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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 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely light weight, durable jacket I cannot express how absolutely amazing this jacket is in terms of its lightweight durability and versatility! Meshed with all-around GREAT design, quality, and superb material, is EXACTLY the reason Columbia products is, in my opinion, the reason why they are one of the most relied on brands in the industry!!! Columbia, Please keep up the GREAT JOB!!!
Date published: 2018-05-27
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 What a Steal at $70 I love this jacket, because it is comfortable and warm. It is made of quality materials, so it is not too heavy or bulky. And I love the Navy Blue color; it is bold and not boring. I love the positioning of the pockets and the chest pocket (great for a thin wallet), for sure. You won't find water collecting in your pockets. The only reason I give this jacket 4 stars, instead of 5 stars, is because I wish there were an inside pocket for my phone. I feel like if you were wearing a flannel shirt or a hoodie underneath, you would feel fine on extremely cold days, and there would be no need to break out a bigger and bulkier coat until it got below 50 degrees.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm mid-weight coat My husband purchased this coat for wear for travel in 30 and 40 degree temperatures, and it kept him warm. Keeps out the cold wind, and the hood keeps the neck warm. Fits true to size, long enough in body and sleeves for comfortable wear (My husband is 6'2"). This is a good mid weight coat.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I bought this to use for windy and snowy weather while ice fishing while in and out of my ice shelter. I needed something light weight but warm. This thing kept me warm (with a proper base layer) despite low temperatures and high winds. I didn't even need my larger coat. The quality seems top notch. It ran a bit small for my chest and shoulder but I have a wider frame than the average person.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I love that it’s not bulky and keeps you very warm as we’ve had very cold temperatures recently. It fits true to size
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, functional jacket! This jacket has been great! It's light, and does well in the wind and moderately cold temperatures. My one issue with the jacket is that it can be a pain to slide on and off. I have a Columbia fleece and I was hoping by upgrading to this jacket that it would have an inner liner that would make it a little easier to slide your arms into without bunching up your sleeves, especially since it is fitted. Not the case though. If Columbia could make that an upgrade on next year's version of this jacket, I think it would go a long way with customers. For reference, I'm 5' 11" 175 and the medium fits great.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mid-layer Been using this as a mid-layer during these cold New England temps and snow storms. Does a good job underneath a hooded Columbia Omni Heat shell. Hood is a bit floppy and wish it had adjustment or was a bit smaller as it falls in front of my vision and is the reason for the 4 instead of 5 stars. However, this combination along with gloves and flannel lined pants has kept me warm and dry in single-digit, high 20-30 mph wind and snow conditions, highly active or not.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This jacket is the nieces and softest you can get This jacket has been the best purchase I have done in clothing,no lie.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket! Bought this jacket for Christmas for my son and he loves it. He loves the look, is true to size and very warm.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ascender soft shell I like the fit and quality of the piece. the only reason I didn't give an excellent on the function is due to lack of a drawstring in the hood. the velcro adjustment is ok but the hood blows off when the wind catches it. Being able to snug the hood would fix that problem. otherwise it is a most excellent product and I will continue to use it. I spend over 50 days a year outside skiing backpacking or rafting and have been very pleased with the ascender softshell so far.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit, great price = GREAT product! I love the material that this was made with. The Soft shell is wonderful and light weight. The color(s) will coordinate well with whatever you choose to wear with it. Keeps you dry and warm. I wore this on a rainy day.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks good, super functional... Bought for my son. Love the look, super functional for our Pacific NW weather - with our temperate climate and rainfall it's the perfect 3-season jacket.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgrade I love this jacket,. Versatile warm but not heavy. Very comfortable.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Water Resistant This is the best jacket I have found yet. Its a casual jacket that you could wear anywhere, and its waterproof!
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total dissappointment Received product by UPS, opened and tried on. I could barely get my arms in sleeve hole opening and once on, arms way to tight. Would be hard to wear anything else under it. Returned immediatly for credit.
Date published: 2015-01-22
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Men's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
mens performance fit top
mens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
mens active fit top
mens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
mens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
mens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
mens relaxed fit top
mens relaxed fit bottom
Men's Body Measurement (Inches)
Pant Size
Neck 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 32-35 35-38 38-41 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 32 33 34 35 36 37
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
Inseam Varies by Item
Pant Size
Neck 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Chest 42-45 46-49 50-53
Sleeve Length 35 36 37
Waist 36-39 40-43 44-47
Hips 41-43 44-46 48-50
Inseam Varies by Item
How to Measure
Mens size chart measurement guide
  • 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.
  • 6. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.

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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