Off Grid Jacket
An insulated jacket that doubles as a backpack and is made from the same stuff as body armour.
- Outer shell made from the same material as body armour
- Lined with super compact insulation
- Two massive detachable back pockets
Your great-great grandfather lived off grid. Your children’s children will live off grid. So the question is, could you? If you had to start from scratch, build a house, generate your own energy, plant crops, find your own water, and raise a chicken or two?
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. Built from the same stuff as body armour and military parachutes, the Off Grid Jacket is both super tough and super versatile. It’s lined with compressed insulation to keep you warm, and air vents to cool you down. And it comes with massive detachable back pockets so you can collect your own lunch.
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.
Made with the same material as body armour
The outside of the Off Grid Jacket is built from an incredibly strong blend of para-aramid fibres and Cordura. On a weight for weight basis para-aramid fibres are 5x stronger than steel, which is why they’re normally used to make body armour and bulletproof vests. We blend these fibres with Cordura, a high tenacity Nylon that you find in protective panels on motorcycle gear. It makes the material highly abrasion resistant and seriously difficult to damage.
A 3D ripstop weave makes it even stronger
To make the jacket even stronger, we weave the para-aramid and the Cordura into a ripstop fabric. It’s the same construction technique used in wingsuits, hovercraft skirts and military parachutes. What makes the type of ripstop we’ve used so strong is that we weave it into a three-dimensional structure, so that the fibres are layered on top of each other. You can literally feel it with your fingers. It makes the outside of the material super-resistant to tearing, and means that anything which comes into contact with the jacket – whether it’s a rock, a branch, or the beak of an angry chicken – will hit the strongest part first.
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 the same stuff as body armour and military parachutes, which makes it incredibly abrasion resistant. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water resistant to over 10,000mm
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 10,000mm. The membrane keeps water out while still remaining breathable, so you won’t overheat when you need to work hard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Size + Fit
The Off Grid Jacket has a regular fit.
|Fits chest||83 - 90||91 - 98||99 - 106||107 - 114||115 - 122||123 - 130|
|Fits waist||71 - 76||76 - 81||81 - 86||86 - 91||91 - 96||96 - 101|
|Fits chest||33 - 36||36 - 39||39 - 42||42 - 45||45 - 48||48 - 51|
|Fits waist||28 - 30||30 - 32||32 - 34||34 - 36||36 - 38||38 - 40|