Stay warm at the crag, resort or backcountry.

Great as a standalone, or under a shell for when it's actively storming, the Outdoor Research Women's Ascendant Insulated Hoodie is a solid layer for beating back the elements while enjoying some cozy warmth. The Pertex face fabric is wind- and water-resistant and the Polartec Alpha insulation is synthetic, so it'll maintain loft and warmth even when faced with an unexpected dose of precipitation. Thumb loops keep your sleeves stationary, and, when paired with gloves or mitts, prevent snow from getting into the interior of your jacket. Plus, the adjustable hood is compatible with most helmets, so you can enjoy some extra protection while skiing or climbing.

  • An insulated liner jacket for skiing, snowboarding, and climbing
  • Wind- and water-resistant Pertex fabric protects against the elements
  • Polartec insulation is synthetic and maintains loft and warmth when wet
  • Thumb loops keep sleeves stationary and prevent snow from entering
  • Elastic drawcord hem helps tighten jacket to desired fit
  • Adjustable hood is helmet compatible for impact resistance
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Exactly what I wanted

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

I hate changing layers when I hike. I read about this jacket and how you don't need to keep changing layers. I doubted it but now I am sold. I wore the jacket with a smart wool top underneath. The temps today were below zero but my husky and I really needed to get to the mountains. I saw people bundled up saying how cold they were. and turning back but I was never too cold nor too hot. I have worn this same combination on days that weren't as cold. I never need to change or add layers. I really thought I would need another layer the higher I went but I didn't, even on the way down. Love this jacket!

Worn it almost every day..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I don't write reviews very often but I love this jacket so much I just had to. I'm a true Medium but since it's a Trim Fit, I decided to order a Large to have a little extra room to layer underneath. I ended up going with a Medium because I remembered my intention when ordering this jacket was to wear it over a single base layer. The fit is very flattering and has plenty of stretch to where I could layer more than one piece underneath if I wanted to. The sleeves were also the perfect length as was the torso length. This jacket is so comfortable and versatile, I have worn it almost every day since I bought it. It's light weight, warm, and compresses pretty small. I highly recommend this jacket! Outdoor Research is quickly becoming my new favorite brand. ;-)

Durable medium weight puffy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

This puffy has become my go-to small-medium weight puffy. It doesn't have the most loft and sometimes doesn't feel the poofiest (always nice in a puffy eh?), BUT it makes up for it in other features and still matches the warmth of other mid-weight puffies. The fuzzy lining is phenomenal, the thumb loops are great, and it is incredibly durable. I climbed many a squeeze chimneys in it (read- Yosemite's Steck-Salathe), not wanting to take it off, and it has held up beautifully. This is perhaps its best feature! My only qualm is the lack of a proper stuff pocket to clip to a harness.

Great active layer

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

I've only had this jacket for a short while so far but have used it while climbing and hiking. It's super breathable but still warm so it's great for active sports like that. I'm excited to use it while ski touring! The shell fabric is a tougher nylon, so should be better than a normal mid layer as a wind stopper.

The fit is good, and I wear a small and that's my usual size. I have broader shoulders and this isn't restrictive which is nice! The only thing I don't like is the lack of zippered pockets. The pockets are nice but just not quite as functional without the closure!

Pack less and use it for everything

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

What a snuggly, versatile layer! I seriously put it on when I received it in August and didn’t take it off for months. I’ve worn it as my outer layer at 10,000 feet during hot summer days/nights, with a tank and an Echo hoody underneath and the Helium jacket for emergencies and was surprised that I was sufficiently warm. It allowed me to trade off a midlayer and light puffy for this layer, saving space and weight in my pack.



I only have a few small wishes for the next version of this piece, which with OR’s amazing ability to iterate on their products, I’m sure some of these things will get addressed. For example, while the pockets are super comfy for dumping my hands in, they don’t zip and it doesn’t have the OR-signature stuff the layer in the pocket and clip to the harness feature. There is a zip breast pocket, however, so I just put things that I can’t afford to lose in that pocket. Also, the size is a little baggy. If you’re in between sizes, try sizing down (but try on to be sure it’s not too tight around shoulders and armpits). For example, a medium fits me perfectly in the Transition and Deviator hoodies but is a bit baggy for the Ascendant. And lastly the awesome wind-proof, water-resistant outer fabric seems to pick up dirt pretty easily, leaving me to wash the garment more than other mid/outer layers. If you find you’re washing it a bunch, use Nikwax waterproofing spray to rejuvenate this water resistance—don’t wash it in or you’ll add that to the soft inner fuzzy layer as well.



All in, it’s a fabulous piece and I’d definitely recommend it! I should add that I love that this piece doesn’t have the warm fuzzy fabric under the arms, making it a layer I can wear longer while performing activities before I want to throw it off in a heated panic like most other warm layers. The sea/atlantis color is flattering for both mountain wear and mountain life.

Pack less and use it for everything