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Old 01-02-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Question HELP! My pole...it's too long!

I'm getting ready for my next cross country adventure. My Ulysses is 90% packed, but I have one minor issue. I have my hard bags packed with everything except my Kelty tent poles. They are about 2 or 3 inches too long. I will just have to strap them to the bike unless I can find a tent on the market that has short poles. Does anyone know of a decent quality tent that utilizes short poles?
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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I'm getting ready for my next cross country adventure. My Ulysses is 90% packed, but I have one minor issue. I have my hard bags packed with everything except my tent poles. They are about 2 or 3 inches too long. I will just have to strap them to the bike unless I can find a tent on the market that has short poles. Does anyone know of a decent quality tent that utilizes short poles?

Umm.. why not strap the poles to the bike and ride... ?
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Umm.. why not strap the poles to the bike and ride... ?
+++1. I have strapped walking sticks, rifles and complete tents to my bike. Strap it down and roll with it
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:22 PM   #4
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Of course this is the obvious solution and is what I've been doing for years. But it's time for a new tent and I'd like to find one with short poles that'll fit in my luggage.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:28 PM   #5
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I'm getting ready for my next cross country adventure. My Ulysses is 90% packed, but I have one minor issue. I have my hard bags packed with everything except my Kelty tent poles. They are about 2 or 3 inches too long. I will just have to strap them to the bike unless I can find a tent on the market that has short poles. Does anyone know of a decent quality tent that utilizes short poles?
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Of course this is the obvious solution and is what I've been doing for years. But it's time for a new tent and I'd like to find one with short poles that'll fit in my luggage.
OK then so you want a new tent, can you give a measure as to what is too long?
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:38 PM   #6
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I just got home & took some measurements. My poles are 22 inches long. 16 - 18 inches long would be ideal. I'll do a search for tents with poles of this length but if anyone has any suggestions, they'd be appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:42 PM   #7
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Get over to REI or Gander Mountain and look at them in person. I've never found a website that tells me the pole length collapsed.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:44 PM   #8
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When looking online, look at the packed measurements. The pole length normally is represented in the length of the tent when packed in its bag.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:45 PM   #9
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There used to be...

...a company that would custom make tent poles to whatever length with the buyer specifying the length of each section. I couldn't find a link just now, but I didn't try real hard either. A little time with Google and you should find something.

Or do what I did and buy a hammock and don't look back.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:54 PM   #10
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Get new poles here:

http://tentpoletechnologies.com/

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Old 01-02-2013, 04:06 PM   #11
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Of course this is the obvious solution and is what I've been doing for years. But it's time for a new tent and I'd like to find one with short poles that'll fit in my luggage.
See my comment here:
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=3434

You want a Vango Spectre or Tempest, either 200 or 300, depending on whether or not you want a 2 or 3 man tent. Like you, I hate having my poles lashed to the seat when that is the only thing that won't fit in my luggage.
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Of course this is the obvious solution and is what I've been doing for years. But it's time for a new tent and I'd like to find one with short poles that'll fit in my luggage.
Big Agnes used to have shorter pole sets for some of their tents and probably still do.

If you pack tent in your luggage when damp or wet, the moisture will transfer to everything else in there unless it's packed in a very waterproof sack.

H2W RULES FOR MOTORCYCLE PACKING:

FIRST RULE: A tightly packed bag is a happy bag! Packed tight and attached tight to the bike.

SECOND RULE: Keep the wet stuff away from the dry stuff!

DRY stuff: sleeping bag, thermarest, clothes, etc.

WET stuff: tent, drop cloth, yaddah yaddah

THIRD RULE: Keep the long hard stuff away from the soft squishy stuff!

The DRY stuff is also SOFT stuff… and is compressible…

The WET stuff is often LONG HARD stuff… and will rub holes in the ends of your bag if compressed.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #13
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I've shortened the fibreglass poles on tents by simply cutting them in half, glueing a two inch section of aluminium tube onto one half as a joiner, and re-threading the shock-cord.
No reason it wouldn't work with alloy poles as well.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #14
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Don't know what length you need, but EMS sells a tent called Sugar Shack 2 that is pretty short. I just measured the poles and they are just under 16" max. It is a good tent and is often on sale. I have used one on many long trips and find it to be everything I need. I also like being able to put my tent into my panniers.
Check it out @ www.ems.com They do have stores in PA, but shopping online works very well too.
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:11 PM   #15
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Big Agnes used to have shorter pole sets for some of their tents and probably still do.

If you pack tent in your luggage when damp or wet, the moisture will transfer to everything else in there unless it's packed in a very waterproof sack.

H2W RULES FOR MOTORCYCLE PACKING:

FIRST RULE: A tightly packed bag is a happy bag! Packed tight and attached tight to the bike.

SECOND RULE: Keep the wet stuff away from the dry stuff!

DRY stuff: sleeping bag, thermarest, clothes, etc.

WET stuff: tent, drop cloth, yaddah yaddah

THIRD RULE: Keep the long hard stuff away from the soft squishy stuff!

The DRY stuff is also SOFT stuff… and is compressible…

The WET stuff is often LONG HARD stuff… and will rub holes in the ends of your bag if compressed.
If I followed rule 3, I'd still be a virgin...
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