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Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell — Tall

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WT6645
$49.90 $130.00
Style# 1412723
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The perfect compromise between blizzard in the forecast and first chill of fall, this multi-functional softshell works hard and plays even harder.


Construction:
  • Water/wind resistant bonded softshell
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Zip-closed hand pockets
  • Center back length: 28.5”
  • Imported


Fabric:
  • Fabric: 100% polyester softshell. Lining: 100% polyester tricot
Omni-Shield™
Water and Stain Repellent

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Reviews

Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell — Tall 4.3 5 49 49
Great fit for Tall Man My Ascender II in the XL Tall is a wonderful fit for me. I am a lanky 6'8" at 200 pounds. A lot of jackets that are classified as tall always end up being too short in the sleeve. Not so with the Ascender II, the sleeve comes all the way to the base of my thumb even in the elbow bent position. This is one of the best fitting jackets I have ever had!! March 26, 2014
Great Material Love the overall style and outer material. Very good in wind and rain. Size: Bought XLT although I'm a LT. Sleeve length is super good. Overall fit good. Jacket is a touch short, not an issue. Color is great, NAVY. March 24, 2014
such warmth, much quality this jacket is excellent. perfect thickness, exquisite fit and a great selection of colors. my one and only complaint is regarding the breast pocket, which is far too small to be useful. hats off to Columbia for offering the large tall option unlike the competition. March 11, 2014
XLT....Great! My husband is a big guy, 6'8"....we were struggling finding him a coat that fit in the arms and was long enough in the waist without getting bunchy and too big in the midsection. Took a chance on the XLT and it's a great fit. He likes the cut and comfort and because his job requires him to work in professional settings but also push snow, this fits both functions! Was such a great purchase! March 6, 2014
Arm Sleeeves A Little Tight I really enjoyed the quality of this jacket. The function was good. The fit was good, except I am a slender person for 6'8" at 240lbs. and the sleeves felt a little tight even for me. I cannot imagine that these sleeves would fit an individual who has a heavier bone structure or heavier muscular build in the arms. February 21, 2014
Great Jacket It was everything I expected. I ordered 2 jackets in Large tall. One was for a 6'3" guy and the other was for a 6'2 guy. They jackets fit great. No compliants here. February 10, 2014
I'm a big fan, but... I have purchased three Columbia jackets over the years, two fleece and this Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell — Tall about a month ago. The quality is so inconsistent until it's concerning. Both fleece jackets are coming apart at the collar seem (admittedly, one is old but the other is less than a year) and this new jacket, which is a full size larger then I usually get, but stills feels snug and short for a "Big and Tall" size. Maybe you are shifting manufacturers to get a better handle on costs - if that's the case, I get it. But you should never compromise quality. C'mon Columbia! I'll stick with you because there are not many options out there for me in my size, but this is frustrating. February 4, 2014
Men’s Ascender II nice coat wrong color little disappointing very nice otherwise January 3, 2014
Love them We were not sure of size for my son-in-law so we got a Large Tall and an EXLarge tall. The large worked great for him and was beyond what we were thinking we would get. As would have it the XL fit me so we will not be returning one. We both were very happy with the fit and quality of the jackets. The material is very soft and weave is tight and makes the jacket windproof. I will be getting my son one soon for his birthday. Everyone loves the look. December 28, 2013
Great Jacket This jacket in a large tall is a perfect fit my 6'3" 195 lb son. He wears a 16 1/2 slim 36/37 dress shirt and the fit of this jacket in LT is spot on. Finding a jacket with sleeves long enough to fit comfortably is always a challenge and this one works. December 26, 2013
Ascender II softshell The quality of this jacket is great. True to size and it's easy to see that it is well made. To me the only draw back of this jacket is that the entire inside is fleece. I purchased this jacket to wear with casual business attire and the fleece causes the sleeves of my dress shirts to bunch up when sliding my arms in. Other than that it's great. December 21, 2013
Nice coat drizzle proof warm and comfy for the mild Seattle weather. Nice fit December 16, 2013
Water water but not on me The first night I wore my jacket was Halloween, it rained the entire time. I stayed dry and warm after 2.5 hours in the rain. I love it!!! Feels much nicer than my north face jacket. November 15, 2013
Great Jacket. Tall sizes are great. I decided to get this jacket for my husband's birthday gift, because he has long arms (36/37 sleeve). It fit him great! Jacket sleeves are always too short for him, and this sleeve is the perfect length. I got him a L Tall. It's a pricey jacket, but also high quality. And, finding a nice jacket that fits him is worth the extra $. October 22, 2013
Great multi-purpose jacket! Both the style and quality of this jacket are fantastic! I had read other reviews previously saying that it fits a little small, and that's true, particularly in the sleeves. But I'm very happy with my purchase! October 17, 2013
A great jacket! This was a gift to my son who is 6'6" so the tall large was a perfect fit. It has been difficult to find the right length and width for him. As he is tall and lanckey, tall, large was perfect. This jacket is better insulated than his old one, so he is looking forward to using it. October 9, 2013
Perfect Fall-Winter Jacket I was looking for a lightweight warm jacket for a long time and this is exactly what I was wanting. I tried on a similar North Face jacket that was a large, but it fit horribly so I risked ordering the LT from Columbia and couldn't be happier. I am 6'2 200 pounds and the jacket fit great; fits maybe slightly big, but the length past my waist is perfect and isn't baggy. It is even water repellent which I love. Wore it for an entire day of sightseeing in Nuremberg, Germany while there was a light rain and was perfectly dry when I took the jacket off. Very functionally, not to mention it looks good. Would highly recommend this jacket. October 5, 2013
Good product, consider sizing up. As others have mentioned, this product runs small. After reading the reviews, I got the impression that it would run a little short in the body, which was OK as most LT's typically run a bit long for me, but it was also tight in the chest. It is noticeably smaller than my LT Columbia fleece. This jacket is designed to be more form fitting, but consider buying a size bigger as it is still outerwear. I exchanged it for an XLT and from there am happy with the product. July 31, 2013
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. PROS Length 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. CONS I 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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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Men's Fit Guide

Performance
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Performance
Active
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Active
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Modern Classic
Relaxed
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Relaxed

Men's Body Measurement (Inches)

Tops XS S M L XL XXL
NECK 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
Waist 27-29 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-42 43-46
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 47-49
Chest Size 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
Tops L XL XXL
NECK 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Waist 36-38 39-42 43-46
Hips 41-43 44-46 47-49
Chest Size 42-45 46-49 50-53

How to Measure

  • 1. Neck: Measure at the base or thickest part of your neck.
  • 2. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 3. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 4. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.

How to Measure

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

Shipping Method Rate Expected Delivery Time
UPS Ground $6.00 3-7 Business Days
UPS 2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
UPS Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
Free Standard Shipping

Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 30 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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