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Fit guide: Our Off Grid Pants are designed with a regular fit.

Model wears: Skier, surfer and mountain biker Niko Ohlsson is 5ft 11 / 180cm with a 32in / 81cm waist. Niko has an athletic build and is wearing the Off Grid Pants in size Medium.

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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Off Grid Pants

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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These are tough, low-maintenance pants

Every pair of Off Grid Pants is built from a heavy-duty Italian cotton designed to balance strength and comfort. Weighing 395g/m2 and being incredibly densely woven, the material has a structure that’s similar to the hard-wearing cotton canvas used to build military tents. It has a high tensile strength and scores 5/5 in abrasion resistance tests. But because it’s cotton it’s soft and breathable next to your skin.

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The seat is double layered and stitched 5 times

The seat of your pants is normally one of the first parts to break down because it’s put under more stress than other areas. That’s why we’ve reinforced the seat of the Off Grid Pants with a double layer of material that’s kept in place by five lines of thick stitching. So even if you've swapped out the sofa for a fallen tree trunk, your pants aren’t going to wear out.

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Two giant pouch pockets on the front of the pants

The pockets on our Off Grid Pants are built for versatility. Two huge front thigh pockets act as storage pouches that can handle maps, tools, flasks or spare kit. There are two large side pockets, and two back pockets protected by storm flaps. In between the two back pockets are two gadget loops so you can attach equipment like firelighters, paracord or a multitool. All the pockets fasten shut with heavy-duty metal snap fasteners designed to last.

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The cuffs are rope-tied for versatility

We’ve constructed the cuffs with a rope-tied system which lets you adjust the pants depending on the conditions you find yourself in. Pulling the cords tight will create a seal between your legs and the elements, while loosening them will let air flow in. The pants can also be rolled up both to adjust the length and to conceal the cord if you prefer. Each cuff is reinforced with six lines of stitching. And the cords are finished with macramé, an ancient ‘square knotting’ technique dating back to Babylonian times. There were no grids back then.

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Elasticated rope-tied waistband

The pants are built with an elasticated rope-tied waistband, so they work like sweatpants. The ends of the rope are finished with macramé knots just like the cuffs. And we’ve also added 5 belt loops if you need to secure the pants even tighter. There’s a zipped fly and 4 air vents at the hips. The vents are concealed by storm flaps and protected by a soft, stretchy mesh, allowing air to flow through while keeping dust and insects out.

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Built for comfort in any season

Building the Off Grid Pants from heavy-duty cotton means that they feel most like soft denim. The pants are also soft and unstructured to give you freedom of movement. The cotton will keep you warm in winter and cool and comfortable in summer. And if your clothes washing routine has reduced down a bowl of hot water once in a while, these are low-maintenance pants that are easy to clean, easy to dry, and hard to damage.

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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 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 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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