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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 126.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this coat Perfect for in between weather (which is most of the time in Wisconsin). Comfortable and looks great. My husband is allergic to blended fabrics and has recently replaced most of his wardrobe and most of it came from Columbia. Thanks for making 100% cotton or polyester. No blends for him.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket This coat is just what I needed lightweight and comfortable
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far! Fit, quality and warmth are great! Very comfortable jacket. While I am sure it is overmatched for a most GA weather, I'm looking forward to trying it out!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket Great light weight jacket. This is my second one. I also have a blue one. Not bulkey and keeps you warm.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket! Nice, comfortable jacket for fall weather. Fit is perfect!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket Great fit, great comfort, awesome quality. A must have for every use.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fit! Perfect size, perfect warmth. Can't wait to wear it in the fall.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Jacket This jacket is perfect for cold days. It will keep you warm and is not too bulky. I would highly recommend this jacket to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket Medium weight jacket. Fits perfect.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome coat This coat is exactly what I was looking for. It's a multipurpose coat. Weight is light yet warm. It's water and wind resistant. Nice dress coat yet it's for everyday. Minnesota weather changes a lot so this is perfect.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ascender Was replacing a older jacket from Columbia that was wearing out. Liked the fit and style so tried this one out. Not disappointed. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight jacket Got this as a gift for my brother. He absolutely loved it, as it is lightweight for his travels.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Jacket Comfortable Jacket. Fits a little more snug than other jackets I have in the same size but it still feels good.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is something else. Very reliable product in every way. Fits great when you want something that isnt big. Blocks the wind very well. Where Im from, it is a must needed feature. Already put to the test in the rain. Water basically bounces off jacket and drys fast. A jacket everyone should get.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Spring, Summer, Fall Jacket I highly recommend this jacket because it's an ideal lightweight jacket. It looks sharp for casual or dress attire. Hands down, this is the jacket perfect for spring, summer and fall.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket Fits perfectly! Is the perfect intermediate jacket for wind rain etc....
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better then expected! This is the first soft shell jacket I've purchased and chose Columbia over another competitor due to the flexibility of the jacket and overall comfort. The competitors felt more restrictive and felt like it weighed more. This is a fantastic jacket that I feel can be worn from a day hike to business casual. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a jacket for all purposes and believes in comfort and quality.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multi purpose jacket Flexible shell makes this usable for high movement activities. Lighter weight and more comfortable than previous soft shells I have owned. Great balance of protection and comfort. My first one had defective sewing inside one pocket that Columbia promptly replaced.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The jacket is absolutely amazing, the quality is just top notch, the fabrics and the stiching are perfect, although my size fits a bit larger, it's still very comfortable
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Everyday Jacket! I bought the jacket because I am going to be moving to Ohio soon and needed something that would keep me warm, but wasn't to overbearing. This jacket is just that! I currently live in California and wear this as my everyday jacket. The soft-shelled outer material doesn't catch on anything, so wearing a backpacks with it is very comfortable. The look is also very professional - it looks great with a dress shirt ( and even tie). However, taking the jacket off can be cumbersome at times due to the tugging of the inner material (not really a big issue though, when compared to the pros). Overall, I love this jacket and would recommend to anyone looking for a comfortable, professional looking jacket that'll also keep you warm.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great softcell jacket This is my second Softcell that have bought and Omni shield inside add extra heat and keeps my body warm. Great windbreaker and waterproof. And I wear daily to work and going out Looks good and I get Alot complemets. Bought me wife one and my daughter
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Gave this to my husband as a gift. He LOVES it! I need to get him a couple in different colors! The weather is a bit crazy here in Colorado, this helps with the wind, cold and the few times it rains. He really likes the fabric it is made from.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jacket Great light-weight jacket for a rainy spring.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this jacket I love this jacket. I had one very similar for several years and got tons of where out of it. This has been my year round jacket. I live in central PA where it gets pretty cold. This jacket is very warm for as light as it is and has no bulk. (I hate big coats that are really bulky). If its really cold I will where a hooded sweatshirt under it. Anyway my old one was showing signs of wear so I bought this one for work, going out etc... and the old one will now be used for play.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Daily Jacket Wear this as my daily jacket to work with a dress shirt. It's a little tight on the sleeves wearing a dress shirt, but hopeful it will loosen up a bit after some wear.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value for the money I have had this jacket for about a year and have used it as an inner for my ski jacket when the temperature is below -10C. It puts up to normal wear and tear without any issue including sloppy ice cream eating - so no staining so far. It is warm on its own to around 0C as long as you have a long sleeved shirt. I would like to see a chest pocket on both sides not just on one and a key chain holder in one of the front pockets.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great functional jacket Good for everyday use in spring and fall. Could use an internal passage between media pocket on front and inside for cord management. If adding this, make sure it is big enough for new ear phones with lightning connector.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thumbs up I bought another one, I really like it!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! My bf is super skinny but has a long torso and arms so I have to get him a size large! It fits him perfectly and doesnt look too big or baggy on him. He works outside and it shield off rain and keeps him warm.
Date published: 2017-03-05
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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.

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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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