Columbia Sportswear Company designs, sources, markets, and distributes outdoor and active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment in the United States, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada. The company provides apparel, accessories, and equipment for men, women, and youth under the Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, and prAna brands. Its products are used during various outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, hunting, fishing, trail running, water sports, and adventure travel. The company also offers footwear products, including hiking boots, trail running shoes, rugged cold weather boots, sandals, and casual shoes for men and women under the Columbia, Sorel, and Montrail brands, as well as for youth under the Columbia, Sorel, and Montrail brands. Columbia Sportswear Company sells its products through wholesale distribution channels, direct-to-consumer channels, independent distributors, and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through its network of branded and outlet retail stores, and e-commerce sites. As of December 31, 2014, it operated 74 outlet retail stores and 19 branded retail stores, and 5 brand-specific e-commerce Websites in the United States; 5 outlet retail stores and 1 branded retail stores in various locations in Western Europe; and 3 outlet retail stores in Canada, as well as 151 and 256 dealer-operated, branded, outlet, and shop-in-shop locations in Japan and Korea, respectively. The company was founded in 1938 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.