Customer reviews for Columbia Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket

Columbia Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket

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.
Overall rating:
4.64 / 5
4.6
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5
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24 out of 25(96%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Review 1 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

A little long for me

PostedMarch 27, 2015
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coolallee
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
The coat is warm but it's longer on the waist. Otherwise, it's a great coat
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great

PostedMarch 23, 2015
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kameon42
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice product, love the way it fits and how it keeps you warm. It also has a stylish look
I would recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Nice

PostedMarch 19, 2015
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Morito
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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My nephew is really happy with the jacket! He loves it.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great lightweight jacket

PostedMarch 18, 2015
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DRJones
Location: Nicholasville, Ky
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This a great light weight jacket but very warm and blocks the wind. I hate wearing a big jacket and this was just rightnfor the cold temps.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Nice jacket for cool days and active persuits

PostedMarch 11, 2015
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NeoBhagwan
Location: Dutchess County, NY, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I'm 5'-9" and 145 lbs and purchased the medium size jacket. It's just a pinch big on me, but still a good fit. With the current cold winter, I had to wait into the spring for enough of a warmup to try out the jacket. I've been wearing it on walks/hikes in 40 - 50 F range and have been very comfortable with no additional layers. It's a warmer jacket than you think based on its weight. I also like the length about halfway down your tush. It also has a nice clean modern look. Definitely a good buy for the price.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

great purchase!!

PostedFebruary 26, 2015
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redhead79
Location: Columbia, MO, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
i bought this as a birthday gift for my son. i was pleasantly surprised at how warm it is. he had to purposely test out the waterproofing of it and it passed. the water beaded up and ran off the jacket.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great Replacement

PostedFebruary 17, 2015
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SteveP
Location: Chicago
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I ordered this to replace a previous Columbia Soft Shell jacket which I had put through the paces and was due for replacement. Jacket was just what I was looking for and matches up good with the description/photo. I may have previously had a different "fit" jacket, which could be why it feels larger then expected.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Wery good product

PostedFebruary 10, 2015
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Kostya435
Location: Usa
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Good jasked and quality
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Soft Shell Jacket

PostedJanuary 29, 2015
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Tkhnfl
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
Good price, fit well, very nice
I would recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Runs Small

PostedJanuary 25, 2015
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Book
Location: Chicago
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Small
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1 / 5
1 / 5
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1 / 5
1 / 5
I purchased this jacket along with several others because Columbia is one of the few companies that sell winter coats in a size 38 sleeve. I bought several options online to try each on. This one runs significantly smaller than the Fast Trek Fleece and is probably a 36/37 sleeve length.
Definitely be careful about Columbia's return policy as it is a moving target. The invoices do not specify the return date and it changes online from 30 to 60 from the date of purchase, not the date of receipt by the customer. Buyer beware.
I do not recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great jacket!

PostedJanuary 24, 2015
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Tonygb
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is a great jacket for almost anything. Very warm for its weight. Very pleased with my purchase!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Very comfortable

PostedJanuary 7, 2015
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ladybug19
Location: South Jersey
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
We purchased this jacket for my son who is a college student. When he received it, he wore it all day. Never took it off.
Very comfortable. Great chest pocket where the cell phone fits easily.
Great purchase.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Fit and Color

PostedDecember 23, 2014
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OffshorePilot
Location: Texas and Louisiana
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Purchased this jacket to wear with my work uniform. The Buffalo color matches my brown work pants pretty well. Looks great in casual attire (jeans and khakis) as well. As I'm 6 feet tall and broad shouldered, I'd prefer to have a 3XL. However, the 2XL fit seems just about perfect for uniform wear. My only complaint about the fit, other than the lack of a 3XL, is the sleeves. The length is fine, but they seem tight. I don't have Popeye'esque forearms or overly large biceps, but Columbia Softshell jackets always seem to have tighter sleeves than other brands. It's not uncomfortable, but doesn't leave a lot of room for other layers.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

What an exceptional product!

PostedDecember 22, 2014
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solidbrim
Location: Garrison, TX 75946, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
A friend of mine has been wearing a Northface Softshell for years. After inspecting his jacket, I decided to own one myself. I ran across Columbia's softshell and decided to purchase theirs due to be being on sale. Columbia has always been a brand of quality. I knew that I would receive a product made just as well as my friend's jacket.
I have a 40 chest and found the large to fit my shoulder width perfect. I did notice that the jacket fits a little "relaxed" in the arms and torso (but body types vary: I have an athletic build). After a side by side inspection with the Northface jacket, I noticed that their jacket fits a little small to size. In my opinion the Columbia jacket it better. It allows me to freely move while hiking, hunting, and camp tasks without feeling restricted or "bunching up". The quality of materials and stitching are superb and of the same quality (or better) than Northface.
For the sale price, this jacket was a steal! I am very happy with my purchase! I wouldn't hesitate to make this purchase again. My friend now covets my jacket.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Fits well well and looks great

PostedDecember 20, 2014
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Kosh
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is my favorite soft shell jacket. The fit and style are excellent. I like the handwarmer and chest pockets because they are lined with soft fabric, and the cuff adjustments are also a nice feature.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Size?

PostedDecember 17, 2014
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jyw107
Location: York, PA
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I read other reviews that said this jacket runs small and that the sleeves are short. I ordered a medium thinking it would fit me well. After some debate I ended up exchanging it at a store for a small which fits nicer and looks cleaner. I don't recall the last time i have ever worn a small. I suggest trying one on before you make your purchase.
Also, before exchanging the product i tested out the medium on a night where it was about 30 degrees(to pick out a Christmas tree), and quickly learned this coat was not for this type of weather. I decided I wouldn't be wearing a sweatshirt underneath and opted to get the small and keep this for milder spring and fall weather.
Other than figuring out the size the jacket is great.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great all-round Jacket

PostedDecember 14, 2014
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Reid
Location: Central Iowa
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I work in a business casual environment, so this is great to wear to work when the temps are above freezing. I am also outside a great deal in the fall and spring. So far, this jacket has met the challenges of the midwest, heavy wind, mist, and wintery mix.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent value

PostedDecember 12, 2014
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NancyE
Location: OK
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I purchased this jacket for several of our salesmen and had it branded with our company logo. The jacket looks great on all of them, and fits true to size. It's a great weight for moderate winters. I would definitely recommend it to others.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great casual/dressy jacket

PostedDecember 11, 2014
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Eem1226
Location: New York,ny
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and he is very tall. Most jackets come down awkwardly short. This one fit perfectly!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Men’s Ascender™ Softshell Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Professional look, Great versatility!

PostedNovember 28, 2014
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JoeSanchez
Location: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
When it comes to my job I'm required to work in any weather conditions and still maintain a professional look with khakis and a polo. This is my absolute favorite jacket that works with my entire wardrobe and I can easily layer clothing underneath when it gets a bit colder and still look good. When it's wet and raining the water just beads right off of the material its great! The adjustable cuffs work great at preventing wind from getting into your sleeves as do the adjustable waste drawcord. I normally wear a medium size shirt and I found that the medium was a bit too small and wasn't long enough for my upper torso, so I opted for the large and it was a perfect fit. I like pairing this with the utilizer polo shirt, ultimate ROC pants, and the Newton Ridge plus hiking boots. I couldn't recommend these products any more than I already do.
I would recommend this product.
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