Scorpion Ascendant Jacket Black/RedPrice: $269.95
For 2016, Scorpion introduces the Ascendant jacket aimed at giving multi-season street riders a tool to bear the cold and escape the heat. Being that many of us ride year-round, we were anxious to get our hands on Scorpion’s latest jacket and really see if the Ascendant could run the pace with some of our other favorite multi-season jackets.
With hyper-focus on versatility, the Ascendant is packed full of features that make riding comfortable in all climates. The outer textile shell incorporates highly breathable mesh panels with two large pass-through “core venting” torso vents. Inside is a fully removable, waterproof, and fleece lined liner that’s slightly heavier than your average warmth liner for those cold commutes.
For carrying small items like keys and cell phones, the Ascendant certainly has enough pockets with two zip closure pockets in the front of the outer shell and four zip enclosed pockets in the liner. If you’re looking to carry more than the essentials in your jacket, you may want to look at getting a tank bag or possibly another jacket with more storage. Once the liner is removed during the warmer months, you’re down to only two outer pockets. This isn’t a bad thing if you’re used to packing light, and many riders (like our own test rider) even prefer the maneuverability.
Scorpion didn’t overlook protection either, using Sas-Tec CE certified armor in the elbows and shoulders like you would find in their other popular sport jackets. We thought this was ample protection for weekend rides, however Scorpion does offer a separate Sas-Tec CE certified back protector that fits easily into the Ascendant if you want more. Lastly, Scorpion did night riders a favor and added quite a bit of NightViz reflective strips for extra visibility.
Putting the jacket to the test on a brisk 40 degree Saturday, the Ascendant was comfortable and even warmer than we hoped it would be. Initially we were worried we’d get cold without layering up, but to our surprise, the fleece liner kept us cozy, even when getting up to highway speeds. The Velcro adjustment straps at the side of the hips and arm cuffs did their job and didn’t allow air to squeeze through.
On the other size of the thermostat, Scorpion went above designing cooling elements into the jacket. The large torso vents located on both sides of the jacket zip open and would be perfect for hot summer day rides. We didn’t get a chance to try out these vents but have no doubt the mesh panels and vents would keep us cool.
Our test rider Steve is typically a size large in most American sized gear, and our large Ascendant fit just about perfect. Scorpion tends to fit American, but not as loose as say a Speed and Strength jacket, which is nice for both slimmer and average build riders. One thing he did mention is that the collar, when the strap was Velcro’d, was a little snug. He chose to ride with it un-Velcro’d and had no issues after that.
What are our real thoughts on the Scorpion Ascendant? We were impressed. Not many sport-style jackets keep us warm in 40 degree riding, yet the Ascendant kept up every mile. If you’re looking for a solid, no frills, get-the-job-done jacket for all season street riding, the Ascendant jacket gets our vote.
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