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

Model wears: Skier, surfer and mountain biker Niko Ohlsson is 5ft 11 / 180cm with a 38in / 97cm chest and a 32in / 81cm waist. Niko has an athletic build and is wearing the Off Grid Shirt in size Medium.

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Off Grid Shirt

The Grid might be doomed

Today we are truly plugged into the matrix – with the electrical grid, running water, gas, and Amazon all on tap. But what if the grid is a blip? After all, we survived for two million years without it. With many predicting wars over natural resources in the not-too-distant future, being disconnected from the production of everything we rely on for survival doesn’t feel like a great idea. So our Off Grid range is built for a future in which you have to rebuild your life with your bare hands.

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Part of our 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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Made from nettles used in ancient Egypt

Every Off Grid Shirt is constructed using materials and techniques that were around since long before the grid existed. To create the fabric we start with an ancient type of nettle that performs incredibly well in heat and humidity. Five thousand years ago the Egyptians were using the same stuff to wrap mummies. Today it’s known as ‘ramie’ and you’re more likely to find it in parachutes, or in the plant-based plastic components in a Prius.

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It gets stronger as it ages or gets wet

The same properties which make ramie a great choice for bandaging up dead pharaohs make it a really practical material for life off grid. Its fibres are resistant to bacteria and mildew while being extremely low maintenance and easy to care for. Rather than deteriorating over time, ramie actually gets stronger as it gets older. It even gets stronger when it gets wet. And this type of nettle is different to the common nettle, so you won’t get stung when you touch it.

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We combine ramie with soft Pima cotton

To harvest ramie you have to strip it from the core of the nettles’ woody stalks, so the fibres are quite stiff. This means that to get the best out of its properties you need to mix it with other materials. So we combine ramie with Pima cotton – one of the lightest and softest fabrics you can wear. It makes the shirt strong and lightweight at the same time, as well as high-wicking and fast drying.

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Dyed with leftover Japanese red turnips

Our Off Grid Shirts are dyed using colours from the kinds of natural resources that you’d find easily off grid. The Turnip edition is dyed using red turnips from the Japanese mountain town of Kiso. Despite their red outer skin, the turnips have white flesh which produces a light-coloured dye. The turnips we use are excess ones left over from the production of sunki pickles. Rather than let them go to waste we use them to make 90% of the dye for the shirt.

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Finished with Ōmi sarashi, an ancient kneading technique

Once the fabric has been dyed it’s finished with an ancient Japanese technique called Ōmi sarashi. The fabric is slowly kneaded just like you’d knead dough, to create a soft, strong and rugged texture with natural wrinkles. The technique was invented in the region of Ōmi, near where we source the turnips used to dye the shirt.

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2 giant chest storage pockets

The shirt comes fitted with two giant chest pockets. Each one is over 22 centimetres deep and 13 centimetres wide, so they’re big enough to act as storage pouches for maps, tools or any food that you’ve foraged. They open from the side making them easy to access, while the heavy-duty metal snap fasteners mean the pockets close securely. A third small patch pocket is layered over the left chest pocket.

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Engineered with minimalist detailing

All the detailing on the shirt is engineered for practicality and simplicity. It fastens down the middle with six heavy-duty metal snap fasteners, and all critical seams are reinforced with twin needle stitching. The collar and cuffs are stripped out for a minimalist aesthetic, and there’s an external hanging loop for when you need to hang the shirt on a hook or a branch.

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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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