We sent our resident backcountry Sasquatch out to test more outerwear in the wilds of Colorado. This is what Gary had to say about the Trew Bellows Jacket and how he felt riding in it. You should read this if you’re more of an outdoorsy type person.
Garment: Trew Bellows Jacket
Area: Cameron Pass
Conditions: Storming and cold.
Fit: A little to big for this guy. Normally a XXL is just a little over sized for me. I was swimming in this. I would call the cut on this jacket extra roomy.
Pockets: Hand pockets with zippers. Large chest pockets on either side. These could be cargo pockets on snow pants. Velcro signal button closures. Mesh stash pocket inside the jacket in the left chest area. Pass/stash pocket on the left forearm. Convenient.
Venting System: Pit zips that run down to just below the chest.
Zippers: YKK Aqua Guard zippers. Nice.
Special/Hidden Features: Fixed powder skirt. Fleece lined neck area. Great for when you need to fully zip up in the cold. The hood easily accommodated my helmet. Velcro closures on the wrist, no gaiters.
Rider in Mind: The weight conscious rider who wants a solid shell that offers plenty of weather protection.
Personal Thoughts: No doubt this is a solid jacket. It is just much larger than I anticipated. Yes, XXL is huge, but I am a large guy. I think it is possible I may have been able to go two sizes down to a Large based on my experience with this size. Being that it has no liner, it is a light jacket. Not of the ultra light mountaineering kind. The material is burly, there just isn’t a lot of extras to add additional weight.