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Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape
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Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape on 09/15/2012 08:27:58 MDT Print View

I am currently using an old aluminum multi-piece pole on my SMD GC.
For obvious reasons of brand synergy, I am leaning toward the SMD 3-piece carbon fiber Easton pole with shock cords that they purvey.

However, I like a fairly stiff pole which will not have much deflection in the wind, and I can't see any indication of diameter or relative "stiffness" on this SMD pole.
I find the 48-49" length to be a good one for my set-up. It needs to have a top section with a pin-end style that can go thru the grommet in the SMC GC support harness.

Do we have any recommendations or comments on this pole, or what might be a suitable one for my use? Or comments about the SMD pole being stiff enough for resist most deflection from moderate(sub-35mph) winds?

Thank you!

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape on 09/15/2012 15:05:14 MDT Print View

Sorry, I can't comment about the storm-worthiness of the SMD poles, but since you're looking for a replacement pole, would you consider one of the Gossamer Gear LT4 (adjustable) trekking poles? They're only 4.1 ounces each and you can sometimes find a single one for sale on Gear Swap.

I use an LT4 with my Gatewood and what's so nice about it is that it's adjustable. I base how I put up the Gatewood upon the weather...

Nice and not too windy? I'll raise the Gatewood up so that there's at least 6" the whole way around for maximum ventilation.

Windy and stormy? I'll pitch it touching the ground, at least in the direction from which the wind is currently blowing, and sometimes the whole way around.

Having an adjustable pole really makes different pitching options easier. I can tell you that the LT4 will be good and sturdy with winds up to 30 mph. I'm assuming you don't use trekking poles (or you wouldn't be looking for a pole) but having one strapped to the side of your pack could come in quite handy if you ever sprain an ankle.

Just a thought...

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
Thanks, good suggestion. on 09/15/2012 15:13:13 MDT Print View

Since I don't use trekking poles, I didn't really think of that option.
But now that you mention it, it actually might be a pretty good idea.
I'll look into that.


Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape on 09/16/2012 09:27:22 MDT Print View

Hopefully you'll find a single pole on Gear Swap. I don't think you'd be disappointed. I love hiking with poles and the six guys who usually hike with me have all converted to using them. This might be a first step for you...

Good luck!

Andy Anderson
(ianders) - F

Locale: Southeast
SMD pole on 09/16/2012 12:10:40 MDT Print View

I have the 45" carbon fiber pole from SMD. I think it is about 3-4" too short for my preferred setup of my Wild Oasis. I prefer to use one trekking pole made from a golf club shaft for my setup. I would sell the SMD pole to you if you wanted to try it.

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
Re: SMD pole on 09/16/2012 14:01:37 MDT Print View

Hi Andy,
Thanks, but I also prefer the 49" pole length. I need the long one.

Chris Lacey
pole on 09/16/2012 15:38:01 MDT Print View

Here is what I did-

I just picked up a Cape from the swap here. I got the zpacks CF 48" pole to go with it. I measure it at 48.5" rubber tip to rubber tip and the 5 sections break down to 11 3/8". It seems to be 5/16 OD without a caliper. 1.5 oz.

~48 inches seem to be better then the 45 would be. As zpacks sells it- it does not work out of the box. It needs a tip to fit into the Cape grommet. On my project list.

I only set it up once but it was gusting to about 25 at that time. Even without a correct tip it held up just fine. I am not sure how much I can trust the pole just yet though. It does not seem 'robust' but CF always seems to fool me.

edit - grammar

Edited by Staplebox on 09/16/2012 15:40:58 MDT.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: pole on 09/18/2012 01:23:23 MDT Print View

I got one of the zPacks carbon fiber poles with my Hexamid. Way too much flex for me in high winds, although I did not have a real problem. But I don't have a lot of confidence in that pole.

I bought a much sturdier carbon fiber pole from Check them out.

It weighs 3 oz versus 1 oz for the original one I got.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Pole for SMD Gatewood Cape on 09/18/2012 01:44:27 MDT Print View

I just found out from Josh at Ruta Locura that he has a pole adjuster in the .450" size as well as the one listed for the .600 .
Not sure why he wanted to keep those to himself but here you have it...