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Gear Review Roundup: Poler Camping Equipment

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This review roundup will focus on products by PolerStuff.com. Specifically, “The Rucksack” backpack, “The Napsack” sleeping bag/coat, “The Two Man Tent,” and “The Magic Tarpit” survival space blanket/tarp.

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“The Napsack” sleeping bag/coat:

While camping, have you ever taken a lot of time getting all tucked inside your sleeping bag all nice and cozy and then just as you settle in for the night, you realize that nature is calling? I have, and man, that’s frustrating. Maybe you would like to enjoy the evening outside around camp, but the temperature is dropping too quickly, and you wish you didn’t have to climb into your tent and sleeping bag just to keep the cold at bay? Well, “The Napsack” by Poler easily and conveniently solves both these problems. Simply put, “The Napsack” is a sleeping bag/coat that you can wear while walking around. “The Napsack” eliminates the need to carry both a warm coat as well as a sleeping bag by combining the two into one. This makes it perfect for trips where packing light is a necessity.

It is primarily designed to use in mild climates or seasons such as summer. I don’t recommend it for cold weather camping. The bottom of this sleeping bag doesn’t dead-end as a standard bag does. “The Napsack“ is actually open-ended with a drawstring that converts it from a sleeping bag back into clothing in seconds. It also has two zippered armholes, a full torso front zipper, an insulated hood with drawstrings, two side pockets and one chest pocket with a pass-through hole for headphones. This all packs into a stuff sack that is considerably smaller than most sleeping bags and also has loops along the side of the stuff sack that will assist you in attaching it to a backpack or even allow you to hang it from your belt.

In my testing, I found “The Napsack” to be quite comfortable to wear, easy to use, well built, and effective for its intended use. Although you might not win any fashion awards while wearing it; it is certainly warm, comfy, and convenient. It’s a great item to keep in the trunk of your car for all those unexpected last minute adventures, or if your car breaks down on the side of the road in the middle of no place. With “The Napsack,” you’ll always be ready. I highly recommend it.

It comes in the following colors: Burnt Orange, Black, Blue, and Green. It’s available in Medium and Large (unfortunately, no Small, XL, or XXL).

Made in China

Price: $130

For more information, visit the following web link: http://www.polerstuff.com/products/the-napsack

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“The Rucksack” backpack:

“The Rucksack” by Poler will take you back to the good ole days of adventuring. Its high build quality and use of rugged 1000D Campdura body fabric, 420D nylon lining, nylon seatbelt webbing, leather pull-tabs, leather tie down points, beefy metal D-rings, zippers, strap loops, and clips make “The Rucksack” daypack the kind of bag that could easily survive a lifetime of day trips and overnighters. Plastic parts are used on this bag just as you would find on every backpack on the market. However, on this pack, there are only 6 plastic parts as compared to other bags that can typically have over 20 plastic parts.

“The Rucksack” has one large main compartment that holds 21.6 liters and nearly closes all the way with its built-in drawstring. Inside the main compartment, there is a padded laptop sleeve with a Velcro strap to keep your computer safe and secure while in transit. I also found that this laptop sleeve compartment worked quite well for holding a water bladder, and the drawstring opening easily allows the drinking tube to snake out of the backpack, and over a shoulder strap for easy access. The top zipper compartment holds 2.4 liters and folds over the top of the main compartment to keep stuff from falling out. It’s secured in place with heavy-duty metal clips and D-rings with adjustable length straps. Like most backpacking backpacks, this fold-over-the-top compartment with adjustable length straps gives the owner the ability to rollup a jacket, towel or blanket and store it between the main compartment and the fold-over-top compartment. There are also 2 removable 2.3-liter compartments (one on each side) that can be used as internal organizers when removed. When the total storage capacity is added up, it comes to 28.6 liters.

One feature included on this backpack that I always like to see is a chest strap. A cool, semi-hidden feature that is becoming more and more popular is an emergency whistle built into the buckle of a backpacks chest strap. This is a nice little added touch on an already impressive backpack. However, one feature that is sorely missed on this bag is a waist strap. I realize that “The Rucksack” is not designed to hold a ton of stuff, but even my old small daypack from the early 80’s and just about every water bladder backpack on the market today have small simple waist straps. This helps transfer a little bit of weight from the shoulders to the hips and add stability when being active. Another thing I felt was missing were attachment points on the bottom of the backpack. This would have come in handy for attaching a super lightweight sleeping bag such as “The Napsack.” “The Rucksack’s” lack of a simple waist strap or bottom attachment points is unfortunate, but it is by no means a deal breaker.

I have used this backpack for quite a few road trips, day hikes, and even on a snow camping trip. Even with it packed with a laptop and stuffed with a ton of stuff, it was still very comfortable to wear. I definitely recommend it for anyone in the market for a highly durable medium sized daypack. Plus, it’s a great looking bag!

“The Rucksack” comes in the following colors: Burnt Orange, Green Camo, Grey, Khaki, Navy, Autumn, & Black.

Made in China

Price: $80

For more information, visit the following link: http://www.polerstuff.com/products/the-rucksack

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“The Two Man Tent”:

“The Two Man Tent” from Poler is a great addition to any car camping kit. Unlike most dome tents that claim to be “two man” (but are really more like one and a half if you want to keep your pack inside the tent), the Poler Two Man Tent could easily fit two people and your bags. It is much more spacious than your average two man dome tent. In fact, this tent can realistically sleep 3 adults as long as they are all small, or two average sized adults and one small child.

When I first set it up, I was quite confused as to how this design of pole layout could possibly work. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly and easily this tent was to set up. It was easy enough that I didn’t need to reference the instruction sheet that is conveniently sewn into the inside of the tent’s stuff sack.

Included are stakes, tie down line, and a patch kit. A 3000mm waterproof coating keeps you dry inside and all seams are taped and sealed. “The Two Man Tent” measures 60” W x 85” L x 40” H when set up, 7” x 18” when packed, and weighs 7.5 lbs, stakes and poles included. The size and weight of this tent prevents it from being effective for backpacking, but it makes it perfect for comfortable car camping trips. The inner tent is nearly all ventilated mesh, which is then covered by the outer rainfly. This rainfly, unlike most, has two clear windows through which the occupants can see outside without having to unzip the tent or rainfly as you would with a normal tent.

Another cool feature of this tent is its two doors, one on each side. Like most things with this tent, these doors are different. Most tent doors unzip and open to one side of the other. The doors on “The Two Man Tent” unzip and roll/fold up to the top of the door. This quickly gets the open door out of the way instead of having to fumble with those little tie downs. I really like how each door has its own 2 vestibules for stashing gear under the rainfly but outside the tent such as backpacks, boots, and hiking staffs.

Inside the tent there are two attachment hooks for hanging lights from above. There are also two small mesh pockets built into the lower wall of the tent.

To sum things up, I love this tent by Poler. The design and build quality are superb. I highly recommend it for anyone in the market for a new two-man tent for car camping.

Comes in Orange and Camo.

Price: $250

Sadly, this is no longer available directly through Poler. You can still find it for sale at these links though:

http://www.amazon.com/Poler-Tent-With-Waterproof-Orange/dp/B00BZU25QQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1398305469&sr=8-3&keywords=poler+two+man+tent

http://www.amazon.com/Poler-Two-Tent-Size-Multi/dp/B00C1TFP1M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1398305457&sr=8-2&keywords=poler+two+man+tent

http://www.tactics.com/poler/two-man-tent/furry-camo

http://www.usoutdoor.com/poler/poler-two-man-tent/

http://www.the-house.com/potwomor14zz-poler-tents---2-person.html

http://shop.ironandresin.com/poler-two-man-tent-grey-orange/dp/2825

http://store.verticalurge.com/poler-two-man-tent-furry-camo/

http://www.mammothcampinggear.com/product/poler-two-man-tent/

Also, check out “The One Man Tent” by Poler:

http://www.polerstuff.com/collections/camping-stuff-1/products/poler-1-man-tent

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“The Magic Tarpit”:

“The Magic Tarpit” by Poler is half tarp, half emergency space blanket. This is a great accessory to compliment both the Poler tents and “The Napsack,” which were in the previous articles above.

If you have used a space blanket before, then you know that the reflective side needs to face inward to reflect your escaping body heat back at you. You will also know that most space blankets are quite flimsy and are unlikely to last for much more than a few nights, if that. “The Magic Tarpit,” on the other hand, is much more durable than your average space blanket or tarp. It has two built-in hand slots and a hood that help keep you warmer than an average space blanket while also helping to keep it on you. “The Magic Tarpit” also works great as a tarp to go either under your tent as a footprint or over as a makeshift rain fly. If you plan on buying either the tent, napsack sleeping bag, or the backpack by Poler, then “The Magic Tarpit” would be a great accessory to go along with any of them. It also would be a great addition to anyone’s emergency kit, go bag or camping gear. I definitely recommend them.

Price: $24.95 - $32.46

Poler doesn’t carry these anymore, but you can find them at other online retailers such as the ones below. So, get one before they are all gone!

http://www.oregonsurfshop.com/poler-magic-tarpit.html

http://www.surfstitch.com/product/poler-the-magic-tarpit-burnt-orange

Poler now has another product (“The Mystic Tarpent”), which I have not yet tested:

http://www.polerstuff.com/collections/camping-stuff-1/products/mystic-tarpent

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