Columbia’s New Empire Strikes Back Jackets Will Keep You Warmer Than A Dead Tauntaun

Columbia’s New Empire Strikes Back Jackets Will Keep You Warmer Than A Dead Tauntaun

Last December, Columbia released a collection of winter jackets based on the costumes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. They were all only available in limited quantities, making them incredibly hard to find, but this year’s collection, based on the iconic outfits worn by Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, might be harder to find than even a secret Rebel base.

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Columbia’s Echo Base collection features two jackets and a parka inspired by the snowy weather gear worn in Empire, but each one looks like a near-perfect replica of the film’s actual costumes – just slightly streamlined so you can wear them to battle the cold without looking too Star Wars-obsessed. Each one also comes lined with Columbia’s Omni-Heat reflective fabric which means that should you find yourself lost in a frigid wasteland, you won’t need to slaughter a Tauntaun to stay warm – unless you just like the smell.

You’ll also find a handful of Star Wars Easter eggs hidden in each jacket, including the logo of the Rebel Alliance, and fun patches which include quotes from the film. At $US400 ($527) each they aren’t cheap, but you’re actually getting a solid winter coat for your money, in addition to a genuine collectable. These will be only be available in limited quantities when they go on sale on the Columbia website December 8 at 4:00PM AEDT.

And I’ll be right there refreshing.

Hey all, Germain here, hijacking Andrew’s post for a second. I’m doing so because I’m so incredibly excited about these jackets, I just had to write about them too.

You see, I live in Los Angeles. It’s 22C today in winter. And I’m going to do whatever I can to get one of these jackets even though I’m never going to wear it. You see, I’m a little obsessed.

I Only Love Han Solo When He's Cold

Han Solo is my favourite character ever. In anything. I'm guessing I'm not the only person who feels that way. He's simply a badarse with a swagger that's second to none. For some reason, though, I personally have a weird fetish when it comes to Solo. I only love him when he's cold.

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Yes, I collect everything relating to Han Solo in Hoth gear. Since that article posted, I’ve added to my collection. But the one thing I’ve never been able to find, or afford, is a high-end reproduction of the coat. And yes, it’s $US400 ($527). I write about movies for a living so $US400 ($527) isn’t like, a purchase I make without thinking twice. But trust me, it isn’t every day that a company like Columbia makes officially-licensed jackets for The Empire Strikes Back. The Hoth jackets. Inspired by the original props that are currently in the Lucasfilm archives. And they’re only making 1980 of each one. Limited edition, people!

And there’s more. Though we don’t know the price, there is also an even more limited brown version of the Hoth coat, signed by Harrison Ford, with all proceeds going to Conservation International, a global organisation dedicated to protecting nature.

OK, now that I’ve got that off my chest, you can find out more info at the link below.