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  1. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandyRandy View Post
    Your idea of tethering the spreader tips to the hammock sounds like a big improvement!

    I learned how to use the poles by reading all the guides and tips found on the PacerPole website. Lots of useful info there. There are several pages throughout the website, so be sure to check them all out if interested. The techniques are applicable to any kind of pole.
    https://www.pacerpole.com/
    They’re all under the various sections under Overview, How To Use, and FAQ

    I agree that there are many more ideas worth testing in this space and many have crossed my mind while using it out on the trail.
    Being a midwesterner... Cross country ski propulsion wasn't quite the foreign concept to me as it likely was to you if you grew up down south.

    Yar, I recall discussing that with some folks along side the 'natural' running style debates for hiking. It's all interesting stuff for sure and was a hot topic of discussion for FKT/speed hikes/Ultra runners that still continues.

    Though many do prefer the Teddy Roosevelt approach.

    Reminds me often of Colin Fletcher's love of a stave, which he found handy if "he wanted to appear conspecific with a unicorn should he by chance encounter one"

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    As JB knows, I am testing one of his development-stage hammocks for which I am using as spreader bars my MYOG trekking poles that weigh 243g per pair, maybe 255g/pair after a minor mod for use as spreaders. They are carbon fiber and easily have more than 3000 miles on them with no breakage.

    Although I am easy on gear, I don't baby them, but OTOH there are people who would break them within the first 5 miles so YMMV. In my experience, however, CF has been pretty durable.

    I don't know which of JB's design elements are proprietary so I am reticent to describe further or post photos. Suffice to say, however, that modifying trekking poles is probably not too difficult for people who enjoy MYOG. When collapsed as spreader bars I consider these things fairly bulletproof at 36" length... one big reason for this is that when the poles are collapsed the wall thickness is doubled in the middle, just where it's needed.
    UL, because nobody ever asks "How can I make my pack heavier?"

  3. #13
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    After reading the posts above, I think that I will purchase the carbon fiber from loca locura.
    I will keep my poles for my tarp setup.

    Thanks Handy Randy , Just Bill , for your thorough explanations .

    Many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick2world View Post
    After reading the posts above, I think that I will purchase the carbon fiber from loca locura.
    I will keep my poles for my tarp setup.

    Thanks Handy Randy , Just Bill , for your thorough explanations .

    Many thanks
    Rick, did u purchase the bars? If so do you like them?

    Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamant0 View Post
    Rick, did u purchase the bars? If so do you like them?

    Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk

    Hi AdamanTO

    No I didn't buy it yet. I bought 2 diamond quilts & run out of funds for now . At least that's what my bank manager at home told me

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