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Rated 4 out of 5 by OnlyPercale Does what it is intended for with some reservation
As other reviewers noted, this is a well constructed jacket with unique properties. It sheds rain, it moves with you and keeps you warm. It also has a very slimming quality to it. As all things with LL Bean, it is extremely well made, and would be difficult to find anything of similar quality elsewhere. My only issue with this is in comparison to a hooded sweatshirt/jacket made of natural material like cotton. The fleece seems to hold onto you--although it does stretch. Trying to get your arms through the jacket is just more difficult than say putting on a similar jacket or sweatshirt not made out of this material. So, although it stretches with you, it actually feels a little confining. I believe this may be only my reaction to this material rather than any inherent issue with the material itself. It does look great when wearing.
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HawkOfTheNorth2 Ascent Power Stretch Hooded Jacket
I have to agree with the previous reviewer's remarks regarding the looks of this jacket, It looks absolutely fantastic.
The jacket has a very slimming quality to it while looking very sleek.
I purchased the X-Large black with blue contrasting zippers and could not be happier.
The jacket's weight feels very light but it is surprisingly warm and wind resistant. Although it is not water proof it is very water resistant as I was able to test out in my tub under the shower head for a couple of minutes. The jacket was not perfectly dry on the inside but was probably ten times better than any standard fleece jacket in these conditions.
This will not pose a problem for the vast majority of people as this jacket is made to be used as an under layer for a shell, such as the Ascent Gor-Tex Pro Shell Jacket.
I also own the Ascent Pro Shell and have been able to wear these two pieces together in as low as 0C and 15mph winds on a few occasions in the last three weeks and I can tell you they kept me very warm without being sweaty.
As the name implies the jacket has a great amount of stretch to the material and so is very easy to move in. The inner part of the jacket also has a very soft brushed fleece interior and is very comfortable to wear even with very light undershirts.
There are also plenty of pockets to carry your gear, with to large lower inner pockets for water bottles and such. One outer chest pocket with pass through slot for your mp3 cord etc. and two outer lower pockets that are easily zipped with a pack or not.
There's only two things I would change on this jacket.
One: Put some form of adjustment on the hood as there is no way to tighten it down to your head in heavy winds and it may blow off.
Two: Loosen the fit around the forearms as the jacket can be rather tight in the arms when putting over layers.
Other than these small quibbles I think that this jacket is fantastic and a must have, especially for people who are putting together the Ascent outerwear collection for their wardrobe.
It's another exceptional addition to L.L. Bean's pinnacle Ascent collection.
A win in all departments and highly recommended.
Also, great service as usual.
October 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HighCountry Absolutely Awesome jacket!!
I own LLBean's Polartec: WindPro, WindBloc, ThermoPro jackets and this Power Stretch jacket is without a doubt the most comfortable, best looking jacket of them all. This jacket keeps me dry no matter how high of activity I generate. I thought NorthFace had the good looking jackets, but this jacket makes you look good. Use this as a first layer jacket under the other jackets and you are ready for any weather environment that you encounter from the high (above timberline) Rocky Mountain range in Colorado to the blistering cold Atlantic ocean winds. Outstanding job LLBean, well done!!
April 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jstaylor14 A GREAT Jacket!
This is an absolutely great jacket. I wear it in all sorts of weather and it keeps me warm and dry. This is my favorite jacket.
April 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by BobPriv Ascent Power Stretch Hooded Jacket (Men's)????
Would not buy this item! It is listed as a man's hooded jacket and the zipper is on the left (could it be that this is actually a woman's jacket???). I ordered a large for a friend and it didn't fit. It was too snug. Large is what my friend typically wears in a jacket. My jacket fit, but again, the zipper is sewn into the jacket on the left side. I returned the large and will return my jacket as well!
March 25, 2013