• Trew Swift 2014

      • Review by MacMahoooon on Jan 17, 2014 @ 1:43 PM
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      • Review:

        Trew's Swift jacket is getting very close to being a do everything piece. In most types of weather this jacket works well on its own.

        The fabric is a great thin Polartec Power Shield softshell that moves very well with the body and does not feel bulky. I really enjoy the brushed lining as I wear this often with short sleeve base layers and it feels good against the skin without being clammy. The DWR coating has held up extremely well with all types of precipitation. Both wet and dry snow sluff right off, and all but the heaviest rain beads up right away. I haven't had it a full season yet so I will have to update on how long the coating lasts with repeated use. For extremely wet snow and rain though, I personally will still wear a true shell. I've layers this with the Polar Shift thermal layer on cold days and the 2 work very well together.

        Breathability has been excellent, doing a great job regulating temperate and moisture. Thanks to this there isn't much need to have to change out to a different piece to tour up and descend. Being a person who heats up a lot I would enjoy some small underarm or side zips to dump heat, but not a show stopper here.

        Features on this are basic overall. Two hand pockets on the outside to their job and are nicely sized. The chest pocket is fairly small and awkwardly placed for use with a pack. I'd love an additional mesh pocket or 2 inside the jacket for stashing gloves etc.

        Fit seems to be something others complain about but for my body type the irregulaities actually work in my advantage. I am a slim 6'4" so the fitted shape is comfortable and doesn't act like a sail compared to many jackets I have to buy. The longer arms ended up being the exact right length for me so I lucked out there. The slim fit would have an issue laying if you have a larger down or someone with a bit rounder body shape, so definitely worth testing out if that is your intention. The hood isn't something I use much, but it is suited for pulling over a thin beanie, but you'd never get a helmet in there.

        Overall this is a piece is incredibly versatile and comfortable. It will definitely be getting a lot of use as one of my go to jackets

        Ratings:
        • Design
          Clean
          Busy
        • Weight
          Light
          Heavy
        • Durability
          Fragile
          Durable
        • Style
          Uncool
          Cool
        • Fit
          Tight
          Baggy
        • Waterproofing
          Wet
          Dry
        • Breathability
          Pourous
          Airtight
        • Warmth
          Cold
          Warm
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    • Name:
    • Swift
    • Manufacturer:
    • Trew
    • Year:
    • 2014
    • Gender:
    • Male
    • At A Glance
    • Design
    • Clean
      Busy
    • Weight
    • Light
      Heavy
    • Durability
    • Fragile
      Durable
    • Style
    • Uncool
      Cool
    • Fit
    • Tight
      Baggy
    • Waterproofing
    • Wet
      Dry
    • Breathability
    • Pourous
      Airtight
    • Warmth
    • Cold
      Warm
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