Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket
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I nearly bought this (but didn't); here's why:
The pockets are too low (they clear a harness maybe but not a rucksack's hip belt) and the sizing is similar to the stretch element, which is SKINNY FIT. It is supposed to be a shell, so it should have room for a thin layer and if it doesn't then it better slide pretty easily over anything that you can squeeze under (which I doubt). Besides, if it is so tight, then it would be layered over, in which case the pockets should definitely be higher (you wear it non-stop so it is always going to be under the rucksack whenever the rucksack is worn).
Also, the sleeves are too long and bunch up, especially with gloves on, on the next size up when you are forced to choose a comfortable fit for a normal torso (or do Patagonia have access to radical new demographics indicating that the population is getting THINNER?).
This could have been the soft shell that appears to be missing from Patagonia's line up, if I am not mistaken: a thin soft shell with a hood and technical pockets, sleeves and length.
So at least check your sizing first if it seems to fit the bill (you skinny so and so).
Price Paid: € 225
I bought this jacket a while ago for 3 season mountain backpacking and hill walking, and absolutely love it.
I was looking for a very breathable, non-membrane jacket for (very) active use. After comparing several brands and "technologies", this suited me most.
I tried the Large and Medium size and took the Medium. I am 1.81 m. tall, have an athletic build and rather long arms NS legs - it fits me perfectly. I especially like the articulated arms and good sleeve length - when reaching up my wrists stay covered nicely. There doesn't seem to be much difference in arm length between size M & L.
Some people seem to take issue with its "skinny" fit - but then it's intended to be a slim fit jacket. Patagonia state on the tag: "Closer-fitting (Slim-fitting technical garments may be worn over baselayers and light midlayers)".
And as stated on their website it is intended for Alpine Climbing, Ice Climbing, Backcountry Skiing and Mountaineering, a demographic with few beer guts I would think.
I wear it with one to two layers underneath (mostly Icebreaker Merino), and that is absolutely enough for the fast moving activities I bought it for.
But be advised, it IS a Slim Fit.
This seems to be more typical of European outdoor brands, but luckily Patagonia also manufacture true technical close fit garments with long sleeves like the Ascensionist, otherwise I would have had to look elsewhere...
The only quibble with this jacket is that the side pockets are not above a rucksack's hip belt. On the other hand that makes it easier to put your hands in the pockets when you're not wearing a pack...
This jacket has quickly become one of my favourite garments.
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Manufacturer's Description refers to the men's version
Our most water-resistant softshell has a fast dry time and extreme breathability for full-on alpine climbing and skiing performance. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program
Features: dense polyester stretch-double weave is exceptionally water- and wind-resistant and is spandex free for fast dry times, stitch-free, lap-glued seams speed dry time, improve water resistance and decrease bulk, helmet-compatible, 3-way adjustable hood, brushed chamois patches for chin and neck comfort, DWR-coated center-front zipper, external pockets: two hand warmer with DWR-coated zippers and zipper garages, internal pocket: one security, articulated arm, cuffs secure with supple, die-cut tabs and elastic, draw cord hem
Here's what other sites are saying:
Zip up the Patagonia Men's Ascensionist Jacket, and enjoy unrestricting protection as you move fast over difficult alpine terrain. Designed with the light-and-fast alpinist in mind, the Ascensionist is the next generation in Patagonia's lightweight and water resistant softshell line. The stretchy, double-weave polyester shell comes from partially recycled materials and features stitchless, lap-glued seams to seal out weather and decrease bulk when you're on the mountain. The adjustable hood fits over your climbing helmet, and Patagonia placed the two hand pockets above the harness line, so you can grab your camera or lip balm while you're roped up. The Ascensionist is fully recyclable through Patagonia's Common Threads Recycling Program.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
When you want to shed weight for your backcountry day trip, Patagonia's super fast-drying Ascensionist Jacket is a lightweight softshell that's more shell and less soft. Stay warm while you move without restriction in dense polyester stretch doubleweave that blocks wind with its dense weave and sheds water with a DWR finish and glued seams.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Ascentionist Jacket (Fall 2009) FEATURES of the Men's Ascensionist Jacket by Patagonia Dense stretchy polyester double-weave fabric is exceptionally water- and windresistant and is spandex-free for fast dry times Stitch-free, lap-glued seams speed dry time, improve water resistance and decrease bulk Helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood Brushed chamois patches for chin and neck comfort DWR-(durable water repellent) finished center-front zipper External pockets: two handwarmers fit skins and have zipper garages and DWR finish on zippers Internal security pocket Articulated arms Low-profile, laminated, self-fabric cuff tabs Drawcord hem Slim fit SPECIFICATIONS: Weight: (19.2 oz) 544 g Fabric: 5.3-oz 100% polyester (45% recycled) double weave with 2-way-stretch and Deluge DWR finish. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The Men's Ascensionist Jacket by Patagonia is an extremely breathable and lightweight water-resistant soft-shell jacket that has a fast dry time; with minimalist features for alpine climbing. Patagonia's most technical soft shell for full-on mountain pursuits strikes the alpinist's balance between protection and minimalism. The dense 2-way-stretch polyester double weave, with stitchless seams, has exceptional water- and wind-resistance, a rapid dry time and superb breathability. Pared-down detailing provides everything you need and nothing more: a 3-way-adjustable, helmet-compatible hood; a reverse-coil center-front zipper with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish; large external handwarmer pockets (with zipper garages) that are placed above the harness-line; an internal security pocket; articulated arms; self-fabic cuff tabs; a drawcord hem. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.
- RockCreek refers to the men's version