Tent pole packed-length list

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Grinnin, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Yes, there are a few threads about making poles pack shorter. I haven't doubled the diameter, but added a few sections to get the length within my luggage size.

    I will collect links to the other threads sometime, but probably not this next week.
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  2. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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  3. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks Bicyclist.

    That Half Dome 4 has had model changes. It has had a triangular door and a "C"-shaped door. The fabric panels changed as well. I don't know if the pole length changed, but I want to be careful to provide accurate information. Can you tell us what year or door shape you have?

    Again, thanks.
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  4. Lost Rider

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    Great thread!

    I have a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent and couldn't believe the poles were anywhere near 21.5", maybe that's the Canadian version. Mine measure out @ 16.5". :deal


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    While I'm at it, the Big Agnes Emerald Mountain SL2 pole measure out @ 18.5" and the Big Agnes Gore Pass 3 poles measure out @ 20" actual.
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  5. sanpau

    sanpau Love to Ride

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  6. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    :hmmmmm:fpalm

    Thanks. 568V8 did say his was 2010. Yours?
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  7. Lost Rider

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    I bought it last year on sale, thought it might be a previous years model for the big discount I received, but it says J12-070112 on the tag for whatever that's worth. My Gore Pass has a J11 serial, bought it in 2011. Seems like that means it's a 2012.

    If they did change it that much, that's a good thing for us looking to have shorter poles to get the newer one. 21.5" for any of the BA brand Ultra Light version tents seems pretty long to me, but I don't have the 2010 model for sure, didn't even think they were made before 2011, but I could be wrong.
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  8. Bicyclist

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    I bought it new last month, so I'd call it current. You can see it on the REI site, now.
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  9. 8trackmind

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  10. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks 8trackmind. I'll maintain the list for as long as people send measurements.

    You also mentioned the number of poles on your Flint 2. Perhaps a useful addition.
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  11. squawk77

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    MSR -- Hubba Hubba w DAC Featherlite NSL Green poles -- 2011 -- Aluminum -- 43cm 17" -- aluminum hubs (2)
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  12. Boondox

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    I forgot the name of the company, but I found a webstore that sells tent pole pieces parts. For less than $40 I replaced all the poles for my Nemo Losi 3P with shorter and stouter sections that fit in the space I had available.
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  13. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Thanks for this thread Grinnin. I was in the market for a new, smaller tent a few weeks ago. I decided on the backcountry 1 mainly due to pole length, since I have relatively small panniers.
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  14. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    The Kelty Gunnison 2 is also 18.5"
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  15. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Thanks for all your measurements.

    Yes, there are two listed on the first post.
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  16. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Oh, duh! My powers of observation are fading fast! :eek1

    Quest is where I bought mine. Great folks.
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  17. Jim K.

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    My old (22 years!) Timberline 4, measures in at 20.5 inches. It's still in the Eureka Lineup alongside it's "Outfitter" twin with heavier floor. I believe I paid $120 for it 2 decades ago & it's still going strong...roomy & dry.
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  18. The Letter J

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    You have the Kelty Salida II listed at 18.5"... mine measures right at 17.5" and that is only 1 of the sections, all the rest are a little shorter, maybe 16.5"?

    I know that's only 1" difference, but 18" was my absolute maximum so that 1" would have made a difference.
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  19. burmbuster

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  20. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    When did you buy yours and from where? I measured those poles myself on a tent I bought from Campmor on 2012 April 24. I listed it in the table as a 2012, but I see from the screenshot of my order that it's a 2011 model.

    The shock cord for that tent pushes the bundle of pole sections to be a bit longer than any single pole section. Should the table include both "relaxed" and "compressed" lengths? The worst-case-error with this list would be causing someone to buy a tent that won't fit. If they pass over a tent that will fit,that <del>doesn't seem quite so bad</del> seems like a less-severe error.

    I measured the "relaxed" length of the bundle and I measured cm and inches with separate meter stick and yardstick. I have since sold that tent, but I am extremely confident about my measurements.

    If manufacturers provide different section lengths for a single model, then this list may simply fail. (I learn from failure, it doesn't hurt.)

    Thanks for measuring your tent poles. Please help me include more information that will make the table useful.

    EDIT: I added a note "can compress" to the length in the table, but that is a band-aid and not intended to stop the discussion.
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