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    Non-hiking poles to use for "porch mode"?

    Most of my hammocking is done from my motorcycle, so I don't use hiking poles. However, after spending a few full days under the protection of my tarp while on the road, I realize how nice it would be to be able to put one end into porch mode to escape the weather, while still having the space to sit, cook, read, etc. I just can't lay in my hammock all day when the weather turns nasty. I've been looking at a few different poles to use for this, but there's so many options!

    Ultralight isn't terribly necessary, since I'm typically on the motorcycle, but the old lady and I are hoping to get back into backpacking when we move back West later this year (our backpacking kits are already sorted, but time is very limited for her right now), so I'd prefer something not ungodly heavy and bulky should I decide to pack them. It seems $50 is a reasonable price, looking at Amazon at least. It would be extra lovely if they packed down to 18" or less to make it easier to fit in my panniers. Telescoping or ferrules would be fine. I tend to hang my tarp high (large, standard hex) to allow us both to use the same tarp when we're out together. Does anyone have any recommendations for such a beast? And where to purchase?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Not many hiking poles are going to collapse to 18" and extend to a usable porch mode length. These are some of the shortest collapsed I've seen.
    https://www.amazon.com/Cascade-Mount...ng+poles&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiteyF View Post
    Most of my hammocking is done from my motorcycle, so I don't use hiking poles. However, after spending a few full days under the protection of my tarp while on the road, I realize how nice it would be to be able to put one end into porch mode to escape the weather, while still having the space to sit, cook, read, etc. I just can't lay in my hammock all day when the weather turns nasty. I've been looking at a few different poles to use for this, but there's so many options!

    Ultralight isn't terribly necessary, since I'm typically on the motorcycle, but the old lady and I are hoping to get back into backpacking when we move back West later this year (our backpacking kits are already sorted, but time is very limited for her right now), so I'd prefer something not ungodly heavy and bulky should I decide to pack them. It seems $50 is a reasonable price, looking at Amazon at least. It would be extra lovely if they packed down to 18" or less to make it easier to fit in my panniers. Telescoping or ferrules would be fine. I tend to hang my tarp high (large, standard hex) to allow us both to use the same tarp when we're out together. Does anyone have any recommendations for such a beast? And where to purchase?

    Thanks in advance.
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    These tent poles with coupon and prime shipping are only $10 for a 2 pack
    https://www.vipon.com/product/497862...78628_17_image

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiteyF View Post
    ... I'd prefer something not ungodly heavy and bulky should I decide to pack them. It seems $50 is a reasonable price, looking at Amazon at least. It would be extra lovely if they packed down to 18" or less to make it easier to fit in my panniers. Telescoping or ferrules would be fine. I tend to hang my tarp high (large, standard hex) to allow us both to use the same tarp when we're out together. Does anyone have any recommendations for such a beast? And where to purchase?

    Thanks in advance.
    I am moving from primarily a backpacker to more of a paddler. I have added a Cooke Custom Sewing Tundra tarp and Shelter poles to my gear for canoe tripping.

    https://shop.cookecustomsewing.com/p...&categoryId=32

    These poles ^ are really nice. Collapsible plus telescoping section to easily adjust height. Available in two sizes but, the shorter size (3 sections rather than 4 sections) would be adequate for your needs.
    Buy online directly from Dan Cooke's website or when visiting Minneapolis, swing by Midwest Mountaineering.

    Good Luck

    PS: Midwest Mountaineering has a huge bi-annual event, The Outdoor Adventure Expo. The Spring event is less than two weeks away. Dan Cooke - Cottage crafter extraordinaire usually is present and does an impressive tarp presentation. Everything on sale, including these shelter poles. I purchased a few at the Fall Expo.

    http://www.outdooradventureexpo.com/
    Last edited by OCDave; 04-15-2018 at 20:58.
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    I have the poles from REI Shug mentioned and like them a lot. They are very adjustable and allow you to drop one corner for rain to flow off while in porch mode.
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    Ive used golf alignment poles like these ones https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sure-Sticks...-/132544370093 with some success.
    The tent is a lie.

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    I go as Animal suggested except i don't even use a saw. There are normally enough limbs/branches laying around. Here in Florida the Sabal or Cabbage Palm normally has plenty of dead fronds laying at it's base.
    Most of us end up poorer here but richer for being here. Olddog, Fulltime hammocker, 365 nights a year.

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    Philmont uses nesting poles a bit like these:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZasi-lWbt8

    I don't think I've seen anything quite so compact.

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