Gear Review: TREW Cosmic jacket
Gone are the days when ski parkas made you look like one of the Michelin Man’s offspring
By Everett Potter
Ski jackets have radically evolved in the last few years, thanks to advances in technical materials and designers who have a much stronger fashion sense than those of yore. Gone are the days when ski parkas made you look like one of the Michelin Man’s offspring. Contemporary materials translate into less bulk and that allows designers to carve out a jacket with crisp lines and a highly defined style. Taking a cue from the technical wear of climbers and backcountry skiers, the clean lines have come out of the trees and onto the groomed slopes. Shells are the rage, which means that layering is more important than ever before.
A good case in point is the TREW Cosmic Jacket, a minimalist alpine jacket that jumps to the end of the ski fashion runway. Great for skiing, snowboarding or styling après ski on the snowy streets of Bad Gastein or Beaver Creek, it’s remarkably light and tough as nails. On a recent test drive to ski Quebec’s Tremblant, it was a joy to wear it. It has a great, shaped fit but it proved to be bulletproof when it came to addressing the stiff Arctic winds and changeable precipitation that this Eastern giant of a hill is capable of tossing at skiers. No sweat — and I mean that literally. It’s composed of a material called Dermizax NX, which has breathability rating far above Gore-Tex and every other material out there.
The Cosmic has an adjustable, helmet-compatible fixed hood; underarm zip vents; two internal stretch-mesh drop pockets; two vertical zip chest pockets, one with cord port; two hand pockets; zip wrist pass/stash pocket; and ergonomic powder skirt with 3-point pant attachment. They use YKK Aquaguard® zippers on all exposed openings and an YKK Aquaguard VISLON® for the center front zipper, as well as Bemis 3-layer seam tape on all seams. I like the little touches, like the headphone cord loop at the collar and the Microsuede chin guard. Oh, and it weighs just 26.4 ounces in the medium size. Talk about punching above your weight, especially when it comes to those Canadian winds. The retail price for TREW Cosmic is $569 but TREW is currently selling it for $379 at their site. The Cosmic is a men’s jacket, but women looking for comparable design in a Dermizax NX jacket should check out their Wander Jacket.