Jacket: 2011-2012 TREW Bellows Jacket, Large
Bibs: TREWTH bibs, Large
Days Tested: ~50
Reviewer: 5,’10” 185 lbs., 30” inseam, 32” waist
When I first heard about TREW a couple seasons ago, I thought: Yeah, right. These three dudes are going to produce bomber, technical outerwear that also ups the steeze factor. In an industry where over-the-top claims run rampant, the safe assumption was that this was just another example.
Nevertheless, near the end of the 10/11 season, I picked up a TREW Cosmic jacket, I dunno, I think mostly because it was orange or something. I was curious but still skeptical about this new company.
That Cosmic jacket was impressive, the construction was bomber. It was made from a heavier nylon than most technical shell fabrics for increased durability. It was burly, but it wasn’t stupid heavy. I’m not a guy looking to shave every last possible ounce from his ski gear, so this basically felt dialed to me.
Later, when I heard that TREW was retooling things a bit for their 11/12 line up, I was even more curious, and I ended up skiing almost half of my days this past season in the Bellows Jacket and TREWTH bibs.
In short: the jacket and bibs are the most bomber outerwear I’ve ever worn. The stuff seems fairly indestructible, and I’ve got anecdotes to back that up. But first, let’s talk about the fit.
SIZING / FIT:
The Large TREWTH Bibs are pretty huge – I’ve got a 32” waist, and I’ve got a ton of room around the midsection of the bibs.
Personally, I’d like to see TREW reduce the whole midsection width of the bibs a bit (from sternum to the top of the thighs), but whatever. There are belt loops on the bibs if you want them, and they work fine.
(As a point of reference, I wear 10/11 MOMENT Arlington pants in a medium (those have an enormous waist, too); 11/12 Flylow Stash pants in a large (perfect fit for me); 09/10 TNF Park Cargo in a medium (relaxed fit) and large (baggy fit).
I haven’t tried the TREWTH bibs on in a medium, but I could imagine dropping down in size if that sucked up some of the extra room in the waist, but left (at least close to) the same amount of room in the legs.
The Bellows Jacket didn’t feel as big relative to the pants, and I wouldn’t be tempted to down size to Medium. (FYI, I wear a medium in my ArcTeryx Theta AR; I’m a very snug medium in my Arc Venta (it’s an athletic fit); and I have a size Medium 10/11 MOMENT BELDON jacket, which I definitely should have sized up to Large.)
Okay, some reports from specific test days. (FYI, I’m not going to blather on about all the product features of this jacket and bibs. TREW’s website and videos do that well. What I’m going to focus on is how well this stuff worked, not just a giant list of specs you can find elsewhere.)