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Women's Ascendant Jacket


Midweight Active Insulation Technology provides movement-mirroring stretch, resilient weather protection, and high breathability in this do-it-all midlayer.
$215.00 40.0% Discount Sale Price: $129.00
FIT: Trim fit
COLOR black/charcoal
SIZE: L Only 1 left!
free shipping - This one’s on us!
Infinite Guarantee
We bet the farm that once you put this puppy on for the season, you won’t take it off. Because it works perfectly whether you’re breaking trail or breaking for donuts. When you’re moving, the fuzzy Polartec Alpha Direct Insulation breathes and wicks moisture away from your body. When you stop, it holds your warmth, while Pertex Microlight 20D ripstop on the outside fends off whatever happens to be coming from the clouds.
Fabric :
Pertex® Microlight™ 100% nylon 20D ripstop stretch woven with Polartec® Alpha™ Direct 95 g/m2 insulation
Center Back Length :
27¾” / 70 cm
Weight :
10.1oz / 287g Avg. Weight for size M
Fabric Performance :
Active Insulation#Water-Resistant#Wind- Resistant#Breathable#Lightweight#Movement-Mirroring Stretch
Design Features :
Internal Thumb Loops#Zip Chest Pocket#Dual Hand Warmer Pockets#Internal Front Stormflap#Key Clip
Functional Details :
Single-Separating Center Front Zipper#Low-Pro™ Binding Cuffs#Elastic Drawcord Hem


2nd one I bought for my wife.


My wife has never had a good jacket, so I bought her this one, she absolutely loves it. She wont say she likes it but since she wore it everyday this last winter here in Utah I know she likes it. I asked her if she wanted one to take camping and 4-wheeling and she said yes. I bought her 2 more since they were on clearance. Outdoor Research makes great products, I am glad I found them and have been able to pick up some of the other clothing lines as well. I would give this jacket 6 stars if the next version had the lining that is inside on the shoulders all the way down the sleeves.

Syracuse, Utah


The Perfect Midlayer !


Use it for camping and outdoor rec. Already had the Ascendant hoody - now I have the jacket. Bought both through the website on sale in the $60 range. A great midlayer. Comfortable and warm for its weight. Yet to find fault with the Ascendant.

Beaver Crossing, Nebraska


Great lightweight layer


Super light jacket, great for travel and casual recreation. Haven't had a chance to go hiking, climbing or backpacking yet but feel like it will be the perfect jacket for mild conditions.

New Braunfels, TX


Nice basic jacket


nice basic jacket. Does not seem to be great for blocking the wind, so I would recommend this as a mid-layer underneath a lighter shell for cool weather, or under a jacket for colder climes. Sleeves are nice and long, as is the torso. The neck zips to a nice height as well - blocks some draft but without chafing the bottom of my neck and chin. Nice light layer that is easy to throw in your bag to keep on hand for when things get chilly

Alberta Canada


Lightweight, trim fit, comfortable and stylish. Love it.


Casual day to day.

Springfield MA


Remarkable jacket for active and leisure activity


I gave this jacket to my wife as a gift. She has struggled finding a jacket that suits her internal thermostat. Most jackets offered by other manufacturers would get too hot when she is active and not warm enough during low activity. This jacket somehow hits the perfect balance for her. She also tells me it is the most comfortable jacket she has ever worn due to the soft lining and stretchy outer material. It is the only jacket she wears now and with out coastal Pacific Northwest weather, has worn it every I just bought her another 3 months after giving her the first. She has said it may be the most perfect piece of clothing she owns due to its versatility, style, balanced warmth in all types of weather, light travel weight and stretch fit...and great pockets too. So far, no complaints.

Astoria, OR


Outstanding jacket in all respects


I am a big fan of Outdoor Research. The Ascendant jacket this is the 5th OR garment I have bought this season, others being the Deviator Hoody, Deviator Vest, Melody Tights, and Melody Zip top. (Getting them on sale was a big help). Great things about this jacket are: it is very light, so there would never be a question about taking it in my pack; it is surprisingly warm - when it's not being a jacket, it is like a super sweater; it is quite breathable, as I have worn it for mountain biking and never got overheated; it is well cut and attractive, no frills and the look is very neutral (vs screaming out that you are a mountaineer). My only extremely minor complaint was that the actual green color was brighter than the picture, which looked darker and more muted. It is a nice color, just slightly different from how shown.

Cambridge MA


My favorite!


My new favorite jacket. Excellent for rock climbing, layering for skiing, and to wear everyday because it is so cozy and comfortable. I wear a small in all of OR jackets, true to size. I love it and want another one!

North Bend, WA


Awesome Jacket!


Mountain biking, mountain climbing, hiking. And as a layer when snowboarding.

Cave Creek, AZ


I would totally buy this again!


A lot warmer than I expected, which is great for me because I'm always cold!

Québec, Canada



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which jacket is more water resistant the ascendant or cathode hooded???


Hi Lulu, The Ascendant Jacket will be slightly more water resistant because the Cathode Hooded Jacket has the soft shell under arm panels. The Jackets have both the same DWR Rating, 80/20, however the soft shell under arm panels have a DWR Rating of 80/10. A 80/20 DWR rating is an industry measure of durability that suggests that 80% DWR is retained after 20 washings. In reality this rating is for laboratory test procedure only and is not realistic for home washing. Thanks for contacting OR, Paul

Size & fit guide

Women’s apparel - measurement guide & size chart

Measurement shown in:
BUST 30”76 32”81 34”86 36”92 39”99.5 42”106
WAIST 22”56 24”60 26”66 28”71 31”79 34”86
HIPS 32”81 34”86 36”92 38”96 41”104 44”112
INSEAM 29”74 29½”75 30”77 30½”77.5 31½”80 32½”82.5
SLEEVE LENGTH 31”79 31”79 32”81 32”81 33”84 34”86
*All sizing is based on your body measurement.
We adjust the garment for intended fit and intended use.