Based in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear is a global outdoor brand that crafts active
lifestyle gear fortified with industry-leading technologies and tested in our own backyard. Our
apparel, footwear, and accessories reflect our Pacific Northwest heritage and indomitable spirit.
It all began in 1937 when Gert’s parents fled Nazi Germany and settled in Portland where
they purchased a small hat manufacturer, naming it the Columbia Hat Company. Signifying
a fresh start for the family, the business eventually passed from Gert’s father to her
husband Neal and then to Gert herself in 1970 when she went from housewife to executive
overnight after Neal’s sudden passing.
Our founder Gert Boyle’s “Tough Mother” persona lives on in the Columbia brand. Her
legendary perfectionism (“It’s perfect. Now make it better.”) and the high standards to
which she held herself and others still guide us today.
At Columbia, we’re as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available around the world, we’re proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest where the lush forests, snow-covered mountains, rugged coastline, and wide-open spaces serve as our playground. This is where we hike, fish, hunt, camp, climb, shred, paddle, golf, run, and just enjoy the fresh air with friends.
We hope to see you out there. Way, way out there.
A TESTED TOUGH HISTORY
2018: The next dimension of warmth is introduced with Omni-Heat™ 3D,
our latest thermal-reflective technology with advanced heat retention and soft
2018: Proud outfitter and sponsor of the world’s toughest freestyle
ski teams (including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and Ukraine) at the Winter Olympics
2017: Columbia launches a revolutionary line of high-quality,
eco-conscious gear built for maximum outdoor performance and minimal environmental
2016: OutDry Extreme flips rainwear inside out for the ultimate in
waterproof breathability. It’s our first-ever raingear with a waterproof layer on
the outside and a soft, wicking layer inside.
2015: Columbia Sportswear unveils “Tested Tough,” as its new, global
2014: Proud sponsors of the U.S., Canadian and Russian Freestyle Ski
Teams at Sochi.
2014: TurboDown™ technology fuses Omni-Heat™ synthetic insulation
with natural down.
2013: Omni-Freeze ZERO wins National Geographic Adventure’s Gear of
the year award.
2010: Omni-Heat Reflective is introduced, little silver dots that
reflect body heat.
2005: Chairman Gert Boyle publishes her autobiography, One Tough
1996: Performance Fishing Gear, or PFG for short, is introduced.
1986: The first Bugaboo™ parka is born, revolutionizing the way alpine skiers dress.
1970: Gert Boyle, a housewife, takes over the company
1960: Gert Boyle designs first fishing vest Columbia Hat Company
becomes Columbia Sportswear Company
1938: Columbia Hat Company founded in Portland, Oregon.