OUT­DOOR RE­SEARCH WOMEN’S AS­CEN­DANT HOODY

FUZZY LOVE

Climbing - - GEAR BIG REVIEW -

We climbers love our mul­ti­task­ing mid­lay­ers—to keep us warm on be­lay duty, fit un­der a puffy, and to climb in to stay toasty on the rock. The Out­door Re­search As­cen­dant Hoody is an amaz­ing, stylish, light (11-ounce) jacket that ticks all these boxes, mak­ing it per­fect for year- round climb­ing. “The soft, fuzzy Po­lartec Al­pha Di­rect in­su­la­tion was a dream,” raved our tester, “like be­ing en­closed in a Snug­gie.” She also praised the jacket’s torso-hug­ging fit and climb­ing-friendly stretch, courtesy of a Per­tex Mi­cro­light ny­lon shell with solid wind-block­ing and enough wa­ter re­pelling for light pre­cip. The zip chest pocket, open hand-warm­ing side pock­ets, and ad­justable hood were welcome as well. $215, out­door­re­search.com

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