Today we’re taking a quick look at the Ascent Jacket from Wilderness Wear in a lovely bright ‘Jaz green’. I’m also wearing a forest green Ultrafine Merino t-shirt from Outlier and Outliers Dust olive Futuredarts (you can see reviews of both of those by clicking the link in the top right). This jacket is a merino wool blend jacket made in Australia from a blend of 20% merino wool, 72% polyamide and 8% elastane. It has a 4 way stretch and a articulated elbows as well as a durable water resistant coating.
This jacket is potentially a really great ‘do-it-all’ travel jacket. With a merino wool blend and fairly clean styling (if you get any other colour than this green). So this will be more of a quick hands on showcase of the jacket than a full review because I haven’t had a real chance to fully test out the temperature range of the jacket or all of its features. Because the winters in Australia aren’t quite as cold or snowy as other countries.
This jacket is built for a wide range of outdoor activities including but not limited to mountaineering, hiking, cycling and snow sports. I think this jacket in the green colour is great for adventure travel or snow sports because it will really stand out against the white background. It does also come in a nice grey or black colour. This is the colour the company decided to send me for review though.
The side pockets are really tall and the zips are raised up to not interfere with backpack straps which is a good design choice. They have an internal mesh structure which helps the breathability of the jacket. This jacket does exhibit the excellent properties of merino wool, that is keeping warm when its cool and breathable when its hot. So you won’t overheat while wearing this jacket. Theres also one zippered internal pocket and one internal pouch.
The jacket has a DWR coating to keep it highly water resistant and you can count on it being very comfortable in rain or snow conditions. As you can see the water runs right off the fabric. The zips are all YKK and smooth and don’t catch or cause any snags in my testing.
The fit is really nice too and it has velcro on the cuffs for a more secure and airtight fit. I’m wearing the size small here and its very comfortable. Finally the price is AUD$449 (USD$275, they also offer international shipping to the US). Its certainly on the high end for a jacket especially when there are other more affordable options. But I think this is a unique option because of the merino wool blend makes it naturally breathable and temperature regulating and its comfortable and very well built being made in Australia. Definitely worth checking out as a do it all travel jacket.