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New STAR WARS Jackets are Powered by Both Sides of the Force

With the final installment of the Skywalker Saga right around the corner, you’re definitely going to want something snazzy to wear for that first The Rise of Skywalker screening. You know, something better than just a t-shirt with Kylo Ren’s helmet on it or more porg apparel (that’s SO 2017). Now Columbia Sportswear has revealed the absolutely perfect thing to wear on opening night with their new Challenger Jacket, Star Wars Force Editions.

Columbia Sportswear's new Star Wars jackets feature Imperial and Alliance insignia, showing off one's allegiance to the Light or Dark Side of the Force.

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These new jackets are inspired by the ultimate battle between the light side and the dark side of the Force. Owners can choose their allegiance, whether it’s the black “dark side of the force” jacket with Imperial details, or the gray and white “light side of the force” jacket with features honoring the Rebel Alliance. Or, to use more modern Star Wars terminology, you’re either with the Resistance or you’re with the First Order. Got to keep things up to date, after all.

These new jackets will become available online starting at 12:01am ET on Dec. 6, and then you’ll be able to find them in-store at Columbia-branded retail locations in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong SAR, and U.K. The Columbia jackets are unisex styles and will be sold for $200 USD.

Imperial and Rebel Alliance emblems are displayed on these new Columbia Sportswear jackets, showing off your Light Side or Dark Side loyalties.

Columbia Sportswear / Lucasfilm

But here’s the coolest part for hardcore Star Wars fans our there: For those wanting the ultimate version of one of these jackets, they can purchase one of only 25 of them signed by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.  These jackets will set you back a good $900, but all the proceeds will be going to college access programs and scholarships selected by Hamill. These highly sought after signed jackets will be sold only at Columbia-branded retail locations in New York, NY; Buena Vista, FL; Downtown Portland Flagship, OR; Minneapolis, MN; and Seattle, WA.

With these new jackets from Columbia Sportswear, you can pick your side - Light Side, or Sith powered Dark Side.

Columbia Sportswear / Lucasfilm

Star Wars fans will notice lots of cool details and nods to the films on these jackets. For starters, there are references to the Aurebesh alphabet, which most fans know as the primary language used in the galaxy that’s far, far away. The coded messages displayed translate to famous phrases from the films like “May the Force be with you” in the jacket honoring the light side, which is in the style of the Rebellion. Or, if the powers of the Sith Order is a bit more to your liking, “You underestimate the power of the dark side” shows up on the Imperial-style jacket. Among the other Aurebesh messages include the vehicle ID numbers for Luke’s X-wing Fighter, and even the Death Star itself.

The design team for these jackets worked together with the creatives at Lucasfilm to make sure to include features inspired by the films—specifically inspired by Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in particular. The lining of each jacket matches both of the characters’ weapon of choice, their lightsabers, with even each lightsaber’s specific kyber crystal that powers it as a part of the design. Additional features include a Rebel Alliance/light side or Imperial/dark side chest patch, along with a mesh sleeve pocket, zippered hand pockets, a kangaroo pouch, and more.

For close up views of these new out of this world jackets, be sure to check out the images in the gallery below.

Featured Image: Columbia Sportswear / Lucasfilm