Apr 26, 2015 at 11:15 am #1328339
Does anyone out there use a mid for bikepacking? If so,what type of pole do you use? Any recomendations for a lightweight, collapsible pole that is durable and stable?Apr 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm #2194796Will ElliottBPL Member
@elliott-willLocale: Juneau, AK
Would sell you the carbon pole for the Megamid. I'm not sure what it costs. It's rather heavy-duty.Apr 26, 2015 at 9:41 pm #2194910Clayton MauritzenBPL Member
@glacierramblerLocale: Three Forks of the Flathead
I use the longer version of the BD Traverse poles–it's a two-piece ski pole–for my trekking poles and as a long, stiff center pole for my Duomid. They can get tall enough that I have plenty of room to offset one inside and have a little more space in the back of the 'mid.
I modified mine by cutting off the rubber grip and swapping out the BD baskets for Leki ones. Then I replaced the old handles with GG's foam ones. Each pole weighs just a gram or two under 8 oz now.
The downside for bikepacking is that it doesn't collapse down very far, but I really, really like it, and having one point to adjust makes it super-simple up and down. (If you're interested, I can dig my poles out and measure collapsed and fully extended lengths.)Apr 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm #2194912Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
Easton .625" expedition pole. http://www.bearpawwd.com/poles_stakes/poles_stakes.php#625Apr 27, 2015 at 10:49 am #2195028Nico .BPL Member
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
I have a custom .600 carbon fiber pole from Ruta Locura. It breaks down into three sections, each of which is about 18-20" in length. One of the pole sections has another 4-5" of adjustability via a twist lock mechanism.
I've used it once on a bikepacking trip so far (I usually carry a flat tarp and no poles). I ended up bundling the three sections together with a loop of shockcord and carrying it in my Revelate handlebar harness under the drybag containing my quilt, etc.
I've thought about, but haven't yet tried, bungying the poles to the top tube or down tube instead, sorta' like a really long bike pump. It's possible the poles may fit in my frame bag too (again, haven't tried).
I recall Josh at Ruta Locura discussing options for a four-segment pole as well which might open up the possibility of shorter pole segments that could more easily be packed away.Apr 27, 2015 at 7:44 pm #2195177Maris LBPL Member
I've used a flat tarp more often for bikepacking, but I've used a Duomid for a couple of trips as well. In both cases I use those Outdoor Products trekking poles from Walmart that have been mentioned here a number of times.
After replacing the stock grips with foam (MYOG suggestion from another thread) each pole weighs 6.8oz. I use only one pole for the Duomid when bikepacking. My one complaint, similar to the above, is the height of the collapsed pole. In the end it hasn't bothered me too much as it straps onto a backpack easily enough.
Pretty heavy for one pole on a bike… I considered options like the Easton poles, but in the end I wanted the adjustability and multi-use-ability of a cheap trekking pole. Total cost for one modified pole was under $12 or so.Apr 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm #2195217Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I use two .600" diameter Ruta Locura poles with my Trailstar. One is a 4-section pole that is 48" long. Weighs a little over 3.5 ounces. The other is a 4-section .600" diameter pole with a twist lock jack. With 3 sections it is adjustable from 38" to 46". With 4 sections, 50" to 58" and weighs around 4.5 ounces. The pole sections are about 13.5 inches long, except for the section with the jack, which is maybe 2 inches longer. You could remove the Jack if necessary. These are very sturdy poles, although not the cheapest options on the planet.
On my Hexamid I use a 3-section 48" fixed pole, Under 3 ounces and .450" diameter; plenty strong for a small mid, but for a larger shelter I would want .600"
Both are easy to fit in my Ortlieb panniers. I would be hesitant to attach to the exterior of a bike because the poles are slippery. But if they could be wrapped inside something else, it might work.
If you study Josh's website you might come up with what you need, that is what I did. Of course you could call him too.Apr 29, 2015 at 7:36 pm #2195692
Thanks for the feedback everyone!
I ended up going with an adjustable length carbon pole from Seek Outside. It adjusts up to 66 inches with a twist lock and comes in at 5.5 ounces. I'll report back once I get some use out of it.Sep 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm #2226147Petter Dahle BlindheimSpectator
For my Solomid XL, I just use my Locus Gear CP3 hiking pole when bikepacking. I put it behind the drybag inside my Revelate Harness. Could possibly fit it inside my frame bag, will have to try it out.Sep 11, 2015 at 9:59 pm #2226258
I've had the seek outside pole out for 4 trips and it has worked quite well. I'm not the biggest fan of twist lock poles, but so far so good. It also collapses small enough, which is handy. Overall I'm pleased, but interested to see how it fares over the long term.Sep 21, 2015 at 10:49 am #2227975Tjaard BreeuwerBPL Member
@tjaardLocale: Minnesota, USA
I have the largest Ruta locura Carbon pole for my Golite Hex 3. It weighs 5.5 oz/ 150g if I recall and has held up my 3 person mid well so far in summer.Aug 23, 2016 at 6:29 pm #3422141Jackson WBPL Member
A bit late to the party here, but I picked up one of the carbon Zpacks Altaplex poles (58″. 3.3oz). Works fine if you don’t mind a high pitch, but I will likely cut it down at some stage.
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