If it's true that experience brings wisdom, then Columbia Sportswear's more than 70 years in business should mean they know a thing or two about making great outdoor gear. From the mountain peak to the neighborhood park, from the glacier to the garden, and from the Tour de France to training wheels, Columbia helps you enjoy your outdoor adventure anywhere you like to play.
Founded in 1938, Columbia Sportswear Company has grown from a small family-owned hat distributorship to one of the world's largest outerwear brands and the leading seller of skiwear in the United States. Columbia's extensive product line includes a wide variety of outerwear, sportswear, rugged footwear and accessories. We are renowned for developing innovative products that are functional, stylish and offer great value.
Columbia is known as a product innovator and has an unparalleled reputation for quality and value. These basic principles guide Columbia through the creation of inventive and highly popular designs, including our famous Interchange System. They developed this revolutionary concept in 1982 and it has since propelled Columbia to the forefront of the outerwear industry. Their first Interchange jackets were made for hunting and featured a weatherproof outershell and an insulating inner jacket that could be worn together or separately, so that each parka was really three or four garments in one. This product was so popular that they applied the same concept to a ski parka and called it the Bugaboo, which became one of the best-selling ski jackets in history. In 1991 Columbia developed their own proprietary waterproof, breathable coating - Omni-Tech - and are now the second-largest user of waterproof, breathable fabric in the world.