12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Say, do you know the call sign of the pilot who found Han and Luke out in the frigid wastelands of ice planet Hoth? Do you know where Obi-Wan told Luke to find Yoda after the young commander escaped from the wampa? Do you know what Leia called Han after Chewie’s little snickering episode? Then guess what, friend? You’re a genuine Star Wars fan.Now, for the rest of you … do you hate being cold? Okay, that’s good enough.Diehard Star Wars fans and people who hate being cold, unite! Why? Because on December 8, 2017, Columbia Sportswear released a limited edition run of jackets inspired by the clothing worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The three jackets in the Echo Base Collection — which are the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, the Leia Organa Echo Base Jacket, and the Han Solo Echo Base Parka, by the way — are superlative reproductions of the garments worn by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in the classic 1980 movie and will be a prized possession of anyone whose heart beats a bit faster when thinking about the epic battle of Hoth. They’re also going to be a bit hard to come by: true limited edition items, only 1,980 of each jacket were sold. (Get it? 1980? Like … like the year The Empire Strikes Back was released?)And now they are all gone. The coats sold out in something like ten minutes. No surprise there.Especially since these are genuine, high-performance coats that you could wear while patrolling Hoth via tauntaun or while skiing a mountain here on our planet (and in our time). You could also wear an Echo Base jacket (the Luke and Leia editions are actually jacket and vest combos, by the way) while walking your dog, bar hopping, or any of the other things you do other than skiing and/or battling the Empire and look pretty damn good.They have a style that is both retro, being inspired by the late 1970s and early ’80s, and current thanks to the cuts and fabrics. The exteriors are water-resistant; on the inside, the jackets feature Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining, which reflects your own heat back to you without compromising the breathability of the garment. This stuff works, people. It has kept me warm on mountains in multiple states, several countries, and two continents so far. (No extra-planetary use yet, because science.) The zippers, snaps, and other hardware are built to last even in harsh conditions.And now, you have your chance to get one of the least remaining unsold Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket’s. Just enter the giveaway below and hope the Force is with you. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHistoric OAS tourism congress for next week, 25 countries confirm attendance so farMarch 16, 2018In “latest news”24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers, High-Level Authorities of Tourism launchedJanuary 26, 2018In “latest news”Region 10 to embrace sustainable TourismFebruary 2, 2017In “Local News” The Organisation of American States (OAS) is committed to ensuring the growth and development of the tourism sectors within its member states, so said Conference Specialist of the OAS, Luiz Coimbra.Louis noted that the “Government commitment, you have that, multilateral coordination, we need that; we are providing that, and the OAS is committed to doing this.”OAS Conference Specialist Luiz CoimbraAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the OAS representative was at the time addressing a media briefing in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ boardroom to discuss activities surrounding the OAS’s 24th Congress to be held in Guyana.Additionally, Coimbra explained that the tourism sector provides a unique opportunity for economic development to take place, without the problems associated with pollution. He stated, “Tourism nowadays is a huge economic enterprise, maybe one of the strongest industries that you can have in a country without pollution, without any of the problems regular industries can cause.”Further, the Brazilian native reminded despite having great tourism products, the region is yet to realise its full potential, a cause the OAS is working toward, “I have to tell you guys that you have a beautiful country. You have the Amazon you have the sea for fishing you have rural areas that are ready to be a tourist area, beautiful wooden houses. You have to be proud of the beauties that you have in here.”The OAS representative added, “We have to do better. Guyana has to do better, Brazil has to do better, the countries of the Americas can do better. Our potential can do much bigger than what we are using right now.”The 24th Congress of OAS, which will be held at the Guyana Marriott on March 21-22, is the first event to be hosted by Guyana. Discussions will surround the development of the tourism products of its member states. The theme of the Congress is, “Connecting the Americas through sustainable tourism” and will conclude on Thursday, March 22.Several high-level stakeholders from international tourist destinations are billed to participate, DPI said.