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Fit guide: The Off Grid Dyneema Shell is designed with a loose fit, with plenty of room for other layers underneath. If you prefer a closer fit, we recommend you go for the size down.

Model wears: Greg Kheel is 6ft 2 / 188cm with a 39 inch / 99cm chest. Greg has an athletic build and is wearing the Off Grid Dyneema Shell in size Large.

Personalised advice: See our size guide for more advice on sizing, or you can ask us for personalised sizing advice here.

Returns and exchanges: Don’t worry if you order something and it doesn’t fit – we have a free, no hassle 30 day return and exchange period.

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The grid might not be the solution we thought

We’ve spent almost all our entire time on Earth living off the grid. It’s been just 140 years since Thomas Edison switched on his generators at Manhattan’s Pearl Street Station in 1882 and the first electrical grid was born. Your great-great grandparents might have remembered it. It was 3pm on a Monday. Gas, water, Amazon and Netflix all followed. But what if the grid is a blip? What if it’s an experiment we’ve outgrown? After all, we survived for two million years without it.

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What is “off grid”

Living off grid in its purest form means that you’re responsible for everything. Take a raft to an uninhabited desert island and you’ll get the idea. Drinking water? That’s yours to find. Fire? You’ll need to light it. Shelter? You’ll need to build it. Clothes? You’ll need to make some. Food? You’ll have to catch it or forage for it. At this end of the spectrum it’s all about survival. But given there aren’t quite enough islands to go round, the shift to off grid is more likely to take the form of self-sufficient communities setting up in increasingly remote and inhospitable terrain producing their own food and energy.

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Why the future will be lived off grid

With finite fossil fuels, a rapidly changing climate, and many predicting water wars in the not-too-distant future, being totally divorced from the production of everything we rely on for survival doesn’t feel like a particularly smart idea. Not knowing how to grow your own food, raise animals, find water, or even build the things you need, might become a serious stumbling block to survival if things don’t quite run to plan. While getting to Mars is definitely the next frontier, there might be another one waiting for you on your own doorstep.

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The Off Grid range

As parts of our planet become increasingly difficult to live on, and we’re forced into new and unknown terrain, we’re going to need solutions to help us. So our Off Grid range is a system of clothing we’ve designed to help you live remotely. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going off grid for a weekend, a year, or you’re selling up and unplugging for good. We’re starting with seven pieces – a vest, 3 pairs of pants, 2 jackets, and a shell. And we’ve focused on toughness, comfort and utility to help you live remotely and survive off the land.

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Built with Dyneema

The Off Grid Shell is an all-terrain, all-purpose rain shell for life off grid. Highly windproof and tear-resistant, it has an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio thanks to the Dyneema composite we’ve used to build it. Originally created in a lab, Dyneema was used to make high-strength sails for racing out on the ocean, where high strength, low weight, and resistance to UV matters. Today it’s used to make ultra-lightweight high-strength tents and backpacks.

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It’s designed to take a beating

Rain shells aren’t known for being tough. But if you’re heading for a life off grid, you might as well take the strongest rain jacket there is. You’re far more likely to be carrying knives, axes, trowels, tools or potatoes covered in mud than you are an iPad. So the shell is tear resistant and stain resistant. And the material is so tough that if you ever get tired of the jacket you can use it for other stuff. Got a hole in your bucket? Just cut one of the pockets off the jacket and you’ll be able to use it to repair it. Need some rope? Cut some strips off the jacket.

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Don’t break it in gently

The Off Grid Shell is not quiet and it’s not soft. This type of Dyneema is noisy. You will wake up the chickens, the dog, the horses and maybe the neighbours. But it is the toughest rain shell you can get. In fact it’s so tough the material needs breaking in, like you would with a pair of boots. Luckily the more you beat it up the better it will look. And it’s over-geared for a reason. If you’re living off grid and your rain shell is your outer layer, it needs to be super practical.

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Going off grid is not a beauty contest

Over the last decade the real focus for shells appears to have been making them all the different colours of the rainbow. But going off grid isn’t the time to be focusing on colour choice. So maybe you like jackets that look like battered steel. Maybe you don’t. But this type of high-strength Dyneema only comes in one colour, and you’re looking at it. It may look like it’s been shipped from some Mad Max version of the future, but at least you’ll be easier to find if you get lost in the wilderness looking for berries.

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We’ve made the Dyneema waterproof

You’re going to spend a lot of time outdoors when you’re living off grid, which means you’re going to experience more weather. And if you’re relying on your own crops for food, you’ll also spend half your life praying for rain. So while Dyneema isn’t naturally waterproof, the Off Grid Shell is. We started tackling the idea of waterproofing Dyneema with our Indestructible Hat. Now we’ve carried it on with the Off Grid Shell.

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Designed to keep the elements out

The shell is highly windproof and seam-sealed for waterproofness. There’s a peaked, fleece-lined hood that tightens with elasticated cords at the side and back. And you can tighten the cuffs as hard as you want thanks to a simple Velcro belt. The Velcro slides through a loop that you can then pull tight to create a seal around your wrists or gloves to protect you from the elements. The two-way front zipper is protected by storm flaps inside and out, and fastens with metal snap fasteners. And you’ll find pull cords at the waist and hem inside the jacket to pull it tight around you.

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Two giant side pockets that go round the back

The shell comes with two giant side pockets that wrap around from the front of the jacket, over the hips and all the way to behind your back. You’re going to be carrying stuff all the time when you live off grid, so they’re big enough to carry anything you need to take with you, from tools to plants. If you simply want to keep your hands warm, they’re also fleece lined. There are also two large, angled chest pockets. And all the pockets are kept watertight with storm flaps and waterproof zips.

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Giant storage pocket inside the jacket

If you open up the jacket, you’ll find a giant storage pocket on the inside left which can hold anything from a flask to the vegetables for your lunch. It’s built from an elastic mesh that expands the more you put inside it and is welded to the inner lining. The pocket closes with a cord fastener which allows you to adjust the tightness.

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Resistant to stains, water and UV

Dyneema started life in the water – it was used to make incredibly light and extremely strong sails for the America's Cup. It’s naturally hydrophobic, which means it can’t absorb water, and it stays lightweight even in the wettest conditions. It’s UV resistant and chemically inert, so it performs well in dry, salty and humid conditions, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun. It’s also stain proof, which is ideal if you’re using the jacket to transport half a garden with you.

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The grid defines modern life

When Thomas Edison flipped the switch on his generators in Manhattan, it was really all about making his cool new lightbulb work. To power those bulbs in a way that was affordable across the planet, he created an electrical grid. And to make the grid work he and his team assembled light sockets, wiring and electric meters and put it all into a single system. It sparked over a century of innovation and invention – from power and water networks, to space travel, the internet, groceries on demand and government surveillance.

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But it might be doomed

While early sci-fi writers imagined it creating a Utopian system with limitless personal time and freedoms, things aren’t necessarily going to plan. The resources that currently power the grid are running out – most of the electricity generated globally today is still produced by fossil fuels which take millions of years to create, and oil alone is controlled by just 15 countries. The grid itself is possibly doomed to collapse. Some thinkers like James Lovelock, the pioneer of the ‘Gaia hypothesis,’ believe that the grid will soon fall apart, and that within our lifetimes most of us will see rationing of not just energy, but food and water too.

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Wait… how can we run out of water?

Wars over natural resource wars are nothing new. From sugar and spices to oil. But with global temperatures and the global population rising, the world’s freshwater could be next. A recent NASA-led study suggests that just the melting of the glaciers could reduce water supplies disastrously, as they provide nearly 70% of the world’s freshwater. As the population grows, the demand for water to grow crops will only increase. At the same time, heat waves, droughts, tornados, dust storms, rising sea levels and desertification are likely to create planet-wide disruption, food and water shortages, and environmental refugees.

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Get your spade out

The fancy answer to the resource crisis is that we’re probably heading towards a more decentralized future, with local microgrids and communities more connected to the things they consume and how they’re created. The blunt answer is it’s time to get your spade and toolkit out – you’re going to need to become the master of your own small universe. Learning to go off grid early is all about building some simple skills. You need to be able to generate energy, source your own water, grow your own food, turn waste back into fuel, and maybe raise a chicken or two.

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We already know how to do it

Humans are masters of adaptation. Around 1 million homes lived off-grid in 2010. That number rose to over 99 million in 2020. So the shift is already happening quietly. After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, dozens of Japanese municipalities shifted from a traditional utility-based grid power system to a more local, resilient model of generating and storing energy when and where it’s used. And today off grid communities are emerging everywhere. From the colder climates of Scotland and Lasqueti Island off the coast of Vancouver, to the heat of California, and Aogashima, the Japanese volcano island.

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