Fall Preview: Columbia Sportswear

Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Sportswear’s fall ’11 collection is all about keeping feet comfortable in any weather and on all terrains. For fall, the brand will highlight two major technological stories: OutDry, the patented lamination process acquired by the brand last year that affixes a breathable waterproof membrane to shoe uppers; and Omni-Heat Thermal Electric, a battery-powered in-boot heat source. Prices range from $115 to $200 for most styles, with Omni-Heat Electric boots selling for $400 and more. All styles, including women’s and men’s insulated boots, and multisport and trail running styles, will be available at core outdoor and sporting goods shops, and on Columbiasportswear.com.