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Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket


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$69.99 $115.00
Style# 1556531
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Uses: Trail, Travel
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product Fits Slightly Small | Fit Modern Classic

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Style# 1556531
Uses Trail, Travel


Rugged, warm, durable—and yet decidedly presentable, this wind- and water-resistant softshell jacket is a versatile, all-season piece with an impeccable fit built to keep you protected in milder weather and layer under shells and jackets for bonus warmth in more severe conditions.

  • Bonded softshell
  • Water/wind resistant
  • Abrasion resistant chin guard
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Modern Classic Fit
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Center back length: 27.5"
  • Imported

  • 100% polyester Contour Softshell
Water and Stain Repellent

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 37 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Jacket I have ever Owned Resilient, comfortable and very well manufactured. What I especially like are the sizes of the pockets. More specifically, the volume is large, but the directional placements of these pockets mean that when full they fall into a placement that is very comfortable and promotes movement. Within several days of owning this jacket, a steady downpour occurred during an office excursion to lunch. It kept me very warm and the moisture did not penetrate the shell- very happy. Other things I may say- it runs on the small side in terms of shoulder and armpits. An XL fits comfortably, however, the arm length and waist length is longer than I would like it to be. November 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great jacket. Soft, warm. I got this jacket at my college (BC) bookstore. It blocks 99% of the windchill while out and about in the Boston winter, especially with the waist cinchcord. I wear it everywhere: it's sporty, casual, and even dressy due to the nice Boston College embroidery (embroidered version not for sale on this site). Also MUCH SOFTER than my North Face soft shell, in terms of both the fleece lining and the feel of the fabric. November 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ideal for wind, wet and style My son bought the jacket a year ago only to have it stolen. He loved its style and function. Over the year he looked at other jackets but none met the standards of the original jacket. We bought this one, almost identical to the first and he is very happy to wear it again while walking between classes on campus. November 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Soft shell jacket This product is a very practical jacket for most conditions. It is Warm,and is wind and water resistant. October 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ascender Softshell Jacket The large jacket fits me comfortably as have other Columbia large jackets that I have purchased previously. The jacket is well constructed and sheds water as touted. Keeps you warm but doesn't overheat you in milder weather. October 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Jacket! I bought this for my boyfriend and he loves it! He had a fleece jacket before, but those always get really gross looking. I decided to buy this for him instead and it worked out perfectly. It keeps him warm in the spring and fall, and the color and fit are very nice. October 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Jacket I have ever owned! This Jacket is great! It's everything you need waterproof, wind proof, and comfortable. October 7, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great jacket for fall, but... This is a very well made, wind and rain resistant jacket. Fit is excellent and sizing is spot on. LOVE the Omni-Shield outer fabric. My only problem is the fact that the fleece lining all the way through the jacket is even in the sleeves; no taffeta or anything to help your long sleeved shirts slide in and out easily. I find myself wrestling around when I put the jacket on to un-bunch my shirts sleeves from under the jacket. Otherwise, this is an excellent jacket. October 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fit my needs Very comfortable and just right for the transitional weather. April 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect weight jacket This is the most comfortable jacket in this category I have ever worn. For those breezy evenings when you still want to be outside...perfect. Not too warm, but more than just a shell...this is a perfect item. April 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Coat I have had several Columbia coats over the years and I am certain this one will be my favorite. It fits perfect and the weight of the coat is just right. I will be able to wear this coat fall, winter and spring. The chest zippered pocket is just the right size and easily fits my smartphone or my wallet. April 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by A little long for me The coat is warm but it's longer on the waist. Otherwise, it's a great coat March 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Nice product, love the way it fits and how it keeps you warm. It also has a stylish look March 23, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice My nephew is really happy with the jacket! He loves it. March 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great lightweight jacket This a great light weight jacket but very warm and blocks the wind. I hate wearing a big jacket and this was just rightnfor the cold temps. March 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice jacket for cool days and active persuits I'm 5'-9" and 145 lbs and purchased the medium size jacket. It's just a pinch big on me, but still a good fit. With the current cold winter, I had to wait into the spring for enough of a warmup to try out the jacket. I've been wearing it on walks/hikes in 40 - 50 F range and have been very comfortable with no additional layers. It's a warmer jacket than you think based on its weight. I also like the length about halfway down your tush. It also has a nice clean modern look. Definitely a good buy for the price. March 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by great purchase!! i bought this as a birthday gift for my son. i was pleasantly surprised at how warm it is. he had to purposely test out the waterproofing of it and it passed. the water beaded up and ran off the jacket. February 26, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Replacement I ordered this to replace a previous Columbia Soft Shell jacket which I had put through the paces and was due for replacement. Jacket was just what I was looking for and matches up good with the description/photo. I may have previously had a different "fit" jacket, which could be why it feels larger then expected. February 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wery good product Good jasked and quality February 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Soft Shell Jacket Good price, fit well, very nice January 29, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Runs Small I purchased this jacket along with several others because Columbia is one of the few companies that sell winter coats in a size 38 sleeve. I bought several options online to try each on. This one runs significantly smaller than the Fast Trek Fleece and is probably a 36/37 sleeve length. Definitely be careful about Columbia's return policy as it is a moving target. The invoices do not specify the return date and it changes online from 30 to 60 from the date of purchase, not the date of receipt by the customer. Buyer beware. January 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great jacket! This is a great jacket for almost anything. Very warm for its weight. Very pleased with my purchase! January 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very comfortable We purchased this jacket for my son who is a college student. When he received it, he wore it all day. Never took it off. Very comfortable. Great chest pocket where the cell phone fits easily. Great purchase. January 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fit and Color Purchased this jacket to wear with my work uniform. The Buffalo color matches my brown work pants pretty well. Looks great in casual attire (jeans and khakis) as well. As I'm 6 feet tall and broad shouldered, I'd prefer to have a 3XL. However, the 2XL fit seems just about perfect for uniform wear. My only complaint about the fit, other than the lack of a 3XL, is the sleeves. The length is fine, but they seem tight. I don't have Popeye'esque forearms or overly large biceps, but Columbia Softshell jackets always seem to have tighter sleeves than other brands. It's not uncomfortable, but doesn't leave a lot of room for other layers. December 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by What an exceptional product! A friend of mine has been wearing a Northface Softshell for years. After inspecting his jacket, I decided to own one myself. I ran across Columbia's softshell and decided to purchase theirs due to be being on sale. Columbia has always been a brand of quality. I knew that I would receive a product made just as well as my friend's jacket. I have a 40 chest and found the large to fit my shoulder width perfect. I did notice that the jacket fits a little "relaxed" in the arms and torso (but body types vary: I have an athletic build). After a side by side inspection with the Northface jacket, I noticed that their jacket fits a little small to size. In my opinion the Columbia jacket it better. It allows me to freely move while hiking, hunting, and camp tasks without feeling restricted or "bunching up". The quality of materials and stitching are superb and of the same quality (or better) than Northface. For the sale price, this jacket was a steal! I am very happy with my purchase! I wouldn't hesitate to make this purchase again. My friend now covets my jacket. December 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fits well well and looks great This is my favorite soft shell jacket. The fit and style are excellent. I like the handwarmer and chest pockets because they are lined with soft fabric, and the cuff adjustments are also a nice feature. December 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Size? I read other reviews that said this jacket runs small and that the sleeves are short. I ordered a medium thinking it would fit me well. After some debate I ended up exchanging it at a store for a small which fits nicer and looks cleaner. I don't recall the last time i have ever worn a small. I suggest trying one on before you make your purchase. Also, before exchanging the product i tested out the medium on a night where it was about 30 degrees(to pick out a Christmas tree), and quickly learned this coat was not for this type of weather. I decided I wouldn't be wearing a sweatshirt underneath and opted to get the small and keep this for milder spring and fall weather. Other than figuring out the size the jacket is great. December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all-round Jacket I work in a business casual environment, so this is great to wear to work when the temps are above freezing. I am also outside a great deal in the fall and spring. So far, this jacket has met the challenges of the midwest, heavy wind, mist, and wintery mix. December 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent value I purchased this jacket for several of our salesmen and had it branded with our company logo. The jacket looks great on all of them, and fits true to size. It's a great weight for moderate winters. I would definitely recommend it to others. December 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great casual/dressy jacket I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and he is very tall. Most jackets come down awkwardly short. This one fit perfectly! December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Professional look, Great versatility! When it comes to my job I'm required to work in any weather conditions and still maintain a professional look with khakis and a polo. This is my absolute favorite jacket that works with my entire wardrobe and I can easily layer clothing underneath when it gets a bit colder and still look good. When it's wet and raining the water just beads right off of the material its great! The adjustable cuffs work great at preventing wind from getting into your sleeves as do the adjustable waste drawcord. I normally wear a medium size shirt and I found that the medium was a bit too small and wasn't long enough for my upper torso, so I opted for the large and it was a perfect fit. I like pairing this with the utilizer polo shirt, ultimate ROC pants, and the Newton Ridge plus hiking boots. I couldn't recommend these products any more than I already do. November 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by More than I expected WOW! this is my first Columbia product and I am very pleased with the fit, style, quality and comfort. It's now my new favorite jacket. November 26, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Landscaper Approved With my job as a landscape designer I am sometimes braving harsh conditions such as rain, sleet and wind. My Ascender jacket allows me to complete my job without worrying about the conditions while still looking professional to potential and current customers. November 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by stlye plus warmth I bought this for my boyfriend because he wanted something warm but stylish. He also wanted the warmth of something like a peacoat without the bulk and this fits the bill perfectly. The sleeves run a little short but not so much as to be a bother. November 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome jacket I wore the jacket the other morning were it was a little chilly and it warmed me up. Nice light weight jacket and worth the money October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it! I really love this product. It is very versatile and I can wear it all the time. It was slightly small in the waist area, other than that it was true to size. September 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great jacket for great price. A comfortable jacket that I wear almost every day through fall, winter and spring. With only a couple of layers underneath it keeps the heat in on cold days. It sheds water nicely so I wear it in moderate rainfall. October 22, 2015
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Modern Classic
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size
Neck 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
Waist 26-29 29-32 32-35 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 32-34 35-37 38-40 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
Pant Size
Neck 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
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.
  • 6. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

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 60 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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