Stay warm at the crag, resort or backcountry.
Great as a standalone, or under a shell for when it's actively storming, the Outdoor Research Women's Ascendant Insulated Hoodie is a solid layer for beating back the elements while enjoying some cozy warmth. The Pertex face fabric is wind- and water-resistant and the Polartec Alpha insulation is synthetic, so it'll maintain loft and warmth even when faced with an unexpected dose of precipitation. Thumb loops keep your sleeves stationary, and, when paired with gloves or mitts, prevent snow from getting into the interior of your jacket. Plus, the adjustable hood is compatible with most helmets, so you can enjoy some extra protection while skiing or climbing.
- An insulated liner jacket for skiing, snowboarding, and climbing
- Wind- and water-resistant Pertex fabric protects against the elements
- Polartec insulation is synthetic and maintains loft and warmth when wet
- Thumb loops keep sleeves stationary and prevent snow from entering
- Elastic drawcord hem helps tighten jacket to desired fit
- Adjustable hood is helmet compatible for impact resistance
- Item #ODR00LT
- Q & A
Great active layer
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'5"
- Weight: 130lbs
I've only had this jacket for a short while so far but have used it while climbing and hiking. It's super breathable but still warm so it's great for active sports like that. I'm excited to use it while ski touring! The shell fabric is a tougher nylon, so should be better than a normal mid layer as a wind stopper.
The fit is good, and I wear a small and that's my usual size. I have broader shoulders and this isn't restrictive which is nice! The only thing I don't like is the lack of zippered pockets. The pockets are nice but just not quite as functional without the closure!
Pack less and use it for everything
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Medium
- Height: 5'3"
- Weight: 140lbs
What a snuggly, versatile layer! I seriously put it on when I received it in August and didnât take it off for months. Iâve worn it as my outer layer at 10,000 feet during hot summer days/nights, with a tank and an Echo hoody underneath and the Helium jacket for emergencies and was surprised that I was sufficiently warm. It allowed me to trade off a midlayer and light puffy for this layer, saving space and weight in my pack.
I only have a few small wishes for the next version of this piece, which with ORâs amazing ability to iterate on their products, Iâm sure some of these things will get addressed. For example, while the pockets are super comfy for dumping my hands in, they donât zip and it doesnât have the OR-signature stuff the layer in the pocket and clip to the harness feature. There is a zip breast pocket, however, so I just put things that I canât afford to lose in that pocket. Also, the size is a little baggy. If youâre in between sizes, try sizing down (but try on to be sure itâs not too tight around shoulders and armpits). For example, a medium fits me perfectly in the Transition and Deviator hoodies but is a bit baggy for the Ascendant. And lastly the awesome wind-proof, water-resistant outer fabric seems to pick up dirt pretty easily, leaving me to wash the garment more than other mid/outer layers. If you find youâre washing it a bunch, use Nikwax waterproofing spray to rejuvenate this water resistanceâdonât wash it in or youâll add that to the soft inner fuzzy layer as well.
All in, itâs a fabulous piece and Iâd definitely recommend it! I should add that I love that this piece doesnât have the warm fuzzy fabric under the arms, making it a layer I can wear longer while performing activities before I want to throw it off in a heated panic like most other warm layers. The sea/atlantis color is flattering for both mountain wear and mountain life.