Adventure brand Poler turned up on our radar a few weeks ago, when not one but two of our esteemed guest curators included their gear for our End of Year / End of Days Gift Guide: bike blogger John Watson was keen on their versatile rucksack, while our own Hand-Eye Supply highlighted their handy heat bags. In addition to bags and supplies, the Portland, OR-based company offers tents, accessories and apparel for anyone who's "looking for something that looks good, is a good value and is all about having fun on road trips and in the outdoors."
Perhaps the most notable product in their ever-growing line of camping gear is the Napsack, which is something like an ingenious cross between a sleeping bag and a Snuggie, with appreciably more practical application than either of its progenitors:The Napsack has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag.
Perfect for summer trips, couch surfing, music festivals, jumping into after snowboarding, surfing or any other activity that bring your core temp down. It's not too hot for inside and is awesome for wearing around the house in the winter.
The chest pocket fits a phone and has a pass through hole for your headphones to run internally, and it has pockets like a puffy jacket.
The domestic applications of the Napsack strike me as a practical stopgap measure for those of us who are looking to save a few bucks on heat this winter, as well as anyone who might be waiting on the "Nest" learning thermostat.
It's also well-suited to hapless renters who are subject to the erratic and draconian HVAC whims of stingy landlords in urban environs... not to mention particularly diehard Occupiers, who would certainly get plenty of mileage out of the Napsack as a veritable home-away-from-home, an inhabitable garment that might function much as a hermit crab's shell...
The Napsack is available now for $130; Poler also makes a smaller kids' version.
Of course, this isn't the first time we've seen a wearable sleeping bag: Veronika Scott's Element S is essentially a heavy-duty version of the very same, intended to clothe and shelter Detroit's homeless population (and yes, she went to CCS, why do you ask?).