How to Bring Some Portland Style to Your Next Camping Adventure

Level up your camping trip with the newest finds from retro, pattern-happy Poler and sleek, lightweight Snowpeak—plus 6 more outdoor outfitters to get you out in style.

By Benjamin Tepler September 21, 2015 Published in the October 2015 issue of Portland Monthly

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We love the retro cuts and vibrant patterns of Portland-bred brand POLER. Would you pack Poler to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail? Maybe not. Would you snuggle in forest twilight in a camo Napsack? Any time. BT 413 SW 10th Ave,


  • The Napsack: The walking, talking sleeping bag with leg and arm holes. Plush mobility. $136
  • The Two Man Tent: A veritable minibus: five generous feet of headroom. $250
  • Women’s Cedar Jacket: The quintessential Poler jacket: waterproof, insulated, cool (in  a fashion sense). $179
  • Worker Man Beanie: Waffle-weave to keep your noggin toasty. $20


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The just-so Japanese brand SNOWPEAK keeps its North American HQ in Portland, giving us rare in-person access to its foldable, unbreakable, highly efficient campsite accessories. 410 NW 14th Ave,


  • Hozuki Lantern 2.0: Senses the wind (simulating a flickering candle) and sound (dimming as its surroundings fall silent). $100
  • Single BBQ Box: You could almost stash this mini charcoal grill in a shoebox. $180
  • Titanium Sake Bottle and Cups: Elegant, weightless single-walled construction for easy chilling in glacial runoff. $180 & $35
  • Cast-Iron Oven: Beautifully engineered, finely polished cast iron: the key to good fireside cobbler. $250
  • Single-Action Table: Light, compact, supremely sturdy bamboo. $330
  • Titanium Fork & Spoon Set: Basic utensils, about as light as a disposable set, that will last eons. $26


6 More Outdoor Experts


The Seattle-born co-op’s return policy has saved 1,000 hikes. 1405 NW Johnson St,

Next Adventure

Steep discounts on name brands. 426 SE Grand Ave,


One of only two US locations for this high-end Japanese brand. 902 SW Yamhill St,

Mountain Shop

Founded in 1937; still the high-altitude supplier. 1510 NE 37th Ave,

Andy and Bax

Come the end times, you’ll find us here, hoarding gas masks, rafting gear, and Russian navy uniforms. 324 SE Grand Ave,

US Outdoor Store

Go from skate park to ski slope to surf shack. 219 SW Broadway,

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