Rated 1 out of 5 by mntnclymr Leaker
I purchased the first generation of this jacket two years ago. I'm very OCD about care and did everything right. Within a few monthes. It developed leaks in the shoulder seam area. I exchanged it for the most recent version same regimen of care, and not terribly abusive. On a climb in the White Mts of NH a couple of weeks ago the same problem occurred. Most other brands of outerwear I've owned that are Pro shell are bomber, these not so much. Returned and exchanged for a Neoshell Bounder. We'll see. The Ascent fit was baggy in the upper body and restrictive for upper body movement., and a bit annoying around the collar area. I wonder if Bean's needs someone that uses this stuff to design it. They seem to almost, but not quite get it right. But, because of the guarantee, I'll keep trying.
July 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by outsidealways Hood Problem on otherwise Great Shell
This is a great looking shell that is well made and offers unexpected features like a waist drawstring in addition to the standard one at the bottom. Never saw that before and really like how it tailors the body fit. Also like the neck adjustment which snugs the jacket in windy, sideways rain. Much longer shirttail cut in back is also effective. The sleeves and shoulders do not cooperate for skiing or climbing, at least on me, since, as another reviewer mentioned, sleeves are not articulated. Stretch doesn't help either--I can see it stretches but not so much I am aware of it when I wear it. The cut for hiking though is fine. The deal killer though (and I am regretfully considering returning it) is the hood: it has maybe 20% too much volume and the only way to wear it without a helmet (and a motorcycle helmet may be required) is to snug it down until it nearly forms a hat, including the restrictive air circulation of a hat, and even then you have to fold the hood back to keep the brim from blocking your view--potentially dangerous for hiking in sketchy footing.
April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lonzo Nice rain jacket
Order the jacket a few months ago and I love it. Lightweight and I might have gotten away with ordering a size smaller, but it still looks and feel good wearing it. I have enough room where I could wear a sweater or even another jacket under it. Its a little $$$ but nothing Gore-Tex is cheap.
March 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by HuyC Another great product from LL Bean!
I used to use this jacket for snowboarding, but when the traverse series came out, I switched over to this product! But I had had this jacket fro 3 years, and still use it for cleaning snow, rainy days, and days i want to look cool.
The thing about this jacket is, it is a pretty large fit. I would assume it would be a bit bigger because something is worn underneath it, but it is still pretty large. I would have preferred it to be longer, but it sits about waist length, or a bit higher.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BBallFanatic Great Jacket
I love this jacket! I was in Jasper National Park hiking this last fall and winter has arrived there early. Many days it was snowing or sleeting when we got up in altitude. I wore this jacket on some of the colder days (temps in 30's# and it worked great. Kept me warm and dry, and since I have a tendency to over heat, I love the pit zips. Also just wore it the last few weeks while snowshoeing with temps in the teens. I just wore a lightweight long underwear top and a fleece under it and was good to go. The pockets are nice. I was able to put a water bottle in one while snowshoeing, bar and keys in the other (with lots of room to spare in this pocket), and if I overheated I had room for hat and gloves in chest pockets.
February 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by dcbird excellent jacket!
fits and feels nice. came in handy this week while shoveling snow. i look forward to getting a lot of use out of this jacket. thanks ll bean!
January 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by activeoutdoorsylady AWESOME
Never spent this much $ on a jacket before - but this is impressive!! I've been layering with fleece vest or jacket, Primaloft vest or jacket, even my ultralight 850 women's down jacket - depending on the temperatures that winter in the Adirondacks brings, which changes greatly from morning till evening. Layering is the way to go here and this shell will be a favorite all year round (also rains here frequently). Fabric is a bit stiff, but new yet - still it is comfortable and fits me extremely well, even with the layers - size S for 5'6", 135 lbs,female. LL Bean does it AGAIN.
January 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AGarcia Good value for a Gore-tex Pro Shell jacket
I bought this jacket because I was looking for a Gore-Tex Pro Shell jacket for skiing. I have had the jacket for a couple of weeks and worn it a couple of times. I will update this review if my impressions changes as I spend more time in the jacket.
I am 5'9", 215lbs, 46 jacket. The large size fits well with plenty of movement and flexibility when wearing a base and relatively thick mid layer. The hood is meant to fit over a helmet and therefore is very large on a bare head.
- I had read some reviews that commented that the wrists tended to come open and that the pockets were small. I have not found the wrist closures to be a problem at this point. I also have found that the pockets are large enough to accommodate a pair of think gloves, albeit with one glove in each pocket.
- It does not really have any sort of snow / powder skirt. It is not that big a deal for me being on the east coast, but given the shorter length of the jacket, this could be a concern for some skiers.
Dollar for dollar this was by far the best option I could find for the price. I am happy with the build quality and fit. I would recommend the product.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kemosabe144 Excellent Jacket 3 layer Core _Tex
perfect fit I use it a lot to walk around the city when is raining and I hate umbrellas.
January 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by HawkOfTheNorth2 Ascent Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket
This jacket represents one of the best most timely purchases I have ever made.
I originally bought this jacket to go on extended hiking trips around my town and to use for winter snowshoeing but ended up using it for several months on an almost continual basis because of the extremely high rainfall we received here this year, some say the most in 20 years.
I received this jacket at the end of April 2013, in the Ridge Blue/Collegiate Blue color. I'm 5'9" around 190lbs with a fluctuating waist of 38" to 40" ( ergo the long hikes ) with a 46 inch chest and usually order a large size in most shirts, but with any jacket I always up-size so that I can layer for the weather.
It was a long winter here and snowed well into May and was quite cold.
We also had several days of very cold rain starting in March. The funny thing was the rain had stopped for about a week before I received my jacket so I had no way to naturally test it's water repellency . So I decided to use the old tried and true method of jumping in the shower for a few minutes. I came out perfectly dry even on the zipper area and was
not sweaty inside the jacket even though I used warm water.
The amazing thing to me was to actually watch the water bead up and run off the jacket, this by the way is the first peace of Gore-Tex clothing I
have ever owned.
I finally decided I would go for an extended hike on one of my days off and put the jacket to the test. For layers I had on my Timberledge long sleeve shirt and Ascent Packaway full zip fleece. These pieces easily fit
under the jacket with no constriction. I eventually walked 13.5 miles and took around 6 hours to complete. For the first hour it rained heavily followed by hail the size of peas for another hour. It then continued to rain off and on for several hours while I finished the forest part of the trek. As I
was coming back into the city the wind picked up substantially, it started to snow and by the end of the walk the temperature had dropped to around -15C/+5F without wind. I don't know how cold it was with the wind.
All I can say is that the jacket stopped everything thrown at it and I arrived home perfectly dry. The only thing I would have changed that day was to take my Power Dry base layer instead of the timberledge because it was quite cold when I got home. This being an un-insulated shell layers are very important especially in variable conditions.
After that I wore it on every long hike I took if it was raining and I wore it
through the months of rain we had this summer usually accompanied by high winds. It has never failed to amaze.
The hood is awesome and can be worn over a helmet or cinched
right down around your bear head. 4 outside pockets, 2 chest (can be unzipped with a pack on) & 2 lower not super big but quite a bit of room, secure and easy to zip. 2 upper inside pockets 1 mesh and 1 zip, mesh can hold 16oz water bottle. Underarm zips 14" long extend from mid arm to middle of lower pocket no internal mesh stopper.
For my height the regular length jacket provides full coverage coming down around the pocket area in the front and extending all the way past the bum area in the back.
I have layered this jacket with the following items: Ascent Packaway Fleece, Ascent Power Stretch Hooded Jacket, Bean's Insulated Fleece
Jacket, Bean's PrimaLoft Hooded Jacket, KIWI berber fleece lined,
KIWI Primaloft insulated flannel lined jacket , and this one will be hard to believe but I was also able to layer it over the Ascent Windstopper Down Jacket, you can just imagine the wind stopping power of these two combined.
I highly recommend this jacket to anybody who is an outdoor enthusiast or anyone else who just wants to go outside no matter what
the weather is like. It is very light, very packable, stops just about any weather from getting to you, looks good and fits great.
Another Platinum winner from L.L. Bean! Way to go! And as usual without saying fantastic customer service.!
January 14, 2014