Tent pole packed-length list

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  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    This thread is a list of the packed lengths of tent poles. The focus is what the manufacturers provide for recent models. At the end of this first post are links to other threads for shortening long tent poles or packing them.
    Please post measurements that you make. Information from retailers is sometimes close and sometimes not very close at all.

    Please round up to the next centimeter or half-inch. If you measure directly in both cm and inches there will be no number in parentheses. When there is a length in parentheses, it is my conversion and may be a bit long.

    DISCLAIMER: Tent manufacturers can change the poles or source different poles easily. This list has only what ADV inmates report, including different pole lengths for different years for some tents. If you buy a tent a few days before your departure and find out they changed the poles, I can add a new row to this table but I can't help you with packing the tent.

    TENT POLE PACKED LENGTHS

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    Alps Mountaineering
    Equinox 3 2010 -- (38cm) 15"
    Extreme 3 2013 Aluminum -- (46cm) 18"
    Mystique 1.5 2012 Aluminum -- 15.5"
    Mystique 2.0 2012 Aluminum -- (44cm) 17"
    Taurus 2 Fiberglass -- (51cm) 20"
    Zephyr 3 2014 -- (46cm) 18"​

    Asolo
    Astro 3 2011 -- (48cm) 19"​

    Big Agnes
    Big House 4 2013 Aluminum -- (65cm) 25.5"
    Copper SpurUL2 2010 Aluminum -- 54cm (21.5") Aluminum hubs
    Copper SpurUL2 2011/2012 Aluminum -- (42cm) 16.5" Aluminum hubs
    Copper SpurUL2 2014 Aluminum -- (40cm) 15.5" Aluminum hubs
    Copper SpurUL4 2014 Aluminum -- (54cm) 21" Aluminum hubs
    Elk Horn 3 2009 -- (49cm) 19" Aluminum hubs
    Emerald Mountain SL2 -- (47cm) 18.5"
    Fly Creek UL2 2012 Aluminum -- (46cm) 18" 1 hub
    Gore Pass 3 -- (51cm) 20"​

    Black Diamond
    First Light Aluminum -- (40cm), 15.75" 1 hub
    Mesa 2009 -- 54cm, 21.25" 1 hub
    Oasis 3 -- 48cm, 19"​

    Cabellas
    XPG Ultralight (3-person) Aluminum -- (45cm) 17.5"​

    Coleman
    Sundome 2 Fiberglass -- (46cm) 18"​

    Easton
    Rimrock 1 2014 Aluminum -- (36cm) 14"​

    Eureka
    Apex 2XT 2007 Fiberglass -- (47cm) 18.5"
    Backcountry 1 and 2 Aluminum -- (36cm) 14"
    Midori Solo 2014 Aluminum -- 41cm (16")
    Mountain Pass 2XTE 2012 Aluminum -- (41cm) 16"
    Spitfire 1 2011 (?) Aluminum -- 35cm, 14" Angles strung in-line
    Spitfire 2 2012 Aluminum -- (38cm) 15" Angles strung in-line
    Timberline 4 Aluminum -- (52cm) 20.5" 2 hubs
    Timberline SQ Outfitter 6 Aluminum -- (55cm) 21.5" 2 hubs​

    Exped
    Gemini II Aluminum -- (36cm), 14.25"
    Mira II 2012 Aluminum -- 40cm, 15.75"
    Orion II Extreme 2014 Aluminum -- 39cm (15.5")
    Venus II 2012 Aluminum -- 39cm (15.5")​

    Ferrino
    Nemisi 1 2012 Aluminum -- 34cm (13.5") Hub
    Spectre 2 Aluminum -- 34cm, 13.5"​

    Golite
    Imogene UL2 2013 Aluminum -- (46cm) 18"
    Shangri-La 3 2014 Aluminum -- 42cm,16.75"​

    Hilleberg

    Staika 2012 -- (45cm) 17.75"​

    Kelty
    Grand Mesa 2 2010 Aluminum -- 47cm (18.5")
    Gunnison 2 -- (47cm) 18.5"
    Salida 2 2011/12 Aluminum -- (47cm) 18.5" or (46cm) 18" (either can compress about 1/2" in length)
    Stick 1 2009 Aluminum -- (41cm) 16"
    TN3 2014 Aluminum -- (34cm) 13.25"
    Trail Dome 4 2011 Aluminum -- (55cm) 21.5"​

    Marmot
    Astral 2P Aluminum -- (59cm) 23"
    Limelight 2P 2010 Aluminum -- (51cm) 20"
    Limelight 2P 2012 Aluminum -- (54cm) 21"
    Thor 2P Aluminum -- (45cm), 17.5"
    Tungsten 2P Aluminum -- (55cm), 21.5"​

    Mountain Hardwear

    Corners 4 -- (54cm) 21"
    Drifter 2 2011-2012 Aluminum -- 50cm, 19 3/8"
    Super Mega Ultralight 2 2012 -- 53cm, 21" 1 hub, one bend​

    Mountainsmith

    Morrison 2 2013 Aluminum -- (38cm) 15"
    Celestial 2014 Aluminum -- 38cm, 15"​

    MSR

    Carbon Reflex 2 2013 Carbon fiber -- 19.25" 2 poles, no hubs
    Elixir 2 2014 Aluminum -- 46.5cm (18.5") 2 poles, no hubs
    Hubba 2008 Aluminum -- 49cm, 19.25" 2 hubs
    Hubba Hubba 2011 Aluminum -- 43cm, 17" aluminum hubs (2)
    Hubba Hubba NX 2014 Aluminum -- 47cm, 18.25" aluminum hubs
    Zoid 1 2007 Aluminum -- 47cm (18.5") Angles​

    Nemo
    Losi 2P 2011 Aluminum -- (42cm), 16.75
    Morpho 2P 2011 -- Inflatable Any length​

    Outdoor Research

    Alpine bivy Plastic -- (30cm?) 12"
    Quechua
    T3 Ultralight Pro -- 34cm, 13.5"​

    Redverz
    Expedition II 2012 Aluminum -- (54cm) 21"​

    REI

    Camp Dome 2 2013 Aluminum -- 52cm, 20.5"
    Half Dome Plus 2 Aluminum -- (46cm) 18"
    Half Dome 4 (name applied to different designs) 2012 Aluminum -- (59cm) 23" Angles + hubs
    Hoodoo 3 2009 Aluminum -- (49cm) 19"
    Passage 2 2012 Aluminum -- (46cm) 18"
    Quarter Dome T2 2011 Aluminum -- (43cm) 17"
    Taj 3 2011 Aluminum -- (50cm) 19.4"​

    Sierra Designs

    Cirrus 3 Aluminum -- 45cm, 17.5"
    Clip Flashlight 2 2002 Aluminum -- 46cm, 18"
    Lightning 2 2015 Aluminum -- (54cm) 21"
    Sirius 2 2010 Aluminum -- 50.5cm, 20"
    Zeta 2 2010 -- (46cm) 18"​

    Snow Peak
    Tarp poles, 125cm assembled (41.5") Aluminum -- 25cm (10")​

    The North Face

    Bedrock 4 2012/13 Aluminum -- (52cm) 20.5"
    Big Fat Frog 2010 Aluminum -- 53 cm, 21 in 4 poles, 2 with angles
    Flint 2 2012 Aluminum (2) -- (51cm) 20"
    Tadpole Aluminum -- (37cm) 14.5"
    Talus 3 Aluminum -- (45cm) 17.5"​

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    LINKS TO SOURCES OF SHORTER POLES:
    Quest Outfitters
    Tent Pole Technologies​

    THREADS DESCRIBING HOW TO PACK LONG ITEMS:
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  2. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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    2010 Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 maximum lenght of any of the aluminum poles is 54cm
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  3. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks for your help.

    From now on I will give lengths in both centimeters and inches, with my conversion in parenthesis.
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  4. StriderTB

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    MSR -- Zoid 1 -- 2007 -- Aluminum -- 47cm (18.5")

    Kelty -- Grand Mesa 2 -- 2010 -- Aluminum -- 47cm (18.5")
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  5. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks StriderTB.
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  6. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Cool thread; pole length is a big factor for people who dislike things being "outside" their luggage and often they're the longest single item you need to carry. Will post back when I've checked exact pole length on my tents.
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  7. officerleroy

    officerleroy Been here awhile

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    This is exactly why I think I'm going to try a new Nemo tent this year. The inflatable air core is a really cool idea. While packed weights may be similiar, I havent seen a poled tent that comes close in terms of pack size.
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  8. Clo-z-nuff

    Clo-z-nuff Adventurer

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    My Cabela's 3 person XPG Ultralight with alum poles fits in my panniers which are 17.5" long.
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  9. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks again everyone for the information. This thread would be threadbare without your contributions.

    The poles for the Spitfire 2 and Salida 2 tents above pack VERY small and will fit square (not angled) in any of my luggage except the tank bags. Packability is one criteria for me, but there are many others. I want this thread because pole length is not listed in the usual sources but we can measure it objectively.
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  10. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    Thanks for this thread, Grinnin :D
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  11. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Eureka Backcountry I and II use 14" poles.
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  12. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks again. I may fold the year info into the model thread or just stop listing it except for models that have changed frequently over the years (REI Half Dome has changed a lot and often).
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  13. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    • Brand - The North Face
    • Model - Tadpole 2 man (ya right)
    • Year - looks like the current model is Big Fat Frog...larger vestibule now!
    • Pole - AL
    • Length - 14.5 inches
    Folded pole length was an important criteria when I was shopping. Few have shorter individual links. Used it religiously until I was 65. I do not bend now so I went bigger of course. Bigger pad, bigger tent, bigger pillow!

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  14. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks, Twohondas. Although the Tadpole is gone from the TNF site, it is still available from retailers.
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  15. hogasm

    hogasm Adventurer

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    Big House 4---25.5" aluminum

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  16. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    I think Tadpole was current thru 2011/12. The Big Fat Frog looks to be the same but with a better vestibule that you can slide into instead of backing up into.

    When I was searching for tents that would fit ..... I went down to REI and made them break out and setup the tent. As far as I know that is the only sure way of getting individual pole lengths although overall pack length is a strong indicator.

    I still have my Tadpole but use a TNF Basecamp 4 mostly...but much longer pole lengths.
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  17. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    If you'll measure then I'll add it in.

    While this list may seem to advocate short poles and small tents, the information can be useful for any size tent that people would routinely put on a bike. If I was shopping for a 4-person tent that I could stand up in, I'd want to know the pole length of those tents too. I have carried 63cm, 24.5" poles on the bike, but I used a larger duffel to do so. The reason they're not in the table is that the tent is from the '90s and no longer available.
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  18. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Kelty Trail Dome 4, 2011, Aluminum, 21.5"
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  19. Twohondas

    Twohondas Long timer

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    Brand - The North Face
    Model - Bedrock 4
    Year - 2012/13
    Pole - AL
    Length - 20.5 inches
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  20. kerrie

    kerrie Adventurer

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    Hi i just cut mine in half picked up al tube same size as used by manufacturer for joiners hardware shop$3.00Robert
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