SuperFly No-Sew mini-pole tarp mod
This pole mod is based on ideas from tendertoe's No Sew Tarp Pole Mod(s). I liked the idea of having a pole to bring the sides out, but didn't want to have to carry 20' of tent poles for a tarp.
The distance between the side pull-outs on the Super Fly is 48" so I went with 18" sections, giving me two poles 54". I left them that long so that when assembled, the webbing connecting the tarp to the end of the pole is pulled away from the ridge line, and closer to where the pullouts were intended to be pulled.
What I ordered from Quest Outfitters:
- (4) #4080 TENT POLE-NANO W/INS .344 18 inch Black
- (2) #4081 TENT POLE-NANO W/O INS .344 18 inch Black
- (4) #4038 ENDTIP #2 .340 METAL
- (3yd) NARROW ELASTIC CORD 3/32 inch Black
- (4) #3231 GROMMETS & WASHERS - 5/16 inch
- (1) #3235 GROMMET SETTING TOOLS - 5/16 inch
I had some webbing, but any nylon or poly 1" webbing at least 1 yard should work.
I also got (4) 3/4" snap rings.
Each pole tab was made by cutting 7" of webbing and melting the ends to prevent fraying. The webbing was threaded through the snap ring, folded in half, and the grommet placed 2 1/2" inches from the fold. The 4 tabs were then attached to the pullouts on the SuperFly and the poles made up.
The nice part of having the shorter poles, is that it's easy to attach the poles to the tarp from a single side. This means that when setting up in the rain, you can attach the tarp to the trees, add the poles and then finish setting up the tarp while under it. When I tried the pole mod out the first time it was raining and it worked out great.
Very nice and answers another question I have had about a tarp with doors and a ridge runner !!!
Looks like that closes things up very well !
Living in texas I am not so concerned about keeping the cold out as I am wind and rain.
Last edited by hairsmith; 05-31-2013 at 14:51.
Nice work!!! I tried using poles to pull out the side and I used rope to attach them. I like the webbing, great idea!
I keep meaning to order a set of poles from Quest Outfitters to make full-sized sections, but your "shorties" make more sense. Lightweight and they do what needs to be done.
Nice! I'm going to do this with my superfly. Where did you get your snake skins?
I really like this mod. I think I may give this a try when my superfly comes in. Could you give a rough estimate of the cost of materials you used for this project? I guess I could look it up myself, just being lazy lol.
Using the dropper loops from the pole of the tie outs like you have, do you think a stiff pole "hiking pole" would also work?
I have ordered a superfly and BB, I have never hammock or tarp camped. So I have no experience. I like the pole mod but curious if the pole resting on the ridge line seam will put any stress on it? In the picture, it does not look like it is putting any stress on the ridge line.
Last edited by 45mb42t3; 06-02-2013 at 09:27.
That is the reason for using longer than needed poles. It causes the pole to bow, and have little contact or pressure on the ridgeline. I did this once with a DIY tarp, and used a few arrows. Two aluminium arrows with a smaller carbon arrow in the middle. It didn't flex as much as the poles that cpverne is using. I added longer lines between the ends of the arrows and the tarp pullouts. It seemed to help with the ridgeline contact. I think I may go back to this idea, using the poles here.......RR
Originally Posted by 45mb42t3
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