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Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket


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$49.90 $115.00
Style# 1556531
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Uses: Trail, Travel
Size & Fit Guide | 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 4.9 out of 5 by 31.
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 5 out of 5 by from Great Soft shell Jacket The jacket is a great product. It is good for casual days and days when it isn't as cold to use a jacket.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect daily winter jacket Love Columbia jackets, always great quality, cool looking, real man's jacket. Not that over priced sissy jackets from the north face, that just are mall jackets that people wear that you would never even see outdoors. My new Columbia jacket is perfect for daily winter wear, this one has no insulation to speak of, but I love it, because I'm hot natured and so it's perfect to block cold wind and rain, but not cook me on mild winter days.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice coat I'm glad I got this on sale , have only used a few times but seems like it will do the job, Shipping seemed like it took forever I guess west coast to east coast .if your going to order leave yourself over a week
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, love the green color These are great for use as a main jacket if it's not too cold or can be worn under a winter coat. This green color is great, get a lot of compliments about it
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy them every year! I buy these jackets each year for new members to our group. They're easy to fit & the guys like them. Thanks for your consistent sizing & quality!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Softshell Jacket The jacket is perfect for blocking wind.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice jacket. Exactly as described. Looks and fits good.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight fabric is perfect for Arizona winters! I bought this jacket as a gift for my husband and he loves it. Perfect weight and fit.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great jacket but the size... Used the jacket the very next day I got it which is unusual for I prefer to wash before wearing it. This is the very first soft shell jacket I owned and like the feel and wearability. Keeps you warm and blocks out the wind. I was a little hesitant in ordering the size since I based my decision on the reviews. I ordered the XL and it fits just right since I normally order a large. So if you plan on getting this jacket, I highly reccomend ordering a size larger than what you would normally order.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite jacket This is my new favorite jacket. It blocks the wind and rain. it fits snuggly, the arms aren't oversized wide. It breathes and isn't too warm indoors when shopping. I usually by XL, but that size would be baggy.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good softshell jacket I needed a weather ready jacket for cold spring & fall days, and warm winter days in Missouri. This is perfect. I like the contrasting red zipper, and wind stop fabric keeps me warmer without the bulk.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grab and go This a great comfortable daily wear jacket around town or out in the woods.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Jacket Purchased the jacket as a gift for my son. He loves it and it looks good on him.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Jacket fits great Its weather resistant and super comfy.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product/jacket Great jacket; my wife purchased it for me for Christmas. I loved the jacket but preferred a black versus the green so we are returning it for a different color. Awesome product and the price for the product was incredible.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ascender Jacket This jacket was a Christmas gift for my grandson and he loves it!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Value Item received as described.Color was true as Advertised online...Samsung S7 fits easy into breast pocket.Would do again..
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liking it so far Have had it a month and it functions quite well so far. Very little cold weather and no rain.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality and Fast Shipping Great Quality and Fast Shipping
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Company jacket We purchased these Jackets for our Team to reward them for a Job Well done. Would buy this one just for me again. We are very happy with it.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this jacket It is beautiful and functional. It is warmer than I expected, but very pleased
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ascender keeps rising Love the unique color and its comfort. Runs a tad small so if you want as an outer layer, I'd order a size larger. To me it's a three season jacket. Looking for some brighter colors and I'd order another one in a heartbeat!
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great midnight jacket I live in the Northeast and this jacket does great on rainy days where the temps get into low 40's. It does a great job keeping the wind out and the rain rolls right off the material as well. However, I did not purchase the jacket at full cost and would have a hard time paying full price for even this mid-weight jacket.
Date published: 2016-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Jacket for the price Good Quality Jacket very durable and long lasting, I owned one for about 6 years which I still use picked another color on sale. This jacket keeps me warm in moderate cold conditions and fits well.
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Jacket I bought this jacket for my son and he absolutely loves it. Now my son is a 15 year defensive lineman, so he is not a small guy. This jacket fits him perfectly. Plus for a bonus, the fabric does not "hold dog hair." We have pets that constantly she's so having dog hair on your clothes is not uncommon, but this fabric seems like it repels dog hair. Which is wonderful.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have bought Columbia before and I am never disappointed. The Ascender softshell jacket is great for the freezing and the slightly chilly weather. It will keep you the perfect amount of warm. Great Buy!
Date published: 2016-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect gift!! I bought this as a gift for my grandpa. It is awesome! We live in the PNW and this jacket is perfect for our weather. It is very slimming on him as well! Nice sport jacket that looks good with jeans or can be dressed up. Very happy with this purchase :)
Date published: 2016-02-05
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 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-10-23
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
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
Chest 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
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
Neck 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Chest 42-45 46-49 50-53
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
How to Measure
  • 1. Neck: Measure at the base or thickest part of your neck.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 5. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 6. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.

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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