Dec 31, 2019 at 1:57 pm #3624997lisa rBPL Member
I’m intrigued by Dan Durston’s XMid 1P tent but wondering if there’s a way to sub out short lengths of pole to pitch it rather than using hiking poles – I’ve seen other UL tent companies offer substitute poles as an add-on if you want to go without hiking poles. I typically build in a day or two of scrambling/exploration during my backpacking trips where I leave my camp set up while I’m out and about for the day. I’d want to be able to use my hiking poles and not leave them to hold up the tent. Thanks!Dec 31, 2019 at 2:02 pm #3624998Russ WBPL Member
@gatome83Locale: Southeastern US
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@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Several companies sell standalone aluminum or carbon fiber poles for their trekking pole tarps and tents. The key things to look for are correct length, and whether you want an adjustable pole. Most tarp/tent companies sell only fixed-length poles.
Mountain Laurel Designs
Six Moon Designs
— RexDec 31, 2019 at 3:30 pm #3625009jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
I used a fixed length pole for my Hexamid solo plus for exactly the reason Lisa mentioned. Worked great. It would certainly work for the day and you could sub out a hiking pole at night. I never had to do this.Dec 31, 2019 at 3:41 pm #3625012NoCO-JimBPL Member
I use the Tarptent 122cm long, 12.4 mm poles (as suggested by Dan Durston)…work just fine on X-Mid-1P.Dec 31, 2019 at 8:24 pm #3625037Kevin BabioneBPL Member
Since you’re talking about the XMid 1P…Drop.com has it on sale now for $160. I’ve used nothing but a hammock for the past 10 years but I couldn’t resist picking one up at that price.Dec 31, 2019 at 8:37 pm #3625039Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
The ideal poles would be 5 piece so they fold as short as the tent, carbon fiber so they are as light as possible, adjustable so you can fine tune the pitch, and designed for a range of 46-48″. I think Ruta Locura would make you exactly that but it is pricey. Most other options aren’t adjustable, in which case 48″ works but 46-47″ is ideal.
Zpacks makes a 5 piece folding carbon pole in 48″ but without a way to connect to the peak grommets so it’s not ideal in a storm. Tarptent makes an affordable 4 piece folding aluminum pole in 48″, and then there are many other options like the SMD and MLD ones mentioned. SMD seemingly only offers 45″ and 49″, which is really outside the ideal range but you could likely hacksaw the 49″ one shorter.
FYI, The current $160 sale runs through Jan 2 but the tent might sell out before then (it’ll be close). Once it does it will seemingly be out of stock for at least a few month and maybe until mid-summer (depending on how on the ball Drop is with ordering more).Jan 1, 2020 at 7:54 am #3625060
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