Rated 5 out of 5áby MKNYC Surprisingly warm and light weight
We've had a couple of days in the teens here in NY and I have only worn this Jacket. It's very warm and no feeling of a heavy, restrictive coat. It's light and allows for natural range of motion. I've had no moisture/sweat issues with this jacket either, it seems to let moisture out fairly well. Zippers and pulls are of good quality and the fabric itself is durable. I had a similar soft-shell from another company that had an nylon-type fabric that frayed on the collar where it touched my beard... I have not had that issue with this one which was a relief. Also, very cool that it folds into its own pocket for easy stowage, perfect for a winter trip from NY to someplace tropical b/c it won't take up much room in my luggage.
March 5, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby 67Monty Great Jacket - Bad Fit
Once again a great jacket from LL Bean but be careful of sizing. As others have written, the arms holes are cut too high under the arm pits. If you have anything close to bigger than average arms be careful. Jacket fit great except under the arms. The seam cuts into the underside of the triceps and cuts off circulation making your arms fall asleep. Unfortunately, I had to return the jacket.
March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby HuyC Surprisingly warm for such a light product!
I use this as an under layer for my shell jackets, and it is perfect! It's so light and warm!
Probably I'll be wearing this in the spring as well!
But when it gets too warm, I find it awesome I can just pack it up into a notebook sized pack ,and chuck it into my pocket or backpack.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby OnlyPercale Outstanding jacket better technical fit
Compared to previous version which I have, this newer version is a better technical fit. It has a slightly better slimming quality to it which seems to follow on other ascent garments. Besides looking great, the slightly more streamlined fit also surprisingly offers better movement. When you move your arms, there is no pulling anywhere. I also bought a similar packaway from another company where there was pulling whenever you moved your arms. Not here. Finally, there is both warmth and fairly good wind blocking ability which makes this jacket and the vest great synergistic garments with fleece jackets or shirts (especially the super comfortable trail model jacket). Also, because of its technical fit, it is easy to use as a mid-layer under a jacket (fits perfectly with the 650 ultralight down jacket).
March 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby GrammaMimiMimi Best little jacket ever
i say "little" because it is compact and body fitting. the arm holes were redesigned to be smaller but if you expect to wear it under another garment (jacket) it is made perfect. i can't get it off him. he has three of these jackets now.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TheEagle ASCENT PACKAWAYJACKET
I purchased the Ascent Packaway Jacket because I wanted something warm, something that would not take up much space in my backpack. Quite frankly, I was at first hesitant to purchase the jacket because some reviewers said that the arm holes were too small. I am slightly over six feet tall of medium build. So I ordered the jacket (size large) knowing that LL Bean's return policy would allow me to return the jacket if I was not satisfied with it. No need. I am very satisfied with it. No problem with the arm holes being too small or the fit too tight. The jacket is very light weight, comfortable, windproof and a great fit. I have worn it in sub-freezing temperatures and felt very comfortable. I plan to take it with me when I climb a 14er this summer.
February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby DCool Great Jacket!!
I recently purchased this jacket based on recommendations of a friend. I purchased the exact same jacket that my friend has. He loves his jacket. I'm amazed at how light it is and the warmth it provides. It looks great as well; I've received compliments on the styling. It will definitely be an asset for backpacking trips. Might have to wear it to bed. It will pack small if necessary and that is a definite plus for backpacking.
A definite five star rating.
February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TarHeelTiger ascent pack away
thin and lightweight yet very warm. excellent alone in cool weather or as a warm layer in bitter cold.
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby BoringbutImportant Hits well above its weight in terms of warmth.
Zippers look like they will be very durable over lifetime of jacket.
Note: sizes appear to run big. Despite sizing chart, small fits best for me (5'-5" 32" waist, 15.5"/32-33" fitted shirt size).
February 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rustikinator L.L. Bean--Thank You for Listening
L.L. Bean did it again!! The redesign on this jacket from the version available last fall is a total hit for me. I had originally purchased one of the Ascent Packaway Jackets last fall because I love the weight to warmth ratio of Primaloft. I ordered a medium based on both my measurements as well as the fact that I fit this size in most major outdoor clothing brands. When the jacket arrived it was huge in the body and really baggy in the arms. Since my wife and I planned a trip to the King of Prussia store for Christmas shopping I took the jacket along to exchange it for a smaller size. I tried on the 'small' in the store which fit my body perfectly but the sleeves were too short. Disappointed I settled for an Ascent Packaway vest in a size 'small'.
When I read that Bean redesigned the jackets for the spring I ordered a new size 'medium'. I just got it yesterday and it fits great!! I am so happy for the redesign in a more streamlined athletic fit because I hate super baggy clothing, especially when out hiking. The jacket is still big enough that I can wear a heavy fleece under it but is also fitted enough that I can wear it over a thin shirt without looking like I borrowed a sumo wrestler's jacket.
The vest that I have been using all winter is so warm for how thin and light it is, it almost seems like magic. I am sure that this jacket will be my go to jacket for winter on all but the coldest of days when I'll still use my Bean 850 lightweight down jacket. If the second Ice age comes I'll be totally prepared by layering the Ascent and down jacket!
Thank you L.L. Bean for listening to customer feedback and for making great products in sizes for those of us who like to stay warm without the bulk.
February 15, 2014