Rated 5 out of 5áby PackMule99 Awesome Jacket - Proved itself
I am an avid skier, rock climber, hiker, and kayaker. I have used and abused many big name products. I purchased this jacket more for a layer and for its ability to pack away. Recently, we went to the whites to ski. As usual, the weather is unpredictable and what was to be a nice spring day turned into a winter day. I chose to ski despite this, and since I left my "winter" gear behind (very uncharacteristic for me) all I had was this jacket over my ski pants. I skied for half a day, in pouring rain, heavy sleet, white out conditions and cold temps (20 - 30). By the time we called it a day, my ski partner was completely soaked and I realized I was still dry and warm underneath this jacket. The ONLY place I was wet was under the zipper line. Without a flap to cover the zipper, water was able to seep in. I was dry and warm everywhere else. I am amazed, and incredibly impressed. I could have continued to ski that day, but my friend needed to call it quits because of the condition he was in! I am 6' tall, and 255 lbs, broad shouldered, long armed. This jacket in a 2xl fit me just fine, with room for my bibs and fleece. I often have issues with coats and shirts due to my shoulders and arm length, but I am very happy with this coat. I highly recommend this jacket.
April 21, 2014
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