Customer reviews for Columbia Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell

Columbia Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell

The perfect compromise between blizzard in the forecast and first chill of fall, this multi-functional softshell works hard and plays even harder.
Overall rating:
4.474 / 5
4.5
 / 
5
(76 reviews) 76
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating breakdown 76 reviews
5 Stars
54
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
4
1 Star
2
69 out of 76(91%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Review 1 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Ascender Softshell

PostedOctober 26, 2011
Customer avatar
It fits just as I planned. I really like it for moderate cold weather.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 2 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Nice mid weight

PostedNovember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: Pueblo, CO
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
As a winter Fly Fisherman, I needed a performance jacket that would keep me warm and dry. I shopped around and decided to pair this with the RainTech shell. They work great together. This zips right into RainTech to make a solid waterproof jacket. I slipped into water up to chest at 5:30 am in November in Colorado. Water=40 degrees, air =28 degrees, I stayed dry and warm, so I'm sold.
Activities: Fishing - Freshwater
Conditions: Snowy, Rainy, Freezing, Rocky
I would recommend this product.
 
Products related to my review
Men's Raintech™ Jacket
4.5 out of 5(17)
 
 
 
 
 
+5points
5of 5voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 3 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Nice Jacket

PostedDecember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: Ohio
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Have worn this jacket twice. First time was in the December rain in Ohio, and it worked great. I am a tall woman who ordered the men's XL in hopes of layering over a fleece, but it is to tight in the hips to fit over my fleece and strangely a little roomy up top. Am definitely keeping the coat and will continue to enjoy it The color was great and thank goodness, not all that sagey.
Activities: Trail, Hiking/Trekking, Camping, Other
Conditions: City, Rainy, Windy, Cement/Asphalt
I would recommend this product.
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 4 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Nice Jacket

PostedDecember 29, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: Seattle, Washington
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 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
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Looks and feels very good, high-quality. Sleeves run slightly long (which I actually kind of like) and the body feels a bit short, some shirts will stick out a little underneath. Water beads off, and jacket provides sufficient warmth (40 degree weather). All in all a great jacket.
Activities: Other
Conditions: City, Rainy, Windy
I would recommend this product.
+3points
3of 3voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 5 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Fabric: perfect 'breathe'... perfect wind resistance...

PostedJanuary 1, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: San Antonio, TX
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The fabric in the ASCENDER II is excellent... great 'breathe'... perfect wind resistance... I ride bike/mtn bike in it... good fit, but the sleeves are a bit snug... more volume in the sleeves would help shoulder/arm mobility, since the fabric is a little stiffer than standard fleece... excellent collar... cinch at the hem makes a custom fit... my favorite light jacket...
Activities: Trail, Hiking/Trekking, Fishing - Flats Fishing, Camping, Mountain Biking
Conditions: Rainy
I would recommend this product.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 6 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Awesome

PostedFebruary 7, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Southern CA
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This thing is quite comfy. It has kept me warm down into the 40s while sitting around. The jacket blocks wind like a softshell should, and the drawcord hem helps seal out drafts. It seems very well-made, and should last for years to come
Activities: Camping
Conditions: City, Sunny
I would recommend this product.
+4points
4of 4voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 7 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

wonderful!

PostedFebruary 27, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: OKLAHOMA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend...he absolutely loves it!
Activities: Camping, Vacation
Conditions: City, Sunny, Rainy, Windy, Muddy
I would recommend this product.
+1point
2of 3voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 8 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

very comfortable

PostedJune 5, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: springfield, or
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
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
when I first put on the jacket I knew it was going to replace all my others as it was very comfortable and light.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 9 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great jacket - color different

PostedJune 10, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Portland, Oregon
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall, a great jacket - warm and windproof. The interior is soft and very fleece-like (almost plush-feeling), and the exterior seems very durable and abrasion resistant. However, the "Varsity Grey" shown online is a couple shades darker than the one I received. If you order this color, just know it's much lighter and closer to the "Tusk" in-terms of shading. It's still a good looking grey, just don't be surprised if you order it.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
2of 3voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 10 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

acender jacket

PostedOctober 20, 2011
Customer avatar
This jacket is dominate in all aspects I use my jacket to do nearly everything in. Hiking in the colder months to wearing it to work. And one of the best things about this jacket is its not loud when it rubber together. This jacket overall is great..
I would recommend this product.
+3points
3of 3voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 11 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellant Name !!!

PostedNovember 14, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: Charlotte NC
Zipper sticks a little. Inside big satchel good, but an additional smaller cell phone would be functional.
I would recommend this product.
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 12 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

This jacket exceeded my expectations

PostedNovember 29, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: Lewistown, Pa
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is a great jacket for the price. It has quality material and very well made. It is so warm that as soon as I enter a heated stucture, I have to remove it. The only reason that I only gave it a Good grading for function is because it lacks a hood for rainy or snowy days. I'm a corrections officer and the price beats all of the uniform catalogs such as Galls and Quartermaster. The same soft shell for twice their price.
Thank You Columbia!!!!!!
Activities: Other
Conditions: Snowy, Rainy, Windy, Freezing
I would recommend this product.
+2points
5of 8voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 13 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Recommend with one RESERVATION.

PostedSeptember 30, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Sarasota FL
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
The color I chose, called metal, was shown as a grey which made sense with the metallic grey garment show in the pictures.
Alas, it is not at all gray. It is a light green, I would say and not easy to,match to many wardrobe choices. Disappointed.
I do not recommend this product.
-7points
2of 11voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 14 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Great Product

PostedOctober 1, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Danbury CT
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
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This is just the right amount of insulation and protection for hiking in cooler weather. Where a standard fleece would be good, this add wind protection for better temp control. Great jacket that's going to stay in my day pack for hikes.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 15 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Nice Jacket

PostedOctober 31, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Houston Texas
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
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This jacket fits well and is very comfortable. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants a jacket for outdoor use or casual business use in a mild winter setting.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
2of 3voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 16 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Good-Looking and Warm

PostedDecember 1, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: GA
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ days a year)
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is my first softshell jacket...and I am very happy with it! The fit is true to size and the inside is just warm enough for mid-to upper 30's (all ive tested it in so far). Got lots of compliments on it, i bought it in the dark green color and the color looks really good!!! The only thing about it is that the sleeves are a little longer for the size, but not too bad where it gets in the way, plus they are adjustable with velcro on the end of the sleeve at the wrist! If on the fence, just get it!
Activities: Skiing, Boating, Hunting Big Game, Fishing - Deep Sea
I would recommend this product.
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 17 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Ascender™ II

PostedNovember 28, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Greenville, SC
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
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very nice jacket. Love to wear this in mild weather with thin short sleeve golf shirt for the office, range, golfing. I normally wear L shirts for extra shoulder room but M in this is a perfert fit for shirt and under tee shirt.
I would recommend this product.
-1point
0of 1voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Read comment (1)
Comments (1)
Customer avatar
Posted byLucygoose
Clemson, SC
 
Please wait while more information about Lucygoose is loaded.
Additional information about Lucygoose could not be loaded.
I disagree...
onDecember 11, 2012
Sir, I disagree. I recently bought a Large Jacket and it fits well. I also wear a Large Shirt.
+1point
1of 1voted this comment as helpful.
Comments (1)
Read comment (1)
Review 18 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent

PostedDecember 30, 2011
Customer avatar
Location: Connecticut
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
My 17 year old son won't take this off! It is his favorite Christmas gift. Thank gosh, because he hates wearing jackets and would otherwise freeze. It's not too bulky or showy. Keeps him warm and looks great. Not for extreme cold weather, but keeps the wind and cold out.
Activities: Skiing, Camping, Other
Conditions: Snowy, Windy, Other
I would recommend this product.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 19 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Solid jacket

PostedDecember 2, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: New York, NY
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
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I like the simple look and feel of this jacket. It's a good all around go-to garment, though not adequate for deep winter, or would require layering. My only complaint is the velcro tabs on the sleeve stick out a bit too much, which a) looks goofy and b) gets caught on things. But this has been a standard problem i've had with other jackets like this with adjustable sleeves.
I would recommend this product.
0points
0of 0voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
Review 20 for Men’s Ascender™ II Softshell
Overall Rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Disappointed

PostedDecember 14, 2012
Customer avatar
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Small
Quality
How would you grade this itemʼs materials, construction and workmanship?
 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Function
How well this item performed in its intended use, and beyond.
 
3 / 5
3 / 5
After reading the reviews, I was really excited to get this jacket. But once I put it on, I found that it ran quite small. I'm 6'2" and the bottom of the jacket fell at my belt line, which just looks silly. I have never had this problem with other Columbia jackets that I own so I don't know if this was cut incorrectly or perhaps it's just designed to be a "shortie". Definitely will be returning it to a store so I can try on the next one.
I do not recommend this product.
+3points
4of 5voted this as helpful.
Thank you! You have successfully submitted a comment for this review.
1 2 3 4 Next>>