I bought the Cosmic in early 2015 (after several months watching for deals, because I'm a skin-flint; and even more months of tracking down online reviews and watching product videos on the Trew site [I love this brand... What can I say] because I'm just a gear geek) and used it in anger in Val Thorens, and have hardly taken it off since. The jacket is absolutely bomber (whilst being incredibly light), and beautifully waterproof.
On taking delivery of the jacket, I was itching to test it - and to do so I waited for a massive storm, then stood at the top of a massive hill, with force 7 - 8 winds blowing in my face, and the hood cinched right down - and only suffered because of the water whipping my face (I had to turn away). The rest of me remained perfectly dry, and warm.
If you need to suffer *extreme* cold conditions - and I mean *extreme* - use a modern jacket mid-layer (I use a Patagonia Nano Air, for my sins - which is mind-blowingly warm - and only because I couldn't find a Trew mid-layer over here in the UK) and you will be amazed at how warm you can be. I actually can't ski with such a warm mid-layer on, under the Cosmic (the Cosmic is inherently quite a warm jacket owing to the quite beefy 3-layer construction), so I only use the mid-layer when I'll be standing around, or in severe rain/cold here in the UK. Even in a cold night, these jackets together make you feel like you're in a sleeping bag - it's basically heaven. The pit zips on the Cosmic work very well with both jackets unzipped at the front too; you can keep cool when needed, without ditching the mid-layer.
I love the little touches on the Cosmic too - the 'thumbs up' on the main zip toggle, for example. Also the small, mesh pocket for phone (or keys) sewn into one of the chest pockets is genius, and perfectly placed.
The number of pockets on this jacket was a key differentiator for me (having two massive stash pockets on the inside; e.g. for skins or gloves, or goggles) and they've all stood up to serious use and abuse.
I love the hood too - I don't quite know how they've made it as unobtrusive, whilst not losing its capability as a hood - and it goes over a helmet fine. It's a magic combination of 'look fine when used without a helmet, away from the slopes' and 'works as a hood - even over a helmet' and is a beautiful piece of technology design.
Overall, I'd give this jacket a 9.5/10. If they find a way to keep mud/dirt from affecting the light blue panels [which I don't think is possible.... Surely...] then it'd be a perfect jacket. One day I will wash it, I promise. Yes, I am that stanky.
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