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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
Water and Stain Repellent

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Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 66.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this product is great The clothes are exact to me
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best softshell The best softshell for the money
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Jacket, But True -to-Size? Maybe... I bought this to replace a light jacket, something for late spring/early fall and/or cool summer nights. A nice jacket, overall, but with a few caveats: I'd say it was True-to-Size, but I think it would be a bit snug with anything but a thin fleece vest underneath for a little added warmth; I like the stand-up collar, the hook-and-loop adjustments at the cuffs and the shock cord adjustments at the bottom hem, all add good wind shielding; I also like the external zippered chest pocket, although it would have been better if it were a little larger (i.e., taller and/or deeper); the main zipper closure seems substantial, however, a 2-way zipper would have been a plus (it would help to keep the jacket from riding up when you sit down, like when driving a car). So, while the ASCENDER™ SOFTSHELL JACKET may prove to be a bit too warm for my intended use, overall its a keeper with a budget-friendly sale price.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dad seems to enjoy Bought this jacket for Father’s Day and he seems to like it! It is windproof and waterproof as a soft shell and seems relatively true to size with maybe only the sleeves being a big longer than projected. Overall a nice jacket!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Ascender Soft Shell is perfect for Spring days in the PNW .. My Ascender Soft Shell jacket is of great quality & fits true to size. Great for Portland,Oregon Spring days...Keeps me warm & dry (due to unpredictable weather,lol)...I'd recommend this jacket
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm and Comfy My husband is a big fan of Columbia. He thought it was too small for him but he tried it on and loved it so much. He kept saying thank you Mommy thank u. I’m glad I chose the right color and fabric.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Outerwear!!!! This jacket looks and fits Great! The quality of this jacket far exceeds the cost! Columbia came through again for me and my family! Thanks!!!!
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best jackets to wear the size is perfect, the heat/cold maintains the fluctuation at all times. Is easy to zip and unzip. the color is perfect and it matches with any color of pants especially black.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Shell This Shell Jacket is great! Price was prefect and I enjoy wearing whenever I can!! Light weight and waterproof..
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great buy This jacket is heavy enough for a brisk wind and light enough for a spring morning. The material moves well. The interior lining is soft.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made. Good material. Looks sharp. Handsome design, with well made materials.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coat Simply perfect fit and comfortable. Warm for chilly days on the lake. Columbia nails it everytime
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Been wanting a SOFTSHELL Wow it is way pass my expectation I love my new soft shell jacket it is a great peice the website was great signed up to be a member and so far it has been simple and great
Date published: 2018-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Jacket is Really Nice the best clothe for your money, nice, warm, water resistant and weight ligth.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Jacket Love wearing these jackets!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AscenderII Awesome! This is a very versatile jacket! I highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Jacket. Bought this for my kid and he loves it. Warm and waterproof what else could you ask for.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket This jacket looks and fits great. Has the fantastic quality that comes with the columbia brand would recommend this product to anyone.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Functionality Great medium jacket with terrific warmth and softness with a lightweight feel. Design with adjustable cuffs and neck zip up retain maximum comfort.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great soft shell jacket This is my second ascender jacket purchase. This size and fit are true and the soft shell is nice to wear out on the town or to my job which im a delivery driver. It keeps you warm when its in the 40s and up and if in the 30s i just add a 1/4 zip fleece jacket and stay warm .
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This jacket is amazing! I bought some for my family members including myself and Columbia never let’s us down! 100% rain and wind proof and very warm!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket This jacket was a present for my father in law and he absolutely loves it. He wanted one after he saw the ones my husband I had. Would highly recommend this softshell jacket!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this coat This is the second one of these jackets I have purchased and I eventually would like to have one in every color.2xl
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight but very warm! I’ve been looking for a jacket that doesn’t take up too much space but also is very warm for the winter months. I’m very glad to have found this jacket. My favorite part is the adjustable sleeves; however, I would prefer elastic sleeves.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect jacket True to size, fits perfectly. Light weight yet warm.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love! Love my jacket! Very high quality and waterproof. Not very warm but is a good layer to keep me dry!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect light jacket The jacket is good to keep you warm especially in a light wind. Always like the Columbia quality and enjoy the color as well.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what each wanted! I bought one for each of my very fussy, style-minded, tech-davy, grown sons. One black with the red zipper in a large. One all black in an extra large. Both fit perfectly to size and looked great! I've never given a gift of clothing that has been so well received by either of them! A Columbia Christmas success!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ascender Softshell jacket I bought one for one of my boys for Christmas last year & he loved it!! My oldest kept trying to wear & steal it so I bought him one for his bday. Best jackets ever!! They seem like they last for ever my kids destroy everything they touch and these jackets are no match for them. Super warm and comfortable. Not to heavy either. Definitely would recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very functional Bought for my husband. 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 Best Mid-Weight Jacket! I've had several middle weight jackets and this is by far my favorite. I really wish I had more chances to wear it!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket! I am absolutely happy with this purchase. I had been looking for a light, semi fancy, coat for my boyfriend and this is perfect. It's not bulky but it's warm enough that he doesn't have to wear a sweater underneath. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality low price it items was very good i love it Thank you Colombia
Date published: 2017-07-01
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 4 out of 5 by from covers it's claims had it in the rain today & the water beaded up as they said it would. Zippers on all the pockets is great as well as the side cinches. The fit is great. This was a good buy.
Date published: 2017-05-01
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 5 out of 5 by from Great Soft shell Jacket The jacket is a great product. It is good for casual days and days when it isn't as cold to use a jacket.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect daily winter jacket Love Columbia jackets, always great quality, cool looking, real man's jacket. Not that over priced sissy jackets from the north face, that just are mall jackets that people wear that you would never even see outdoors. My new Columbia jacket is perfect for daily winter wear, this one has no insulation to speak of, but I love it, because I'm hot natured and so it's perfect to block cold wind and rain, but not cook me on mild winter days.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice coat I'm glad I got this on sale , have only used a few times but seems like it will do the job, Shipping seemed like it took forever I guess west coast to east coast .if your going to order leave yourself over a week
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, love the green color These are great for use as a main jacket if it's not too cold or can be worn under a winter coat. This green color is great, get a lot of compliments about it
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy them every year! I buy these jackets each year for new members to our group. They're easy to fit & the guys like them. Thanks for your consistent sizing & quality!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Softshell Jacket The jacket is perfect for blocking wind.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice jacket. Exactly as described. Looks and fits good.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight fabric is perfect for Arizona winters! I bought this jacket as a gift for my husband and he loves it. Perfect weight and fit.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great jacket but the size... Used the jacket the very next day I got it which is unusual for I prefer to wash before wearing it. This is the very first soft shell jacket I owned and like the feel and wearability. Keeps you warm and blocks out the wind. I was a little hesitant in ordering the size since I based my decision on the reviews. I ordered the XL and it fits just right since I normally order a large. So if you plan on getting this jacket, I highly reccomend ordering a size larger than what you would normally order.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite jacket This is my new favorite jacket. It blocks the wind and rain. it fits snuggly, the arms aren't oversized wide. It breathes and isn't too warm indoors when shopping. I usually by XL, but that size would be baggy.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good softshell jacket I needed a weather ready jacket for cold spring & fall days, and warm winter days in Missouri. This is perfect. I like the contrasting red zipper, and wind stop fabric keeps me warmer without the bulk.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grab and go This a great comfortable daily wear jacket around town or out in the woods.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Jacket Purchased the jacket as a gift for my son. He loves it and it looks good on him.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Jacket fits great Its weather resistant and super comfy.
Date published: 2017-01-05
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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.

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
Free Standard Shipping

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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