DIY tent poles????

mtnwrunner

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I recently picked up a Golite SL2 tent and man, I really like this thing. Lots of room, easy to set up and floorless if one chooses.
I've just set it up using trekking poles and it works great and very stable.
Here comes the but..................
I am a huge trekking pole user and would not go afield without them. If I have to, I can just let the tent collapse when I take the poles for hunting but I'd rather not.
Now, I know that I can order poles from a variety of sources but I am also kind of a do it yourselfer and would just as soon come up with something on my own. I've got a couple of ideas but figured I would throw it out to see if someone else has already done this to save me some grief. I need something about 41 inches high, light, breakapart and capable of holding the tent up.

As always, Thanks!

Randy

P.S. GO BOISE STATE! game on in about 30 minutes................
 

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What abot just picking up a set of carbon trekking poles from Costco and cutting them down to what you need? Or aluminum poles would work also..

Go Cougs but have to root for Boise also...
 
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What abot just picking up a set of carbon trekking poles from Costco and cutting them down to what you need? Or aluminum poles would work also..

Go Cougs but have to root for Boise also...
You know what those weigh? And that is a good idea.
The WSU and Boise game will be a good one.

Randy
 

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Just weighed a old one I have from Costco and the single pole weighs 6.95 oz...it is 54" long so if you only need 41" you can cut it up and get even lighter depending on what you want..
 
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TentPole Technologies — Tent Pole Repair and Replacement Specialist

These guys are in Vancouver WA. They are very knowledgeable. I have had them do some work before. I will be going over there next week to get a 1/2"diameter break down pole for my six moons tent and tarp. I bought a 4 pack of 1/2" ID rubber feet from true value hardware for about $5. This pole will cost me about $30 all in when I am done, and I won't have to collapse to take both my poles with me.
 

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There was someone on here about a year or so ago that made some out of carbon fiber arrows. They were cheap to make, super light and pretty strong, from what I recall, but I don't know if he ever wrote a review after using them.
 

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You might just look into a bringing out a single dedicated pole and then using one of your trekking poles on it and keeping the other one with you. That is my plan for single pole tents. Usually I am fine with just a single trekking pole, its not until the back breaking loads come into play that I'd really need the second pole. At that point chances are I need to break down camp anyways and if not stealing the pole isn't a big deal. You can always swap it out for a stick if there are any around too.
 

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I usually go to the golf pro shop. They have a few barrels of take-off carbon shafts they give away. I cut on an abrasive cutter to get diameters to fit tight in sections. I have also replaced side wall poled on Alaknak and other wall tents with these carbon shafts.
 

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Would have to measure, the vary but I am guessing 5/8 is widest and they taper down pretty tight at the club head. Maybe 1/4 inch there on some. strong and light.
 
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