A versatile jacket that sails smooth through rough weather.
Thrive in cold, windy, and wet conditions when you zip up the Columbia Ascender Softshell Jacket. Underneath the water-repellent Omni-Shield fabric, this versatile jacket sports a soft polyester lining that fends off chills and laughs in the face of blustery weather. Wear the Ascender Jacket as a breathable midlayer under your storm shell, or wear it alone when the weather looks to be a little more mild and a little less like the end of the world.
- 100% Omni-Shield polyester
- Water-and wind-resistant
- Adjustable cuff tabs
- 27.5in center back length
- Multiple zippered pockets
- Regular fit
- Item #COL00DH
- Q & A
Columbia is stepping up their game
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Small
- Height: 5'5"
- Weight: 145lbs
What comes to mind when you think of Columbia? Maybe a step above retail store quality? Patagonia's ugly second cousin twice removed? Yeah me too. But my friends, we are wrong. I don't know how or when it happened, but Columbia has been quietly and progressively killing it. And, yeah, this this jacket is no exception.
Can we start with how impossibly comfortable this jacket is? It's loose but not baggy; flattering yet non-constrictive. The color stands out but isn't obnoxious. I would even venture to say that the heavenly microfiber fleece that lines this garment may indeed have been fabricated at Vesuvius by the Greek Gods themselves. Seriously though, the entire jacket (pockets and chin guard included) are lined with this ridiculously soft fleece.
On the outside, you'll find tough, tear resistant material that is somehow unimaginably....soft....How!? It defies physics. It also has a solid DWR coating, kills wind, is crazy adjustable ( hood, cuffs, waist), and looks dapper from the trails to the city.
Runs a tad bit large as do most Columbia garments, but this allows you to layer underneath if need be.
It's patagonia quailty without the price tag. Hands down one of my favorite technical layers.
I'm looking for a jacket that will keep me warm for around town and local hikes. Is this a good enough insulator for temps in the 40s with some wind?