Columbia Men's Ascender II Softshell Jacket

4.6 out of 5 stars 662 customer reviews
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A great jacket for getting me from my house to car to building at work on the cool fall/winter/spring Ohio days.
I bought this Columbia Mens Ascender 2 Jacket to wear in the spring and man does it fit perfectly.
It is very comfortable and perfect for chilly nights, I live in Florida so this is great for our winters.
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  • 100% Polyester
  • Imported
  • Zipper closure
  • Machine Wash
  • Mock collar
  • Zip front
  • Long sleeve with adjustable cuff
  • This water/wind-resistant softshell jacket features three zip pockets and an adjustable hem.

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The perfect compromise between blizzard in the forecast and first chill of fall, this multi-functional softshell works hard and plays even harder. It's made from rich, supple softshell with all the comfort of a heavy sweatshirt and the weather-fighting prowess of a hardshell 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 drawcord and warm your digits in the zip-closed hand pockets. A supple tricot lining delivers an added dose of cozy comfort.

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004XH5XGW
  • Item model number: WM6645
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 8, 2005
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,297 in Clothing (See Top 100 in Clothing)
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    By Anthony James Hayes on October 30, 2011
    Verified Purchase
    I didn't buy this here but I thought I should share my opinion on this jacket. First of all, the sizing of this jacket is made a little smaller than what most people would think. I normally wear large and I feel very comfortable. I got this jacket large size and it felt very tight in the under arms and shoulder area. I exchanged for a XL and it feels way better...It seems as if there is a huuuuge gap between a Large and a XL....The jacket is warm but you want to wear a hoody inside for the winter.

    Update 11/12/11: I'm very glad I exchanged the jacket for a XL. It looks and feels way better. I love the design of this jacket. It really makes you look sharp.

    Update: 03/20/12

    I lost a bit of weight and the XL is too baggy for me. I purchased this jacket again in a large and it fits perfectly with room for a hoody. I'm 5'9 178lbs. I wish Columbia implement omni heat in this jacket. I think this is the best looking Columbia jacket.
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    Size: LargeColor: Surplus Green Verified Purchase
    Don't be misled, this is a warm jacket. There is a thin fleece-like lining inside the jacket surrounded by a gortex liner. This provides for a warm & dry experience. I bought it for a trip to Europe in March (it rained and hovered around 50 degrees). With a long sleeve shirt underneath the jacket, the product served its purpose miraculously. The rain rolled right off the jacket, and dried in under and hour when hung up.

    Ok so it's effective for keeping you warm and dry. But it also looks damn good when you're wearing it. The collar pops a bit but not to a douchebag degree (full vertical pop), allowing for a preppy yet subtle look. I chose green because I look really good in that color. And man was I catching a lot of glances from the ladies (it was all in my head, but 90% of confidence is how you perceive yourself).

    Buy this because it serves its purpose, it's a great price (compare to some ridiculously overpriced Northface jacket costing $250), and you'll look like you're ready to climb Mt. McKinley and bang chicks. Nuff said.
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    Size: SmallColor: Black Verified Purchase
    Since a lot of the reviews on this product that I've read just consider the climatic qualities, I wanted to provide feedback on the fit. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs and had trouble deciding between the small and medium. I ordered both, but find the small a more appropriate choice. My concern was that the chest dimensions, based on the sizing chart, seemed better suited for the medium, whereas the other dimensions fit squarely with the small. I wear a 38R suit jacket, have a 31 waist and 33 sleeve length.

    However, these are general sizes for all of Columbia's clothing. The actual manufacturer's dimensions per item can vary as it does for this product. The small chest size is closer to 41" and the sleeve length is 34". The medium sleeve is an inch longer and chest closer to 43". Therefore the medium is too bulky on my frame.

    The small fits good in the waist and chest, and overall appearance is quite sharp. It's a little snug under the arms, but I prefer a good fit there over having excess material that bunches up.

    Also, either my neck is short or the collar is markedly higher than the one imaged. I have a 15.5" neck measurement, but here again the actual collar measures 19." However, the collar for me would only be extended if I were outside in the cold or wind. If you have a need for the collar to be up often, this may be an issue for you.
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    Size: MediumColor: Tusk Verified Purchase
    I live in Houston, TX, so our winters aren't too bad. I wanted a form fitting, light jacket. This was perfect size, quality, and color. I really like the price and quality of Columbia.

    I am 6'2, 190 lbs, and athletic build. I ordered a M, and its a perfect fit all around. I have long arms, and the sleeves cover my wrists completely.
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    Size: XX-LargeColor: Black Verified Purchase
    The cold temperatures is where this Columbia soft shell is most useful. Its warm inner fabric and wind/water resistance outer shell helps to keep me toasty warm! I should point out that I also have a heavier Columbia outer shell similar to this soft shell that I used in unison with an older Columbia soft shell jacket that I somehow misplaced (bummer). Needless to say I HAD to get another one because the quality of the great layer piece was soo good.

    Size:XXL
    Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 245lbs
    Build: Athletic

    Pros: (1) a wind and water resistant outer surface, (2) A high collar that zips to one's chin, (3) a strong and reliable zipper system, (4) draw strings at the waist, (5) generous sleeves with adjustable Velcro pull back closers, (5) inside fleece like material that feels great against the skin (6) well built and sturdy construction, (7) PRICE!!!

    Cons: (1) Waist is a bit loose fitting (good thing for the drawstrings) but it still could have been cut a little slimmer, (2) The fleece like material used inside of the arms is a bit "grabby" (It doesn't bother me though -just thought that you should know), (3) runs a bit smaller than the last Columbia Soft Shell that I owned.

    I use this great layer piece throughout the cooler Fall, and colder Winter months. Put on a mock/turtle neck with this soft shell and you will be in great shape for those cooler/colder days. I use it while driving as most winter coats are too bulky to drive in comfortably. There are so many good things to say about this jacket that I think that you get the picture. I hope that what I shared will help you make an informed decision.

    I recommend this great soft shell!
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