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
Rated 5 out of 5 by SoloBiker Packable jacket that looks good
Been using this jacket everyday for 2 weeks on a motorcycle in all weather, and these are what I have found:
This jacket is stiffer than regular Goretex shell especially where the taped seams run. Perhaps due to packaging, the first time I put it on, the chest bulges out a good few inches, giving it a boxy fit as others have mentioned. I find myself having to give it a downward tug to flatten the chest area, but such incidence is diminishing with time with wear. The membrane is 100% waterproof, but there is a potential for water to seep in from the cuff area if gauntlet type gloves are not worn if you ride a bike during heavy downpours. That said, it is not a design flaw in itself.
The velcro cuff strap does come undone easily and I get around this by tucking the sleeve end into my gauntlet gloves or slipping a sweat band (those worn by tennis players on court) over my wrist - it works.
The jacket's 3-way adjustment for the hood and elastic waist cinch is a nice touch, but I found it took some patience for me to get my act together. Once that done, the jacket fits well and looks good. I normally wear the jacket with the hood falling off my back, but will wear my motorcycle helmet over it during a storm.
Since having it, I have not once got wet from the rain. It is comfortable enough to wear it all day, and the pockets are good enough for my needs. I believe the shell's performance will get better after laundry cycles, and a regular spray of water repellent treatment like 3M Scotchgard will make the jacket lasts a long time.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DoctorD12 Outstanding
I received this jacket as a gift, having had it on my wish list for the last two years. Yesterday was the first skiing day with it. It is outstanding in everyway. I'm 5'8" and a 175 athletic build, size 40 suit with 34-35 waist... It fits me perfectly...like it was made for me. All the complaints seem to be about fit, so it is worthwhile verifying it... but for me this is perfect. The fabric is incredible and rain and wind resistance is also outstanding - what I would expect from Gore Pro. One complaint is that the hood is virtually unusable without a helmet or baseball cap...the brim just drops over my face even with all the adjustments tightened up...however I found that folding the brim under the hood works out quite well. This obviously is not affecting my rating, Thank you LL Bean.
December 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by OllieA A Great Jacket
I waited a few weeks after receiving this jacket to give it a little bit of use. We have had some snow, some rain and some generally miserable early winter weather during this time, and the Ascent Jacket kept me as warm and dry as I could want, and it did it with much lighter weight than my old jacket that it replaced.
A fine design, LL Bean. Lots of pockets, works well over a down under-jacket and heavy sweater. Great looks, too.
December 28, 2013