Chris Kwrote a review of Outdoor Research Ascendant Hooded Jacket - Men's on June 15, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
This has become my goto jacket for 80% of the year. Thanks OR for such a quality design! I've worn this jacket skiing, climbing, backpacking, and around town. It just holds up. At first I was hesistant that the 20D Pertex softshell outer fabric would rip pretty quickly with the abuse I was throwing at it but it still has lasted for almost two years now. It works great in temperatures all the way down to 30F with a midlayer and the softshell exterior sheds water. Even if the fabric soaks in, the fleece lining maintains your warmth. Additionally, using the Ascendant as a midlayer under a hardshell skiiing in mild temps just breathes excellently. The only issues I have are the thump loops which don't work very well (however the elastic cuffs are more than adequate), and the front hand warmer pockets are unzippered. This jacket is meant to be used as a midlayer and as a light softshell, there is a key loop in the left pocket, and it can stuff itself into the hood.