Columbia Sportswear Company was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Columbia Sportswear Company engages in the design, sourcing, marketing, and distribution of outdoor apparel, footwear, and related accessories and equipment in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. The company categorizes its products in four categories: outerwear, footwear, sportswear, and related accessories and equipment. The company offers outerwear products for men and women under Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel, and Pacific Trail brands, as well as for youth under Columbia and Pacific Trail brands. Its outerwear is designed to protect the wearer from the harsher inclement weather commonly encountered in fall and winter outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, hunting, fishing, and adventure travel. These products are used by mountaineering athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.Columbia Sportswear Company's ootwear products include hiking and trekking boots, trail running shoes, and rugged cold weather boots for activities on snow and ice; sandals for use in amphibious activities; and casual shoes for everyday use. The company offers sportswear products for men and women under Columbia and Mountain Hardwear brands, and for youth under Columbia brand. Its sportswear products are designed to be worn as a layering system with its outerwear and footwear products during fall and winter outdoor activities, or individually during milder weather. The company offers Columbia-branded accessories and equipment, including bags, packs, headwear, scarves, and gloves; and Mountain Hardwear accessories and equipment, which include tents, sleeping systems, and backpacks. These products are designed for mountaineering, ultralight backpacking and camping. The company sells its products through wholesale distribution channels, independent distributors, retail stores, and licensees.