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Trew Wander

- published January 2017

90

2017

RATINGS

Durability
6
Weatherproofness
9
Bells & Whistles
7
Function
10
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
90

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THE GOOD

  • Lightweight
  • Stretchy
  • Big Pockets

THE BAD

  • No powder skirt
  • Delicate zippers

THE VERDICT

The Trew Wander checks all the boxes for a ski shell—superlight for backcountry use, but right at home on the resort, too. It sacrifices a few bells and whistles, and a little durability, for weight savings.

FULL REVIEW

Durability
The Wander is cut from a stretchy, waterproof breathable Derzimax shell. It’s a very light denier—just 40—but concerns about the delicate nature of the fabric are mitigated by the considerable stretch. It bends but doesn’t break when faced with pointy objects. Trew has also used a more durable fabric on the shoulders and lower back—contact points for a pack, or for carrying skis on your shoulder or a board slung across the low back. I did have some concerns about how the very narrow gauge zippers (again for weight savings) will hold up over time.

Weatherproofness
It’s a ski shell that would work just as well as a summer raincoat. It’s got waterproof fabric, waterproof zippers, a long hem, long sleeves and a big collar. No problems here.

Bells and Whistles
To save weight, they skipped the powder skirt, but we like the twin drop pockets for carrying stuff, and the large, high chest pockets are better than lower hand pockets when carrying a pack. The Cohaesive cord locks are a nice touch. It’s equipped with RECCO to help locate the wearer if avalanched or caught out for a night in the backcountry. 

Function
It’s a nicely thought-out ski coat with all the features you’d want. It’s got a trimmer cut to save weight, but has long arms to ensure coverage for activities like bootpacking and skinning. Always nice to wear a lighter jacket.

Breathability
The Derzimax is on par with all the other waterproof-breathable fabrics. A side benefit of the thinner layup here is that it breathes a bit better than a coat with thicker fabrics. Big pit zips help to dump heat on the skin track.

How We Tested It

The jackets in this test were used by a Jackson Hole based team of testers inbounds and in the backcountry in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Japan.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other ski jacket tests, ski tests, ski helmet tests, and other related ski gear reviews

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$419.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Durability
6
Weatherproofness
9
Bells & Whistles
7
Function
10
Breathability
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
90

Specs

  • Pit zips: medium
  • Waterproof: Yes
  • Powder skirt: No
  • Helmet Compatible Hood: Yes
  • Wrist gaskets: No
  • Gender: Men's

Weight

1.175 lbs

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