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Choosing the Right Jacket for You: Women's 2021

By Katherine Donnelly on

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?

Our best seller: the Stella Jacket

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. The Stella is our original women's jacket, and over the seasons it has been carefully tweaked and modified, with help from our beloved customers, to become what she is today. With a full-packed spec sheet and some rad new colors, we're confident that you'll find this little lady to your liking, whether you spend your time on or off-piste. 

The Stella Jacket screams high performance and unrivaled function for those backcountry-touring, resort-lapping badass babes out there, boasting 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). 

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, and you'll be good to go, all Winter long.

The new girl(s) next door: the 2L Astoria and Popover

On the other end of the lineup, we've got two new options for 2021: the Astoria Jacket, and her mischievous anorak-styled friend, the Popover. Both of these jackets are from our brand new 2L PNW collection, meaning that they are 2-layer constructions - as opposed to the 3-layer construction on the Stella Jacket. 

What does 2L or 3L mean? And how does each compare when it comes to durability, waterproofing, etc? Find out here:

Over the years, we've been hard at work trying to make skiing, snowboarding, and the gear you need to recreate comfortably and confidently more accessible to everyone, and our new PNW 2L collection is a direct product of this vision.

To put it concisely, the 2L Astoria jacket and Popover jacket are durable, stylish, and feature-packed options that won't break the bank. Most at home at the resort, these jackets are not as breathable as the 3L Stella. You won't, however, run into any issues when it comes to waterproofing since the both the Astoria and the Popover (like all of our outerwear products) are built to keep you dry in even the harshest of PNW conditions.

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

The Stella

The Astoria

The Popover

Shell Material

3L PNW Fabric 

2L PNW Fabric

2L PNW Fabric

Waterproof + Breathability Rating

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

20,000mm Waterproof/15,000mm Breathable (20k/15k)

20,000mm Waterproof/15,000mm Breathable (20k/15k)

Insulation

None

None

None

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.

Relaxed fit throughout for a comfortable, stylish look

Relaxed fit throughout for a comfortable, stylish look; sizing is unisex, so women should order a size down from their normal size.

Pockets

  • Two internal stretch-mesh drop pockets
  • Two vertical zip chest pockets, one with cord port
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Zip wrist pass/stash pocket
  • One internal stretch-mesh drop pockets
  • Left vertical zip chest pockets
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Zip wrist pass/stash pocket
  • Double kangaroo pocket with top zip access and additional side hand entrance to separate stash zone
  • Zip wrist pass/stash pocket 

Powder skirt

x

x

Wrist gaiters

Zipper pit zips

x

x

Wearer’s left pit vent opens at the bottom with three sliders to function as a vent 

RECCO® reflector

x

x

x

Rubber-tipped cordage zipper pulls

x

x

x

Water-resistant zippers on all exposed openings

x

x

x

2-way adjustable, helmet-compatible hood

x

x

x

Weight

22 oz. (size M)

23 oz. (size M)

24 oz. (size S)

 

 

Any jacket can work for you!

In addition to the above female-specific jackets, 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.

Finding the right size and fit for you

While we wish all jackets could come straight from the pages of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, let's be realistic: every woman's body is beautifully unique, and to design and create snow gear that fits every single lady out there is a lofty goal. Nevertheless, we aim to please and continue to put considerable time and thought into designing gear that suits the needs and desires of our customers. 

Make sure to check out our sizing guides, located on each individual product page, to see what our recommended sizing looks like for your body measurements. Our sizing guides work approximately 99% of the time, and are a great place to start -- plus, we have easy and free (in the US) exchanges so if you do end up needing a smaller or larger size, it's a complete breeze. 

Looking for a bit more guidance?

No worries, we're here for you. Get Fitted + Kitted easily by taking our online quiz, and we'll get back to you with your personal product and size recommendation within 2 business days.

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 that folks pay extra attention to the hip measurement on our sizing guide. In many instances, sizing up is a good choice 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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  • carbonesque1 on

    Nice blog, Thanks for sharing the information.

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