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Outdoor Research Men's Ascendant Hoody

Outdoor Research Men's Ascendant Hoody is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 182.
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Product Description Item No.   10347367

The Outdoor Research Men's Ascendant Hoody is an insulated softshell that regulates your body temperature during cool to cold weather pursuits. The stretchy Pertex Microlight exterior accommodates your full range of motion without causing any bunching or riding up, and also keeps the insulation properly lofted. On the inside, a plush and highly breathable Polartec® Alpha® lining traps body heat while preventing sweat build-up and overheating. This design keeps you dry, warm and comfortable without needing to stop and swap layers on the move. Offering all-season versatility, this jacket is a great option as a standalone piece or midlayer, and excels during high-output activities like cross-country skiing or ice climbing.

FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Ascendant Hoody

  • Active Insulation
  • Water Resistant
  • Wind Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Adjustable Helmet Compatible Hood
  • Internal Thumb Loops
  • Zip Chest Pocket
  • Dual Hand Warmer-Pockets
  • Internal Front Stormflap
  • Elastic Drawcord Hem

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Features: Water-resistant, Windproof, Draw or Cinch Cord, Hood, Insulated, Thumbholes
Weight: 13 oz
Back Length: 30 in.
Hood Type: Helmet Compatible, Fixed
Breathability: Very Breathable
Exterior Pockets: 3
Jacket Fabric: 20D 100% Nylon Ripstop Stretch Woven
Insulation Details: 95 g/m2 Polartec Alpha
Windproof: Yes
Type of Waterproofing: Water-resistant
Product Technology: Polartec Alpha, Pertex Microlight
Disclaimer: We only ship this brand to US Addresses.
Gender: Mens
Best Use: Skiing
Jacket Length: Hip
Fit Type: Slim Fit
Insulation: Synthetic
Polartec Alpha

Polartec Alpha
Polartec Alpha is a versatile high-loft fleece that aims to minimize excess heat and moisture vapor in order to provide active insulation. This means you can run around and sweat in cold or otherwise adverse conditions without worrying about being uncomfortable.

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Pertex Microlight

Pertex Microlight
Pertex Microlight is a durable, well-balanced fabric that excels at protecting your insulation. It is lightweight, yet abrasion resistant and will resist the elements. Your insulation will be free to trap and maintain your body warmth.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't emphasize how much I love this jacket I love this jacket. Bought it in preparation for a road trip from NC to AK. My go to layer for cold weather. Bought a medium. 5'11 180 pounds fit perfectly. Packs up small. Carries light. Retains heat but dumps effectively. I never felt too hot or too cold. Hood kept the heat in effectively. Love the fleece lining. Bought the vintage color and am very happy with the look. Incredible jacket. Looking forward to putting it to the test against some more extreme conditions.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect middle (and sometimes outter) layer Fantastic mid layer, breaths as you go, warm when you need it to be. Only con is that it's not super packable. It also fits better than a lot of the usual OR gear.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All around absolute Bomber Jacket! I had been looking for an all-round jacket for some time. I luckily managed to get my hands on this jacket just prior to taking a guiding job in Iceland. Where do I start, everyday use this jacket works perfectly on all occasions. Cold mornings the Ascendant proves itself a winner, warming up quickly when moving and keeping the wind off your torso. Light rain, the jacket holds up very well, it will bead the water off until the rain gets past a drizzle, at that point the soft shell doesn't quite handle wet weather. As a lightweight insulation layer (because of the athletic fit) it works perfectly underneath a hardshell jacket, if you're moving around slowly it will regulate heat very well. I have had on occasions where it can get a tad bit hot underneath hardshells if moving a bit faster. All in all, I couldn't recommend this jacket enough, I am a huge fan of the fit that OR stick with for their clients, for that alone I will continue using and recommending the products
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect climbing jacket if it only had a self-stuff pocket Love it, minus 2 minor issues: no stuff pocket and no zippers on the hand pockets; however, it's still my number 1 jacket for climbing as it stuffs well into the extra nooks of space in my multi-pitch pack, typically going on at belays, if the wind kicks up, or clouds move in and temps drop. Purchased because it is lighter than any other jacket in its class that I could find; it has a decent amount of insulation while being wind resistant and a little water resistant; also, seems to cover a wide range of temperatures. During rain season, I combo this with a super light waterproof shell in my pack to cover all the bases, and the combo still comes in lighter than most do-it-all jackets while being more versatile.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warmer than expected Fit and feel are nice. Breathes great when moving. Warm when resting. My new go to for every day and every trail
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile layer - but was sized smaller than expected Initially I did like this better than my old fleece layers but since I run hot I was always putting it back in the pack after a few hundred feet gain even around freezing temps. But I've grown to really liking it in certain conditions like when not on an approach for the most part unless its really cold or with a good stiff cold breeze. I did wear it and an OR Echo hoody base layer exclusively on an entire 2-day Kautz ice climb carry over this weekend from Paradise to Camp Hazard to the summit and down never put on another layer over it. Only negative was that it was sized about a size too small based on other garments I've had from OR and had to go up from a medium to a large. The large fits me like other mediums do.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On my must-pack short list. I wore the Ascendant as a mid-layer on a recent Mt Rainier summit. We were going car-to-car in one go (no camping) so trying to stay light, and this versatile jacket was perfect between a lightweight Icebreaker t-shirt and an OR shell. It breathed well when I was working hard on the ascent and the hood was awesome to regulate my temperature as conditions changed--it adjusts to fit your head or easily stretches over a helmet.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go to for for active insulation, makes me want snow The fit and movement is great. Snug without binding at all. Great on the chilly, early morning approach or heading out to dawn yoga. So far I've only had it in spring. But I think it will be great in the snow when my puffy is just to warm for active ski and snowshoe trails. It's as light as my puffy and packs down small.
Date published: 2018-06-01
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Is the Ascendant Hoody that is on sale on this page (Item No. 3765653, Black, Large) the first generation of this jacket? - i.e., with curved front pockets and slightly tougher outer material? Or is it the second generation, with straight front pockets?

Asked by: robby
Hey robby! All sizes of the Black/Tahoe color are the Spring 2018 Model. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Rocko Gigsby
Date published: 2018-02-01
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Outdoor Research Men's Jackets

Chest 37" 40" 43" 46" 49"
Waist 29" 32" 35" 38" 41"
Hip 36" 39" 42" 45" 48"

Chest / Bust: Measure under your arms around the fullest part of your chest.

Waist: Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.

Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top or your leg.

TRIM FIT: Close-cut apparel that moves with the wearer.

STANDARD FIT: A looser fit for comfor in both technical and causal apparel.

RELAXED FIT: Baggy-cut layers designed for the wearer to move within.

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