Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

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12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Feb. 07, 2020
Feb. 08, 2019
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Document Type 10-K    
Document Annual Report true    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2019    
Document Transition Report false    
Entity File Number 0-23939    
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code OR    
Entity Tax Identification Number 93-0498284    
Entity Address, Address Line One 14375 Northwest Science Park Drive    
Entity Address, City or Town Portland,    
Entity Address, State or Province OR    
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 97229    
City Area Code 503    
Local Phone Number 985-4000    
Title of 12(b) Security Common Stock    
Trading Symbol COLM    
Security Exchange Name NASDAQ    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Entity Small Business false    
Entity Emerging Growth Company false    
Entity Shell Company false    
Entity Public Float     $ 2,934,153,747
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   67,403,493  
Documents Incorporated by Reference Portions of the registrant's proxy statement related to its 2020 Annual Shareholders' meeting to be filed subsequently are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Except as expressly incorporated by reference, the registrant's proxy statement shall not be deemed to be part of this report.    
Amendment Flag false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Entity Central Index Key 0001050797    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31