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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 True to Size | 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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Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 90.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket Fits perfectly! Is the perfect intermediate jacket for wind rain etc....
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then expected! This is the first soft shell jacket I've purchased and chose Columbia over another competitor due to the flexibility of the jacket and overall comfort. The competitors felt more restrictive and felt like it weighed more. This is a fantastic jacket that I feel can be worn from a day hike to business casual. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a jacket for all purposes and believes in comfort and quality.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multi purpose jacket Flexible shell makes this usable for high movement activities. Lighter weight and more comfortable than previous soft shells I have owned. Great balance of protection and comfort. My first one had defective sewing inside one pocket that Columbia promptly replaced.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The jacket is absolutely amazing, the quality is just top notch, the fabrics and the stiching are perfect, although my size fits a bit larger, it's still very comfortable
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Everyday Jacket! I bought the jacket because I am going to be moving to Ohio soon and needed something that would keep me warm, but wasn't to overbearing. This jacket is just that! I currently live in California and wear this as my everyday jacket. The soft-shelled outer material doesn't catch on anything, so wearing a backpacks with it is very comfortable. The look is also very professional - it looks great with a dress shirt ( and even tie). However, taking the jacket off can be cumbersome at times due to the tugging of the inner material (not really a big issue though, when compared to the pros). Overall, I love this jacket and would recommend to anyone looking for a comfortable, professional looking jacket that'll also keep you warm.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great softcell jacket This is my second Softcell that have bought and Omni shield inside add extra heat and keeps my body warm. Great windbreaker and waterproof. And I wear daily to work and going out Looks good and I get Alot complemets. Bought me wife one and my daughter
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Gave this to my husband as a gift. He LOVES it! I need to get him a couple in different colors! The weather is a bit crazy here in Colorado, this helps with the wind, cold and the few times it rains. He really likes the fabric it is made from.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jacket Great light-weight jacket for a rainy spring.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this jacket I love this jacket. I had one very similar for several years and got tons of where out of it. This has been my year round jacket. I live in central PA where it gets pretty cold. This jacket is very warm for as light as it is and has no bulk. (I hate big coats that are really bulky). If its really cold I will where a hooded sweatshirt under it. Anyway my old one was showing signs of wear so I bought this one for work, going out etc... and the old one will now be used for play.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Daily Jacket Wear this as my daily jacket to work with a dress shirt. It's a little tight on the sleeves wearing a dress shirt, but hopeful it will loosen up a bit after some wear.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value for the money I have had this jacket for about a year and have used it as an inner for my ski jacket when the temperature is below -10C. It puts up to normal wear and tear without any issue including sloppy ice cream eating - so no staining so far. It is warm on its own to around 0C as long as you have a long sleeved shirt. I would like to see a chest pocket on both sides not just on one and a key chain holder in one of the front pockets.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great functional jacket Good for everyday use in spring and fall. Could use an internal passage between media pocket on front and inside for cord management. If adding this, make sure it is big enough for new ear phones with lightning connector.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up I bought another one, I really like it!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! My bf is super skinny but has a long torso and arms so I have to get him a size large! It fits him perfectly and doesnt look too big or baggy on him. He works outside and it shield off rain and keeps him warm.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expectations Met Although I have not been able to test the jacket in the rain, I am pleased with my purchase thus far.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stylish and Fits well Bought this for my husband. He loves it. He is 5'7 and 150lbs. The medium fits him perfectly.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and warm Comfortable and warm
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product all around! Comfortable and durable. Repels the rain and weather very well. Excellent product! I would definetly recommend this product to a friend.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Movement for days Great coat, very functional and provides the ability to move with ease.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great jacket I saw one of these on a friend and asked him how he liked it ... "said he would not give it up " so, I wanted one and ordered this from Columbia ... could not be happier ... great jacket .. looks good and keeps me very warm .
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great jacket This jackets is incredible comfortable. Fits very will and the material is soft and flexible.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ascender jacket Jacket fits true to size. A very comfortable jacket..Great selection of colors..My item came on time..
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old friend Have had one of these for several years but it started to fade so I bought another. The new one is different in two aspects; 1. No inside pockets, 2. The zipper has a different wind flap design at the top that will take some getting used to so it won't jam. I gave the first jacket a 5 but these two changes were not improvements so I gave this one a 4. Still an excellent all-around jacket!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Very poor quality. Flimsy zippers and paper thin.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Looking This jacket looks great and has a great feel to it. Very stylish and comfortable!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft shell jackets This jacket was very nice and the right length for my 6"3 nephew
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket Had bought one at a department store last year and loved it. Noticed Columbia was having a sale and decided to buy another in a different color. I love this one even more. Is a nice modern fit that keeps you warm without being bulky.
Date published: 2016-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight wind blocking jacket Great lightweight jacket with wind blocking and water resistant features
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I haven't had the best of luck with Softshells in the past, this item has however exceeded my expectations. I've never had a situation where this jacket has let me down, and I recommend it every chance I get. Columbia, you got it right this time.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent jacket I I'm satisfied with the jacket that I purchase from Columbia Sportswear and wood recommend to others.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Perfect fit for a layer or by itself, well made and versatile, looks crisp and new every time
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tall collar the collar is way taller and makes the jacket looks a bit awkward.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice Nice quality fits awesome i love it I recommend it
Date published: 2016-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket Love this Jacket...very comfortable and keeps you warm even in 20* weather
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all season jacket Great jacket. Could be a little longer but that's my only complaint.
Date published: 2016-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this product as great style I love Columbia prouducts
Date published: 2015-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-12-14
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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
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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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