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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 155.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Light weight and versatile Beautiful color I bought 2 different colors for my son!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanted one forever, finally got one through work, will buy again and again! I've wanted one of these for probably almost nine or ten years, but just never quite got around to it. I recently was given a company one through work (with the logo and my name and title embroidered into it) and... oh my goodness. I'm hooked. They're absolutely perfect. Dressy enough to wear with 'nice' clothing, casual enough to wear with jeans. Nice to wear three seasons out of the year (not warm enough for Wisconsin winters though) and it won't make you overheat. They're extremely comfortable and they fit very well to size. They're classy and will keep you warm on chilly spring or fall evenings, or in a chilly office. I seriously don't want to take it off at work because it's *just* warm enough to be insanely comfortable without being too much. It's actually extremely impressive.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Stylish Love the coat, fits well, very comfortable, even stylish enough to wear out to dinner.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket I ordered a number of these jackets for my team at work. Everyone is very happy with them. Very comfortable and functional. Thanks for a great product at a fair price.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I tried this on at a major outdoor retailer and I immediately cancelled my online order from a company I think of as a boney leaf. This is a high-quality item that did not set me back that much. The body is perfect and the sleeves will allow you to wear a nice fleece underneath it without gaping holes and wind intrusion. I am 6 feet tall 210 pounds and could go with the large, but decided to go with the XL to fit two base layers instead of just one. The quality is excellent as I bought two jackets. I purchased one in the green and it is perfect for wearing with my scouting troop uniform!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Softshell to take off and put on as needed A good softshell to me will be solidly constructed, quickly bring your body temperature up, and be lightweight to put on and take off as needed. This softshell does all of the above and more. Whether you're using it around town to stay warm or have it as a quick layer to put on while you stop while climbing or skiing, this will do the trick. I've had lot's of soft shells, and this does all that I've ever needed.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great material This is my fathers second jacket like this and he loves them both, just wanted a different color to switch it up.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice looking jacket Bought this for my husband to replace an older one that was lost. Still a great looking and feeling jacket. Maybe we will get the hooded version next time!
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tough jacket! Even good with dogs. I have had this jacket for about 2-3 years now. The jacket, despit it’s age, still looks good, overall it is holding up pretty well. The jacket has become my work jacket and still does not have any holes. Most of my work has been in construction, but the thing that amazes me the most is how well it holds up with my dog. My dog is very large and when he gets to playing really hard, he tends to bite my arm, not trying to hurt me, but he does have some sharp teeth, and to this day, the jacket has held up to that. No wear marks or scratches in the material from that at all. This is a great products and is very tough. I’m very happy with the purchase.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great working jacket We picked this jacket for our employees, it looks elegant and practical, it fits great and it is warm.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fall and early winter jacket The jacket fits perfect with room for light weight sweater or base layer. Arm length is perfect and with the draw hem keeps out wind. Pockets are nice size and deep to hold your stuff.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best jacket EVER owned There are so many great things to say about the Ascender Soft Shell jacket, but here are some of my favorites. I work in the corporate setting and everyday Mon - Thurs I am required to dress business causal. And I get so many compliments on this jacket on how nice it is and how it goes with my attire. Now in the chilly fall months my office gets chilly enough where my button up shirt isn't warm enough. But a big overweight coat would be to much. This jacket is perfect for when it is chilly in the office, and it also isn't enough to make you over heat. Then it also is perfect to wear out to dinner on a Saturday night with a nice pair of jeans and look casual blending in with the crowd. If you are looking for a jacket that is versatile with outfits and all around comfortable and stylish, this would be the jacket I recommend. Even thought I did get it on sale this would be a product I would pay full price for 100 time over because of the satisfaction it has given me!
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect jacket! I’m in love ! I order an xxl for my husband who’s tall but doesn’t have very much width to him and it fit perfectly ! Not to short from the sleeves or in length ! I would definitely buy again!!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Snug Jacket! After having to send back a medium (only because it was too tight on the shoulders) and now having a large, it's absolutely excellent in its warmth and fit. Don't have to layer up much at all.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as warm and wind resistant as I thought. I live in Wisconsin. I was looking for a new fall jacket. One that would be warm, keep the wind out and be water resistant, on those typical fall chilly days here. This jacket came highly recommended for all those reasons. I will agree it is very water resistant, the rain rolled right off. However, it really didn't offer any protection from the wind or keep me warm. I could really feel a chill on my arms and front and back. As well as feel the wind come through the product. I also am having problems with the right front collar, it will not stay down. It either points straight out or straight up. I do not wear my collar like this, and keep having to push it down. I went back to the place that recommended it, and looked at the same coat in store, and none of them has this issue with the collar, all the collars laid down nice around the neck.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket After trying several other jackets, I finally found the perfect one. Feels great, not noisy, fits true to size. No complaints from me.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket! Great jacket. I really enjoy using this jacket
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lightweight Jacket I bought this to wear as a light jacket for the mild Louisiana winter. So far, I've been very happy with the feel and the quality. Would definitely purchase again and may go ahead and get a black one.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality Excellent quality! A very comfortable garment, built to last with fine materials.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket! Great all weather jacket.
Date published: 2017-10-18
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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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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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