When living off grid, it is good to limit expenditures whenever possible. One way to do that is to get quality items that will last. When speaking of clothing, durability is important, and clothing can be obtained that will last for several years.
Things to consider when looking for the best clothing for off grid wear include the material, its style and pockets, and the climate in the area.
The material is probably the biggest consideration, since durability is largely dependent on the fabric from which the off grid clothing is made.
Cotton clothing is good for temperate climates, but because it absorbs moisture and holds it near the body, it is unwise to use it near the skin in cold temperatures.
Natural fibers such as wool – whether from sheep, alpaca, or other wool-bearing animals – are a good choice, because these fibers aid in temperature control and wick well. Wool clothing will generally keep the wearer warm in cooler weather and cooler in warmer weather due to its properties.
Another good option for material is linen, especially when the climate tends to be hot. Linen is lightweight, wicks well, is very breathable, and is quick to dry.
Polyester can be a great option in cold weather because it insulates, but it is not breathable, so it is better to use only as insulation and not as a bottom layer.
Likewise, nylon is a good outermost wind-resistant layer and may help resist water, especially if treated, but does not breathe at all so it should be able to be opened or removed for air flow when necessary.
A material that is resistant to rips and tears is also a good idea, especially if the property includes woods, brambles, and briars. This can prevent injury as well as making the clothing last longer.
One way to use clothing to moderate temperature is to choose colors based on the climate of the area. Because some colors tend to soak up heat from the sun while others reflect more, darker colors will help to keep warm when needed, while lighter colors will result in more comfort in a warm location.
Thickness can also be a factor for temperature comfort; with most materials, thicker material will make the wearer warmer and thinner will be cooler. Having a thinner base layer is a good idea because when it is warm, one can remove outer layers and be more comfortable.
Controlling the moisture level will also affect temperature. Wicking clothing will keep the wearer warmer in the winter and more comfortable in the summer. When moisture stays by the skin in the summer, one can overheat, chafe, and even get skin infections. In winter, moisture can cause hypothermia. An outer layer that is waterproof will keep rain from causing excessive moisture by the skin. This includes good boots, as well.
Convenience and Tactical Usefulness
Pockets are so useful in clothing. Chances are, there will be items to carry no matter what is being done and where the property is. Having cargo pants or something similar as durable clothing for off grid will make it quite convenient to have tools and supplies available whenever required, while still leaving hands free to do the work.
Since many off grid properties are rural, visibility may be the difference between being mistaken for prey by a hunter or not. Something in bright orange or neon green can prevent this problem. Even if this is an additional vest in a strong synthetic material on top of everything else, making sure hunters will be aware is a good plan.
When choosing clothing that is sure to last for years, the biggest factor is comfort. Even if all the other boxes are checked, if the clothing is too uncomfortable to wear, the money spent on it is wasted. Find clothing that is durable and comfortable for best results.
Some good quality clothing options with good reviews from customers that have been proven to be durable can be found below.
Short Sleeve T-Shirt
For a base layer that is comfortable in a temperate climate and durable, these work-ready shirts with a pocket are mostly combination cotton and polyester, though some colors are 100% cotton.
Loose Heavyweight Long Sleeve Pocket T
Varying from 100% cotton to a cotton/polyester blend, these long sleeved shirts come with a left chest pocket and ribbed collar and cuffs
These sturdy and warm work pants are some of the most durable options out there. The pockets are reinforced and the hammer loop can assist in carrying things. The belt loops are also reinforced.
A nylon/spandex or polyester blend, these wind-resistant cargo pants will hold items and comfortably protect and warm the wearer.
Lined Ski Pants
In an area that is very cold, these ski pants may be the best option. They are lined with fleece and water resistant with knees that are reinforced. Six zippered pockets provide carrying capacity.
All Season Socks
These cotton work socks are made to stay put on the leg and be comfortable, breathable, and odor resistant. They offer arch support and are made from a combination of fibers (primarily cotton). The toe and heel are reinforced.
High Visibility Jacket
This waterproof jacket is made to be highly visible and is made of 100% polyester and treated to be water repellent. It is also treated with a stain resistant coating. It has a mesh lining inside the waterproof seams as well as chest pockets. It can be machine washed for easy care.
These overalls can be worn with a shirt of any thickness (or none) for comfort in any weather. The pockets make it easy to carry things and the durable duck material is made to be durable. The shoulders are adjustable to aid in achieving a perfect fit.