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Engineered to handle unpredictable backcountry freeride conditions.

You're deep in Japan's Hakkoda-san and the only thing in your way of sake and hot springs are these volatile conditions and crazy good powder. The Trew Gear Men's Swift Softshell Jacket was engineered for this, so don't worry. Providing weather protection, comfort, and breathability, the Polartec Power Shield is a stretch-woven 3-layer insulated fabric that features a smooth, abrasion-resistant face and an insulating fleece liner. The wind-resistant perforated membrane gets that howling menace away from your skin, and the fully taped seams won't let snow and moisture creep in.

The YKK Vislon Aquaguard center front zipper makes sure wetness doesn't seep through while you float through the fresh. And even though you're using the adjustable, fleece-lined hood, your photographer can still capture your smile. And the seamless shoulder design isn't chafing you with your backpack on, which comes in handy because there's no burning, just bliss, as you slide into the hot springs after your epic day is done.

  • Polartec Power Shield softshell
  • Fully taped seams
  • YKK Vislon Aquaguard center front zipper
  • Adjustable, fleece-lined hood
  • Seamless shoulder design
  • Low-profile cuff with laminated hook-and-loop tab adjustment
  • Concealed zip hand pockets

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3 5

Not for a lady

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

There were two features that I just couldn't deal with, that I had to return the jacket. First is the hood, impossible to fit under a helmet. Its tiny. The second is the length, it is very long (for a lady, I know its a mens) and its SO TIGHT at the bottom that it doesn't hang loose, and rides up. I found it very annoying having to pull it down all the time. It ended up being a frustrating wear. Had the bottom not been tight, or had pull strings etc, it would have been a much nicer fit.

I love the lining. For a shell its really warm.

I'm about 5'10" / 130. I'd want this...

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I'm about 5'10" / 130. I'd want this jacket to be relatively fitted. How does the sizing compare to the Cosmic jacket? I have a Cosmic in a small and it's much more baggy than I'd want the Swift to be.

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I am 5'9 170 and have the Swift in L. It fits me well and has a more 'athletic' fit compared to Trew's hardshells. It's pretty tall so you might be able to pull off a M for less width since the zipper length decreases by just an inch while the chest circumference is a few inches shorter.

3 5

Simple jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

This is a really simple light jacket without many features, but the fabric is deluxe and is well made. I agree with other reviews on the waist is narrow, hood is smallish, and sleeves are long. I would add the zipper is hard to pull past about armpit height. Also, it does not layer easily because the fabric is grabby - so if you want to layer much under it, get a size up (but wait, the sleeves are long)... And, no pit zips so it doesn't breath as well as it could, and not a headphone port or interior pocket, or ski pass pocket on the arm to be found. In fact the external chest pocket conflicts with a backpack shoulder strap, so I can't imagine using that pocket with a pack on. My friend said it best, it's like a softshell zip-up hoodie. If you want a more feature rich shell for skiing, keep looking. But this is still a nice jacket for a lot of adventures or just wearing to be warm and dry at the bus stop.

5 5

A sweet jacket.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

I just received this bad boy from S&C on a super good deal. Although I can't speak to the performance/durability of the jacket, I am very pleased with the initial feel. Seems like it's made with very high quality materials and can withstand the elements. I got the emerald green color and gotta say: it's dope.

As far as size goes:
I'm 5'10", 160 lbs., 31in. waist, athletic build, semi broad shoulders. I am normally a medium but based on previous reviews I went with the small. I typically like clothes a little more form fitting but not restricting and this jacket fits me perfectly. It is most ideal with just a sweater underneath but I can certainly fit a fleece underneath without a problem.

5 5

Great Trew Softshell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

The Trew Swift Softshell is a great jacket for everything from Backcountry and resort skiing to running around town. The outer material is Polartec Power sheild; helps keep the elements out while also allowing your body to breathe. The hood is a traditional cut, which I like - good fit for skinning and everyday use. I wear Size Large in this jacket, I am 6'2" 185. I'm really liking the Emerald Green Color, it's exclusive to Backcountry.com this season and looks great.

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I'm 6'2" and 200 lbs., 35" waist, 43" chest and the Large is almost a custom fit. Versatile.
The Emerald is sharp.

5 5

Ultra breathable, light and, soft

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I have gotten to wear this jacket just a few times so far this early season, but so far I am loving it! It's one of those jackets that you can tour in without over heating, which makes for a quick and easy transition from your up to down which lets you beat your buddies to that killer pow stash.
The construction is top notch, with all seems being taped and the latest YKK burly and weather proof zipper. Also with a great stretch that is optimal for movement.
The jacket has a nice anatomical slim cut for efficient movement. The hood is a bit smaller than on the other pieces, I don't think you can put a helmet underneath, but hey your helmet should be waterproof!It does have pull tabs to allow you to cinch it tight if you are wearing a beanie or nothing at all which is nice.
I have worn this jacket in early season dumping conditions, you know the wet heavy flakes, and this jacket kept me dry! I do pair it with the polar shift when it gets cold and the two do the trick to keep things warm and light!!
The jacket is cut a bit slimmer in the waist than the other coats that are on Trew's line so order accordingly. I usually run a mens small or womens Large (5'8" female with broad shoulders and chest) but I got this in a medium for more effective layering underneath. If I was not worried about putting much of a puffy under I could wear a small comfortably.

Ultra breathable, light and, soft
5 5

Super softshell

Since getting the Swift I have rarely worn anything else outside this fall. I am in the mountains daily and compared to a fleece, there is no comparison. It blocks wind on the downhill and I've yet to get through the DWR and soak the fabric with snow or rain. It breathes well, even in warmer weather, and while it's not a super warm jacket (I need to layer under it in <40F weather) it is versatile enough to use year-round. I live out West, but I would wear it back East for all-around gray weather, barring heavy rain.
At 5ft 10in, 175lbs, and athletic, I'm usually in between a Medium and a Large, but i prefer a regular (not trim) fit. In the Swift I am a definite Medium. It fits more like a sweatshirt than a "technical softshell" and I can layer underneath it easily. Range of motion in the arms and shoulders is excellent. The hand pockets have a comfortable slanted opening and a little lip to keep your stuff inside even with the zippers open. It also looks rad.

If anything, I would ask only for an extra inch in the waist, a tad more room in the "scuba" hood, and for the hood drawcords to be an inch further from my chin when the collar is zipped up. Overall though, those are small issues, and in the end I love the look and function of this jacket.

5 5

main piece!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I love this jacket, it is perfect for almost everyday of the year. It is thin, packable, styly, and comfortable. It is nice and stretchy, wind proof, and just warm enough yet breathable to wear while skinning or hiking. It also has quite a bit of waterproofness. I wouldn't choose this jacket to head into a downpour for hours, but it beads off a mountain shower like a champ and keeps you happy. Plus if it does get wet it stays warm. As for size. I think its right on, I actually have 2. If I wanna ski and have a bit of extra room for layers and baggy fit, I wear a L. If I am hiking or climbing in the summer and it is my only layer and I want a perfect fit I wear the M and M is my size T shirt.

5 5

Great softshell

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large

This is a great jacket. It is similar quality to an Arc'teryx Gamma MX, but with more of a youthful , roomier, less "athletic" fit. I have worn it skiing as well as out of the town, and I get compliments in both venues.

5 5

Awesome jacket

I love this jacket on the hill and also in town. Great breathability when I'm hiking, great looks on my way to the bar. Always keeps me warm and dry, good fit (M for 5'8", 150). Room to move with layers, but not swimming in it over a t-shirt. Awesome detail: little tab covers main front zip and keeps it from tugging my beard.

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Im the same size as you, minus lbs or so. Did you happen to try on a small? Got a picture to post of what it looks like on you?

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Medium is the size for me to use with any layering underneath. I could have gone Small, but only if I was not going to wear much other than a t-shirt underneath. The Medium gives me room to throw on a light puffy for when it gets cold. Small would be great for just hanging around town without any intention of possible layering underneath.

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Punky- I'm 5ft 10in, 175lbs, and the Medium fits me with room for two thin layers underneath. And it doesn't look slim either. If I were you I would get a Small.

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^Went with the small. Good too as the sleeves are fairly long. I like the more trimmed down look now, and feel the medium would be way too big. I can pile a few layers underneath and still be fine with it.