TREW’s Shirtweight Down Jacket, made with 750 fill Euro goose down, is a slim mid-layer I wore for added warmth this winter, but it found a permanent place in my gear lineup this spring when the sun started shining and the bumps started getting soft.
The Shirtweight Jacket is lightweight, there’s no bulk to worry about, and it stuffs into its own pocket so I can stash it my fanny pack when the midday sun coaxes me into skiing in just my T-shirt. (In its stuff-sack pocket, this jacket also works as a travel pillow in a pinch.)
When less pleasant weather rolls in, I just shake it out, and it quickly turns back into a lofty layer that is surprisingly wind-resistant. I got caught in a sleeting rain in Santa Fe last week that quickly turned to a wet snow and the waterproof down stood up to the elements. I wouldn’t brave a true rain storm in any down jacket, but in the 20 minutes I was caught out, moisture beaded right off the Shirtweight Jacket and I stayed warm and dry.
I also happened to be wearing this jacket to dinner, because it doesn’t look nearly as tech as it is, and even in a ski town it’s nice to feel like a non-skid at times. The long, tapered cut is stylish without being too fitted, so I can actually move when skiing in it, and pulling the drawstring around the waist is an easy way to seal out wind and weather.
Hiking or skinning this the spring, you’ll be too warm in this layer if it’s under or over much else, but it’s a good choice to wear solo up the bootpack if there’s any chill in the air. The quilted nylon shell has a matte finish and softness that feels more like my favorite hoody than a piece of gear.
The Shirtweight Jacket comes in a cut for men as well.