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Freezer Zero Bandana

rated 3 of 5 stars 5-Star Fabric and Concept: This bandana has wonderful fabric, and has so much going for it technically. Wonderful fabric and concept. 5-Stars as a deluxe cloth napkin (but too expensive for this use). 3-Star Construction: Frustratingly, it's just a little too small to be very effective for use as a bandana. A small person will benefit from many more uses than I can. From Columbia site CONSTRUCTION• Omni-Freeze ZERO fabrication lowers the material’s temperature• Omni-Shade UPF 50 provides premium… Full review

Reactor 35 Mummy

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great low-price synthetic bag for summer and early fall hiking. The "Omni-Heat" reflective dots do a great job of capturing body heat while the "Omni-Shield" 30D nylon shell blocks wind. A nearly full-length double zipper allows you to quickly and easily adjust the bag for optimum comfort in varying weather. I originally picked up the Columbia Reactor 35 as a backup bag when the airline lost my pack and we weren't certain we'd be able to intercept it on our way into the woods. In the end,… Full review

Silver Ridge Cargo Pant

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent lightweight weight nylon hiking pants that have a true slim cut. Hotter weather works best as these are thin (bring long johns). Comfortable, functional and very durable. Highly recommended. I've had these for a few years, been on a couple backpacking trips plus local hikes and they have worked wonderfully. I got tired of wearing baggy pants (even with correct waist) that flapped in the wind, caught on bushes during off trail travel, and generally looked sloppy, finally pants that fit… Full review

Steens Mountain Full Zip

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Overall a good replacement to a cotton sweatshirt. Great for mild temps/conditions. I always like Columbia fleeces, but over the years it has changed. Now if you have a Benton Springs which is the same thing but a women's, the Benton is a lot softer compared to this. I will do a review on that later. I bought the Steens jacket on sale as I certainty couldn't pass it up. I wanted a replacement for a sweatshirt after learning cotton sweatshirt is not fun when wet. It surpassed my expectations of warmth… Full review

Saturday Trail II Convertible Pant

rated 4 of 5 stars Made of thin material, which is both good and bad. Coverts to shorts: awesome! Love that they convert to shorts if you get too hot. Had to use this feature last summer at the National Zoo in D.C. — instant relief. The material stretched enough that I didn't have to remove my shoes to turn the pants into shorts. Anything you put in the pockets shows up as a huge strange looking bulge, except the one pocket near the right knee. This includes thin wallets. Even a single credit card looks strange… Full review

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Columbia Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

OR Day One: Around the Foot, Side, and Kitchen
Day One on the Outdoor Retailer show floor turned up a number of innovations, from breathable footwear to stable hydration and a slick cook system. Read more
August 1, 2013

Paddling, Cooling, Logrolling at Demo Day
Today we checked out paddling and logrolling at Outdoor Retailer's Open Air Demo. Cooled off with polymer action. And checked out the many ways to protect accessories. Read more
August 2, 2012

Outdoor Retailer: Hiking Gear Preview
Companies offer a plethora of new hiking and backpacking packs. Apparel not only keeps you warm and dry, but can also cool you down. Trekking poles get lighter and more compact. Read more
July 30, 2012

A Photo Tour of Winter Outdoor Retailer
The Outdoor Retailer trade show ended last month, but here's a final post on the show itself highlighting outdoor gear, outdoorsy people, and random sights. Stay tuned for backcountry gear news and information all year round on Trailspace. Read more
February 10, 2012

Outdoor Retailer's Softer Side: New Apparel Lines, Triple Crown Buffs, Footwear
We take a first look at some softgoods that caught our eye at Outdoor Retailer, including new apparel from La Sportiva, The North Face, and Outdoor Research, Trailblazer long trail Buffs, and footwear from Vasque, Timberland, and Columbia. Read more
January 22, 2012

Past views from the Outdoor Retailer show floor
Today we head to Outdoor Retailer's All Mountain Demo day. While we're outside in the snow, here's a sample of what the indoor OR scene looks like from the floor, with pictures from last summer's show. Read more
January 18, 2012


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14375 NW Science Park Drive
Portland, OR 97229-5418

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