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Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket


$69.99 $115.00
Style# 1556531
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Uses Trail, Travel
Size & Fit Guide | Sizing 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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Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket 4.9 5 14 14
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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)

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
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

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 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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