Columbia’s ‘Best Lightweight Jacket’ for Spring Is Water-Resistant, Adjustable, and Up to 55% Off Right Now


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The best spring jackets should be as versatile as a pair of crisp white sneakers—hardy enough for a weekend adventure but appropriate enough for work. Spring blazers are great, but they can be a bit too formal, whereas hoodies are a no-brainer for hanging out but aren’t the best fit for the office unless you work at Facebook. Columbia often makes styles that are a perfect in-between, including one Amazon favorite that’s now on sale in over 20 colors.

Right now, the Columbia Ascender Softshell Front-Zip Jacket is on sale for as low as $52 on Amazon—up to a 55% discount on the normal $115 price. This jacket has earned more than 1,900 five-star ratings from shoppers who have called it “the best lightweight jacket you can buy,” making it the No. 1 bestselling jacket in its category. It’s available in sizes small through 6X, including big and tall sizes, and comes in a selection of bold and neutral colors. 

Columbia Ascender Softshell Front-Zip Jacket in Graphite, From $52 (was $115) on Amazon

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This classic-fit lightweight jacket has everything a guy could need for varying spring weather. It’s made from flexible, stretchy polyester that’s water- and wind-resistant—perfect for days that start sunny and turn gray by the time you leave work or reach the mid-point of a hike. It features two zippered hand pockets and a single zippered chest pocket, has adjustable cuffs, an adjustable hem, and a full zip that goes up to the band collar to keep the windchill off your back. Moreover, it’s the type of jacket that’s not too heavy and not too light, providing a proper amount of warmth for temperatures from the high 40s to the low 70s.

Aside from its simplicity, shoppers love the just-right fit, the all-day comfort, and the amazing value that comes with this jacket. “I bought this jacket for sailing my catamaran in San Diego, usually on cold and windy days,” a shopper said. “I get splashed by salt water often. This jacket keeps me warm and dry. I love it. Somehow, it seems to resist saltwater stains…I am a tough customer, and this jacket has well surpassed my expectations. The size was as expected. No complaints.”

Columbia Ascender Softshell Front-Zip Jacket in Black, From $55 (was $115) on Amazon

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Others appreciate how spot-on these jackets are for spring. “For me, this jacket fills the niche between cold wet weather and summer weather when a jacket is needed to take the dogs for a walk,” a shopper noted. And for those who enjoy layering, another shopper said these jackets are “loose enough to have a sweater or fleece on under it and not have it feel tight, but not too loose to be uncomfortable in just a shirt.”

With the ups and downs that come with the changing seasons, it’s important to wear a jacket that’ll have your back through anything. That’s what a style like the Columbia Ascender jacket does, and now that it starts at just $52, there’s even more of a reason to make it your next spring jacket. While we don’t expect sizes to sell out, we’re not sure how long the price will last, so pick up your favorite color before the savings get washed away.

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