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Omni-Dry

Stay dry from the inside out with Columbia’s waterproof, ultra-breathable Omni-Dry technology. Extremely lightweight and boasting industry-leading air permeability, Omni-Dry garments ensure your comfort during high-output activities, even in nasty weather. For slower-paced or stop-start activities, count on Omni-Tech waterproofing to protect you from the elements while still allowing water vapor to escape the interior.

Columbia Youth

For generations, parents have trusted Columbia for durable, functional outerwear and footwear for kids. Whether they’re for building a snow fort in the back yard or practicing their turns on the slopes, Columbia snow jackets, pants, and boots provide warmth and protection at a price that won’t break the bank. From adorable buntings for babies to versatile Bugaboo 3-in-1 pieces for pre-teens, Columbia has kids covered for winter.

Turbodown Technology

Columbia reinvents insulation with its new Turbodown technology. This game-changing concept combines a layer of Omni-Heat synthetic insulation with an outer layer of down, to offer the best of both technologies and to completely eliminate cold spots. Columbia then boosts the power of the insulation by backing it with its renown Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining, which bounces your body heat back towards you.

Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective

Columbia’s Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining radically boosts the warmth of any garment, boot, or glove by reflecting your body heat back towards you. The tiny metallic dots that accomplish this are printed onto a breathable, wicking fabric so that you stay both warm and comfortable. Since its introduction, it has enjoyed huge success for its ability to provide warmth without movement-inhibiting bulk.
About Columbia Sportswear
Columbia Sportswear was founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon as the Columbia Hat Company, and when Gert Boyle sewed Columbia’s first fishing vest in 1980, she set the company on the path to becoming something much larger. An international leader in the outdoors, it offers a broad line of clothing, shoes, accessories, and equipment that have earned the company a reputation for innovation, quality, and performance.

Columbia established itself as a frontrunner with the introduction of the Bugaboo, the first interchangeable 3-in-1 ski jacket. This type of jacket is common today, but in 1986, the idea of two jackets that could be worn either together or independently was revolutionary. Today, the 3-in-1 is just one of a wide assortment of skiwear featuring both Gore-Tex technology and Columbia’s own proprietary Omni-Dry and Omni-Tech waterproof protection.

Columbia continues to introduce innovations in its snow wear line, which includes both insulated ski jackets and pants as well as technical shells and gloves. One of the latest is the revolutionary Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining, which boosts a garment’s warmth by reflecting, and thus retaining, the wearer’s body heat. This technology was at the core of the line of outerwear that Columbia produced for the US, Canadian, and Russian freestyle ski teams for the 2014 Olympic Games. It was lauded by the athletes for offering superior warmth without the need for bulky insulation that would impede their mobility. Columbia has a tradition of outfitting both athletes and broadcasters for the Olympics, as well as the X Games and America’s Cup, since 1994.

Since the ‘80s, Columbia has continued to add to its product line, including a full line of hiking gear. Hikers and backpackers will find hiking boots and shoes that offer sturdy yet lightweight support; shirts, shorts, and pant that feature high-tech protection against sun and insects; and technical daypacks. In fact, all Columbia products feature technology driven by the needs of the activity. Fishing shirts and pants, for example, are treated with Columbia’s Blood ‘n Guts stain-repellent technology. Performance tops meant for running are made from the new Omni-Freeze fabric that cools you off when you sweat. Water and boat shoes feature built-in drainage to keep your feet drier. Sunglasses are polarized to reduce eye fatigue when you’re casting on the river.

Columbia’s dedication to award-winning innovation complements its commitment to durable, functional clothing for every occasion. From wind and rain jackets, to down and fleece jackets, to casual clothes designed for active lifestyles, Columbia’s products align with its stated mission to: design and deliver authentic, outdoor, high-value products for active consumers of all ages.
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