Rated 1 out of 5áby Backcountrydude Looks good. That's about it.
This jacket is nothing short of a disappointment to me. The fit is boxy and when the internal waist cinch is used the jacket bunches up and looks terrible. The chest Bulges out at the bottom of the chest pockets. Overall it is a poorly shaped jacket with minimal articulation. The Hood is not what one would expect from a gore pro product. The brim of the hood is flimsy and does not keep it's shape. The seam taping is not precise and just looks sloppy. In fact, The patches that are put in place behind the "LL Bean" and "Gore Tex" logos to seal them is peeling away at the edges (pictured below) and I have yet to wash it or wear it in a demanding environment. I fear some of the other seams may follow suit, especially if washed. And last but not least, The cuffs are the worst of any jacket I have ever used. They don't stay closed and the flap sticks out 1-2 inches when closed tight around the wrist.
All in all this is a very disappointing purchase. Other than the actual fabric itself I would say the entire jacket is a swing and a miss in terms of construction and fit. A Gore-Tex Pro Shell jacket should be an investment. This is not. There is a reason that this jacket is priced significantly lower than other jackets in its class. Fork over an extra $100-$200 for a different pro shell as this is a "want to be" jacket that doesn't make the grade.
December 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby druwk NYC in the rain, and snow
I live in NYC. I normally go get a waterproof 3 in 1 jacket to handle winter, but decided to get better technical shell, and customize layers instead. First, Gore-tex is light. I'm still trying to determine how tough/stain resistant/breathable it is? But it's holding up nicely with TLC. I'm also getting the right combination of layers together to meet the different temperatures that you cross moving around the city in fall/winter. I've gone through some wet weather, and the jacket worked very well.
The draws can really batten down the hatches to lock out the wet, and/or tight up insulating layers when it gets cold. they also allow you to let in more air when you're moving around. I really like the Stainless Steel color, with green zippers. Though may regret not getting Black for the city :)
I'm 6'2'' and 230 lbs. (used to be an athletic 200 lbs.). The XL regular fits perfectly, meaning I can easily fit multi light layers underneath.
I'd like to get the ascent pants, and the ascent light jacket, and vest, but Groe-tex ain't cheap!
All in all, a great jacket for changing weather situations. Will use it extensively from 50's* (light/no layers) down to 0* and below ???? (with lots!)
November 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Shopper1878 Well Made
Love this jacket! Jacket is made very well and is just what I was looking for in a high quality rain jacket.
November 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby TrailSlogger XL vs. L??
Bought the XL to have room for layering underneath, but it seems a bit too large with the layers I will wear (base & prima-loft mid layer jacket); have ordered the Large to see if it will work. I will report back when I get it. The jacket appears very well made, but not as "fitted" as an Arc'Teryx, but half the cost and equal quality. May give it the 5th star once I get to try it out in the elements!!
November 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
áby BCFisherman Great Shell
Lets face it, for $300 you can't find Gortex pro shell any other place. When you add LLBean quality and guarntee, you'd be insane not to get this jacket if you're in the market. Living in the lower main land of BC, it rains, a lot! I wear it over the Ascent packaway jacket for a perfect winter combo. This jacket can be worn all year. It is a little stiff, but has sofened up with wear. I'm 6'2 220lbs and purchased the tall. It fits like a glove. Don't spend more elsewhere, get this jacket, period.
November 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby HeadingWest Previous Review Complaints Addressed
I just purchased this jacket 11/2013 and I am impressed with what I received. I first want to address the velcro cuff issue which others have complained about and cited as an issue in third party reviews. The cuffs have been redone, and work perfectly, as you would expect with a high quality shell. The velcro on both sides(tab and jacket) is noticeably larger than previous model pictures I have found online.
I spent several weeks researching which Gore Tex Pro Shell I wanted to buy but was drawn to this jacket because I am 6ft 4in and about 190 lbs. The Large - Tall is a good match for me, plenty of room to layer, but not too baggy. Had I gone with any other brand, I would have had to get an XL due to my height, but this fits perfectly. I wear about a 35-36 sleeve length and this jacket has plenty of room there as well. Again, the cuff tabs function perfectly, so if you have extra sleeve slack, it's no hassle to tab them up.
This jacket on sale (or at regular cost) is a no brainer. Any other Gore-Tex Pro Shell is almost twice the cost. You get a life-time bean warranty and Gore warranty. I also found this jacket has all the features(many, many pockets, pull cords..etc) which many $400+ jackets did not have.
I think this will be a great all-year jacket. Tough enough to handle skiing back country, but not too heavy to wear in a spring rain.
Lastly, I wear a giro surface snowboarding helmet, and the jacket and hood fit perfectly over top, with good motion ability.
If I experience any issues in use on the slopes or in general, I will provide an update.
November 16, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5áby wildboar Great fabric but rest of it is terrible !
Great Pro Gore Tex fabric no doubt BUT sizing, design and comfort is not there. A) Sizing is not very accurate . 2XL is really XL and XL is really L. . I bought 2 XL and still too small in shoulder region and chest region. No room for layering at all. I tried to wear it on t shirt and still too small. If I have to wear it on sweater then forget it.
B) Pockets are too small all of them too small. Not just me but other people complain the same things. Make bigger pockets please.
C) Velcro on the wrists are too weak and flapping around . It can be easily un opend . Please make better stronger Velcro or build zippers into wrist region cuffs or even buttons will serve better then Velcro. Buttons will last longer than Velcro. And replacing broken buttons is lot easier than weak Velcro. Buttons are much stronger and last longer than Velcro. D) The main zipper is terrible to operate and get started. Starting point of the zipper is too short. If you have this jacket then you know what I mean. You have to have iron- fingers to get this zipper in. In the cold weather struggling to zip your jacket up is a big turn off and very annoying process. You will freeze your finger tips before you zip this jacket up. E) The upper part of this jacket is bunching up on me and raises up too high which makes me look like i have a breast implants. Very uncomfortable to wear and poor design .
And lastly the hood is too big and difficult to adjust with those pull cords. Needs better easier design of those hood pull cords. Def not worth $349
I will have to get Warden Parka for the same price as Ascent jacket. Warden parka coast about the same and has insulated liner inside which can be used as a second jacket. So technically speaking you getting two jackets for the same price.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby HDaley Perfect All Around!
After doing extensive research for a pro shell gore-tex jacket and trying on a variety of options, this LLBean product stood above the rest. Fits me perfect and the various adjustments keeps it snug and trim. Worn through rain during an eastern Canadian summer, and winter back packing/camping and has never let me down. Not to mention the price point beats all its competitors and the grey/green color is exactly what i was looking for. On top of that, as with all bean products, you cannot beat the customer service both in store and online!
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby 1dillpickle Still THE BEST shell out there!
This is an update to the review when I purchased this shell 4 years ago. The shell is going strong, looks brand new and is still the best shell out there particularly for the $$. I have worn in all types of weather in Northeast and Western mountain states from warm to frigid rain, ice storms, dense snow and blustery cold temps. NEVER let me down or failed to live up to everything it is advertised to do. Hood is possibly best feature and adjusts for perfect fit. Perfect fit to body even with light down or fleece layers. I personally wear down jacket underneath for warmth to well below 0 temps. Pit zips open to aerate on warmer days. Still totally water proof like new. Don't listen to any of the negative review comments. There are always people that are never happy with ANYTHING. This shell SIMPLY ROCKS and you cannot go wrong!
WELL DONE LL BEAN!!!
October 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby heyacuraman Better, better, best
I've owned several versions of the Ascent Jacket. It's rewarding to see Bean continue to improve the functionality of the jacket. Pluses: draw sting waist returns, inside pocket for phone/mp3 player w cord opening, inside mesh pocket is now located above the hip, second zipped chest pocket, longer tail.
Jacket is really light and breathes very well. Past versions let moisture out and kept water out well after the water repellant coating wore off (Gore membrane is magical). Huge number of ways to adjust the fit - particularly in the hood which is important because the range of adjustability it has to cover (helmet to uncovered head).
The jacket shows scuffs as white marks. Others have pointed out the draw string for the waist is a bit of a birds nest in the pocket. Solution is to trim the cord - remove the little caps on the plastic cups that cover the ends of the cord, trim, recap.
August 23, 2013