GOING ROGUE! COLUMBIA LAUNCHES STAR WARS OUTDOOR JACKETS

Genuine outdoor versions of the jackets worn by the heroes and villains of new movie ROGUE ONE

May the (gale) Force be with you. In a move that has got various people at Country Walking and Trail very excited, US outdoor brand Columbia has unveiled three stunning-looking jackets inspired by the latest Star Wars movie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits UK screens on December 16th and tells the story of a band of Rebel fighters who are called together in an audacious bid to steal the plans for the evil Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star. 

First up is the is the Rebel Jacket, inspired by the one worn by the film's heroine, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). Here's Columbia's description of it: "Crafted of stretch twill cotton, Sergeant Jyn Erso’s jacket features rugged leather-look details on the sleeves and throughout the garment. The quilted, insulated vest can be worn separately or layered with the jacket to complete your rebel ensemble, and features genuine leather debossed Rebel Alliance patch." 

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Next is the rather mighty Rebel Parka, inspired by the one worn by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Columbia told us: "It features a sherpa lined hood, with detachable faux fur trim detail. Omni-Heat Reflective lining reflects body heat back to the wearer, and Omni-Tech waterproof breathable fabric keeps you dry and protected.  Genuine leather debossed Rebel Alliance patch and premium fabrics pay tribute to this character."

And finally, for the baddies: the Imperial Death Trooper Rain Jacket. Here's Columbia: "Waterproof, breathable and fully seam-sealed, the Death Trooper Jacket is packed with the same features as Columbia’s award-winning OutDry Extreme Diamond Shell Jacket. Reflective Imperial Army shoulder details showcase allegiance to the Dark Side, along with striking design lines and pop color chest zippers that take inspiration from the Death Trooper’s imposing armor." (By the way - Country Walking has just reviewed the jacket this one is based on and we really liked it). 

Now the bad news: they're being sold in very limited numbers, and only through Columbia's US website, thus prices are in dollars. And they're expensive. But my gosh, if you're an outdoor geek AND a Star Wars geek, you might just be looking at heaven.

Jyn Erso Rebel Jacket: $400 (around £320)

Cassian Andor Rebel Parka: $500 (around £400) 

Imperial Death Trooper Rain Jacket: $450 (around £350)

And here's what the original versions of the Jyn and Cassian jackets look like in the movie...

Go take a look at them all at www.columbia.com/rogueone

As Yoda would (probably) say: want one, we do.