Columbia – made for outside

Apparel, footwear, accessories or equipment – all products and proprietary technologies from Columbia are put through their paces in the challenging Pacific climate of the American Northwest. A landscape full of forests, volcanic mountains, rough coasts and a lot of precipitation offer ideal conditions for this. The extensive Columbia range was "made for outside", regardless of the activity outdoor starts for the traditional company on its own doorstep.


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History of Columbia Sportswear

What probably only the fewest know: The roots of the American outdoor company Columbia are in Augsburg, Bavaria. In 1937, the Lamfrom family fled from NAZI-Germany to the American West Coast to Portland, Oregon. Once there, they founded the Columbia Hat Company, named after the nearby Columbia River. Daughter Gertrude (Gert) and her American husband Neal Boyle also joined later the family business. After the sudden death of her husband, Gert took over the management of the Columbia Sportswear Company. For decades, the tough single-mom Gert, later also together with her son Tim, led the company and made Columbia one of the most successful outdoor brands in the world. In November 2019, Gert Boyle passed away at the age of 95. She remains vividly remembered by many through numerous humorous commercials and campaigns with her likeness.