HELP! My pole...it's too long!

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Alien VFR, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Alien VFR

    Alien VFR Space Jockey

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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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  2. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    Umm.. why not strap the poles to the bike and ride... ?
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  3. KankakeeBenjamin

    KankakeeBenjamin Been here awhile

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    +++1. I have strapped walking sticks, rifles and complete tents to my bike. Strap it down and roll with it
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  4. Alien VFR

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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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  5. mark1150

    mark1150 Been here awhile

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    OK then so you want a new tent, can you give a measure as to what is too long?
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  6. Alien VFR

    Alien VFR Space Jockey

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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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  7. sleazy rider

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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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  8. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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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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  9. GSBS

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    ...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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  11. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    See my comment here:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20376231&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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  12. * SHAG *

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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.
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  13. HairyLeg

    HairyLeg What's that smell?

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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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  14. redwing51

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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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  15. Alien VFR

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    If I followed rule 3, I'd still be a virgin...
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  16. Alien VFR

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    I was actually considering this option.
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  17. bigbadandugly

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    I have a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 tent. It packs to 16" in length. It's a good tent. I used it in 90 degree heat with the fly off and it was great. The next night it was pouring rain and it stood up well - no water entry into the tent. My only complaint is that being a small tent, there was some condensation build-up.

    The SL2 is a two-man tent. But as you know, in tentspeak, a two-man tent is really just a comfortable one-man tent. You'll be able to fit your riding gear in there, but if the gear is soaking wet or you've just conquered the Dalton, it's gonna be a mess.

    If I were to do it again, I'd go for the SL3. But it packs to 22" in length.

    Bigbadandugly
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  18. chrisathove

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    Fleabay UK have German army surplus poles that are about 25cm long each, in sets of 3, dirt cheap, too.
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  19. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    Most tents list the packed size. I would bet the poles are the same as this packed length.

    As for stuffing the tent in the pannier, I would save that space for stuff that has to stay dry. I roll my tent in the rain fly and always strap it on. It won't get wet enough riding to get the inside of the tent wet.
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  20. acap650

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