Right on time for the winter and boosted by last year’s Kith collab, the COLUMBIA AW16 COLLECTION marks the welcome return of some classic cold weather bangers.
We’ve seen a strong run of retro outdoors gear in recent times – not the over-bearded heritage woodcutter kind, but the cleaner and more technical ’90s-rapper-on-a-mountaineering-expedition type. Columbia always made solid winter warmers and classic shell jackets, and they were just as much a part of the NYC streetwear aesthetic in the late ’80s and early ’90s as many other brands, even if they didn’t get quite as many rap lyric shout-outs. The Kith collaboration paved the way for a big comeback, and this winter is the perfect time for the brand to get the wider recognition it deserves. UK jacket fans rejoice, because Urban Outfitters have picked a strong selection of outerwear and mid-layers and have even dropped a couple of their own exclusive colourways for your delectation. A pair of lightweight panelled jackets come with great colour blocking and tech-looking mesh arm pockets (think Wu-Tang meets Sherpa Tenzing), while the famous convertible Bugaboo is back with its warm fleece liner in new colour combos. An all-black waterproof shell provides a toned-down alternative to the retro colours, while a selection of zip and pullover fleeces add that all-important layering potential with a strong hike-dad vibe. All in all, this solid line-up of weather-beating apparel with its very reasonable price range puts the “win-win” into “winter” (sort of).
The COLUMBIA AW16 COLLECTION is AVAILABLE NOW with URBAN OUTFITTERS. Take a look at the exclusive colourways and other highlights of the range below, and shop the styles now by clicking on the banners.