Make your ascent.
Whether you're making an ascent on a snow-capped mountain or chilling at a wintery campsite, the Rab Women's Ascent Down Jacket has the lofty warmth you love. Its Pertex Endurance fabric is water-resistant, windproof, and very breathable so you don't have to take off your jacket to get some air while you're working to reach the top of the mountain. Insulated with 650-fill European duck down (300g), the Ascent is surprisingly warm despite its light weight. The down also makes it easy to pack this jacket; stuff it into its included stuff sack and stash it into a tiny corner of your backpack when you just want to wear the Ascent for your descent.
The Ascent's hood has a wired peak, is helmet compatible, is detachable, and has the same wonderful insulation as the rest of the jacket to keep your head nice and toasty. The nylon liner boosts durability, and the fleece-lined collar helps trap heat around your neck and chin. Its hook-and-loop cuffs and drawcord hem tighten this jacket down so you don't have wind blowing up your sleeves and body. The hand-warmer pockets are lined with fleece to keep your hands cozy as they warm up from the winter chill.
- Pertex Endurance fabric
- Nylon lining with fleece-lined collar
- 300g, 650-fill power European duck down insulation
- Detachable down filled hood, helmet compatible, wired peak
- Stuff sack
- Hook-and-loop cuffs, drawcord hem
- Two hand-warmer pockets and one internal security
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Warm and packable
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I had been eyeing this jacket for my trip to Kilimanjaro next year. I was especially drawn to the idea of shoving it into a stuff sack that wouldn't take up much room or have much weight. I also wanted something warm that was recommended to wet, snowy conditions.
However, I decided to go ahead and purchase it now so I could use it on a November backpacking trip. I used it on an overnight trip on the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia. I wore it overnight in my sleeping bag (it was about 30 degrees out and I am easily chilled) and my arms and torso definitely stayed warm. It does pack down small (about the size of a really big nalgene bottle) and is light.
I also wore this around D.C. for a weekend when it was about 16-20 degrees. Again, arms and torso were kept warm. The fleece in the pockets is a nice add. I really liked the hood, too. It actually stays up!
I first ordered a medium on the assumption that I would want to have some extra room for layering. Trying it on I discovered it was larger than necessary (it puffed too much around the middle) and I bought a small instead. This is the size I should have been per the size chart. I am 6' tall so I am usually concerned about the length of sleeves on woman's jackets. These sleeves on this one are just right. The overall length is pretty good, too. The back is a little longer than the front to prevent exposed skin from ride up.
I'm looking forward to using it more and more.