Columbia Peak Ascent Shell

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Fabric 100% Nylon, 89% Nylon / 11% Elastane, 3L
Center Back Length 30 in



This is an awesome all-around hardshell jacket with…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $89


This is an awesome all-around hardshell jacket with some great softshell features. The chest vents work as advertized, keeping the inside sweat free on ascent. But, the Omnitech material keeps the rain and wind out. Then there's the softshell torso sections that give needed stretch climbing. It also has all the extra features you would expect from Columbia's Titanium line. I have used this jacket backpacking, climbing and daily. It holds up to all the abuse well.


  • deluge proof
  • great venting
  • tough
  • all the extra features
  • long tail

I spend a lot of time in the Appalachian Mountains, with a couple trips a year up to the Adirondaks. This jacket has passed all the tests. It stays dry in all out deluges, even two hurricanes, but the chest vents keep the persperation flowing out.

In winter it is excellent as a hardshell for climbing. In the deep freeze all the closures work as designed, though you can expect a little stifness, as usual. The hybrid soft/hard design gives great range of motion where it is needed without sacrificing water proofing.

One of the things some people may not like about it is the length. It is a little long in the body, but this is important because it keeps the wind and rain of your butt while bending and squatting. And, a backpack belt will ride comfortably above that line as well, avoiding bunching up.

In all this is an ideal piece of equipment for the serious adventurer.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Columbia's Peak Ascent Shell page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

CLOSEOUTS . Meet the demands of the mountain with Columbia Sportswear's Peak Ascent shell jacket, a hard shell-stretch hybrid with durable hard shell material in the shoulders and plenty of stretch in the body. Available Colors: BLACK, INTENSE RED, VOLTAGE. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2XL.

- Sierra Trading Post

One route wears many different faces throughout the winter, from icy slab to wet sloppy snow. This highly technical, hardshell-stretch hybrid meets the variable demands of winter climbing head on. It's a lightweight 3-layer jacket constructed of hardshell on the shoulders for crucial durability and full stretch in the middle for amazing mobility. Storm clouds approaching? Fear not. Omni-Tech(R) waterproof-breathability and full seam sealing hold dominion throughout. A unique core venting system allows you to diffuse excess heat through vertical zippers on the chest. The main zipper is waterproof, and the attached, adjustable storm hood features laser cut breathing holes, so you can protect your face behind the high collar without compromising your air intake. For extremely cold conditions, the 3-point Interchange system allows you to attach your Columbia shell of choice. Nearly invisible hand pockets and a chest pocket keep your essentials secure.

- Altrec Outlet

Snow, wind, and rain can rob your body of heat and drop your core temperature much faster than cold alone. Protect yourself when nature gets nasty with the Columbia Men's Peak Ascent Shell. Proprietary Omni-Tech multi-layer waterproof breathable construction fights off the elements like an action hero in a mindless Hollywood blockbuster.