Camping around Portland can be pretty ideal: You don't have to go far to find a beautiful spot, the weather is generally mild, and there's always a friendly cadre of riot police to help you clean up. For unfussy camping gear that's 99% more fun, check out Poler.
Just launched by a couple Portlanders committed to creations that’re unique and functional without being unnecessarily technical, Poler’s charmingly lo-fi outdoor products are meant for people who "have adventures all over the world while wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers", so not Matthew McConaughey, who lost his only shirt back in the '90s. Poler's biggest contribution is the Napsack: a wacked-out sleeping bag that magically converts into something of a puffy jacket via zipped armholes at the shoulders and a bottom that opens to let you walk around, and also gets a hood, two jackety pockets, and a breast "music pocket",
a delicious microwaveable pastry filled with Meat Loaf and Salt-n-Pepa complete with headphone cord hole. Other gear is blessed with the same awesomesauce, including the tote-able Duffalupagus, which, straped to your skateboard, turns it into a pull-along; the bright orange, lightweight Man tent; and accessories like reusable hand warmers that heat up every time they hit the air and cool down when sealed back in their pouch, which is probably the plot of Kangaroo Jack. Maybe. Who cares.
In coming seasons Poler has plans to oomph up the line with additional colorways, and add a few fancypants items like a waxed canvas duffel and a down napsack with enough room to hold all sorts of stuff that can Occupy your time.