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Jason Cravens

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
MYOG Tent Poles on 09/07/2011 19:07:39 MDT Print View

I have a SMD Skyscape and do not want to use trekking poles anymore. I also do not want to buy the $50 UL poles. Anyone have any MYOG ideas for light weight tent poles?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: MYOG Tent Poles on 09/07/2011 19:22:36 MDT Print View

I made a set of aluminum tarp poles from materials from Quest Outfitters. My set is similar to the MLD carbon tarp poles except they weigh 0.2 z. more and cost me $20 or so. Work great.

Michael Duke
(mpd1690) - F
Tarptent on 09/07/2011 20:15:36 MDT Print View

Buy from tarp tent. 5 $

Jason Cravens

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
thanks on 09/07/2011 21:03:48 MDT Print View

thanks for the replies, looks like TT is the way to go so far

Sam Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"MYOG Tent Poles" on 09/07/2011 21:34:37 MDT Print View

There have been a few posts from folks who got used carbon shaft golf clubs dirt cheap and used them; but never understood how they could be long enough.

If you don't mind the poles bowing under tension, then the ones under 1/2" diameter should be fine.

If you do mind, and want something stiff like trekking poles, you need thicker ones. If you want them already manufactured, look for a sale on avalanche rescue probes, or possibly used/damaged ones. If you can make them, buy some carbon tubing over 1/2" diameter from a kite materials company like Goodwinds. If you want them to fold up, you'll need ferrules, so you'll need to find carbon tubing that will telescope snugly into the larger tubing. The kite companies obligingly provide both inner and outer diameters. There are lots of ways to anchor the shock cord.

Quest also sells the larger diameter Easton alloy poles, with ferrules, which would be stiffer also; but you may find them too heavy.

Jason Cravens

Locale: Cumberland Plateau
thanks on 09/08/2011 09:31:17 MDT Print View

Thanks again for the replies. I ordered a couple of the $5 45" poles from TT. I will see how they work and go from there.

Daniel Lemieux
(Dichotomous) - F
use arrows on 09/08/2011 09:46:24 MDT Print View

carbon arrows, lots of options, designed for serious abuse

William Zila
(Ultralightwillinn.m) - MLife

Locale: Albuquerque
Arrows on 09/08/2011 10:28:08 MDT Print View

I shot comprtative arrchery for 7year and worked in a shop for 2 and you need a very stiff shaft size something like a larger diameter goldtip 30x or Easton full bore since they are much larger diameter then a standard shaft the are a lot stiffer and may handle use as a tent pole you need really strong conection point though

Ultra Magnus
(Ultra_Magnus) - F
not worth it on 09/08/2011 12:42:13 MDT Print View

I've been down this road back and forth, and it's just not worth it. By the time you get some decent shafts, you need shock cord, end tips, connectors, etc., plus labor, and some cheap $4*" Al tarp poles are only like $15 each... Carbon ones I've seen for $30 each...

the only way it would work is if you already has stuff laying around you could cut up and reuse. If you are buying all the parts, just skip a few Starbucks trips and buy some pre-made poles.