Columbia Sportswear: More Than Just a Brand, It’s a Lifestyle

| March 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

No other apparel brand has ever made such an impact on the outdoor industry as much as Columbia Sportswear. Anglers of all types, whether on powerboat, pier, surf, canoe or kayak have almost made the brand synonyms with fishing. Columbia has also proven itself a well-respected outdoor clothing brand for almost all outdoor activities. There is a long history behind it all. Columbia started off as a hat company in 1938 and eventually evolving into a “sportswear” company by the 1960s. Today, they maintain a focus on the same values that has brought this company to where it’s at — helping you enjoy your outdoor adventure anywhere you like to play.

ACK is not only proud to be an authorized Columbia Sportswear dealer but our employees are big fans as well. Already, dozens of employees have submitted a request to order shirts for personal use. And, if you happen to attend one of our demo days this spring, you’ll be seeing ACK employees wearing the Tamiami II series of shirts. Personally, I own about 6 of these shirts in a variety of colors — love’em.

As an outdoor retailer that maintains a focus on paddling and camping, we have hand selected several items that we know our customers will enjoy. This, of course, includes their famous PFG Blood and Guts, Bahama II and Tamiami II button up shirts in a variety of colors. You can pair those up with a Columbia’s Backcountry Convertible Pants which are quick to dry and can be converted to shorts as the heat of the day sets in. Curious to know how the different shirt materials compare to each other? Click here to view a comparison chart.

We’ve also picked up a few stlyes of Columbia shoes including the Outpost Hybrid 2 Water Shoe, Techsun Interchange 2 Sandal and one of my favorites, the Techsun Flip. These are not flimsy, one-summer shoes here. The Columbia Techsun Flip features durable construction and a synthetic leather/carbon fiber upper that is built to last season after season.

Pick up a few item from the three lines mentioned above and you’ve almost got a full wardrobe. All you need are some Columbia socks, hats and gloves and you are ready to get out to enjoy the great outdoors. Do us a favor though, please get yourself some underwear.

Apparel is Columbia’s core focus but they also design a variety of other accessories to accommodate the outdoor enthusiast. For example, the Columbia PFG Bullshark Duffell Bag for all of your extra clothes and gear. It’s great for your boat or store it in your kayak stern tankwell because the bottom 2 inches of the bag is 100% waterproof. We also carry a couple of useful watches including the Singletrak which helps give you direction when returning from your destination amongst a variety of other features. And, for the salt water angler, there is the Tidewater Watch, which, as the name states, monitors tide movement for 200+ locations throughout the world.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. We have added hundreds of new items in the past few month and will continue to expand our selection to make sure we are covering all of your needs when it comes to quality outdoor gear. We are excited and looking forward to being your #1 Columbia Sportswear dealer. If there is ever a product you think we should carry or simply have a question about this or any other brand we carry, please contact us at customer@austinkayak.com or comment below!

Roland
ACK HQ

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  1. Hi,
    I am impressed by this post. I have got a huge collection of Columbia sportswear and I am it’s very big fan. I just love it.
    And ya..It is a lifestyle and not just a brand..
    :)

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