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Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket


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Style# 1556551
Uses Trail, Travel


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, Travel
  • Style# 1556551

  • 100% polyester Contour Softshell
Water and Stain Repellent

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Men’s Ascender™ Hooded Softshell Jacket is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 68.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket I got this for my husband for Christmas. He loves it! He said it really blocks the wind and keeps him warm in our Wyoming weather. Great material, I think it will hold up over time.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from expected more The jacket is great and at a great price too if you are using it in urban settings only. If you use it out in the backcountry it lacks a key feature for comfort and safety in my humble opinion. A number of reviewers felt it ran small so I ordered the next size up and it was way too big-maybe it was miss marked it fit me more like an extra large than a large. no big deal I could exchange for a smaller size. The deal breaker for me was no drawstring in the hood. I feel that a piece of gear like this should have all the features that are common to most other brands. The other hooded soft shell jackets I looked at all had hoods that were adjustable and had drawstrings to snug them down. I looked at 5 other brands and probably a dozen hooded soft shells all with drawstrings in the hood and the bottom hem which I also feel is an important feature, columbia has the hem drawstring. I can recommend this for city use but not for wilderness activities.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Columbia jacket Love the jacket keeps the wind and moisture out. I don't care for the hood with the velcro though whatever happened to the draw strings?
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent jacket This jacket is so nice. It's crazy how warm it is being so thin and stylish. It'll keep you dry and warm and is very comfortable to wear. The inside material is soft and the outer shell is stylish and very well made. I think this jacket will last a very long time.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket Great cost effective jacket. Bought one for me and then 3 more for my family. Great shell if it's too cold for the jacket alone. Had it for a year now and it sill looks brand new. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for hiking! The arm size was long, but lucky there is a wrist strap to prevent from looking long. Overall, this is a great jacket for 8-hours hiking. I even wore it to work during a chilly day and to a 3-days New York trip. Excellent waterproof jacket as tiny rain droplets didn't stain and wet the jacket, it just slide off! I wish the jacket have interior zip pockets where I can store backup battery charger and charger cord. But this jacket is the best for everything!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Jacket! I got it in today! I was very excited! It's really nice and comfortable and it snug enough to fit another sweater under it! Would recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket!!! Went on a fishing trip and left my other Columbia jacket at home and had this on the backseat put it on and it rained all day pretty hard at times this jacket kept me warm and dry The whole eight hour fishing trip would recommend this jacket.It is a very awesome jacket!!!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weather's Worst Nightmare I have lived in Oregon for 10 years and I'm wondering what I was doing without this jacket before now. Wind, rain, cold....it's not getting in! I love everything about this jacket.
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality Jacket I live in San Francisco, where you almost always need a light jacket. This jacket has been perfect for multiple different weather conditions. I find that I wear it in rain snow or even on a cool day and every time I am completely satisfied. I recently put it to the test by going on a run in the rain, while wearing it and for the most part it did a great job repelling water, but kept my skin completely dry. Great quality for the price.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ascender hooded jacket I wear this jacket for a living. I've had it for a month and have become somewhat familiar with it. I would have given it four stars if it Wernt for the following: would be nice to have a port inside chest pocket for headphone jack, had some extra stitching come out on the rim of the hood, I've already got piling and abrasion marks on the inside of the jacket, extremely soft outer shell; was expecting something a little stiffer, if I lay it down it wrinkles so I constantly have to hang it. The cut is perfect. I have enough room to wear a hoodie underneath. I've worn it three times in downpours and does well. Keeps the chill out of the deep freeze while working in negative temps. I also buy another if they improved it and made two tone blue version with a hood
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for the spring This jacket is not too bulky and great for medium rain showers. It does a good job of blocking wind 10-15 mph. The sleeves are a little tight with the Velcro all the way open, but would only be a problem if you are wearing a bulky item under it.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket This jacket is perfect for spring or autumn like weather specially on those cold rainy days because it keeps you dry and warm. I like that the inside of this jacket is soft and this jacket is not heavy at all.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fabulous I love this jacket. It fits and looks great!
Date published: 2016-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A+ Great for all outdoor experiences
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Imitation! I bought a Columbia gray jacket similar to this, probably from Macy's. I looked over this jacket a few times online because it was similar, but in black. When I received it, the material was thinner and there were no sewn in bottom pockets on the inside. I have bought boots, a scarf, a cap, etc. from Columbia website and have been disappointed in all. The more I wore the boots around the apartment, the more they hurt ankle, so I cannot wear on the street! I have finally learned my lesson!!!
Date published: 2016-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft shell jacket This is my 2nd one and Columbia is great quality for the price. Great jacket for all seasons.even winter. Wind and rain the hood works great. Packs up in backpack for a trip without wrinkling. Love this jacket!
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I bought this for my teenage son, he loves it! I find it to be equal in quality and comfort to The NorthFace jacket he had been looking at. Great everyday jacket. Highly recommend
Date published: 2016-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from needs draw string light weight, comfortable. wish the hood had a draw string. on windy days hood comes off.
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just right for the price It fit a little weird, but I think that's me and what I expect. It's totally right for what I do right now, it's more designed for Spring/Fall and that was the piece I was missing. I just needed something like this, I live in New Mexico right now so I'm not sure about the water blocking stuff, but can't wait to try it out before I move back east. The only problem I have is I like to wear a shirt(like a second layer) and it tends to bunch up around my forearms with a long sleeve type second layer, but, boy it is just right outside of that, get it on sale as I'm cheap and would not have spent the money for the regular price.
Date published: 2016-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from men's ascender hooded softshell jacket Was as chistmas gift for my son and it fit perfectly! He loved it
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Color, Style and Hood. Okay so I am a Female who ordered a Man's Jacket because The Men's Line has the Grey Color I like. I ordered a Mens Small, I normally wear a Medium in Female Clothing and I am 5'9"). The Small was very tight at my hips, and mine aren't large. It is very roomy at the chest. Sleeves were nice and long. I have long arms. I LOVE this style of hood. I have 2 Soft Shell Vests that have this style hood. My only wish is that this jacket had a two way zipper. In fact, I wish more of the Columbia Coats/Jackets had two zippers!!!
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excatly what I wanted It's everything that I wanted. Fits perfect and looks awesome!
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hoodie Excellent product, it does as advertised. Heavy rain and wind just seem to bounce off. Having zippered pockets and a generous zippered arm pocket are very helpful. A mid weight hoodie that works for running, hiking, or just everyday use! A very small nit pick, I wish it had a inside pocket, but at it's very reasonable price you can't have everything. Bottom line I love the product !
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket Great jacket! The jacket runs a little big. I thought it would be a little warmer, but it does stop wind.
Date published: 2015-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice casual jacket This jacket looks very classy, yet is casual. It washes well.
Date published: 2015-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Jacket This is an excellent every day jacket. Very comfortable and affordable. The size I got ran a little bit too big for me, but it is still an amazing jacket.
Date published: 2015-12-03
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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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2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
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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