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Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket - Big


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Style# 1556552
Uses Trail


Rugged, warm, durable—and yet decidedly presentable, this wind- and water-resistant hooded 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.

  • Water/wind resistant
  • Bonded softshell
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Chin guard
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Center back length: 27.5"
  • Imported
  • Uses: Trail
  • Style# 1556552

  • 100% polyester Contour Softshell
Water and Stain Repellent

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Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket - Big is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not had weather or time to try it out. Due to being really busy at work and weather being in the 80'S, I haven't had a need to wear the jacket. I bought it to take on an Alaskan Cruise the 3rd week on August. Can give a better review after that trip.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MISSING ITEMS Great for mild weather. I do not know why they did not add a drawatring for the hood to use when it gets cold. I also do not know why they they did not have an inside chest pocket. Oter then these major shortcomings, I have ejoyed this jacket.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coat What a great coat. I got it during a cold snap and this jacket kept me comfortable. Not necessarily the coat for below freezing temperatures, but it is roomy enough to put on an under layer, yet trim enough to put a vest on over top to keep my core warm. Arms are a little trim, but not to the point of major concern. Again, a great coat.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice The hood is really large, but other than that, I like it!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very light weight This jacket runs very small. I bought a 3x so I could wear a sweater with it and it is actually small in a T-shirt. Also, this is a late spring early fall weight. NOT A WINTER COAT!
Date published: 2016-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Jacket Good fit and construction. I look forward to the winter weather assuming it ever gets here
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the in-between weather Good quality put together very nicely. the jack feels and looks thin but it does keep you warm and dry. I have worn the Jacket in 33 degree weather kept me warm. I also used the jacket in light rain the rain beads up and rolls right off the jacket. keeping you dry.
Date published: 2015-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product has great features but fits a little snug. This product its true to its main feature. It was a cold and raining day when I threw it on the same day it arrived and noticed the rain water being repelled off the softshell jacket. Just wish there was a bigger size or a relax fir for a 4XL
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Jacket Where has this jacket been all my life? We have mild winters here in SC; this is the perfect jacket for our weather. Even when it does get cold, this jacket keeps me warm. The best word to describe this jacket for me really is "perfect".
Date published: 2015-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Jacket overall I received my Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket last week. I am between a 2X and 3X size. I originally ordered the 2X but after receiving it was fairly snug. Sent it back and got 3X, which is a little big on me, but works well. Overall size may run a little small, but close to true to size. The Jacket itself is very thin and light, but keeps me very warm with outside temps in the 40's-50's (F). It has rained the past few days and the Omni-shield makes the rain bead up and roll off the jacket far better than I had expected. As other reviewers had mentioned, the sleeves are a bit snug. With a t-shirt they fit great, but if you have a sweater or hoodie on it will be quite tight on the forearms. Overall, I am very pleased with the initial quality of this jacket, and it looks good also. In the end, this is why I often buy Columbia gear.
Date published: 2015-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, very sleek Upon receipt of this jacket I was surprised with the thinness of this thing. I was skeptical at first, but I was surprised with the results. This jacket kept me warm and dry during this past heavy rainstorm here in North Carolina. I am not weighed down with this jacket nor do I feel any chill from brisk wind. I will recommend this jacket for the cool nights out and in rain storms. I hope this helps.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very comfortable Overall, I'm pleased with the jacket. It's very comfortable, and fits well. I'm 57" around the chest, and 57" around the belly. The 4x fits perfectly. Functionality is good, but could use a little more thought. Just a couple minor annoyances that keep this jacket from being almost perfect. 1) Turn the wrist tabs the other way. Or, find some way to make the ends stay tighter to the cuff. The excess tab that hangs out always gets caught on the zipper as I'm trying to pull my hand out of the pocket. The cuff and pocket try to become one, making for an exaggerated movement to free my hands. 2) Add some kind of inner sleeve liner that doesn't try to wad my shirt sleeve up at the elbow as I put the jacket on. Donning the jacket while wearing a long sleeve shirt, requires me to hold on to the shirt cuff as I slide into the arm, then tug on the jacket sleeve to finish the process. Rinse and repeat for the right arm. By all means...don't remove the fleecing in the sleeves. The warmth is needed. The quality is more than adequate, as to be expected from Columbia products. But, to really impress me, it could have had a tiny bit heavier material. But that's the beauty of Columbia gear. They fill the perfect niche. The niche between the hardcore adventurer, who requires high end, expensive gear, and the Once-in-a-While enthusiast that requires little more than a wind breaker and flip flops. I've owned many pieces of Columbia gear over the years and have quite enjoyed the great bang for the buck they offer. The perfect blend between fashion and functionality. And as an added bonus...they cater to the oversized crowd! Where other companies won't allow their clothes to be worn by anyone with a BMI over 25, Columbia comes to the rescue for the husky fellow. Many thanks Columbia!!
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and good at blocking the wind. I like this jacket. Good value for the price. Lightweight and good at blocking the wind. Stretches and very comfortable!!
Date published: 2015-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight warm like heavy weight I purchased this for my son at Christmas time. He has expressed many times how much he loves that it is so light and yet so warm. The front phone pocket is a real plus. I like I was also able to easily find what I wanted in a 4x size. With this quality it is usually very hard find. Would recommend this item to anyone.
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with this jacket This jacket is everything I wanted and more. Keeps me warm and dry. Excellent product!
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have bought Columbia for over 19 years I am female- I buy mens shirts, hoodies, jackets- Because, they fit me better& I like a little bigger.... (Pants, shoes, & acesseries. I do buy in women's.) THIS HOODED SOFTSHELL IS; WARM, WATER,WIND RESISTANCE, VERY RUGGED! + COMFORTABLE! This is ONLY ONE of my FAVORITE BUYS! It's WARM & COMFORTABLE. Very true to size/well fit... I love hooded sweatshirt/jackets. THIS ONE IS A MUST HAVE for- anyone who work's & love's the outdoors! I wore my oldest one the other day- The other day at 25°F/w 40mph wind's! I was warm! Just having a t-shirt underneath! This sweatshirt has held up from continuous wear/washes + still looks & feels brand new- from the day I bought it! It just came out & of course you will never be disappointed with a Columbia hat waterproof light weight&WARM! I have about 15 hoodies, 1 older style jacket for about 10+ years 1 newer jacket with omni-shield for about 3-4yrs-Both are equally warm-but, omni-shield is the way to go- as well! It's warm but, also doesn't make you overheat... I have 4 pairs of omni-shield hiking sneakers/low top boots+snow boots = great buys! PLUS, a lot of pants and shorts>They hold up everyday wear&tare-they're waterproof&wear my hiking low top sneakers/boots all year round! Cool in summer- warm in winter! COLUMBIA IS WORTH EVERY PENNY! COLUMBIA, IS MY FAVORITE COMPANY FOR EVERY SEASON! (I have had Under Armour cold/heatgear everything! - from sneakers to hat's+ long sleeve shirts for kayaking two season's same year = holes, material thins out, and never lasts! Just, to wear underneath a sweatshirt coldgear! UA- ALWAYS WORE OUT BEFORE, SEASON'S END!?! UA- VERY OVER PRICED FOR THE QUALITIES OF THEIR PRODUCTS!) COLUMBIA, WILL ALWAYS BE MY FIRST, CHOICE & LAST NEEDED ITEM- (besides, getting every color!) COLUMBIA, LASTS FOR YEARS+ YOU WILL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE QUALITIES OF ANY ITEM! All, you will need is to get ever color, instead of new item's every year/season!
Date published: 2014-11-21
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Men's Fit Guide

Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Men's Performance Top Fit Guide
Men's Performance Bottom Fit Guide
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Men's Active Top Fit Guide
Men's Active Bottom Fit Guide
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Men's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic / Regular
Men's Modern Classic Bottom Fit Guide
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Men's Relaxed Top Fit Guide
Men's Relaxed Bottom Fit Guide

Men's Body Measurement (Inches)

Men’s Tall Sizing

  Pant Size Waist Chest Hips Sleeve Length Neck Inseams
LT 36–38 36–39 42–45 41–43 37 17–17.5 34–36
XLT 40–42 40–43 46–49 44–46 38 18–18.5
2XLT 42–44 44–47 50–53 48–50 39 19–19.5
3XLT 46–48 48–51 54–57 52–54 39 20–20.5
4XLT 48–50 51–54 57–60 55–57 39 21–21.5

Men’s Big Sizing

  Waist Chest Hips Sleeve Length Neck Inseam Regular
1X 40–43 46–49 44–46 36 18–18.5 32
2X 44–47 50–53 48–50 36.5 19–19.5
3X 48–51 54–57 52–54 37 20–20.5
4X 51–54 57–60 55–57 37.5 21–21.5
5X 55–58 61–64 59–61 38 22–22.5
6X 59–62 65–68 63–65 38.5 23–23.5

How to Measure

Men's Size Chart
  • 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
Ground $6.00 3-7 Business Days
2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
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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