- 100% Polyester
- Zipper closure
- Machine Wash
- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: This men's softshell jacket is crafted of soft water and wind resistant material to keep you warm and protected during cold and wet days outside.
- HANDY FEATURES: This men's water and wind resistant jacket features two hand zippered pockets and zippered chest pocket. It also features a high neck to keep protected from chilly outside air.
- ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: A zippered front creates an adjustable level of warmth.
- With 100% polyester Contour Softshell fabric this jacket is versatile and soft.
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The perfect compromise between blizzard in the forecast and first chill of fall, this multi-functional soft-shell works hard and plays even harder. It's made from rich, supple soft-shell with all the comfort of a heavy sweatshirt and the weather-fighting prowess of a hard-shell jacket. The ascender's windproof Omni-shield fabric breathes and wicks moisture while creating a water-repellent force field between you and precipitation. Tighten the hem to keep out cold drafts with the adjustable draw cord and warm your digits in the zip-closed hand pockets. A supple tricot lining delivers an added dose of cozy comfort.
- Department : Mens
- Manufacturer : Columbia Men's Sportswear
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
- ASIN : B00L3XLVAQ
- Item model number : 155653
- Date First Available : August 1, 2014
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The following information is based on my opinion when comparing the NorthFace Apex Bionic to this Columbia Ascender:
1. The Columbia is fitted in a way that is more complimentary to my shape. Its wider at the shoulders its slightly tapered at the waist and the sleeves are a little more snug compared to the Northface. the Columbia is more formfitting and is flattering to the body even if you don't have a perfect six pack body (which I definitely do not). The northface is generally more loose fitting and creates the illusion of a flattering body shape by the two tone color design (obviously not true of the (TNF Black on Black version).
2. isulative ability i find that both jackets are equal in this area.
3. Water resistance, both are very impressive, neither one is completely waterproof, and the Columbia I think is slightly better in this area.
4. Comfort wise , advantage goes to Columbia. They have a fabric lining where the northface has fabric with a web like netting material in some sections. Both are comfortable Columbia is just more comfortable. also because of the way its fitted, the Columbia is more snug while the Northface is a little looser so if you are wearing this with your regular clothes to go to and from work or to wear a sweater while working outside in the cold, the Columbia will be comfortable. If you are doing winter Camping and spending long periods outside in freezing or sub freezing, then the Northface can accommodate more layers and fit more comfortably. I have worn a long sleeve compression Tee, thermals, cotton tee shirt, and hooded sweatshirt with wool lining and the North Face Bionic over the top and was warm and my movement was not restricted. Was able to hike in sub freezing temps, with good mobility and not need a heavy coat.If you are not hiking and just sitting still for several hours you will need a warmer coat but if you are active this will be adequate with sufficient layers. If you prefer the look of the Columbia and want to wear this many layers buy a size larger than your actual size.
If the Ascender could be considered the original version of this jacket, then the Ascender II is the "slim fit" version. Here are the differences I noticed:
- The upper body of the Ascender II is much slimmer than the original Ascender. I would estimate the Ascender II to accommodate chest sizes a good 1-2 inches smaller than the Ascender can accommodate.
- As others have noted, the fit between the two jackets is most noticeable in the shoulders/armpits. Arm cutouts on the original Ascender, while still trim, are much more generous than on the II. As a result, only slimmer arms will have an easy time slipping into the sleeves of the II.
- Sleeves are about half an inch longer on the II as compared to the original. Sleeves on the original are also slightly wider all the way down to the wrist.
- The collar is much larger on the II than the original. When popped up, the collar of the II has a very pronounced look and sticks out a good bit. When fully zipped to the top, the original Ascender provides more neck room.
This is not to say the Ascender II is not a good jacket. It's just the version you'd want to get if your frame allows you to wear "slim fit" or "tailored fit" clothes. If that's not you, then the original Ascender is the jacket for you.
My main comment to make is on the sizing. In my opinion this runs pretty large for anyone used to a lot of other, slimmer brands. I'm 5'9, 165lbs, with athletic build. I typically wear a medium t-shirt, and while I don't wear ultra tight skinny jeans, I prefer clothes that don't droop off me like some kid who dug through dad's closet. Target's Mossimo athletic cut shirts for example fit me perfectly, with no excess fabric in the arms or chest (but without being full on "bro" tight), and slack in the waist and stomach. After mulling it over for a while and looking at other reviews where they specified their exact size, I ordered this jacket in Small instead of Medium, and I definitely made the right choice. I still have ample room in the stomach and a little in the chest, but the arms and general proportions worked out well for what I was looking for. I'm sure I would have been swimming in the medium.
For reference: He is 6ft tall and 202 lbs.
It fit him well and is very roomy.
Top international reviews
Water beads well off it but I've not had it in anything more than light drizzle.
The chest pocket is a little weird though, my wallet keeps sliding almost into my arm pit... surt the pocket may technically be larger but it would be better if it went more verticals instead of horizontal.
Sizing is OK.... although I wished they made the opening in the arms a little wider, my shirts bunch up like crazy... the width is fine once you get it on but you have to smooth out your shirt or it will be all wrinkled when you take it off... unless you have zero shoulder size, the arm hole could be cut a little deeper... this is even more evident if you wear layers under it.
The arms are also a touch long for the shorter people but the velcro can help with this.
The torso area should be fine unless overly portly.
Generally this is quite a good jacket for the money but you may want to try it on at a store first to assess sizes.
Great look and feel. I will probably end up buying another one in another color. Strongly Recommended .