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Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket


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Style# 1556551
Uses Trail, Travel


This wind-and-water-resistant softshell jacket is a versatile, all-weather piece made for windy days in fall or spring.

Adjustable hems and cuffs, a chin guard, and a hood keep you nice and warm. Zip-up chest and hand pockets are perfect for small objects.

  • 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, Travel
  • Style# 1556551

  • 100% polyester Contour Softshell


Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 95.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall good jacket I ordered this product with very high hopes since the reviews were so good. I am a very average sized 5’6” female and chose to order the male version since it would be larger and more comfy in the winter. What I received is a pretty over all good fit. I would compare it so a slightly larger women’s medium, so smaller than I expected. Three things that do dissapoint about this jacket are 1. The hood in giant and covers my entire face which is awful 2. The sleeves are very very short and I can’t imagine them fitting a males arm length and 3. There are no interior pockets.
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I got this for christmas a few years ago, and ever since it's been my go-to jacket once it starts getting chilly. It's a little warm for using in early fall or late spring, but when I need a jacket once the temps really drop, this keeps me warm, protected, and cool-looking. The hood is awesome for going bare-headed or wearing a hat, and the wrist sinches work really well with gloves. Feels just a little large to size, but if you're layering like you should, that's what you want. I worked hard in a hardware store for as long as I've had it, it's held together perfectly. And I've been rough with it too, it's held up to the thousand cinder blocks I've moved with it on. Whenever anyone asks if Columbia gear is worth it, I'm always inclined to agree now.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product- missing one thing Great product overall. Size, fitment and function are all good. The only negative is that it does not have a drawstring in the hood. Would make a big difference in sealing out wind/moisture if it had one.
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful The best choice to wear! confortable and funcionaly. i love it.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it This is the jacket we have been looking for. Great quality. Perfect fit
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coat Still too cold to wear much but the few times that I have it’s been great & looks good too (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In the hood! I like this version of ascender softshell jacket. The hood covers my head perfectly with or without a cap. The medium size is just right for short and broad shouldered guy like me. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer and stealth Stealthy comfortable and looks good
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket Runs a little small, I wear L and the XL Fits perfect.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect jacket This is the perfect all weather jacket! Rain, cool weather, snow. Wind proof, what more could you ask for? And it looks good!
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket Bought these jackets two years in a row for my crew who work outside and like these jackets because its good for rain, warmth and has a hood
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Jacket For being lightweight it keeps you warm.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth buying twice! We got this coat for my son last Christmas. He specifically asked for a coat with a hood. We wanted him to be warm so we knew the quality of Columbia could meets both of our needs. He started a new job and wouldn't you know it....someone stole his new coat. We replaced it this Christmas and it's worth every penny!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket This jacket was purchased for my son. It is great for casual and can also be used to dress things up. The hood is a must with windy, rainy conditions on a college campus!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Date published: 2017-12-30
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I bought this for my boyfriend to replace the jacket that he broke the zipper on. I found it hard to find a jacket that was both rain resistance and had a hood. But this was the exact jacket I needed. So far he loves it and it looks great on him
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for fall or spring I love the feel and fit of this jacket, and use it primarily for fall and spring weather. I live in FL, so that's basically November through March here. Zipper quality is important to me, and I feel the zippers on this jacket are solid.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Jacket My son wanted this jacket and he was not disappointed. It fit perfectly and suited his needs. Shipping was fast and free. Great buy!
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christmas gift This was a gift to my teenage son. It was exactly what he wanted. Will help walking to and from his school in wet and cold weather.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket. Great jacket. Waterproof and doesn't let the wind through.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Spring/Fall/Early Winter Jacket I've had this jacket for a couple years now and I cannot find a flaw. I work for a construction company as a PM so sometimes I have to meet with clients and sometimes I have to help carrying lumber on my shoulder, crawl through crawlspaces, cut drywall to expect a water leak, walk through debris, etc in the field. It looks great to meet with clients and is durable enough to not get snagged on a nail and rip. A medium fits perfect for my 6' 170lbs frame. Warm enough for the Fall/Spring but not quite for our Wyoming 0 degree winters. I washed it once so far and all of those drywall, grease, etc stains came right out. Just don't dry it, I did, and it shrunk a little bit. Makes me want to buy a new one.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice I brought it for my son because he don’t like big puffy coat so as for this jacket it’s light weight for someone that like this type and style.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket This is my 5th purchase. Usually, I buy medium but I have lost some weight so I needed to get small. Small fits great and I like the softshell jackets from Columbia because they are wind and rain resistant. The hood is adjustable which is great for different size heads. Overall, it is a great jacket for all season except when the temperature drops to below freezing. I have hooded and no hood version of this jacket. Both great.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Men's ascender hooded Fits my son well with a little room to grow, hood is really large and without a drawsting makes the hood an awkward fit. Overall my son likes that it's rain resistant and since we live in Seattle,WA it's essential to have a "rain coat'.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfied!! I am satisfied with the product as a whole. But there is something that needs improvement. If you have photos and detailed explanation about the inner side of jacket, when you introduce them on the internet it will be a great help for shopping.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Was Very pleased with the quality of the jacket. Very comfortable!
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The man gift I bout this for my husband. He wanted light weight with some insulation for wind and rain. Its exactly what he was looking for and very slimming to boot.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ascneder Hooded softshell jacket The jacket I order is and got is same as I expected. It is arrived in time as promised
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY JACKET!!!! Light, warm, and weatherproof!!!! And it even has a hat attached!!!! Perfect for fall.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable, Lightweight, Durable I am 6'3 with a lean athletic build. I ordered a size large and it fits well, although it is a little big around my waist/mid-section. This could just be me, though. This jacket is, however, very comfortable to wear. It moves easily with you. It is lightweight and breaths well, while keeping you warm with the inner fleece lining, and dry with the outer soft shell. One downside is that the hood is rather large when up. There are no draw strings so it can be clumsy. It covers more than necessary, but I guess that isn't a bad problem to have. Overall, this is a great jacket and I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these Jackets I've owned 3 of this style jackets and I absolutely love them. They've always held up great (I've lost them, they haven't worn out), they're reasonably water resistant, and they simply look sharp. They aren't a sport coat by any means, but they're clean enough to wear out to dinner without getting any ugly looks. My only complaint would be that the arms are a little short, but if they made the arms long enough for me than no one else would wear it. (I'm 6'3", 190lbs, with a a 78" arm span and wear a large).
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket for the Fall Very happy with this soft shell jacket. Keeps me warm when outdoors and breathable enough to stay cool indoors. Would recommend to wear slightly colder weather in the Fall!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good jacket with multiple functions and fashionable style! I have got this jacket and dressed it for several days. There is a excellent combination between its collegiate navy color and fashionable style. Besides, the water and wind repellent fiber can help me to stand the weather in fall season. I got it with a very good deal price that makes me so happy. Frankly say, Columbia is my favorite sport wearing brand. However, the reason why I give a four stars overall rating is the problem related to the inside surface. The main body of inside is super, because it makes me warm and it is friendly with other clothes. But the area of inner surface of package area shows erosion after only several days dressing. This makes me to worry about how durable it could be. I strongly suggest that next generation of this jacket should use the same material with main body to cover all of inner side.
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great price and warm jacket I bought this jacket for my dad for his birthday. He loves the thin feeling jacket, but that it still is very warm inside. Fit true to size and was a great price. I also love that you get free shipping if you are a member! Defiantly will be ordering more from this site again.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket The Ascender is just what I was looking for. Not too heavy,not too light. Has great pockets and sturdy hood for those windy days. And the color is a good match with my blue jeans !
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended Great product. Neat color, but hard to tell the exact shade of the color online. Truly water resistant product, yet breathable and super comfortable. Another columbia product that I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect jacket overall the perfect jacket for dress or not, cold or rain!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didn't like the color the fit is good, the idea of the hood is good, but the color is not what I expected.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great alone and great for layering I was slightly worried but the site's description, saying that they run small. I went ahead and ordered a large(the size I typically wear in jackets) and feel like there's just as much room in this jacket as there is in my others. Plenty of room to move yet not so large that I couldn't wear this as a layer under something else or with a couple layers under it either. The jacket looks really sharp and doesn't feel out of place while hiking nor at a nice dinner out. I suspect it wouldn't pass muster at a black tie but it's not meant to. If you're showing up to one of those In This jacket, you'd better be a secret agent with a pack full of spy gadgets...but I digress. The jacket is warm enough to wear alone and really cuts the wind. I'm probably going to retire my old jacket(that was quite a bit more expensive) and use this as my new go to.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice jacket So comfortable that my teen-age daughter wanted to keep it herself.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from These run really really small I own numerous Columbia jackets in XXL size, and thought this would be a nice addition. It arrived while I was out of town and when I got home I was excited to try it on. It was so small, that I needed help to get it off. I had my wife try it on (my other XXL jackets swim on her) and it was too small for her too. Bummer, I'm returning it and having to order a different jacket. I would suggest ordering 2 sizes bigger than you usually do.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ascender jacket fit body great.sleeve was poor.could not get jacket off with any kind of shirt on.very dissapointed.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Needs draw string for the hood!! The hood is not functional with a draw string to tighten the hood. Otherwise, the jacket seems to a good buy.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Warm This jacket is very thin and not warm. More of a windbreaker. I would not wear it in temperatures colder than 60F.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good layer jacket! This jacket saved me in the middle of December in Quebec. It was snowing and raining and I was more than fine. I would say that this jacket is a real the outdoors product.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought Yesterday, Rained Today I bought this jacket yesterday. It rained today. I was debating between this one and the hoodless version. I decided to get the one with the hood just in case it rains. The Omni-Shield technology is crazemazing! The rain beads right off of it! I just had to shake off my jacket when I walked into Fred Meyer and the water shook right off. Not sure how that will last once I wash it but it's pretty awesome right now! As far as fit is concerned, I am 6' @ 175lbs (182cm @ 79kg for everyone but Americans) with an athletic build and the Medium fits perfectly. It'll probably be a little tight if I gain 10+ more lbs ;^)
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Other than Sizing Excellent I purchase this after having other Columbia products. I even tried on the product at Dicks and then got it on line. But the fit was different, running smaller than what I had tried on and you cannot have more then one layer underneath it. A great product, well made, functional. Just adjust for sizing before you buy.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from flavofaze It runs a little snug in the neck area when fully zipped up, but overall is a great jacket, especially for $60. This jacket will keep you warm in the summer, fall, or spring. It will keep you dry in light to medium rain as well....
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice The only negative I can say is the hood flops around a bit, other than that, it is a great coat
Date published: 2017-01-08
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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

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Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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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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