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Choosing the Right Jacket for You: Women's 2020

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 two different women-specific jacket options - the Stella and the Hot Toddy - we think that you'll easily find at least one (if not all of both) to your liking and well-suited to your preferred mode of snow-venturing.

We do also have our line of men's jackets that make for great options for women as well, although if you go this route you should consider sizing down at least one size.

^ Our best-selling Stella Jacket being put through its paces, in Plumly Black and Greenroom.

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 on to compare, it can be difficult to gauge just which of these 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!

A little extra warmth goes a long way: The Hot Toddy Jacket

When choosing a jacket, one of our first considerations should be 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 Stella Jacket is non-insulated and what we would call a true Shell, our Hot Toddy Jacket provides a little extra body heat for those colder days with its 60g synthetic insulation underneath the 2-layer shell.

^ The insulated liner can be easily zipped on or off as needed.

The true beauty of the Hot Toddy is that it is what we call a 3-in-1, and the mid-weight insulated liner can be zipped out when you start feeling too toasty. Or you can rock the cozy liner on its own, the perfect apres layer to enjoy a beverage with friends and relive the good times from your day on snow. The versatility and style of the Hot Toddy are unparalleled, both on and off the mountain, and you'll be hard pressed to find a better insulated option out there; just ask Hot Toddy owners, who have been wearing this jacket day in and day out with nothing but rave reviews to report back. You really can't go wrong with this quiver-killing piece. 

The technical shell to rule them all: The Stella Jacket

Where the Hot Toddy brings a toasty warm, versatile, and stylish party to your snow kit, the Stella Jacket screams high performance and unrivaled function for those backcountry-touring, resort-lapping badass babes out there. Where you lose out on the built-in insulating layer that the Hot Toddy features, the Stella boasts our top-notch PNW 3L shell material that can stand up to even the worst elements, hence the origin of the material name (Performs in Nasty Weather). 

^ The Stella (pictured in Moab) is our #1 touring/resort jacket. 

With well-placed pit zips, bombproof construction, and thoughtful storage options for everything you need plus that breakfast burrito you’ve been nursing since 6am, the Stella checks all the boxes. Just pair it with the Chariot Bibs or Powder Pants, and you'll be good to go, all Winter long.

Head-to-head: Stella v. Hot Toddy

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 Stella

The Hot Toddy

Shell Material

3L PNW Fabric 

2L Eco Fabric 

Waterproof + Breathability Rating

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

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

Insulation

None

Liner w/ 60g synthetic insulation

Fit

Modern freeride fit engineered for women: articulated for movement and sized for layering, yet tailored for a flattering fit through the waist and bust.

Modern freeride fit with additional length and dove-tail detailing in back.

Pockets

  • Two internal stretch-mesh drop pockets
  • Two vertical zip chest pockets, one with cord port
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Zip wrist pass/stash pocket

Shell:

  • Two internal stretch-mesh drop pockets
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Zip wrist pass/stash pocket

Liner: 

  • Zip hand pockets

Powder skirt

x

Wrist gaiters

x

Zipper pit zips

x

Only in shell, not in liner

RECCO® reflector

x

x

Rubber-tipped cordage zipper pulls

x

x

Water-resistant zippers on all exposed openings

x

x

2-way adjustable, helmet-compatible hood

x

x

Weight

22 oz. (size M)

28 oz. (size M)

 

And here's some side-by-side photos for the more visual folks out there, Stella Jacket on the left and Hot Toddy Jacket on the right:

^ Jackets from the front

^ Jackets from the back

Jacket-Picking Hot Tops from TREW:

All of our jackets are sized to allow for plentiful layering underneath, so when choosing your size you will not need to size up if you plan to layer.

The Stella Jacket can be a bit tight in the hip region and we do recommend sizing up for those ladies out there with larger hips or a more hourglass shape.

 

Have a question or want to double check with us before making the plunge on a model or size? Email our team at info@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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