Gear Review: Trew Swift Softshell

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Trew Swift Jacket

If you’re looking for an awesome technical jacket this is your ticket. Being in Tahoe this season we obviously haven’t seen all that much moisture but we have had our share of cold snaps and the Trew Swift Softshell jacket has kept me WARM. With fully seam taped zipper construction and YKK VISLON Aquaguard® center front zipper and a External-access chest pocket with YKK Aquaguard® zipper, your going to stay dry and so are your belongings. The adjustable hood fits around your helmet or head nicely, plus its fleece lined interior makes for an extra cozy and warm feel.

Trew Swift Jacket

This is a great outer lay for anyone heading out into the backcountry who wants a warm, lightweight, and durable jacket. A great and easy option for throwing in the pack for a day with variable conditions. Weighing only 21 ounces this is a remarkably lightweight jacket but it is also warm and durable at the same time.

Along with the awesome chest pocket (which can be easily accessed without removing your pack) there are two side pockets that are concealed which makes for an awesome sleek look. The engineering doesn’t stop there, the folks at TREW made the shoulders on this bad boy seamless so there is no backpack discomfort which makes going uphill all that much easier. The Polartec Power Shield Soft Shell fabric is remarkably durable but stretches and moves with you, unlike other jackets which are stiff and inhibiting. The fit of the jacket is very comfortable and allows for easy layering for those days when you need a little more insulation.

Tydel sending it at Alta
Getting into the goods at Alta with the Swift Softshell

What is truly awesome about this TREW jacket is how versatile it can be. At the heart the Swift is a soft shell but it can surely face any storm and will work quite well as your go to outer layer. Skiing the last few days in Utah we did get an opportunity to ski some of that light and fluffy goodness, and the waterproofing was put to the test.  The results: passed with flying colors. The Polartec Power Shield material beads water off and keeps you dry for the long haul.


  • Polartec Power Shield® soft shell fabric
  • Fully taped construction
  • YKK VISLON Aquaguard® center front zipper
  • External-access chest pocket with YKK Aquaguard® zipper
  • Concealed zip hand pockets
  • Adjustable hood with fleece-lined interior
  • Seamless shoulder design
  • Low-profile cuff with laminated hook-and-loop tab adjustment
  • 21 ounces

All in all you could say this jacket can withstand a variety of conditions and likes to move with you to achieve the ultimate goal, whatever that may be. I’ll always have this in my pack when ever I’m going out on the hill.

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