Lindsey Kunzwrote a review of Outdoor Research Ascendant Insulated Hoody - Women's on October 29, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
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.