- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: L
I bought this jacket for the hype of Polartec Alpha. I am a heavy sweater even when hiking in cold. My previous lightweight synthetic insulated jackets are Atom LT and Nuclei. While they are of good quality, when I sweat the smooth interior nylon would stick to my skin (if I don't have a long sleeve base layer on). The Ascendant's fluffy interior works much better in that regard. And it does breathe and regulate body temperature a lot better.
The only downside is that the fleece sheds over time and may become thinner and thinner. I still recommend wearing a thin base layer for it to work best.