Columbia Is Releasing ‘Star Wars’-Inspired Jackets For When The Winter Makes It Feels Like Hoth
During the opening scene of The Empire Strikes Back, we discover that the Alliance has set up a base on the ice planet of Hoth, because in a galaxy filled with an estimated 3.2 million livable planets, they decided to pick one of the shittiest ones. I’m not sure why they didn’t just head to Endor in the first place, but who am I to question the authority of Mon Mothma?
When you consider just how miserable the conditions on the planet are, it was necessary for people to come prepared to deal with the cold. When Luke Skywalker and Han Solo decide to leave the base to investigate an “asteroid” that turns out to be a probe droid that would eventually spark one of the most epic battles in the history of the franchise, they had to make sure they were ready to take on the weather.
Now, you can also prepare for the most extreme weather thanks to a line of jackets designed by Columbia that are inspired by the ones worn by Luke, Han, and Princess Leia while taking on the Empire at Echo Base. You might never have to sleep in the guts of a tauntaun to survive frigid conditions, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to keep yourself warm in style.
The Echo Base collection is scheduled to hit stores on December 8th and will retail for $400 each. If you for some reason have a bunch of disposable income and want to prove your fandom by stocking up on as many as possible, it’s worth noting they’re limited to five per customer.
Because Star Wars fans might be the most obsessive people on Earth, they’ve figured out that the average daytime temperature on Hoth is -26° Farnheight, while nighttime temperatures can dip down to -61°. The jackets might not be able to protect you from such extreme conditions, but if you do try to tempt fate and die of frostbite, at least you’ll look pretty cool while doing so.