Vulc N Vent Casual Shoes From Columbia Sportwear
Consider this one a remixed classic. Columbia took the traditional vulcanized shoe design that’s been around for decades via the likes of Vans and PF Flyers and put a whole new spin on it. Unlike those traditional shoes that can leave the soles of your feet hot and sweaty,... Read more
Columbia Loch Lomand Rain Jacket With Omni-Tech
With breathable protection and lots of great features, this Loch Lomand jacket from Columbia Sportswear is light but serious rainwear. Most of us may hate packing a jacket when it’s not cold where we’re going. But when the skies open up and the rain deluge starts, you’d better have... Read more
Women’s Columbia Suburbanizer Jacket
I recently wore a lavender plastic poncho in Vietnam because it was free and I hadn’t packed a rain jacket. In a way, it was fun to choose a color I didn’t yet own in outerwear—especially because my friends could see me a block away because I was the... Read more
Columbia Silver Ridge Short for Men and Women
Four years ago, we reviewed the women’s Silver Ridge shirt from Columbia Sportswear. Today, I’m reviewing the Silver Ridge short, which just goes to show how great clothing lines will endure. When my family and I first discovered the Silver Ridge line of quick-dry, outdoors clothing, we bought as... Read more
Columbia Drainmaker II Water Shoes
When you find something great, it’s nice to know it comes in sizes for the whole family. Columbia Sportswear’s Drainmaker II water shoe comes in child, youth, men’s, and women’s, and is virtually the same shoe for everyone: a lightweight, drainable, quick-dry, fully protective water shoe that can transition out of... Read more
Outdoor Retailer Winter 2014 Takeaways
I spent three days in Salt Lake City on the floor of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market last week, to check out what’s on the way in travel and outdoor gear. While in past OR shows I’ve been accompanied by Tim Leffel or Amy Whitley, this time I hit... Read more
Columbia Millennium Flash Shell Jacket
Sometimes, despite getting out in the winter cold, you need something that allows you to move more easily than a big bulky jacket will. But sacrificing bulk shouldn’t mean giving up protection from the elements. The women’s Millennium Flash Shell jacket packs some of Columbia’s best technologies together to... Read more
Packable Trail Drier Windbreaker From Columbia
Here at Practical Travel Gear we’re big fans of jackets that pack down to nothing in transit. This Columbia Trail Drier Windbreaker is a great one to fit into a carry-on bag when traveling somewhere that is windy and cool, but not freezing cold. For most trips this year,... Read more
Columbia Coolest Cool Short Sleeve Top
On trips that are full of outdoor adventure, it’s not always easy to find the right clothing that hits all the highlights well. On my recent trip to Namibia, my favorite Columbia item was the Coolest Cool Short Sleeve Top. When I hiked in the Fish River Canyon, I... Read more
Freeze Degree Clothing From Columbia Keeps You Cool
Have you noticed how much the technical gear you buy is about temperature regulation? The Freeze Degree items from Columbia Sportswear I’ve been checking out go further than most: they actually lower your temperature when they get wet. The Columbia Omni-Freeze Zero technology is part of a wave of... Read more