The TREW Wander is a light-weight shell with a minimalist design geared a bit more to backcountry skiers. It still has a bomber 3L construction that’s going to provide solid waterproofing in a light and amazingly breathable fabric. It also has plenty of features, but most of which are geared towards backcountry skiers more so than those at the resort.
TREW Wander Ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The TREW Wander jacket is made with a 3 Layer (40D body, 80D Shoulders) Dermizax NX fabric with a 40k breathability rating. This is the highest rated fabric for breathability on the market, and even though you sometimes have to take that rating with a grain of salt, this is one of the most breathable jackets that I have ever worn. The instant you put the jacket on, you can feel how well it breathes. Because the Wander has a 40D fabric in the body it feels even more light-weight and breathable than the Cosmic or Pow Funk Jackets (80D in both). The TREW Wander also has solid waterproofing, especially given how breathable Dermizax is. It’s rated at 20k, which is probably overkill for most places, perfectly fine for wet locations that are going to see some heavy wet snow or rain on a regular basis. It’s not quite on par with Gore-Tex, so if you need the best in waterproofing, you may be disappointed with 20k. However, I feel like this would be more than enough for most skiers, especially with a 3L construction.
Warmth: The TREW Wander has a very light-weight feel with bomber breathability and solid waterproof protection. However, it’s not insulated, and the light-weight makes it seem slightly less warm than the Cosmic. It’s definitely not a jacket for those who want heavy insulation and warmth, but perfectly fine for those of us that don’t mind layering when temperatures start to drop. There’s plenty of room underneath for a base layer and thick mid layer, and would be perfectly fine on the coldest days, if I had the right layers underneath.
Fit and Feel: The TREW Wander has a light-weight minimalist type design. I love the feel of the 40D Dermizax. It’s light, soft, and actually quite comfortable. The fit is decent, but I personally prefer the freeride fit of the Cosmic more. The Wander is true to size, and I found the small fit perfectly fine. The downside for me is just that the length is a little on the short side, and the torso is slightly more loose than the freeride fit of the cosmic. You can tighten the hem around the waist for a better seal, but I personally prefer a slightly more tailored fit in the torso. Still, the jacket offers plenty of room for layering underneath, and gives you plenty of mobility with articulation in the arms.
Features: The TREW Wander has a minimalist design, but still comes with enough features to make this a solid backcountry or resort jacket. It does have a helmet compatible contoured hood to seal out the elements. The hood does contour well around my face and goggles, keeping all areas of my face protected from the elements. The downside is that it does feel a little tight in the chin, and it was far more restricting than the hood on the Cosmic. I’d like to see a little more room, but I also don’t wear my hood very often so it’s not a deal breaker. The Wander also has two hand-warming pockets that are great for use with a backpack or harness. They sit slightly higher than a normal resort jacket, and even though they can feel a bit weird at first, it’s great being able to use these when I have a backpack on. The Wander also has a large chest pocket, and two mesh gear pockets on the inside. Those of you that run warm will love the large pit zip vents of the Wander. They open really wide and do a good job of cooling you off quickly. The Wander does not have a powder skirt, or jacket to pant interface.
Bottom Line: The TREW Wander is definitely built with weight savings in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a bomber jacket. The construction is of high quality, and it’s a jacket that seems built to last. It has absolutely fantastic breathability, and very solid waterproof protection. The TREW Wander also has plenty of features, without anything excess to add weight. It would be great for the backcountry skier that wants a light-weight and comfortable jacket, that is still going to provide bomber protection from the inside and out.