortunately, it did. My butt and I were warm, and I could secure the hood over my helmet.

I was also concerned by the lack of a powder hem, particularly since I had on regular snow pants and not one of Trew’s bibs. When I reached out to Trew, they noted that the lack of the powder hem gives the case more easily transition to streetwear, and the length of the casing should balance. I was skeptical, but on a daylight with about six inches of fresh snow, I only got snow up my back formerly, while following some skiers on an ill-considered off-piste tree run.

The soft, stretchy case did allows users spate of flow through the upper form while swooping up, down and around my favorite run at Timberline–a long, deep gully known as the Bone Zone. I could twist, return, hop-skip and revolve to my heart’s delight.

Just to use it as it was intended, I too wore the coat around township, while hiking, and I carried it with me on outpouring smash. It wreaked nicely as a raincoat, isolated anorak while trekking through the rainy Oregon groves. That pronounced, I did find the high collar to be annoying when not on the slopes.

But it was especially convenient while traveling. It weighs a bit over a pound and packed down into the front pocket of my carry-on suitcase. Though it is 65 degrees where reference is territory on the East Coast, I was happy to have it with me when a record-breaking snowstorm accidentally hit simply a few days later.

Skinny jeans became favourite more than ten years ago, but I have yet to embrace a more form-fitting aesthetic when it is necessary to snowboard wear. Tight jackets suck. They razz up over your hips, and you can’t layer underneath them. The harder I try to look trim and stylish, the more I end up looks a lot like an immobile, overstuffed sausage.

The Trew LTD Powfish was my first foray into fashionable snowboarding garment, and I consider it a success. If you’re looking to up your snowboarding apparel activity, try soft and stretchy coats instead of form-fitting ones! As good as it is on the slopes, this Trew jacket won &# x27; t look bad on the back of a barstool apres ski , either.

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