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What are these things?
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Craig Burton

Locale: Smoky Mountains
What are these things? on 09/10/2008 20:30:57 MDT Print View

Does anyone know what these floor pads are that appear to be an alternative to stakes for practicing a pitch indoors? I'm assuming that they somehow stick to carpet and that you don't need to drill holes in the floor. If that is how they work I can see these being a big help for refining setup techniques before a trip since I have a tendency of setting up camp late yet have no yard to practice in. Any idea where these can be found?

It looks like they are possibly made by Exped, possibly a different Exped than the outdoors accessories manufacturer since the logo appears to be different. Regardless, I checked the Exped website and didn't see anything that resembled these.

Edited by MissingUtah on 09/10/2008 20:33:21 MDT.

Scott White
(sdwhitey) - F

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: What are these things? on 09/10/2008 20:55:06 MDT Print View

I think all the big name tent manufacturers make them. But, I would guess they are intended for display purposes only. I don't know if they are for sale to the public.

They just velcro to the carpet as a substitute for stakes. My local REI always uses them with their display tents.

Edited by sdwhitey on 09/10/2008 21:10:21 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: What are these things? on 09/10/2008 21:12:09 MDT Print View

I'm sure some kind of velcro thingy could be made pretty easily

Daniel Goldenberg
(DanG) - M
Re: Re: Re: What are these things? on 09/10/2008 21:43:18 MDT Print View

Pretty sure they are just velcro or something similar. Keep in mind however that velcro does not stick to all carpet types. The carpet fiber have to have "loops". I know, because I've tried setting up shelters indoors and velcro did not stick to my carpet. But it does stick to some carpets.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: What are these things? on 09/11/2008 05:20:03 MDT Print View

Velcro also sticks to many of my synthetic least long enough to snag them!

Chad Miller

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
It'velcro. . . on 09/11/2008 07:12:17 MDT Print View

Well sense I was there when this photo was taken . . .

You guys are right; they are reinforced nylon pads backed with Velcro. Outfitter shops use them to set up tents indoors on carpet.

Be forewarned though, the Velcro patches only work on commercial grade low pile carpet. Even then they don't work that great, only providing enough adhesion to loosely set up the shelter.

Craig Burton

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: What are these things? on 09/11/2008 12:44:03 MDT Print View

Thanks, all. I was hoping they were something more magical than velcro because I know velcro will not work on my carpet.

Guess I will have to stick to my trial and error approach in the field.

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Why not nails? on 09/11/2008 13:13:49 MDT Print View

Tack it through the carpet to subfloor with small (perhaps finishing) nails. I doubt this would cause much trouble.

Or use some type of non-barbed hook to attach through to the carpet backing. Might need to spread force to larger area of backing.

Ryan Stoughton
(TxTengu) - F

Locale: Seattle
Gorilla Tape on 09/11/2008 14:08:05 MDT Print View

I've never used it personally, but have heard some friends talk about using Gorilla Tape for this purpose. It's usually found next to Gorilla Glue in the same aisle as super glue. It's pretty strong stuff! I wouldn't think that it would harm the carpet, but just to be sure, I'd test it on a small patch first before slapping a bunch of it down.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Gorilla Tape on 09/11/2008 15:31:38 MDT Print View

The large patches of Velcro (or hook&loop) will hook onto the right sort of loop-pile industrial carpet with no after-effects. But sticky Gorilla tape down onto the carpet will probably rip off a significant amount of pile each time. That adhesive is aggressive!

Christopher Holden
(back2basics) - F - MLife

Locale: Southeast USA
GaffersTape on 09/11/2008 17:25:29 MDT Print View

Another suggestion is to use 2" thick gaffers tape. Permacel makes the good stuff. It holds well, doesn't rip out carpet when you pull it up, and best of it all, it doesn't leave a nasty residue behind as duct tape does. You'll need to attach a loop or hook to it somehow for securing the tent, but this stuff works great for securing electrical cords/cables to flooring so people don't trip over it.