Like the Ascent Jacket, the Ascent Pant offers maximum breathability and mobility. This is our go-to pant for any warm weather western hunt.
This pant is the mainstay of hunters across the west and inspired the saying, “Superman wears Sitka Pajamas.” In terms of weight and comfort, you could confuse it for a pajama pant. It’s ultra-breathable and fully gusseted for exceptional range of movement, never bunching in the crotch. But unlike sleepwear, it’s durable. We designed the Ascent Pant for brush busting and built it from rugged, yet quiet, 4-way stretch woven polyester. With articulated knees, it’s shaped for the hunter on the move.
Just like the Ascent Jacket, the Ascent Pant expels heat and perspiration to keep you comfortable as you chew through the early season miles. A roll-up snap system keeps your cuffs dry for creek crossings. And as the weather turns, you can layer underneath well into the mid season. A zippered rear pocket, two hip pockets, and easy access cargo pockets offer plenty of space to tuck in the essentials.
“I tend to run hot, but the Ascents are the one pair of pants I can’t overheat in. They get me clear through October in Colorado and are perfect for antelope and archery elk season. The four-way stretch gives me fantastic range of motion, and is a necessity for my style of hunting. Comfortable, versatile, and quiet, these pants are a key part of my arsenal.”
- Sitka Athlete Wes Atkinson
I just returned from Moose/Caribou hunting in Alaska. I wore these pant for 2 1/2 weeks and love them,they worked flawlessly and could not be happier. I am very rough on my equipment and these held up to my standards. I have recommended these pants to all of my friends. I will be buying another pair.
I have 5 seasons in these pants hunting elk in Colorado. Mid October at 8000'-10000''. Where I hunt is very rugged and thus high activity. They fit and breath well. With layers I'm comfortable down to near freezing with any activity. Durability has also been very good. I did tear one pant leg on a sharp tree limb but I can't fault the pants given the situation. I had the small hole mended locally. I will not hesitate to buy another pair when I eventually wear these out.
I have these pants in the optifade forest and in the clay. I absolutely love these pants! I am one of those people that sweats in air conditioning, and I'm not going to lie, I still sweat a little in these pants, but the fact that they are pants and I'm sweating less in these than I do in my shorts blows me away. I love how breathable they are as well as the stretch and DWR finish. One of the problems I have with them is that the pockets are a fleece-like material...this makes no sense to me seeing as if Sitka wanted a lightweight pant, they wouldn't use a warmer material for pockets. It sometimes get annoying with these "fleece" pockets because if I'm doing work in the heat, I don't get hot anywhere else but where the pockets are. I your hands are just the slightest bit wet or sweaty, good luck trying to get anything out of the pockets without pulling the whole thing in-side-out. These pants have some great features and some ones that need to be worked on, but overall these are my favorite all-around pants to wear for most of the warmer months.
I returned from an Axis Deer/Black Buck hunting trip on Molokai, HI, and must say I knew OptiFade worked, but now have an "it" story of my own. I was wearing the Core LS with Ascent Pants (might buy Mountains now). Glassed a group of 8 does and one Black Buck from across a draw, on top of a very steep mountain. I decided it was worth a try crossing the draw, climbing, and attempting a spot-and-stalk. Once I get 60 yards away, I ducked behind a ridge, readied myself, and crawled within 40 yards of the Buck. Never detected, the does could not alert the Buck of approaching danger (me). I slowly rose to shoot, and had ample time to aim. As anyone familiar with these animals knows, they spook easily(unless you are wearing OptiFade), and he never got skittish. I executed the shot, and am now the proud harvester of a three-curler Black Buck. I gave it a THREE STARS rating because it is already coming apart (I am aware the Mountain pant uses more durable material)
I purchased these pants for my climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I wore them everyday with the exception of summit and could not have been happier. They truly live up to their name as I was able to wear them in vastly different climate zones on the climb. The athletic fit was ideal and incredible comfortable. I am looking forward to using the pants on my upcoming hunts.
I could go on and on about these pants but I won't. They have done it all for me in every season with only giving up a small hole at the bottom. Four years worth of hunting and still going strong. Amazingly comfy and unbelievably concealing. I have harvested two whitetail bucks in the last two years. Oh yeah it was spot and stalk too. Thanks sitka gear. Ryan Wade.
This was my first piece of Sitka gear purchased. I was doubtful that it would live up to the Sitka hype, but I was willing to give it a try. 4 years and hundreds of hard miles later I am still wearing them and loving every minute. They have held up amazingly. They have one small hole down at the bottom of the leg. These pants have been used hard and I really can't believe how good they still look. I call them my "hunting pajamas" and they really are that comfortable. These are my year round hunting and hiking pants. Perfect for hot weather and when it gets colder I start layering. They dry fast, breath great, and are long lasting. I don't usually write reviews, but these pants are worth every penny. Thanks Sitka Gear.
The design of the pants great, the material fantastic, but went 2nd class on the leg seams. Rather than doing a nice double stitch along the leg seams like in BDUs they went with a single stitch that leaves a a semi-standing flap (it won't flatten down) along the entire seam that irriates the leg when you walk a distance in a form fitting pants such as these. if you have a base layer no problem, but without it's not comfortable.
I purchased the Ascent pant for a elk hunt in the Blue Mountains of Washington State. My first reaction is wow finally atheletic moutaineering clothing made for hunters! The first moment I put these pants on I could tell they were like no other pair of hunting pants I've ever owned. The cut and material of the pants allows for excellent mobility, especially when climbing steep terrain. On my hunt it was not uncommon to be climbing 2000 feet of elevation in and out of canyons looking for elk. These pants never bound my legs or restricted my ability to climb up the side of a ridge. I found the fabric to be very breathable. When layered with medium weight long underwear the pants had enough warmth to keep me comfortable when sitting for long periods of time in 30 - 45 degree F. The light fleece lined handwarmer pockets are a nice feature to toast up your hands. I found the material and construction to be fairly robust for such a light pair of pants. I never had them snag on any brush or pick up burrs. I'm 6'1" height so I also appreciated that these pants are available in a long length - my only complaint is that the long inseam is not available in a 32" waist so I went with the 34" and cinched up a belt. Overall I'm very pleased with these pants in fact I went out and purchased the Ascent top and looking forward to trying it out on my next hunt.
I bought a pair of these last year when they still came in optifade forest for early season whitetail hunts. I tend to do more hiking than the average whitetail hunter. I still hunt public land and hike up steep bluffs to my stands on my family's property. The ascent pant is an excellent pant that is moisture wicking, very breathable, and moves with you. I have been nothing but impressed with this product.
I was fortunate enough to pick up a pair of these while at the NRA show in Houston this year (being involved in the GORE Hunting Tech/Mountain Tech program has it's perks at times). I've been putting a solid butt kicking on them ever since. I have owned and used heavily, every other soft-shelled pant in the Sitka lineup, but never had never used the Ascent pant. My first impression was of the "slim fit", of which I had reservations on (I'm a "stocky" guy with thick quads; but once I moved around in them; any reservations went away (if you are paying hard earned cash for bomb-proof gear; but are hung up on fashion appeal...go elsewhere. But "function" outperforms "form" every time). These pants are just down right comfortable! There is no restriction of movement whatsoever. I took a trip this past June to the Island of Kauai; which gave the perfect warm-weather testing ground. They performed admirably at moving moisture away and letting air in...but a garment can only do so much in 90 degree heat, with 90%+ humidity. Even so I was very pleased with their performance. Wearing them while hiking on technical terrain, they shine like the sun. I could definitely see rock climbing while in these pants. While scouting this season, I've done a lot of "brush busting" (N ID can be very thick)and finally managed to poke a very tiny hole, down near the calf area. I knew that it would tear once I was snagged, it was a pretty gnarly thorn bush. This is something that I've never been able to do in any of the of the other Sitka Soft shells...but even so, for as lightweight as they are, they are pretty bombproof. If you want a lightweight, 4 way stretch garment that's super breathable; there has to be a trade off somewhere. But like I said; for what I've put these pants through on a weekly basis for the past three months or so; I've been very impressed. If you were to own one pair of pant to wear from spring through summer and into fall; these would be it. Just layer accordingly. Luke J.
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