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We combined Omni-Heat Thermal insulation with down then lined it with Omni-Heat Reflective and created Turbo Down. Performance enhanced down giving the benefits of down and synthetic while also reducing cold spots.
We are a family business gone global. Chairman Gert Boyle's parents (German nationals who fled Nazi Germany in 1938) purchased a small hat company upon their arrival in Portland and named it Columbia Hat Company, after the river that inspired their new home. This humble beginning was of huge significance to the family, marking new found freedom and a fresh start. Her husband later took over, and after he died Gert ran the show, going from housewife to executive overnight. Today, her son Tim Boyle is our longtime president and CEO. The family, like our business, has experienced its ups and downs, but enjoying the outdoors together has always been an inseparable part of the program.