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UL tent/tarp poles

PostPosted: Mon 20 Aug, 2018 5:04 pm
by racca
Just bought a Tarptent Contrail off the marketplace here, Chasing recommendations for poles to use with it, would prefer adjustable. Not a user of trekking poles.
So far my options are:

Proper Tarptent fixed length pole $40ish USD 113grams
Ruta Locura adjustable pole $55 USD 75grams
SMD 45" fixed length pole $35 AUD 85grams

Any better options out there?


Re: UL tent/tarp poles

PostPosted: Tue 21 Aug, 2018 8:17 am
by rob1970
Hi Mate,

I went through the same dilemma recently and started with this, ... 2749.l2649

Cheap and pretty solid at 11mm, but it does weigh 110g... so I kept looking and found these, ... 4c4d8bSCC4

These are 10mm and might even be a little stiffer than the Aluminium one above. They seem pretty good quality and only weigh 60g each. They come in a pack of 2 just in case I break one.

I just trimmed both versions to the length I needed.

Re: UL tent/tarp poles

PostPosted: Tue 21 Aug, 2018 8:54 am
by Moondog55
Best option involves buying stuff to make laid-up Carbon Fibre poles or getting good quality CF poles from China, not extruded kite poles but proper laid up multiple layer stuff

Re: UL tent/tarp poles

PostPosted: Tue 21 Aug, 2018 4:54 pm
by racca
Thanks guys!
Got one of these ... m-pol.html as well as one that moondog has offered me.
I do like the look of the aliexpress ones though.
I also bought a used MLD Trailstar off here 6 months ago that I haven't tried yet as I haven't had a usable pole for it, I may see if I can adapt moondogs for that. Although I don't think I'll end up keeping the Trailstar as I think the footprint will be to big for the places I camp.
Thanks again for the help guys.