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Fit guide: The Off Grid Shorts are designed with a regular fit, and an elastic rope tied waistband.

Model wears: Sadiq Desh is 6ft 1.5 / 187cm with a 32in / 81cm waist, and wears the Of Grid Shorts in size Small.

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 Shorts

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 started with 9 pieces – 3 pairs of pants, 2 jackets, 2 pairs of shorts, a vest, and a shell. And we 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 shorts

Every pair of Off Grid Shorts is built from a heavy-duty Italian cotton designed to balance strength and comfort. The material has the same kind of structure as the hard-wearing cotton canvas used to build military tents. It weighs 395g/m2, is incredibly densely woven, 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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Two giant pouch pockets on the front of the shorts

The pockets on our Off Grid Shorts are built for versatility. Two huge front pockets act as storage pouches that can handle maps, tools, flasks or spare kit. There are two large side pockets. And you’ll find two more concealed pockets just above the knees that are covered with a canvas storm flap.

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Two more pockets at the back

On the back of the shorts there are two more pockets. Just like the front and side pockets they’re protected by storm flaps and fasten shut with heavy-duty metal snap fasteners designed to last. In between the two back pockets you’ll find four gadget loops so you can attach equipment like firelighters, paracord or a multitool.

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Elasticated rope-tied waistband

The shorts are built with an elasticated rope-tied waistband, so they work like sweatpants. The ends of the rope are finished with macramé knots, an ancient ‘square knotting’ technique dating back to Babylonian times. There were no grids back then. The fly is a concealed zipper. And we’ve added 5 belt loops if you need to secure your shorts even tighter.

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Six lines of reinforced stitching

The bottom hem of the Off Grid Shorts is insanely reinforced with six lines of thick stitching. That’s not the kind of detailing you’ll normally find in a pair of shorts. It’s a method of stitching normally reserved for military tents and mountaineering backpacks which need to survive in extreme environments and on expeditions. So if you've swapped out the sofa for a fallen tree trunk, your shorts aren’t going to wear out.

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Built for comfort in any season

Building the Off Grid Shorts from heavy-duty cotton means that they feel most like soft denim. The shorts 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 shorts 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 resources 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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