Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell

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Style# 1412721
Uses Travel


The perfect compromise between blizzard in the forecast and first chill of fall, this multi-functional softshell works hard and plays even harder.

  • Water/wind resistant bonded softshell
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Zip-closed hand pockets
  • Center back length: 28.5”
  • Imported
  • Uses: Travel
  • Style# 1412721

  • Fabric: 100% polyester softshell. Lining: 100% polyester tricot
Water and Stain Repellent

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Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket. This jacket is exactly what I was looking for. Perfect for just about any time. Very comfortable and can take on the elements.
Date published: 2014-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is very good A perfect outwear. I like it very much!
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Buy For $50 it can't be beat. I'm 6', 185 and have long arms so it's hit or miss with finding shirts or jackets that have the right sleeve length. I bought the large and it fits great. I like the adjustable velcro cuffs unlike other reviewers. I think it's a great feature. I like the zip breast pocket. Great for a cell phone. The jacket is light but does its job and is more comfortable than a thick winter ski jacket. Its water repellent material makes it good in light rain. It has a clean appearance and is great for travel. A great go to jacket for fall and winter.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket for Fall! We are a company of 60 employees and we love the Mens Ascender II jackets. They are convenient, light weight and not bulky, yet warm and keeps the cold Minnesota bite out. We love them!
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fit great fit, excellent jacket
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't get enough of this stuff I have way too much Columbia gear, I may have a problem, my boss has made comments about it. This jacket is great. It is comfortable, reflects water (not water proof though), it protects me from the wind of the south Salt Lake Valley. I'm looking forward to see how this baby does in the winter.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new "go to" jacket Great all around jacket. Great fit, great feel and it great look. Front breast zipper pocket is great for my cell phone.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY NICE JACKET My husband owns a business where is outside a lot & purchased this coat a year ago to try. He wears a light pull over fleece underneath of it & stays very comfortable in it all day. He enjoys it so much that we are ordering more for his employees in various sizes!
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Functional and Great Looking! I bought this jacket as a gift, the receiver is very pleased with it's functionality and looks! He usually wears a medium in Columbia shirts, I got a medium jacket - it fits just right (probably couldn't fit a think sweater underneath). It's perfect for days when it's too warm for a winter coat but too cold to go with out a jacket!
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Excellent Columbia Product! Got this jacket for those times when a full jacket would be too warm. I love this jacket, it is so comfortable and it keeps you warm! The sleeves are the perfect length; not too short and not so long that they get in your way! I would definitely buy this jacket again!
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Softshell I own another name brand wind proof soft shell, but this is truly the one I love the most! Fits great, proves more wind proofing, and keeps me much warmer. Love the fact that it is stain resistant. Plus, the price point is exceptional. A must have!
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket I love this thing. Only had it two weeks, but used it for casual clothing on 2 business trips and at home (L.A. Detroit and Virginia). Looks quite stylish I think (others may disagree :) ). Its warm enough for short duration external excursions down to about 30 I figure, but wouldn't want to wear for too long below 40 degrees. If fits quite snugly. I am 6' and 165 pounds. A medium is snug over a button down collar shirt, but comfortable. Love the flexibility of this material. It is a little tricky getting shirt sleeves through the arms on this (due to the fleece lining), but once adjusted its not an issue. Based on this item I think I will see what else Columbia has to offer. I need a new jacket for much colder weather too!
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket! Excellent fit (once you figure out your size). This jacket has a strong / durable feel and a sporty look. I wore it during a week long trip to Colorado during this Winter and it is a perfect mid layer for weather in the 10-20 degrees. It is also great for warmer temperatures only using a warm base layer under it.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Quality Control The jacket I received had the ia missing from the embroidered Columbia name on the upper left. Very disappointed that a company that boasts of quality would send out a defective product. No longer a customer.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket I was looking for a casual yet dressy looking medium weight jacket and this fit the bill perfectly. The three outside zip pockets and inner pockets provide ample storage. It's a sleek and comfortable fit and bottom line looks and feels GREAT! I'm 5'10", 180lbs, 33" waist and medium stocky build and decided to go with the large instead of medium and really like the fit.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This jacket is awesome It fits perfectly and is very lightweight but still very warm.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Columbia makes nice stuff.... Nice looking outerwear....made well. Do not think it is for really cold temps. This particular jacket runs slightly small, but I can deal with it. Overall I would recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Adequate for N.C. This coat is lightweight, but is great for the winter weather in North Carolina. I wear it over a sweater and that is plenty for this climate. I am usually in between a medium and large, and I ordered the large. It is roomy, but great for layering. The velcro adjusters around the wrist openings do not sit in a good place and get caught on things. Bad design, and needs to be improved IMO. I would give 4 or 5 stars except for that.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Coat This holds up really well in extreme cold and wind (assuming you have the right thermal layers underneath). Holds up just as well as the gear I used in the army. Fits slightly smaller than the indicated size normally is (for other brands).
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great jacket! This softshell jacket is a great one! This is the second one for myself and my younger son has had a couple as well. Great weight for the Portland weather. Looks good and sheds the rain. I would definitely recommend this jacket to others!
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is very stylist & warm Ordered this product for my son and he loves it. We ordered a large but even though it is just a little big he is able to wear it over a thick shirt.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mountain Side companion Epic Softshell! Took it on the mountain with me this past weekend and held up against the high winds and light rains. I recommend this product to anyone who enjoys a warm and very comfortable, durable jacket.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with my purchase Bought this jacket for my 15 year old grandson for Christmas. He loved it!
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great interim jacket for above-freezing temperatures This is a great softshell, blocking wind and rain, while providing some warmth. I find it works great over a sweater or fleece layer, for days with temperatures around 40-50 F. It's quite light, but feels substantial, and completely blocks the wind. It feels well made, and looks great.
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Transitional All-Weather Jacket! |My Thoughts| I love this jacket. I saw it for sale in Academy Sports + Outdoors and checked it out in-store before I purchased it online, due to the availability of "Tall" sizes online, but not in-store. This jacket is perfect for 40-60 degree weather. Also, it is water-resistant, which is great in rainy climes. I live in Florida, so, even though we are the "Sunshine State," it rains here quite a bit. This jacket is great for staying warm and dry. Also, since the winters here are quite mild, this jacket serves me well on all but the coldest of days. If I mix this jacket with a thermal long sleeve shirt underneath and a cap of some type, I am good to go no matter how it gets here. |Jacket Quality/Fit| As with all Columbia items I have had the pleasure of having experience with, this jacket is built very well. There are not any loose threads hanging off, no sticky zippers, no rough edges. This jacket is polished and professional. It fits in what I would call a "fitted" cut. It fits snugly across the shoulders, but I prefer that kind of fit. I'm approximately 6',0" and 185-190lbs. I have an athletic build, so this jacket works great for me. Before I bought this, I checked out the reviews, and there are many other reviews that state how the jacket fits tightly across the back or shoulders, but, when you look at those reviews, most are for people who are wearing quite large sizes, so maybe the different body types/compositions have something to do with it. Personally, I wish that this jacket were just a BIT longer in the torso, but it DOES come with a bungee cinch cord around the waist, so one can tighten the waist up. As of yet, I have not had any draft coming up onto my back or anything, so the jacket actually functions well for me. I just prefer the look to be a bit longer. (If that is all I have to complain about, then you see how good this jacket is). |Conclusion| You are doing yourself, or someone else, a great favor with this jacket. Even if you live in a colder clime, you could wear this jacket throughout the transitional times of the year (fall and spring), even if your winters are ultimately too cold to wear this as a main jacket. Great overall jacket and very satisfied with my purchase!
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoy wearing this product I had visited the store and tried this product on and was kind of on the fence. I received it as a gift and was able to try it in cold weather and I was sold. Even though it seems lightweight it holds up against cold weather. It has a classy, fitted look and it works great as a substitute for my pea coats. The pockets are roomy, the arms are the perfect length and it is very resistant to dirt and stains. I am very happy with this coat.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit, look - but cuffs are not ideal This is a great shell; the fit and look are spot on. It is a great late fall jacket. It is on the heavier side, so I found I did not start wearing it until the temperature started to drop for the season. The cuffs are Velcro which I do not like. I have an inner-shell jacket that is somewhat similar to this, a bit thinner, but it has an elastic type cuff which I really like. The Velcro on this jacket has a bit of a lip to it so it sticks out and is noticeable.
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable lightweight.... Quality product- lightweight but not flimsy, durable. Color exactly as depicted. Would recommend.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ascender II Review I bought the Ascender II as a middleweight jacket for fall. Great moderate wind protection, water repellent feature, and cell pocket handy. I would purchase this jacket again.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Functionality Great looking jacket. However, I was disappointed the sleeves have a fleece lining that is not smooth. Putting this jacket on with a long-sleeve shirt underneath is a chore...I would buy something else had I been able to try this on in a store!
Date published: 2013-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product! Body fits perfect in size, however, the arms are a little long. Jacket is extremely warm and looks great though!
Date published: 2013-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell Tell you the truth, the first day I bought my jacket it poured down pretty hard and sure enough my jacket kept me dry from the outside, yet warm from the inside. I also thought it would be heavy and thick but more like lightweight and comfortable, I give it a big thumbs up!
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Solid Product This coat exceeds expectations. Livining in Florida, I needed a coat for a 3 week September trip to Germany. In all asspects this coat was perfect. Packing: lightweight. Rain: first week. wet on outside, dry on inside. Temperature: Cool to cold outside, warm during wear. Cargo: 3 outside pockets, securable along with two oversized pockets on inside, perfect for brochures, phones, cables.....even put in extra lens/flash for camera. Tried on coats at a local outlet and found that coat tends to run a little tight so opted for XXL vice XL. Good fit. Ordered from Columbia as I wanted Buffalo, quick shipping.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice ...............................good............
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty darn nice jacket! I bought a slew of these for a work function and I was pleasantly surprised. The weight of the jacket is light, but offers a substantial amount of protection from the elements. It's nice how the jacket drops down ever so slightly in the back to cover your bum a little more, offering more protection from the rain (it also adds a little curviness to the guys bum which is nice for the 'buttless'). It's a flattering fit. Comments from the crew were all positive and from those who did not receive one, jealous! The Tall sizes were really long in the arms, when a lot of product advertised as 'Tall' are not. Good fit.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Large toothed insert This was not at all what I was expecting. I previously had purchased an outer shell with large teeth. All of the inserts available were small toothed in the zipper. Though the zipper fit appropriately, this was clearly not meant as an insert as it did not have the hooks in the neck and arms to attach to the original outer shell.
Date published: 2013-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has excellent qualities Could not ask for a better quality product. It does everything that it was advertised to do.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Jacket!! Jacket does everything it said it would. Repels water, keeps you warm and looking stylish. I definitely would recommend this product. Two thumbs up!!
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ascender II Softshell great quality and fit
Date published: 2013-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great everyday jacket Versatile jacket for fall/winter/spring in a mild climate.
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight jacket! My son loves this jacket, he doesn't have a locker at school so he wanted something warm yet light.
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality at its best! Excellent item made very well perfect when you don't need that heavy jacket.
Date published: 2013-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent outerwear for moderately cold temps excellent jacket; comfortable and well made. Can be worn in weather to 30 degrees, but really not warm enough for colder weather. fits true to size and the color selection is excellent.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great fit, not good for windy areas First, I'm 5'10'' , have a short torso but long arms. Great fit for me. I can see the length of the jacket being a little small for others since it ends just below the belt line on me. Length in sleeves is perfect. I have the Red, which is a not a bright red but a darker red just like the color on the webpage. Cons, wish it was more wind resistant. Wind seems to pass right through. Great for days where it can be a little chilly but still comfortable to wear if temperature rises in the 70's.
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Color is off! I was expecting the color to be red. Like your basic red. Maybe a little darker than basic red. But red, nonetheless. It's more like a dark, dirty, brown/red. Really unattractive. Does not match the color of previous red Columbia jackets I have purchased - not even close.
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good looking jacket I bought this for my husband. He doesn't like big bulky jackets, and this one is wonderful. It looks great on, and keeps him warm. This jacket has style to go with a pair of levis, to kahkis. He loves it!
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket. Perfect for 40 degrees and above I am 6 FT, 220lbs. 36" Waist 44" Chest. I got the XXl only because the XL felt a bit small. Great quality, Great construction. Gets the job done easily during a long trek through the Hill Country ;-)
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great jacket Love this jacket because it is warm and not bulky at all. Arms seem a little extra long but other than that a good fit.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great jacket Ascender™ II Softshell jacket is perfect to keep you warm while providing excellent freedom of movement. The chest pocket is perfect to keep valuables at the ready without worring about losing them. The size is true to fit and the jacket is a bit longer than I wanted but still a great value for the money.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tusk is tan, not white or off white I already owned a black one of these and love it and I wanted a white one. I saw the "tusk" color online, which looked very close to white. When it came to my house, it was tan/light brown - nowhere near white. It depends on your computer because I pulled it up on my smartphone and it did look tan there. Both of my laptops that I own showed it as being very close to white. The quality of this coat is awesome, I absolutely love it. Also, it runs a bit small. I usually wear a medium but for this coat, I wear a large and it fits pretty good. Just might want to keep that in mind.
Date published: 2012-12-29
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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

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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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