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Choosing the Right Jacket for You: Men's 2020/21

While TREW may be best known for our bibs, we don't skimp when it comes to our jackets; what is a rad pair of bibs without an equally rad jacket to top it off, right?

Your TREW Jacket Options

Rugged, functional, and stylish are just a few words we throw around when we talk about our gear, and our jacket lineup for this year is no exception. With three different jacket options - the Cosmic, the Powfunk, and the Capow - we think that you'll easily find at least one (if not all of them) to your liking and well-suited to your preferred mode of snow-venturing.

Each jacket checks a different set of boxes, offers a different fit, and most importantly caters to a different type of snow chaser. But without being able to see and try them all on to compare, it can be difficult to gauge just which of these four jackets is the one you've been dreaming of. So below, we've executed a comparative deep-dive to show what each jacket brings to the table in terms of features, style, fit, and more in hopes of guiding you to pick the perfect one for you!

First thing's first, think about insulation

When choosing a jacket, one of our first considerations is usually whether we are looking for built-in insulation or not. That is to say, will you want a jacket that can still repel the elements while also providing additional warmth? While our Cosmic, Powfunk, and Capow Jackets are all non-insulated and instead what we would call Shells, we know that some folks are fans of going insulated. If that sounds like you, then allow me to qualm your fears...

All of our jackets can be used in any and all conditions; despite all of our jackets being shells, each model can stand up to the coldest of days when you layer properly. As natives to the great Pacific Northwest, a land of wet and warm(er) Winters, we typically recommend opting for a shell and pairing with insulating layers (down, synthetic, wool, etc.) to dial in your comfort level depending on the day, conditions, and activity. And with backcountry touring at the forefront of our minds here at TREW, shells with built-in insulation prove less versatile as a good layering system. 

Technical Shell Head to Head: Cosmic vs. Powfunk vs. Capow 

Alright, so we've introduced you to our Powfish Jacket as an awesome insulated option - but now let's jump head first into the world of TREW technical shells. To reiterate, the three shell options - the Cosmic, the Powfunk, and the Capow - all have some basic similarities, but there are notable differences in design, fit and recommended use. 

The Cosmic (left) and the Capow Jacket (right) being putting through their paces this season.

First, let's talk about materials.  You can read all about the development/testing process for the PNW 3L fabric here, and why we decided to start using it, here. But in short, our technical shells will be constructed with either our PNW 3L fabric or a Dermizax membrane

We will avoid a detailed lesson in material science here, but essentially the PNW 3L fabric uses a face fabric that has a denser weave than that of Dermizax, making it more durable all-around and better in gnarlier/wetter storm conditions (keeping water out for a longer period of time). But where the Dermizax material makes up for this is in weight and breathability: our backcountry-specific Capow Jacket, which uses the Dermizax membrane throughout, sheds a significant amount of weight and is more than twice as breathable than jackets made from PNW 3L. 

Marty of Capow Guiding rocking the Capow Jacket near his home of Blanket Glacier Chalet. 

If you are counting grams and/or spending the majority of your time in the backcountry or skiing in warm weather, than the Capow Jacket is likely a perfect fit for you. But if you are a hard-charging skier or rider who doesn't care about weight but rather are looking for the most rugged option out there, then turn your eyes to the Cosmic or the Powfunk - both of which use the PNW 3L fabric and boast robust protection from rain, wind, trees, edges, and anything else you might run into in the mountains.

Next, let's dive into features. Being a backcountry-specific design that holds weight savings and breathability above all else, the Capow Jacket cuts down on the added baggage to keep things as streamlined as possible. This means that the Capow does not have a powder skirt (do you really need one when you're already wearing bibs?) or a pocket on the arm for a pass, which are two features that both the Cosmic and the Powfunk have. All three shell options do pit vents, helmet-compatible hoods, and have plentiful pocket options - with large hand and chest pockets, as well as mesh stash pockets on the inside perfect for snacks, skins, or that apres beer you're keeping close. See the full table below for more information on what jackets have what features.

The Cosmic Jacket, our most popular men's jacket, in all of its glory.

Now, what about the fit? When it comes to choosing between the Cosmic and the Powfunk jackets, both made from the same material and having very similar features, the fit and style factor will be most important. It should be noted that the Cosmic Jacket has a slightly more low-profile design than the Powfunk, and because of this the Cosmic weighs a few ounces less than its brother in the same size (see table below for weights). But in all, the main differentiation between these two jacket models is the fit and the overall aesthetic. 

The Powfunk will have a looser, baggier fit overall, and the Cosmic has a more slim fit through the body; the sleeves on both will be almost identical in length and size, though. The Powfunk is also slightly longer, which adds to the baggy style that many of our customers look for. 

The Cosmic (left) and the Powfunk (right), catching eyes from the side of this Jackson Hole road.

Both jackets are bulletproof options and we see each tackling everything from multi-day backcountry tours to the wettest, coldest storm day in-bounds. But if you're a jack (or jill) of all trades and love to hop back and forth from the skintrack to the lift lines, then the Cosmic might be calling your name; the little bit of weight you save and the overall articulation in the Cosmic creates for a less bulky layer that moves well when climbing and hiking but still keeps you dry and warm when you need it to. On the other end, the Powfunk is our go-to lift service slayer. That doesn't mean it can't venture out into the backcountry, but rather that the Powfunk feels more at home when at the resort. 

While we could talk gear for days, let's dive into the side-by-side comparison and show you just what makes these different jacket designs shine:

The Cosmic

The Powfunk

The Capow

Shell Material

3L PNW Fabric 

3L PNW Fabric 

3L Dermizax EV + NX

Waterproof + Breathability Rating

20,000mm Waterproof + Breathable (20k/20k)

20,000mm Waterproof + Breathable (20k/20k)

20,000mm Waterproof, 45,000gr/sm Breathable (20k/45k)

Insulation

None

None

None

Fit

Modern freeride fit is longer and slimmer in the body than a traditional alpine shell; the Cosmic is our versatile backcountry and resort fit; slightly more low-profile than the Powfunk.

The Powfunk is slightly longer and baggier than the Cosmic jacket, and has more of a true freeride fit; the Powfunk is the longest-fitting shell option of the bunch.

Low-profile and streamlined fit; not as bulky as the Cosmic or Powfunk, the Capow is slightly boxier in the chest and torso but maintains the same sleeve length and the Cosmic and Powfunk jackets.

Internal stretch-mesh drop pockets

Both sides

Both sides

Both sides

Chest pocket(s)

Zip chest pockets under flaps, both sides

Zip chest pocket under flap, left side 

Zip chest pockets, both sides

Zip hand pockets

x

Non-zip hand pockets

x

Zip arm pass/stash pocket(s)

On wrist, left side

On upper arm, left side

N/

Underarm zip vents

x

x

x

Helmet- compatible hood

x

x

x

Adjustable hem

x

x

x

Powder skirt

x

x

RECCO® reflector

x

x

x

Recommended use(s)

Backcountry, resort, and everywhere in between!

Resort, shorter backcountry tours, and storm days.

Backcountry touring + guiding, and warm spring days.

Actual garment measurements/specs (size Medium):

The Cosmic

The Powfunk

The Capow

Weight 

26 oz 

28.5 oz. 

20.1 oz 

Front body length 

30.5”

31.5”

30.5”

Sleeve length 

38”

38”

38”

Chest width 

47”

49”

50”

Hem width 

46”

47”

48”

 

Jacket-Picking Hot Tip from TREW:

When in doubt, size down. All of our jackets are designed and sized with layering in mind, and because of this you may find that our gear fits larger than the same size from another brand. In most cases, we have found that people purchasing their first jacket from TREW will order too big and have to exchange for a smaller size. And if you are in between sizes, size down. It never hurts to get take your measurements and use our sizing guide (found on each product page) before making an order, or better yet get in touch with us at trewsizing@trewgear.com - we love helping you pick out the right jacket and size!

Our most popular Men's Jacket is the Cosmic - and for good reason! The Cosmic is a great hybrid jacket, checking all of the boxes for both resort laps and backcountry tours. If you are going to have just one coat, this is a great choice - as seen in Best Ski Jackets for Men by Renoun.

 

Have a question or want to double check with us before making the plunge on a model or size? Email our team at trewsizing@trewgear.com and we can help you out! 

We also offer easy returns and exchanges, so if you order the wrong size or want to change styles it's no big deal to swap out. See our Returns + Exchanges page here for more info.

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