Stay Cool and Protected with Columbia Sportswear this summer with Omni Shade™ Sun Deflector.


This season Columbia Sportswear, a leading innovator in outdoor, active and everyday lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, is focusing on keeping outdoor enthusiasts cool and protected with the Omni-Shade Sun Deflector technology collection. The Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector was developed in Columbia’s PIT (Performance Innovation Team) Lab.


The Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector technology is a combination of three of Columbia’s technologies. The Omni-Shade™ Technology which blocks Ultraviolet A and Ultraviolet B rays (UVA and UVB), helping to prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage. It has earned the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, the Omni-Freeze ZERO Technology’s blue rings which work with your sweat, and actively cool the surrounding fabric, and the Omni-Wick™ Technology which pulls moisture away from the body and enables perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you feeling cooler and comfortable.

The Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector technology is best for hot and/or humid conditions, and extreme sun exposure. It deflects sunlight away from the body so you feel cooler and stay protected, blocks damaging UVA and UVB rays, has breathable fabric, and wicks away sweat. 

“Summers in South Africa can be very hot, and that’s what we love about this place. Take on what the sun dishes out with protection made to block and deflect harmful rays, whether you are at the beach or on the trail. When developing this technology, Columbia’s scientists and engineers were focused on the idea that if the sun’s rays were deflected away from the body, there is potential for the body to feel cooler. Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector features little sun-deflecting dots that are applied to the outside of an Omni-Shade™ garment to deflect sunlight away from the body.” Says Shannon Rogotzki, Director for Columbia Sportswear South Africa.

“South Africans love the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, or hunting, we have the best gear for hot days. Our technologies are very effective.” Rogotzki adds.

Outdoor activities during the day can put you at risk if your skin is not protected from too much exposure to the sun.

The brand’s Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector capsule collection comes in Men’s and Women’s styles.

Sun Deflector Summerdry™ Long Sleeve Shirt

No need to sweat the heat in the Sun Deflector Summerdry™ Long Sleeve Shirt with UPF 50 sun protection and Omni-Wick™ advanced moisture-management. This shirt is light and comfortable, with handy thumbholes; this top is built for nonstop warm-weather adventures. Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector sends UV rays packing, while lending the fabric a subtle glow.

The Omni-Shade™ collection is available in-store and online. Visit website to see more styles.

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