Rated 4 out of 5áby KAH44 Light and warm
This jacket is super lightweight and warm down to apx mid 30s....
Wish I would have gotten sooner,I. 5'8" 175 and MED is good for a more tailored fit or layering.
April 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TrailJunkie So great I bought a second one.
I wrote a previous review on this jacket so I won't bore you with another. But this jacket has so many great features I had to buy another. I wanted one in a different color.
I've read many reviews here complaining about the fit. I am 5'11" and weigh 190#s. I usually wear an XL but had to get a XXL in this jacket. The jacket fits me perfect, except for the arms are a little too long. I couldn't ask for a better fit otherwise. Another bonus is that the jacket is not only functional, but stylish too.
In my previous review I discussed all the features of this jacket. These were the features I was looking for. Other manufacturers make this exact same jacket only differing in style and color. But the materials are the same. I tried many on and had pretty much the same fit problems, having to go up one size. So I wasn't alarmed when I had to go up a size in this jacket. That's just the way things are cut these days. LL Bean added something the other manufacturers didn't offer. Value. The same jacket styling, the same jacket materials through other manufacturers will cost you twice as much as this LL Beans jacket does. So not only are you getting a great jacket, you are also getting a great deal. I now have two jackets for the same price as one from another manufacturer.
To me, this is the perfect jacket and I am proud to own it. Now its time to hit the trails again. See ya.
April 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby MNCPA Great Jacket
Everything LL Bean says about this jacket is true. It is extremely thin and light weight, yet provides excellent warmth. I am 6"2" and the Tall XL fits perfectly. This is my new go-to spring and fall jacket. I highly recommend this jacket to anyone that loves the outdoors!
April 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby ChicagoDadLovesBean Great Jacket
Warmer and lighter than expected.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Jack81 Great jacket if you can get the right fit
It's a great jacket but is very hard to find the right fit. I'm 205lbs and 6'4" and this jacket was tough finding the right size. I started off with a large Tall because I wanted to have somewhat of a tighter fit (but still leaving enough room for a fleece). The large tall felt like a small regular. The XL tall also felt too small. I ended up going with the XXL Tall and it actually fits pretty nicely. It's a little big around my mid section but feels perfect around my chest and armpits. As far as warmth goes, it's the perfect spring jacket and it is more than capable handling New England winters with the right layering underneath. It's also nice to bring a long on the hikes as a light backup jacket and pillow (surprisingly comfortable). I'm very happy with the overall quality and versatility of this jacket and would highly recommend it - if you're able to try a few on at the LLBean store.
April 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby lonehiker Perfect for my need.
I needed a light packable jacket for day hikes. Something light but still have some warmth and able to block the wind. The Ascent does all of this and more. This jacket packs down nice and small into it's own pocket and takes up little room in my pack. I normally buy a extra lg jacket to wear over other clothing but found this jacket to be the perfect size and fit with enough room to wear over a long sleeve shirt without being constraint. It also allows me, if needed, to wear my rain gear over it also without constraint. Just what I was looking for, love it!.
April 2, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby MisterWrite Bad Fit
I'm 5'9", 168 lbs. and closer to a medium than a large, and the medium was so tight in the armpits that I went to an L.L. Bean store and tried a large, but the sleeves were long. I think the value of the jacket is its compact, light design -- it's very light, and without internal pockets that I would have liked -- but the main issue was that the fit seems intended for people with different DNA than some of us.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby ginny14 nice spring jacket
nice light weight jacket for spring. fits my husband just right. he takes a size large and jacket was perfect.
April 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby TypicalAmerican Versatile
Overall, I recommend this jacket due to its versatility and good looks. I would wear this alone in 40+ degrees Fahrenheit or as a mid layer, due to its weight and thinness It is very, very thin, and it weighs only at around 13 ounces in a large. It also has a wind flap behind the front center zipper and it has cinch cords at that bottom to help prevent the wind from entering.
As a comparison, the L.L. Bean Ultralight down sweater is lighter in weight (only 10 ounces) and to me slightly warmer (even though they are both rated at 35 degrees F.), but the down sweater leaks a lot of down, so for this reason alone, I recommend the Ascent packaway over the down sweater.
Personally, I wish that the back of the Ascent packaway jacket was longer. It seems to me that the front of the coat may be longer than the back of it, which is a little weird for me. Also, for me, the collar should be higher and a little snugger.
March 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby TrailJunkie My Favorite Jacket
LL Bean nailed it with this jacket. It didn't take long for this jacket to become my favorite. It is a high quality jacket made with todays high tech materials, and made with avid adventurers in mind.
It is highly compressible. It packs down into its own pocket. Very light too, weighing in at 13.5 ounces. Stow it away in your backpack until you need it, you won't even know its there. But when you pull the jacket out of its pocket, it becomes a full feature jacket that doesn't skimp on features.
First of all it has a rip stop nylon outer shell. This gives it the durability to cope with many outdoor activities. I am a hiker who goes off the beaten trail allot. The need for a rip stop fabric is apparent for guys like me. The outer shell also has a DWR ( durable water repellant ) coating to buy you some time should the weather start taking a turn for the worse. No its not waterproof, but it will withstand light rain. The jacket also will block wind. This jacket is made to wear alone or as an insulating layer to be worn under your high tech compressible rain shell, making this jacket a multifunctional piece of gear to have with you during outdoor activities.
One of the key attributes of this jacket is the insulating material used. PrimaLoft One. Developed for the military, PrimaLoft One gave soldiers the ability to perform their duties in extreme conditions without the weight and bulk of traditional cold weather clothing.. Much lighter and more compressible than down, PrimaLoft retains its ability to keep you warm, even when wet, unlike down. This is the perfect insulating material. This jacket has 60gr of PrimaLoft insulation. I wore this jacket hiking with the temperature at 31 degrees with only a T shirt under it and wasn't impacted much, I remained warm even when the winds picked up.. I would add my fleece under it if the temperature would fall anymore. I also own LL Beans 100gr PrimaLoft jacket for colder yet weather, but that's another review.
This jacket has some other key features that make it the ideal jacket for all your outdoor activities. It has a drawstring at the bottom hem. Tighten the drawstring to prevent cold air from entering the bottom of the jacket, or keep it loose for cool air to circulate during extreme aerobic activity. No it doesn't have 'pit zips', but that's just fine with me. This jacket does not need them. If I become hot enough to use pit zips, I'll just remove and stow away my jacket. Leave the pit zips for my outer most shell only.
Another key feature of this jacket is that when you zip the jacket up all the way it covers your neck up to the chin. It keeps the wind from getting in and eliminates the need to carry a scarf. You may still carry one to cover your face if so desired. Plus when you zip the jacket up all the way, you park the zipper in the zipper garage. This keeps the zipper from scratching up the skin on your chin and prevents the zipper from pulling beard hairs. Lets hear it for that guys. Excellent addition that really adds value to this jacket.
The jacket also has 3 pockets. two side and one Napoleon. Some of you ounce counters out there will certainly complain that the zippers and extra materials used to make the pockets add weight to the jacket. True. But me, I like the convenience that these pockets bring by keeping often needed things easy to get at and close at hand. I'm willing to sacrifice for the couple of ounces that these pockets add.
As for the fit. Well, I had to buy an XXL when I am usually an XL. This seems to happen often anymore. I am 5'11" and weigh in at 186. This jacket is cut small around the shoulders as so many other garments are cut today. Some of you may know what I mean on this. You buy a jacket to fit the shoulders and have enough materials left in the body to wrap around you again. I had to pass on dozens of jackets because of this. Not with this jacket. Because of the jackets trim fit, it fits quite well around my body. It doesn't look like I'm wearing a sleeping bag. It also fits me well in the shoulders. This jacket in an XXL should be labeled as an XL because that's what it truly is, but that's not my call.
To me, this is the perfect jacket. I wouldn't change anything about it. HEAR THAT LL BEAN. NO CHANGES.
Very stylish, great construction and materials, multifunctional. I love this jacket.
March 22, 2014