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Water/wind resistant
  • Abrasion resistant chin guard
    • Zippered chest and hand pockets

Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket


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Style# 1556531
Uses Trail, Travel


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

  • Bonded softshell
  • Water/wind resistant
  • Abrasion resistant chin guard
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Modern Classic Fit
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Center back length: 27.5"
  • Imported
  • Uses: Trail, Travel
  • Style# 1556531
  • 100% polyester Contour Softshell


Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 175.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for fall/mild winter I bought this for fall and early winter hiking. It's not super thick which is good as I wear multiple layers. It provides good insulation while also some protection from the rain. The only thing I don't like about it is how far the collar/neck pops up.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Jacket I was looking for a jacket I could wear at times when my thick winter coat was too much. This jacket fills that void perfectly. It's great for keeping warm on chilly days, but doesn't make you super hot when inside for a little bit. It looks very nice so it's great for wearing to work too. I said it fit a little small, but I'm 6' 4" so it's slightly short for my arms and waist but I still wear it all the time.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from arm tight Excellent quality- runs a little small in the arms so will have to return it.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect jacket! Excellent product. Love Columbia!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great fit and really comfortable Bought 25 jackets for my team and they all loved it
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice jacket Bought this for an upcoming trip to Ireland. Just trying it on my husband was impressed. Bought a large and fits perfect (true to size). Being lined is really nice but right now can't wear as we live in South Florida.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great outer layer I have been looking for this jacket for a long time. The outer soft shell is a great windbreaker and water resistant. It hold up great in light rain. I wear it when the weather is in the 50s or 60s but could put a sweater on underneath and wear it in cooler weather. This jacket is heaver than other soft shells I have seen and that's what I love about it. It feels like quality. The price is a value as well. Looks good with jeans or track pants. Great for travel. I am 5'6" and 150 lbs with a 32 in waist and a 40 in chest.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product for reasonable price This jacket is perfect. It keeps you warm, it's good for the rain, and it looks terrific. Recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket for everyday use My husband loves this jacket. Perfect weight for spring and summer.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. Very comfortable. This is my second purchase of the Ascender jacket. The first one left in the Nashville Airport. I'm sure whoever found it felt very fortunate. Very comfortable. Warm yet very flexible. I strongly recommended.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best long sleeve shell The best soft shell to buy . This product keeps you so warm during cold days and the wind is a non factor when wearing this product . It’s a win for me keeps me warm and is very lightweight so I can still do daily activities and not be bothered by mobility !
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best gift I've ever given After asking me about my jacket a few times, I got this jacket as a gift and my best mate just loved it!
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Very comfortable jacket. My second one. Excellent protection from the elements. Can’t go wrong with this. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! A great spring jacket. Functional, and a perfect fit.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Speed, Low Drag Perfect for what I need it for, something to keep a light rain off me and something that fits slim so it's low drag while flying across the water on my boat. Also an added bonus that it's a relatively warm jacket as well when layered underneath. Perfect fit and function and looks stylish too. Collar very functional as well.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trail jacket It’s an awesome jacket .fits very good! and answer my needs-it is not for winter!bit more like a trail jacket.my only problem is that it doesn’t have a hood and sometimes it’s windy and it bothers me alot(they do have a hooded version)
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Decent soft shell jacket I've only had the opportunity to wear this jacket a few times. It has functioned well for the limited time I have had it.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THESE JACKETS These are great jackets. I have 4 of them in different colors. I am a UPS Driver and wear one to work nearly every day. Love the light weight, but still very durable and rain and wind resistant. Great product
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfied I was looking for a great fitting jacket that looked good and was not to heavey or too light. Also one that was somewhat weather resistance. This jacket exactly fit my expectations. I love the buffalo color.....thinking about ordering another for a spare.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soft shell review This is a good soft shell jacket. I’m 6’2” 195lbs and the large fits good, just the right amount of room if I wanted to wear a sweatshirt underneath or just a T-shirt. The only issue I have is I would have rather had the chest pocket on the inside instead of the outside.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mens ascender softshell jkt great product with no defects
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it! Bought this jacket for my husband and he loved it. He even said it was better than his old north face.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice jacket I bought this for my son - he loves it. It is very good quality, comfortable, nice looking. He likes that it is water resistant.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Excellent for my husband,very good
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ASCENDER™ SOFTSHELL JACKET This a perfect jacket on its own down to about 40 degrees, with a some type of base layer fleece it can go even cooler. The fit is true to size and the look is sharp and clean. Really enjoy the jacket and would recommend it to others.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent value Found this jacket to fulfill a number of my needs. A mid-weight jacket that gives me warmth, protection from wind and rain when I hike, as well as a stylish coat to wear when I go out on chilly evenings around town.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Softshell jacket I'm very happy with this jacket. The weight and color are perfect as well as the fit. The function hasn't been tested yet, but I look forward to it passing with flying colors.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Jacket Great, comfortable jacket! Couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love it this jacket. I love this jacket. My co-worker actually ordered 3!!!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightwweight Jacket Great product!! Worw it daily on a recent Christmas Market Tour throughout southern Bavaria. Temps were usually in the low 30's each day and this jacket was perfect as my outer layer while spending most of the days outside.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around jacket This jacket is my second one, finally wearing out the zipper of the first after 7 years of daily use. Use it as an outer layer or great during lighter weather, this jacket fits most environments.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True to size! I bought this item for my boyfriend for his birthday, he absolutely LOVED IT ! The fabric is comfortable and the inside is soft, definitely recommend !
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for rain and wind This jacket has served as my winter jacket in the Northeast region of the U.S. It does great at keeping out the piercing cold wind and kept me dry when it rained. I have full range of motion without feeling any restriction in the shoulder or arm area. I would recommend this jacket to anyone as a great soft shell layer.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mens soft shell jacket Awesome jacket. Fit perfect. Nice slim fit for my smaller boys. Also like the way the collar protects the neck from the cold weather. Much nicer and dressier than a regular cloth jacket so they can wear to work. And also can be worn in all kinds of weather. Loved it. And my son loved it too!
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Product I bought this jacket for my husband because he wanted a nicer jacket. He absolutely loves it! It's perfect for any occasion and fits true to size.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This jacket is everything I wanted from Columbia. I am so happy with this product that this is my 2nd jacket, different color.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality! Very good product! Ordered several of these over the last couple of years and they never disappoint!
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm jacket Great jacket. Very warm and is wind resistant.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful but large This jacket is a great looking product but runs a little large.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent product gift to my 24 year old son and absolutely loved it. has it on all the time
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mom My son loves this jacket. He doesn’t like hoods, so this is perfect.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent as expected Love the quality of the jackets we purchased We got several infant, toddler, children’s, women’s and men’s Excellent as always
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product and service Bought this for my son, he loves the jacket. And, as often times happens this time of the year, there was a mishap with the shipping. I contacted Columbia and they made sure I got the jacket in time for Christmas.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I've beat the heck out of it. I originally bought this jacket to be my temporarily soft shell but ended up liking it so much that I kept using it. I've had this jacket on backpacking trips, trail runs, ultra marathons, bike trips and much more over the past year. It's starting to show some serious signs of wear but is still completely functional. For not being a real 'technical' piece of clothing it has definitely stood up to the elements.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Gave this jacket to my father-in-law for Christmas. He is outside constantly so this was perfect for him. Fit him great and he loved it!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ordered this for husband Beautiful quality and warm.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect gift Nice gift for my boss. He really like it.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great jacket great for outdoor, really liked the product.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb in every way! After a frigid golfing experience in North Carolina I purchased this wind and water resistant jacket. It has exceeded my expectations. Since I am a size 41, the medium size that I originally purchased was somewhat snug and restricted my range of motion if I wore a sweater underneath. I re-ordered a size large, and, with a flannel shirt and a medium weight sweater underneath, I can both swing the golf club and venture into the Vermont winter if the temperature is in the high twenties. The fleece lining is warm but not bulky, so the jacket is perfect for use in the spring and fall without an underlayer. The tailoring is trim and the soft shell, unlike a lot of rain or wind gear, doesn't make any noise when swinging the golf club. I looked at lots of products from other brands and this jacket is an excellent value. It has met my needs perfectly. I gave the medium size that I ordered to a friend, who absolutely echoes my review.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket. Got for my father as a present and he loves the fit and wear of this!
Date published: 2017-12-12
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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

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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