L. L. Bean Ascent Packaway Pullover part 1

ascent packaway pullover adirondacks

This is a great lightweight synthetic down pullover.  I use it as a sweater.  I purchased the pullover about a year now and have been pleased with its performance.  The zipper is deep which makes it easy for getting on and taking off and its length makes a “mock” turtle when fully zipped to the top.  The pockets are deep—they can hold a hat or a pair of gloves and several packets of “kleenex”.  Of course when you put the jacket in the storage pocket, you’ll need to take stuff out of the pocket.  The storage pocket holds that pullover in a small size.  This makes it easy to find some empty space in your backpack for it.  It could also do double duty as a pillow.

The sleeves are the right length, but I think thumb holes would make them even better.  Also I wonder if pit zip wouldn’t also make it even more versatile.  The temperature rating is 25 °/-15° but I’ve never found these to be accurate for me. I tend to be cold all the time.  I’ve used the pullover in temps to 40 degrees and have been fine, but I don’t feel warm enough in anything below that.  I find it great as a substitute for a down vest.  One night while Dragonfly and I were camping on the Centennial Trail, temps dipped into the 30’s, so the pullover became an extra layer in the sleeping bag.

Dragonfly purchased the same thing in orange this past November and she has put it through its paces.  She’ll probably use it as her major outerwear item and will give her own review soon.

You can order the Ascent Pack-away Pullover here and here.


About prairiedog2013

Grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but currently lives on Long Island, New York. Was a day-hiker years ago, but is now a thru-hiker. Loves living the thru-hikers life. She has hiked nearly 3,000 miles. Her hikes include the Northville Placid Trail (2011, 2012), the Centennial Trail in South Dakota (2012), the Appalachian Trail (2013), the Fjallraven Classic (2014) and many other trails.
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