The versatile Outdoor Research Men’s Ascendant Hoody is a high-performance option for cool-to-cold weather aerobic activities. Innovative synthetic insulation deftly balances warmth, weight, and breathability.
The Pertex Microlight 20D ripstop nylon stretch-woven shell is both water-resistant and wind-resistant. It also incorporates stretch to ensure that movement remains uninhibited. Polartec Alpha Direct polyester insulation delivers warmth even if it becomes wet and also maximizes breathability to help dump excess heat during high-aerobic activity. The unlined fleece-like interior offers next-to-skin comfort and further enables excess heat to escape. An adjustable, helmet-compatible hood extends coverage and low-profile cuffs and an elastic drawcord hem enhance fit.
Other features include an internal stormflap behind the full-length front zipper, internal thumb loops, front handwarmer pockets, and a zippered chest pocket.
Available in your choice of size and color options, the Outdoor Research Men’s Ascendant Hoody has a trim fit that is closely-cut to mirror your body’s movement. It allows for layering over top but limits layering underneath it to baselayers and low-profile midlayers.
- Active Insulation
- Movement-Mirroring Stretch
- Adjustable Helmet-Compatible Hood
- Internal Thumb Loops
- Zip Chest Pocket
- Dual Hand Warmer- Pockets
- Internal Front Stormflap
- Key Clip
- Single-Separating Center Front Zipper
- Low-Pro Binding Hood and Cuffs
- Elastic Drawcord Hem
- Trim Fit
Best Use Backpacking, Hiking, Climbing, Snow Sports Jacket Back Length Hip-Length Insulation Type Synthetic Type Insulated Jacket Warranty Limited Lifetime Shell Material Pertex Microlight Nylon 20D ripstop stretch woven Hood Yes; Adjustable Insulation Material Polartec Alpha Direct Insulation Number of Pockets 3 Center Back Length 30" Fit Trim Other Thumb Loops
Real Customer Reviews
- all-around practical
Likes: Owned for 20 days so far, and have worn everyday either relaxing around the house, marching up a mountain, or walking 1 mile home in the rain. Prior to this jacket I wore a lightweight fleece jacket religiously and have never owned a wind jacket. Onto the pros:
*Great balance between breathability and wind stopping capability. Some might complain it lets the wind in too much. But for high MET activities, I think it's perfect. The jacket is noticeably warmer than a similar gross weight fleece jacket- and for this reason I'm sold on it. Bye bye fleece, except of course in puncture prone environments like bushwacking.
*When changing physical activity level or changing environmental conditions I do find myself needing to change my clothing less when wearing this.
*DWR works really but that is to be expected for anything so new.
*Durability has no shortcomings yet.
*Front pockets are big and comfortable.
*Polartec Alpha feels like synthetic sheep fur .
Dislikes: *Thumb loopholes too small to be usable (my hand is size XL in OR). They're still fun to fidget with though.
*The tag/loop on the back of the neck is very itchy and irritating. It was easily removed with scissors.
*With the jacket fully zipped across the top of the chest is a bit tight. The jacket is loose/comfortable fitting everywhere but here. I'm 180lb, 6'1", and wearing a L. The tightness limits how much layering can go on underneath this jacket. So after some trial and error, the layering system which works well for me in weather below zero: thin polyester base layer -> Ascendant -> puffy -> Realm. The Realm and puffy usually stay packet away, and during 5-7 MET activities I find the Realm works well from 10-40 degrees F (no wind). Standing around it's comfortable down to about 45 degrees F (no wind).
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