Columbia Sportswear Company's operations are in Portland, Oregon, USA. They have been making clothing, footwear and equipment for the outdoor market for more than 70 years. They strive to make no-nonsense apparel that keeps the user warm (or cool), dry and protected no matter what environment they find themselves in.
Columbia is a family business that has found global reach. The parents of Gert Boyle fled Nazi Germany in 1398 and purchased a small hat company in Portland and called it Columbia Hat Company. Gert's husband eventually took over and on his passing Gert took the wheel and still steers the ship today with her son, Tim at her side as president and CEO.
Columbia has been built with people who have a passion for the outdoors, and they are creating gear for people who share the same passion. Hikers, skiers, trekkers and campers along with golfers, runners and bike riders worldwide can benefit from the technology and testing that goes into every item of Columbia Outdoor gear.