The Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody represents the growing trend of hybrid jackets. Featuring both a Polartec Alpha Direct insulated interior and a superlight Pertex exterior shell to keep wind and wet weather from getting in and spoiling your day, the Ascendent Hoody is a fantastic piece that offers four season functionality. While we would not recommend using it alone as an outer layer on days with more than brief precipitation, this was our review's most versatile jacket. For activities where a heavier woven fabric is necessary, we prefer the Mountain Hardwear Dragon.
A jack of all trades, while a master of none, the Ascendant Hoody bridges the gap between insulated jacket and softshell for those who want a garment for every occasion. It is a niche jacket and could be replicated by wearing a light fleece covered by the Top Pick Winning Rab Torque or Arcteryx Psiphon. However, we like the feel of this jacket and love how well we can layer with it. We probably won't take it off until our significant others finally put it in the laundry when we are sleeping.