Columbia Sportswear Gear has been tested tough.

Columbia Sportswear Gear has been tested tough.

Columbia Sportswear is a trusted brand for outerwear and clothing for outdoor activities. Columbia Sportswear is the brand people will choose if they want high-quality gear.

Columbia Sportswear is a great option for those who plan to keep the same pair of shoes or jackets for outdoor adventures for a while. Their windbreaker was a great option for chilly winter trips to Japan, Hokkaido and Japan. It is lightweight and very versatile.

Hiking up to Mt. Pulag in the rain. New Year 2013. (using Columbia’s Bugaboo Interchange jacket and Columbia shoes).

Columbia gear has been a staple in my life since before I began blogging. After using my Columbia shoes extensively for hiking, biking, and everyday sportswear, I didn’t need to replace them for five years. Columbia Bugaboo Interchange jacket, which I purchased on sale a decade back, has been a part of many memorable adventures.

Motorcycling from Sagada, Bontoc 2012 with the Columbia Bugaboo interchange jacket

The Interchange jacket features an inner fleece lining with a removable waterproof shell. This has been very useful in colder areas of the country, especially in the Cordilleras such as Baguio and Bontoc. This jacket was my trusted companion on a rainy hike up Mt. Pulag and Maligcong. The outer shell has been used as a raincoat in the metro. It was also useful for motorcycle riders to the Sierra Madre mountains, where the weather can be unpredictable.

Columbia Sportswear has been creating and innovating products for over 80 years. Columbia Sportswear recently relaunched its flagship store in the Philippines to celebrate its 80th anniversary. This is to encourage people to get outside and to keep them inspired.

Photo by Martin San Diego, Maligcong for Northbound Magazine

80 years of tested tough

Columbia is reintroducing the 80th-anniversary version of the Bugaboo jacket that incorporates their proprietary technology – Omni-Heat thermal reflective liner and Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable, critically seam-sealed weather protection feature, making it even warmer and drier than the 80s edition.

The superior technology guarantees that you will stay warmer and outdoors longer. The outer shell is waterproof and breathable. Users can adjust the hood, sleeves, and hem to make the garment fit better. Thermal reflectivity is a new feature in the zip-in fleece liner. It reflects heat from the body for warmth and allows for high breathability.

Each piece can be worn as an outer layer in moderate weather conditions. If it gets too hot, you can wear each piece separately or combine them for maximum protection against the worst weather conditions.

Epic Retail Environment

Columbia Sportswear is celebrating its 80th anniversary by redesigning its flagship stores’ interiors. It is called an “Epic retail environment”.

Cascade Retail Environment’s new store concept features evergreen photography, prop libraries and highly customized fixtures. This is evident in the extensive fitting rooms and dramatic theater. Each detail was carefully planned and implemented to create a superior brand experience for customers.

The MOA flagship store is worth a visit, especially if your goal is to hike more and take on outdoor adventures in colder destinations. Columbia sells winter jackets and shoes and everyday wear such as convertible pants, shorts, and activewear that can be converted to shorts or pants with zippers.

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