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Fit guide: The Off Grid Jacket has a regular fit.

Model wears: Runner Tyler Maher is 6ft 4 / 193cm with a 38 inch / 97cm chest. Tyler has an athletic build and is wearing the Off Grid Jacket in size XL.

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Off Grid Jacket

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. With vests and jackets made from the same stuff as body armour, high-strength utility pants and shorts, and the strongest rain shell ever built, we’ve focused on toughness, comfort and utility to help you live remotely and survive off the land.

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Built to hold your life

Every item of clothing has to earn its place in your wardrobe when you downsize and head off grid. So the Off Grid Jacket is insanely versatile. It’s made from abrasion resistant and weather resistant Cordura. It’s lined with compressed insulation to keep you warm, and air vents to keep you cool. And it comes with massive detachable back pockets so you can collect your own lunch.

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Made with tough and lightweight Cordura

The outside of the Off Grid Jacket is built from a densely woven and ultra-tough Cordura. Normally found in hiking boots and protective panels on motorcycle gear, Cordura is a high tenacity Nylon with extremely high abrasion resistance. While the type of Cordura we’ve worked with here is tough enough to handle the weight of a heavy backpack for days at a time, it’s also flexible, smooth and lightweight. So you’ll stay protected and comfortable.

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Constructed with heavy-duty detailing

Every part of the Off Grid Jacket is designed to make it one of our most hard-wearing and versatile pieces of gear. The fleece-lined cuffs fasten shut with a military grade belt tape and metal press studs with two tightness settings. The jacket has a two-way front zipper with a storm flap, and metal snap fasteners so you can quickly secure it in place. The high-backed collar is reinforced with five lines of stitching. And just below it we’ve added a tough external hanging loop that’s as happy on a tree branch as it is on the back of your door.

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Water resistant to over 7,000mm

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 as well as being highly resistant to rips and abrasion, we’ve bonded a hydrophilic membrane to the underside of the material making it water resistant to over 7,000mm. The membrane keeps water out while still remaining breathable, so you won’t overheat when you need to work hard.

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Detachable pockets for gathering dinner

If you’re off grid and fending for yourself, you can use the two detachable pockets at the back of the jacket to gather wild food, plants, herbs and fruit, or some eggs. Or to put it another way, dinner. They’re 24cm x 23cm – the same kind of dimensions as a standard stockpot. The pockets are attached to a heavy-duty strap which doubles as an adjuster to let you tighten the jacket at the waist. And both pockets are detachable, making it easy to take them off and fill with supplies, or leave them at home when you need to.

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Giant storage pockets inside the jacket

The pockets on our Off Grid Jacket are built for versatility. Open up the jacket and you’ll find two giant internal storage pockets designed to hold large items like firewood, maps, tools, flasks or spare kit. Both pockets are built from a durable elastic mesh that expands the more you put inside them, and they’re welded to the Cordura lining. The pockets close with a cord fastener so you can tighten them up when you need.

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Five more pockets at the front

The Off Grid Jacket has nine pockets in total, and five of them are at the front. There’s a hidden pocket on the chest for small off-grid type things – maybe a pen-knife rather than a phone. There are two zipped side pockets with soft fleece lining. And there are two storage pockets for things that close with metal snap fasteners.

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Six air vents keep you cool

We’ve built concealed air vents under each arm that open and close with body movement, so they’ll help to stop you overheating when you’re working hard. You’ll find four more vents across the upper back, with two layers of fabric overlapping so that water runs off them. All the vents are lined with an ultra-soft and super elastic Italian mesh. The mesh is fast drying and incredibly breathable, so sweat can escape easily and air can flow into the jacket to cool you quickly.

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Lined with super-compact insulation to keep you warm

Our Off Grid Jacket is built from an advanced four-layer system. So underneath the super tough outer layer and the waterproof membrane, we’ve built the middle layer with compressed and lightweight insulation. Using the same technique we use in our Nomad Puffer, we compress the insulation to under a third of its original size before stitching it into the jacket. So while it takes up 70% less space, it keeps 80% of its thermal properties. The inside of the jacket is then finished with a hard-wearing Cordura lining.

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Our insulation is made from recycled plastic

Instead of pulling feathers out of ducks, we pull plastic out of used plastic bottles and turn them into insulating synthetic fibres. Every Off Grid Jacket uses 5 half-litre recycled plastic bottles. Staying warm is all about trapping as many pockets of air next to your body as possible, so these synthetic fibres are built to be hollow, which means you’ll automatically have millions of air pockets trapped next to your skin. And as the curl of the fibres traps more air than straight fibres, the microscopic texture of the fibre itself also retains heat.

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How plastic is turned into insulation

To turn recycled plastic bottles into insulation we work with pioneers in thermal insulation based in Milan. They’ve been working on recycled fibres and using plastic bottles in their technology since the 1980s, well before it was the cool or right thing to do. They use a process called mechanical recycling to blend the bottles, eliminating the need for hazardous chemicals and creating synthetic fibres that have the highest loft for the lowest weight, just like down.

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How the insulation performs against down

While down traps heat well, it doesn’t breathe well. So it’s not the ideal option if you’re working hard. If you’re on the move our insulation will do a better job of regulating your body temperature, as it will breathe better and won’t hold onto sweat. It’s also made from a blend of different fibres each with their own ‘multi-shape’ structure. Some are designed for puffiness, others for resilience or thermal efficiency. By making each fibre a different shape, we stop them linking together and clumping like down does when it gets wet.

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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 resources 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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