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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 4.6 out of 5 by 61 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Not Perfect The Style and Color select is Good but not satisfied with how small the size runs and with the Velcro Straps on the sleeves. April 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Excellent jacket I I'm satisfied with the jacket that I purchase from Columbia Sportswear and wood recommend to others. April 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product Perfect fit for a layer or by itself, well made and versatile, looks crisp and new every time April 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Employee Jacket Purchase Love this jacket...we purchased them for all of our employees and are having our logo embroidered on them. They are great! April 4, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Tall collar the collar is way taller and makes the jacket looks a bit awkward. April 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Jacket This Jacket is Awesome - also I was able to go online and order it with no trouble what so ever - a few days later it showed up - and Yes ! I will be buying all my jackets from Columbia ... for my entire family as well - thanks March 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Basic Black Jacket/Men Black is the new black. I love everything about this jacket... The zipper pockets, adjustable waist & sleeves, all black. It's waterproof & goes with everything... Casual & dressy at the same time. Love it! February 19, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by All good besides the sleves I had a comparable jacket of Columbia for years and it was my favorite. Somehow I lost it last year so I replaced it this year with what looked to be the same. 90% of the jacket is the same but now the arms are fleece lined and I HATE that feature. It grabs on any long sleeve shirt you are wearing when you put the coat on and the static when you take it off could power a small village. Bums me out every day as it is still the coat I'm going to wear 80% of the time but the sleeves drive me nuts. Don't really like the adjustable closures at the sleeve ends either but I'll just have to toughen up I guess. February 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very nice Nice quality fits awesome i love it I recommend it February 7, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Sleeve too baggy It wasn't as warm as I had hoped. I have an Omni-shield Columbia that I thought would be similar to the Ascender but the sleeve were too baggy for me and lined with a fleece material that made it hard to take on and off without messing up your shirt sleeves. No pockets on the inside either. February 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by very versatile coat Overall it's a great coat! It is absolutely windproof! The only thing is that it's pretty thin. That may be good so it can be stuffed in a bag easily, but I think I would have appreciated more thickness for Pittsburgh winters. It's a little snug around the armpits (that may be due to my regular gym attendance) but otherwise looks and fits great. An inner pocket would be nice too! January 31, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great quality and fitting jacket The jacket's quality and fit are excellent. Wore the jacket during the recent blizzard that hit the northeastern part of the country; the water repellent features far exceeded my expectations and kept me dry during extended snow shoveling/blowing activities. I was, however, a little disappointed in its ability to be as wind proof as it was water proof, particularly in the arm areas. Overal a very nice jacket. January 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Jacket Love this Jacket...very comfortable and keeps you warm even in 20* weather January 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all season jacket Great jacket. Could be a little longer but that's my only complaint. January 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by just what i expected feels just right, feels like you get what you expected for. however, medium size is too big - i'm a man, i used to wear a women softshel size L, and i figured M whould be good - but it was way too big so i returned it and get the small instead - and that's just perfect. January 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Jacket This jacket is warm and comfortable. It is durable and well made. I like that the sleeves are adjustable on the end. I wish it had interior pockets but I can do without that. Excellent Columbia quality January 9, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice jacket Jacket does have snug fit but not tight. Good quality to it and comfortable. Looks nice enough to wear out on date and tough enough to wear out in the field. January 5, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gift for son Purchased this jacket as a Christmas gift for my son. He loves it! He is 6'3", 200lb-- bought the XL and he is very happy with the fit. He likes to layer, so this works well as a light weight layer on top to keep him warm and dry. Great resisting the wind. December 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great soft shell jacket It's one of my best choices ever done through online shopping. It's warm and serves the purpose. However, I wish that there was a similar colour with a hoodie. Great item December 16, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by this product as great style I love Columbia prouducts December 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good Soft Shell, Minor Issues Bought this jacket for the shoulder seasons. Have used it for about three weeks and it functions as expected. No real cold weather yet this season, so can't evaluate against that yet. Materials and workmanship are excellent. I have two minor issues. First, I would prefer the jacket were just a little shorter in vertical length. An inch or two shorter and it would sit below the waist instead of at the hips. That may not be a problem for taller guys though. Second, for the love of all that is sacred, include an inside pocket!! How hard is that? The outside pocket is fine, but does not work for multiple items (i.e. phone and wallet). Better yet, TWO inside pockets. December 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Fall to early winter product This jacket is stylish and definitely water resistant. The jacket can handle temps down to 40F but anything lower than that you will need some heavy base layers or a thicker jacket. December 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Jacket I needed a water resistant jacket and this fits the bill perfectly. Its not so light that it can't be worn in cooler weather, and not so heavy that it is only good when really cold. It seems really well made, very sturdy seams and great zippers. I wish it had a pocket inside the jacket like a suit jacket, but I can live without it. December 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great all-around jacket I just got my jacket yesterday. Here are my initial thoughts. First, the sleeves will pull against a long-sleeved shirt. No big deal. I am always between a XL and XXL. Since I might be wearing a sweater underneath I went with the XXL and it's not too large so if buying online I would go a size up. Pockets are deep, even the breast pocket for a smart phone. You could CCW in the side pockets without issue. The sewing on the seams is excellent. I could see me wearing this in any climate above 10 degrees. Seems very warm. I also like the way the sleeve ends are adjustable. I also love the collar for neck protection. Overall this is a well made, comfortable jacket for the price, and I got it at Cabelas on Cyber Monday for $52.99. And with everyone wearing North Face attire it's nice to go against the status quo. Can't beat this jacket for the money. Would highly recommend. December 2, 2015
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 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
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
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit top
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit top
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit top
mens relaxed fit bottom
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
Mens size chart measurement guide
  • 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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