Outdoor Research Ascendant Collection: Active insulation for breathable warmth Product News

When Seasons Change, You Don't

Ascendant is Outdoor Research's newest form of Active Insulation, launched in the US last winter and now available in the UK. It's mid-weight insulation that's versatile enough to wear all year round - so it's unlikely to linger in your gear closet for any length of time.

We spend our lives transitioning through work, rest and play - and our time in the mountains can feel the same. As we adjust between different states of activity, our temperature fluctuates up and down, so we wear layers that help us to adjust our temperature to suit. But not all layers are created equal, and we don't always choose the right weight.

If you're pushing through the crux of your final pitch and the weather spells impending doom - you're unlikely to stop and remove your jacket. And when it's a total downpour, but your layers are building up heat and moisture - it's also not ideal to remove anything. At times like these layers aren't always convenient, so the trick is to choose ones with a broad comfort temperature range for extended wear time. This is what we call Active insulation - and it's an area in which Outdoor Research excels.

The Ascendant Collection is Outdoor Research's most complete range of Active Insulation yet, and brings you a range of lightweight clothing and accessories that maintain comfort by being warm yet breathable. Ascendant combines stretchy Pertex® Microlight fabric with Polartec® Alpha Direct insulation for best-in-class warmth, breathability, wicking-action and dry times. It's also weather resistant and instantly warm.

Fabric Technologies & Benefits:

  • Pertex® Microlight 100% Nylon 20D rip stop stretch woven shell:
    • 96% windproof. The air that passes through aids evaporative cooling and drying.
    • Non-pilling fabric retains appearance longer than conventional fleece
    • Micro Rip-stop abrasion
    • Stretch comfort
    • Smooth surfaces layers easily under other clothes
  • Polartec® Alpha Direct Insulation 100% Polyester 98g/m2:
    • Soft 'Puffy' insulation provides Instant warmth
    • Large surface area for effective moisture wicking
    • High warmth-to-weight ratio

Styles Available & srps:

Men's: Hoody £195/ Jacket £170/ Vest £135/ Pants £190
Women's: Hoody £200 / Vest £140

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Outdoor Research® is Designed by Adventure®. We provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer. Based in Seattle, Outdoor Research was founded in 1981. We are dedicated to building technically innovative, state-of-the-art clothing, headwear, gloves, gaiters, packing systems and shelters informed by real-world testing. All of our products are backed by the Infinite Guarantee®. We are committed to our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and skiing and snowboarding. Outdoor Research supports several organizations advocating environmental protection, education and the interests of mountaineers and alpinists.

For more information visit www.outdoorresearch.com

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