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(trrubicon06) - F
What size tubing for tent poles? on 03/24/2011 06:52:05 MDT Print View

After my recent outing and realizing I don't need to carry a trekking pole...I've decided to do without. But, need a single pole for my Gatewood Cape. I was gonna order a carbon pole from Z-packs, but love to make my own stuff if I can.

My issue is what is the lightest tubing I can get that won't bend under pressure of a single pole tarp?

Also, I'd like it to be convertible from say 45" to 50" for different weather conditions. Low for cold windy weather and high for warm fair weather. I was thinking just having a 45" pole with a 5" piece that I could just slip on an end.

Also, what is the realistic weight difference of going carbon or aluminum for this app?


Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"What size tubing for tent poles?" on 03/24/2011 23:05:48 MDT Print View

Maybe .433" or larger Easton from Quest.

Carbon from the kite materials companies will weigh less than half as much, but have no specs on strength.
There was a guy posting last year who got some really light carbon tube at a place selling used golf club shafts for close to zero $.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: What size tubing for tent poles? on 03/24/2011 23:14:52 MDT Print View

Two suggestions. One is fiberglas (heavy) and one is carbon fiber (light).

For fiberglas, go to a camping supply store and buy a tent pole repair kit. Typically they contain some sections of fiberglas poles with ferrules so that they can be pieced together. You want to think about the various pole section lengths so that you end up with 45", probably from two sections. Then make an extra section that is 5", and shock cord them together. You can stick all three sections together to get 50", or you can pull the 5" section loose and let it flap. That gives you 45".

You can do the same thing, roughly, with carbon fiber sections from Fibraplex. $$$


(trrubicon06) - F
Easton nanolites on 03/25/2011 04:55:33 MDT Print View

I ended up going with Easton Nanolites from Quest. With 3 sections and all the fittings, it was only $15 shipped. So, it's not a pricey gamble and should be suitable for a backup atleast down the road. I'll post up when I receive.


Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Question for Jason on 03/25/2011 10:18:16 MDT Print View


The photos of the Gatewood Cape show the pole bottom positioned on the entrance side of the tarp. Can it also be positioned on the opposite side of the tarp so the entrance is pole free?


todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Question for Jason on 03/25/2011 11:02:55 MDT Print View


I do not believe it will work, since the tie-out on the entrance side will pull "down & away" on the pole. I think the shelter would collapse. I may give it a go.

Haven't tried it on my Gatewood, though.

Edited by funnymoney on 03/25/2011 11:04:48 MDT.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Thanks Todd on 03/25/2011 16:38:55 MDT Print View


Thanks for the info.

I'm working on a similar tarp and hope to place the pole on the opposite side of the entrance.


jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: What size tubing for tent poles? on 03/26/2011 14:13:32 MDT Print View

I use one pole, 45 inches long, Easton .344 inch.

Holds up in wind okay.

But, I'm usually on the lighter end of things, most people would probably want a thicker tubing.