Founded in 1938, Columbia® Sportswear makes apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment that have earned a reputation for innovation, quality and performance. No matter what your outdoor adventures or travel plans entail, Columbia® offers comfortable, durable styles with innovative technologies to keep you warm, dry, cool and protected. They include: Performance Fishing Gear (PFG), winter jackets and boots, rain jackets, hiking shoes and clothes, baselayers and fleece.

At any given moment, somewhere in the world, there’s an explorer clad in Columbia clothing who is shimmying up an exposed rock face, navigating a tough section of whitewater in a Class V rapid, or traipsing across a wildflower-filled meadow. Columbia gear runs the gamut from heavy-duty insulated down jackets to rain gear, fleeces, hats, duffel bags, durable footwear, and much more.

In 1986, the company released the Bugaboo Parka, featuring the brand’s groundbreaking Interchange System—a patented technique which combines an outershell and inner jacket to create a three-in-one coat. The Bugaboo was a smashing success with downhill skiers. More recently, Columbia pioneered Omni-Dry, Omni-Freeze ZERO, Omni-Heat, and Omni-Shade technologies. Using these innovations, many of their products help the body stay dry, cool off, retain heat, and protect skin from harsh UV rays.

  • The company is named after the Columbia River, located near Portland, Oregon.
  • Columbia Chairman Gert Boyle was the first woman to be inducted into the Sporting Goods Association Hall of Fame.
  • The tallest peak in Oregon is Mount Hood and it’s actually a dormant volcano. It was first summited in 1857.
  • Columbia is an official sponsor of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. The company had to design a custom uniform for the U.S. Aerials Team to address the athletes’ specific needs.
  • Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor has one of the longest ski runs in the Pacific Northwest, with one trail measuring in at four miles long.

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