Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell — Tall
This rain and stain barrier resists light rain and stains, keeping you clean and protected. Omni-Shield delivers protection from the outdoors where you least expect it but need it most.
- Water/wind resistant bonded softshell
- Drawcord adjustable hem
- Zip-closed hand pockets
- Center back length: 28.5”
- Fabric: 100% polyester softshell. Lining: 100% polyester tricot
Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell — Tall 4.2 5 31 31
Ascender II Softshell - Lightweight Jacket for 40+ degrees Purchased this jacket as my previous Columbia Soft Shell was ragged and worn.Pros: This is a versatile jacket for the 40+ degree days.Cons: I find the jacket runs smaller than previously owned Columbia jackets, the sleeves are narrow. forcing you to reach into the sleeve and pull your shirt sleeve down if wearing a long sleeve shirt. Its not overly windproof, as it lacks a storm flap behind the zipper, allowing wind to penetrate the zipper.The white thread stitching for Columbia on the left breast and Omni-Shield on the left cuff is a bit bold, Grey thread would be better suited for a black jacket.In Summary, its a great looking jacket that can be dressed up or dressed down. If it were wind proof, it would be a much better three season jacket. The fit is slim, I'm 6'4", 250lbs and I wear an XL Tall. My forearm is 13" around at my elbow, and the sleeve is snug. April 17, 2013
so disappointed- not really a TALL I bought the tusk color LT jacket for my son that is 6'4". He was happy when he saw the color and style. He was so disappointed it is short. It fits him well in the chest and sleeves- but even though I ordered a Tall- it isn't long enough for a 27 year old guy that wants a nice soft shell to wear out during the winter. Back it goes. January 28, 2013
Fit has changed - for the worse I loved my old Ascender softshell and have used it everywhere - on the Coast to Coast, down the pub, day trips in France and Italy. The new one seems a very different shape: much tighter in the arms and shoulders, the arms much longer, and the inner fabric binds badly on whatever shirt I am wearing under it. All in all it makes it very difficult to get the jacket on, and the arms are often twisted and uncomfortable. Such a shame. January 8, 2013
Great fit Great fit overall, could stand to be just a tad longer in the waist. January 3, 2013
Simpley the Best better then all the rest!! Jacket is comfortable light in weight and does not crump up when bending over and stlyish love it and so does everyone else who has seen this product on me. I will continue to shop for jackets only from columbia wind breakers to warm winter clothes OFF THE HOOK COLUMBIA!!! January 2, 2013
Love that you offer Tall sizes! I had just about given up on getting my 6 foot 4 inch son a Columbia jacket, but checked the Columbia web site and they offer Tall sizes. He loves it and it is actually long enough! December 26, 2012
Pretty good, not the best First off, I'm giving a 3 out of 5 because of what I assume is either a manufacturing or design defect, as described below. Otherwise, the shell is pretty good.PROSLength and sleeves are perfect for me. I'm 6'3 and change, 190-195 lbs, slightly longer than average torso. Sleeve length and shell length is great. The chest area, shoulder area, and sleeves are well fitted. However, the lower torso area is a bit baggy/boxy. I didn't expect it to be slim fit, but I wish it was slightly more fitted. Otherwise, it's sized well for taller people.Material-wise, it lives up to expectations. Wind and water resistant, warm, seems well constructed as of now.I purchased the shell in Surplus Green. The color is different than what is shown on the website. It is not as dark as shown on this website. Luckily for me, I prefer the actual, lighter/brighter green. Check amazon for a more accurate picture of the color.CONSI have at least a dozen articles of clothings/shoes/jackets from Columbia so I have relatively high expectation of their product. So, if it seems like I'm being nit-picky, it's not because I'm being a jerk but because I am a big fan of their products.I think there are at least 2 major flaws with this shell. First, the sleeves are adjustable with velcro straps. The velcro straps are tapered at the end with the velcro ending about 1/2 an inch from the ends. Since the straps don't completely attach to the velcro, the edge of the strap sticks up and constantly gets caught on things and unattaches. This design seems to be only on the softshell. I have a raincoat, fleece, and other outerwear that have squared edges that never have had this problem.The second problem is at the front of the collar, where the zipper is located when you completely zip up the jacket. The right collar has an extra flap (likely to reinforce the area where the zipper is) that I believe is either likely a manufacturing defect (possibly a design defect). The flap on my shell is not completely sewn to the shell itself so there is a 6 inch flap of material running parallel to the right zipper keeps inverting and flipping out.So, when the flap is in its proper place, the flap is in the inside of the jacket. However, since the flap is not sewn at all to the jacket, it constantly flips out from the inside of the jacket preventing me from zipping up my jacket. Yea, I know, first world problems, but it is very annoying and unsightly.As a result, I think my shell deserves a 3 out of 5. If my shell did not have the flap issue, and in consideration of the boxy lower torso area and sleeves, I would have given it a 4 out of 5. December 20, 2012
Great fit and warm I would consider this a good light weight but warm jacket. Great fit (LT) and I'm 6'0 .. Highly recommend .. true sizing December 7, 2012
Simply amazing - a "guy" review This coat/jacket is simply amazing. The fit is perfect on the LT for a taller guy that is not very large. This is for the guy that wants a nice jacket that "fits" right, great quality and still gives a slender look. I always have an issue (all tall guys have experienced) where the jacket is long enough but to big/bulky because they it was both BIG and TALL. The LT size gets the tall fit PERFECT - but leaves a lot of the unnecessary BIG out of the equation.This is my most highly recommended jacket - I spent many hours finding the right one. December 4, 2012
JACKET RUNS SMALL I BOUGHT A 4XLT JACKET BECAUSE I'M 6'5 AND 340 LBS. THE JACKET FIT AROUND MY SHOULDERS AND MID SECTION FINE, BUT WAS REALLY SHORT FOR BEING A "TALL"WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN THE LENGTH, BUT WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE NEXT SIZE UP IF AVAILABLE, BUT THEY STOP AT THE 4XLT.I ENDED UP RETURNING THE JACKET BECAUSE THAT WAS A LOT OF MONEY TO NOT BE COMPLETELY SATISFIED WITH THE PRODUCT. November 29, 2012
Nice jacket but very short I bought this jacket a few days ago after spending some time looking for a softshell jacket that would fit as i have a long torso. When I ordered the jacket I bought a size larger and I ordered the tall version, when the jacket arrived I tried it on and was very disappointed to see how short it was. I had looked at similar jackets in other brands that were not available with a "tall" distinction and this jacket seems to fit about the same. I have several columbia button up shirts and several inches hang out below the jacket which is a size larger. I am seriously disappointed, I will most likely be returning this jacket.On the plus side it has great construction, is very warm and has several roomy pockets for storage. It would be the perfect jacket for cold fall days or light winter days in north Texas. November 16, 2012
Runs small to size Ordered an Ascender II in 3XT. It was distinctly smaller than any other 3XT I have ever ordered from anyone. It is an excellent jacket, just not sized accurately. November 15, 2012
Love this jacket I'm a big guy so I'm usually cautious buying clothing online because it is hard to find clothing in Tall sizes that fit well. This coat has wonderful and fits me perfectly. I'm a fan of Columbia and this jacket. Thanks October 17, 2012
Men's Ascender II Softshell Excellent product, priced right, fast service...thanks! October 4, 2012
Customer Service We recently purchased 24 of the Men's Ascender Softshell jacket and wanted them to be the identical shade of Tusk. The website had two different shades between regular and tall. We really liked the sample jacket we had purchased so I contacted customer service and Linda helped me. She assured me that all of our jackets would be identical in color and was great to work with. Our jackets arrived and all 24 are IDENTICAL in color and the quality is great.We would definitely buy from them again. June 4, 2012
Under Sized and Miss Proportioned I've worn Columbia jackets for over twenty years. They no longer make my favorite Falmouth jacket so I decided to try the Ascender II as it appeared to be "similar" in purpose to my old Falmouth. It is way too small and the sleeves on my "tall" XL are way too short. I also don't care for the material and general look of the Ascender II. I will be returning the jacket. I don't know what else to buy from Columbia so I will begin searching out other clothing lines until they bring back something similar to the Falmouth. February 11, 2012
Lightweight but warm - Tall Sizes actually fit. So often tall sizes just don't fit right.This jacket is awesome!!! Lightweight but very warm. No wind coming through. The fit is great, sleeves plenty long enough. Think I just found my favorite jacket. January 30, 2012
Andy Have looked at this product for many years. Never able to find it a available off the rack in any store. Needed a big and tall size. Purchased online, have absolutely loved the coat. Far exceed my expectations! January 17, 2012
Best Jacket I've Ever Owned, Bar-None. As a 6'4", 195 lb lanky giant, I have trouble finding clothes that fit. This jacket came pretty close. I bought the large tall. The sleeves and length were just right to fit my stretched frame, while the chest wasn't TOO baggy, just a little more room than i'd like. The jacket keeps you comfortably warm in a huge range of temperatures, something I find to be incredible. I wore this jacket running in the cold of a Pennsylvania winter in the single digits of temperature not to mention the wind, and on chilly Texas nights at 45 degrees. Blocks wind, wicks away moisture, and looks great while doing it all. I could not recommend this jacket enough. It has literally made me a lifetime customer of Columbia. January 12, 2012
This product has the length we were looking for. Love the style, fit and length of this Columbia XL Tall jacket.My son who is 21 is tall and it is very difficult to find stylish things in his size. I was hoping to find a selection of Tall sized jackets at the Columbia Outlet store in our area, but no luck (as usual) So I chose a few styles I liked & went to the website & ordered 1 in XL Tall from the styles we chose at the store. Really have to go to the extra lengths (unexpected pun) to find things in his size. Plus because I had to buy online at Columbia instead of the outlet store I had to pay 2x the amount of the jackets at the outlet to get what I wanted. January 7, 2012
Wonderful Jacket Great jacket! This jacket is casual, but looks very "finished" when paired with either jeans or khakis. My husband thought it would be a little warmer based on reviews, but still loves it. Love that Columbia website had big AND tall! Very fast shipping. January 3, 2012
Totally Pleased--- We were unable to find the size "Men's Ascender II Softshell - Tall Jacket" we needed anywhere and after several weeks of shopping we contacted "COLUMBIA" and they not only had the size we were looking for, they offered to send it to us over night delivery just in time for Christmas.AND IT FIT PERFECTALLY-----------HE REALLY LIKES IT!!!"THANK YOU---THANK YOU --COLUMBIA--SPORTSWEAR"!!! December 31, 2011
Choose this one. Excellent purchase. Do not look farther. A must have item. December 30, 2011
Does not seem tall We originally ordered an XLT in the Ascender that was in the outlet. The length was good, but it was too wide. The LT in that model was out of stock at the clearance price. So we decided to order this edition in the LT. So disappointed in this one!! It does not seem to be cut as a tall size whatsoever. Now, I will have to mail a return again and not sure I will try another product in tall or not. December 30, 2011
Great gift for the hubby! It is a very sharp looking jacket and my husband loves it. It's very versatile in that it can be worn casually but looks much nicer than a fleece. He is really happy with the quality and fit and recommends it highly. December 30, 2011
Ascender softshell is top rate The Ascender Softshell is easy to move in yet very warm. It is not bulky at all. Wind and rain are kept out but the fabric still breathes. A great product. December 28, 2011
Very nice! I bought this coat as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend. He is a very tall, thick man. Most coats, jackets and shirts are hard to purchase for him because he is so tall. Finding something that fits both overall length and arm length is difficult. This coat fit him perfect in both areas. It was very true to the size and he loves it. He is able to wear it with his thick sweaters and still have it fit perfect. I am very happy with it. December 28, 2011
Ascender II Jacket is great! Purchased the Ascender II soft shell jacket for my husband for Christmas and he is very pleased! I have to order from the big and tall department and he is always worried that the product will not be tall enough to suit him. The Ascender II jacket is very true to size! I haven't been this pleased about an online purchase in years! Columbia is awesome! December 18, 2011
This product is great for changing weather! I bought the Men's Ascender II Softshell - Tall for my boyfriend. He is a large man and needed the tall size. We live in Michigan where the climate and conditions of the weather change from day to day, sometimes hour to hour. He is always on the go and wanted something he could move with ease in, yet offer protection from the elements. This jacket offered everything that he needed!Margaret, MI December 5, 2011
Big Mans Ascender II Fits great and is everything I expected. Thanks Columbia for making the Big Sizes. Swede November 28, 2011
Perfect Men's Ascender II softshell is phenomenal! Extremely comfortable, very warm, perfection! I've had other top brand softshell jackets but none compare to this one. September 22, 2011
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- Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder to the elbow and down to the the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
- Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
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