Merchandising and Star Wars are two things that are inseparable. While the real necessity of Kylo Ren gummy snacks is questionable, Star Wars gear that can actually keep you warm and dry – even if you find yourself in a galaxy far, far away – is of real value.
Columbia Sportswear on Friday revealed a limited-edition line of high-performance jackets with designs inspired by the three main characters from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The ladies’ offering is a Jyn Erso Rebel Jacket, made of stretch twill cotton, that features leather-like details throughout the garment. Really setting this jacket apart, while also tying its look closely to Sgt. Jyn Erso’s garb of choice, is the insulated quilted vest that layers on top of the jacket – but can also be detached and worn separately on those warmer occasions.
The Captain Cassian Andor Rebel Parka has a large hood with a detachable faux fur trim that helps to keep the wind out of your face. Completing the captain’s look from Rogue One is pleated trim that adorns the shoulders and sleeves, plus a real leather patch that will identify the wearer as part of the Rebel Alliance. For those cold days on Hoth (or the frozen prairies), Columbia incorporated both Omni-Dry and Omni-Heat technology that reflects heat back to the inside of the jacket, so you won’t have to snuggle inside a Tauntaun for warmth ever again.
For those with more imperialistic ambitions, the men’s Imperial Jacket is the shell for Death Troopers looking to stay dry even in the most torrential of downpours. The entire jacket is constructed with the OutDry Extreme membrane, meaning water will never get in, while moisture from perspiration can freely evaporate. An Imperial Army shoulder detail is the mark of an allegiance to the Dark Side, but ironically the logo is reflective so the wearer can be better seen at night. Hopefully, that’ll help cut down on friendly fire, since few troopers have good aim.
Pricing ranges between $400 to $500, making them some of the more expensive — but also most practical — Star Wars products yet. These jackets aren’t a simple merchandising cash grab; Columbia says the jackets have the same “Tested Tough” promise as the rest of the company’s outerwear offerings.
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