Rated 4 out of 5 Great Jacket, - needs hood closure.
Pro - I was glad to find a PrimaLoft jacket with a hood. I really love PrimaLoft for its insulation, weight, loft, and compressibility attributes. My old Columbia PrimaLoft jacket was my standard insulation layer for extreme conditions backpacking for many years. My only wish was that it had a hood because I really don't like cold drafts on my neck.
Con - I won't buy this jacket unless/until it has a drawstring closure around the hood. Without some method of tightening the hood, wind can blow in and around your head. I don't believe this jacket is suitable for field conditions.
June 7, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5áby WinterBiker Arms too small
The upper arms are too small in my size L-Tall jacket. I'm disappointed since otherwise it is a very nice jacket.
April 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby ChooChoo927 great warmth to weight ratio
Great jacket. Good value too. I can use it by itself in weather down to the 40's or layered under a shell when colder. Has some wind and light rain protection.
I like how it can pack into its own pocket. When clipped to my climbing harness it's hardly noticeable, but great to put on while belaying. It's also generally long enough so it doesn't slide up over my harness (can't really access the side pockets under a harness though).
If I were to change anything, I'd add a drawstring to the hood. That would keep my head warmer and keep out the wind better. Because the jacket material is so light, it will tear if you scrap against rough rock, say climbing a wide crack, etc.
April 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby SYinAZ Light, Warm, Packable!
My wife and both daughters have this jacket and love its versatility. Based on the reviews for the men's version, I ordered one size larger and the fit is just right. It will be a perfect, packable travel companion for changeable weather trips.
April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Great packable jacket
Warm even though it is light weight. Wind resistant and the hood came in handy crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
April 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Harley99 Ascent jacket
I must admit that I was a little hesitant when I ordered this jacket after reading a number of reviews stating the the "redesign" was a mistake and that the jacket no longer fit as well as its predecessor. However, I wanted a Primaloft pack-able jacket to complement my down light jacket, so took a chance. And I'm glad I did. The jacket (L) fits me perfectly (6', 175 pounds) and is quite warm for such a light weight garment. The only change I might recommend would be a drawstring in the hood for a tighter fit in certain conditions.
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby DetroitChangstein Practical, good fit and happy camper
Got mine today and I immediately took it out for a walk with my dog... The fit is really designed to go over a light sweater, fleece zipper T or the alike..
I am writing this review while wearing the jacket.
Sleeves are long enough for reach without the annoying "bunching" -
Chest is a bit loose if one doesn't wear a sweater; I only had a T-shirt underneath the jacket; it didn't bother me at all..
I tried on a fleece Zip-T, and the fit is perfect -
Very light and very warm for its size.. I am not sure what else one can ask for...
I am sure this jacket will be with me for most of the fishing trips, travelling and walk about town....
April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Maplesnap Comfortable and super light!
Very comfortable jacket for spring and fall weather...great for layering over a fleece in colder weather. I am very happy with my purchase. I do however agree with some of the other reviewers on the sleeve fit. I am a female and the men's extra large is a great fit for me but I do not have men's biceps. If I were a male that usually wore an extra large definitely order a larger size, the upper arms would be tight on anyone that does not have wimpy arms.
April 4, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Backpacker68 Hood is an afterthought
I give 5 stars for the coat and 1 star for the hood. The hood on this jacket is not adjustable and is so thin that it reminds me of the fold up hoods that could be zipped into the collars of some rain jackets. It is definitely not worth another $20 over the price of the regular jacket. My recommendation is to save your money and wear a hat with the jacket. The jacket by itself is not going to keep you warm in the winter without a rain shell, but it's warm for it's weight and very packable. Just don't expect it to be equal in warmth with a good down jacket. Of course, the advantage is it doesn't lose all it's warmth when wet like a down jacket.
April 2, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby RickyDC Way too short
I have an older Ascent Packaway jacket that I love, but my son took it from me so I thought i would replace it. The new jacket is way too short. its 2 inches shorter than the older model. The tall, while long enough in the body is way too long in the sleeves. Had to return it and wait to see if they come out with a new model in the fall that is longer in the body.
April 2, 2014