The Last Pants

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An amazing product idea doesn't necessarily mean the products is amazing in reality. In this phase, we put our designs on trial and invite you to test the products with us.

With The Last, we are pursuing the ambition of creating the last pants you ever need to buy. This is a huge ambition, and to get as close to it as possible, the pants must be tested by many people over a long period of time. That is why we are developing The Last with our Community. To take part in development this fall, read more and order your product below. See the jacket here.

Ventile cotton
Matching jacket
Designed with our Community

An amazing product idea doesn't necessarily mean the products is amazing in reality. In this phase, we put our designs on trial and invite you to test the products with us.

With The Last, we are pursuing the ambition of creating the last pants you ever need to buy. This is a huge ambition, and to get as close to it as possible, the pants must be tested by many people over a long period of time. That is why we are developing The Last with our Community. To take part in development this fall, read more and order your product below. See the jacket here.

Ventile cotton
Matching jacket
Designed with our Community

PROCESS
Over the past two years, The Last has been tested, evaluated and developed in three rounds by around 150 people. Based on their feedback (see here or read the comments at the bottom of this page), we have made changes to a new version of the products that need testing this fall.

If you are interested in helping us develop these products this fall, preorder your pants above. (Preorder the jacket here.) In contributing to development by giving us feedback and ideas, you get the pants for a lower price (full price: 750 Euro). You can expect to receive your pants this fall. It will be possible to purchase the products after they are in stock, but to be sure to get the correct size and color we advise you to preorder now. (Certain sizes are already sold out.) We will keep you posted on the production process.

"CONTRACT"
Northern Playgrounds biggest goal is to reduce the world's clothing consumption. Thus, the concept surrounding The Last pants and jacket is built on systems that help the products last as long as possible. E.g. the products are made with durable materials and designed so that vulnerable parts can easily be replaced.

But what happens after a product is sold is just as important as how it is produced. Therefore, we view every purchase in our store as a kind of "contract", and by purchasing The Last you agree to the terms in this contract.

AREAS OF USE
This project started with developing outerwear for hiking and skiing. After testing prototypes, this has evolved into creating the only pants you would need on a road trip in the northern hemisphere. Imagine going on a trip without an agenda; you might go skiing, to the movies, climbing, hunting, cycling, sailing or just hang out in the sun. And imagine that you only have room for one pair of pants. That is what The Last will be. Many people can't imagine only having one pair of pants for every activity. We wish to challenge that misconception. Own fewer clothes and pack less. That is the essence of our philosophy.

Read our entire design philosophy here.

LIFETIME SERVICE
A huge part of all our clothing is the lifetime service they come with. This means that we will repair your garment free of charge, whenever necessary. In addition, we will help you with maintenance tips and tricks for as long as possible.

The Last has now been through three rounds of testing, and we are already very pleased with the result so far. Although, the products are still being developed, and as long as they are in this phase, they will be sold at a slightly lower price. Because of this, The Last does not yet come with lifetime service. We will repair anything that gets worn out within a natural period of time.

To ensure that the pants last as long as possible, it must be easy to replace or repair worn out parts. Exposed areas like knees and legs have been reinforced with a thicker and more solid version of recycled Ventile, that can handle more wear and tear. The reinforcements are mounted so that they can easily be replaced in the future.

KEY FEATURES

5. Extra large pocket on thigh with water repellent YKK zipper. On the insde of the pocket there is an inner pocket for a beacon with an elastic band and a hook.

7. Fitted knees with an extra layer of Ventile24 on the inside. The double layer makes the knees more durable and more water resistant. The extra layer is open in the top so you can put in kneepads in for example a wool padding.

11. YKK zipper for opening for wider leg openings. When fully opened the legs are 11 cm wider and can fit over large boots.

See all features under Technical details further down on the page.

DESIGN
Sizes
The pants have been developed to fit both men and women. We advise men to order the size they usually wear, and women to order a size down. If you want to try on the pants you can visit us at our store at Youngstorget in Oslo.

Colors
Colors in this phase are based on standard colors from the manufacturer. Final colors will be chosen later.

VENTILE COTTON
The pants are made in the legendary fabric, Ventile. You can read more about the fabric here. Here are a few benefits:

"Waterproof"
Ventile is amazing in any situation. The only exception might be hours of pouring rain, but a big part of Ventile's fame comes from the its technology that keeps water out. (It was originally developed for fire hoses.)

"Breathable"
The fabric is relatively light and a lot of the focus goes towards its breathability. Unlike GoreTex, Ventile is also comfortable against the skin.

Patina
Ventile is known for its patina – it ages well. That is also a key element in our design philosophy: Timeless. We have researched pants from the past 100 years, and have reached a cut, design and color palette that won't go out of style for the next 100 years.

PRICE
Another key part of our design philosophy is not to focus on the production price during development. We only focus on making the best possible product. The price of The Last pants will be around 750 Euro, but if you take part in development this fall, the pants will be yours for 430 Euro.

DEVELOPMENT
Below is a summary of the most important updates that this fall's products will receive based on feedback from the first three groups of testers.

REINFORCEMENT
We have reinforced all weak points discovered during testing to ensure a more durable jacket. Testers also asked for less of a contrast between the color of the shoulder reinforcement and the main color of the jacket, which will be implemented in the next round. Reinforced areas:

  • The "garage" at the bottom of the side zippers
  • The bottom edge of the pants
  • The crotch

PRACTICAL
We also made some practical changes to the pants to make them more comfortable and useful. For example:

  • The loops for suspenders have been placed closer to the middle on the largest sizes, so the suspenders do not fall down as easily
  • The thigh pockets are slightly smaller and have been moved a little off to the sides
  • + Technical info
  • + Size chart

Process

1 Design phase
2 Testing phase
3 Decision phase
4 Production phase
5 Available
Lifetime service
Read more

Discussion

We have received feedback on the idea and design from our Community, and will now be testing the product. To make sure that we only create products you will love for many years, we test them with you and other customers. If you have questions before ordering test products or have any general comments, join the discussion below!

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