Columbia Backpacks for Outdoor Style
The trail to Columbia backpacks started with a hat company. Gert Boyle’s parents fled the turmoil in Europe in 1938 and settled in Portland, Oregon, where the Columbia River inspired the company name.
Focusing on high quality performance products for all outdoor activities, the expanding business became the Columbia Sportswear Company in 1960.
A family-run affair, Gert Boyle took over in 1970 and stamped her “One Tough Mother” personality on products ranging from clothing to footwear and the famous Gore-Tex parkas.
After celebrating over 70 years of experience in designing and testing products in the Pacific Northwest, Columbia stands as a well known global brand of excellence for anything needed for the outdoors.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
At Columbia Sportswear, corporate responsibility means that innovative products must not only create financial results, but social ones too. This is achieved through responsible sourcing of materials, giving back to communities and reducing environmental impacts.
The Global Donation Program provides support for both large-scale and small-scale efforts in environmental conservation, outdoor education and community involvement.
The company supports organizations working to conserve the outdoors, including the American Hiking Society, Ducks Unlimited and The Conservation Alliance; to improve outdoor knowledge and skills, including Islandwood and the Skin Cancer Foundation; and to empower communities where they manufacture products, through the Mercy Corps, Children’s Healing Art Project and Schoolhouse Supplies program.
And the Rethreads program takes irregular garments and extends their life by recycling the items to needy groups.
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Columbia Backpacks: Best Seller Selections
(School, Outdoors, Travel – 1892ci/31L)
With a streamlined design that keeps the load light and not bulky, the Treeline combines good capacity with durability for an attractive and functional option.
There are two main compartments for a day of hiking or a full day on campus with plenty of storage space for gear or books. A fleece-lined top pocket also keeps your sunglasses or sensitive gadgets scratch-free, but there is no audio port.
On the sides are two mesh water bottle pockets that fit quart-sized containers. There are no side storage pockets. The front panel has a bungee cord for extra storage for stashing a jacket and especially convenient to separate out wet gear.
The pack has a protective layer made with the Omni-Shield Advanced Repellency, a barrier that resists light rain and stains to keep your bag clean and dry inside.
Current users gave positive marks for the sleek design, good capacity and thick shoulder straps that lug books all day on campus or takes the abuse of everyday use at middle school.
Colors available: Black, Black/Pool, Red Hot/Dark Charcoal
An attractive and durable pack with a slimer design that features two large compartments for school or travel gear.
Columbia Bugaboo Cyberpack
(School, Travel – 1465ci/24L)
First, the color choices are vivid and attractive to capture anyone’s attention. Second, the Bugaboo comes with a padded external laptop pocket that keeps it separate from the rest of the load.
The main compartment handles your books, binders and clothes and the two mesh side pockets are big enough for quart-sized containers.
With contoured shoulder straps and a sternum strap, the pack fits and wears well. Plus the overall capacity is small and limits the carry load to a minimum of essential items, a good option for those seeking a lighter pack.
The exterior fabric contains the Omni-Shield advanced repellency for water and stain resistance. On some occassions, users did tend to run out of room due to the limited capacity.
Colors available: Black, Black/Dark Charcoal, Black/State Orange, Dark Charcoal/Pool, Bonsai/Black, Neon Green/Black, Pool/Malibu
A lightweight and lower capacity pack with a padded laptop pocket that sparkles in snazzy color choices.
Columbia Saddle Peak
(Outdoors, School, Travel – 2250ci/36L or 1770ci/29L)
Designed for day hikes and getting away, the Saddle Peak comes ready with a hydration sleeve and port to quench your thirst on the trail.
The main compartment provides plenty of storage space with an organization panel for maps and notebooks. Plus a vertical zip pockets keeps your cell phone and wallet within easy access.
Dual water bottle pockets also serve to store other gadgets and goodies and the four side compression straps help to attach gear on the outside and stabilize and secure the load.
The air mesh back panel and padded shoulder straps provide for a comfortable fit when cruising the city streets or the nearest park for a day. And the Omni-Shield advanced repellancy protects the pack from rain and dirt and water stains.
Some users particularly liked the color choices and used the backpack to store a digital SLR camera and a laptop in the hydration sleeve without any fuss. Still need more reviews to make any judgements about durability or other concerns.
Colors available: Black, Black/Red Hot, Dark Charcoal/Blue, Flame Plaid, Kettle Plaid, Swiss, Windsor Plaid
Made for the great outdoors, the pack is hydration compatible with extra compression straps and stylish looks.
Columbia Hookie Pack
(School, Travel – 1574ci/26L)
A playful name that comes in a snazzy set of bright color and funky pattern choices, the Hookie will probably get you more attention or at least some style points at school.
The roomy main compartment keeps all your bulky and heavy things together in one place and the front zippered pocket with an organizer takes care of the smaller items.
On the sides, the mesh pockets should hold quart-sized containers and the air mesh back panel keeps you more comfortable on those long walks to campus or between classes.
Not a monster hauler, the limited capacity keeps loads to a minimum. At present, there are no reviews that share information on user friendliness, durability and other carrying comfort.
But if you want to make a bit of a fashion splash, then the fun designs of the Hookie backpack will be a good choice.
Colors available: Lagoon Circles, Malibu Circles, Sea Salt Circles, Pool Geo, Black Geo, Orange Geo
A simple and functional design, the Hookie provides the basic features in dazzling color-pattern selections.