REI Adjustable Tarp Pole - Singleis rated4.25out of5by12.
Rated4out of5byMaui Scout LeaderfromNice, once I finished manufacturing themThis is basically a 3-section pole connected with shock cords. The butt end of each pole fits in the end of the next, so there are no connector joints like you might find on a tent pole. These are much thicker and heavier than a tent pole. That may be in the description/specs, but it wasn't clear to me from the photos, so I was surprised at how thick it is. For what it is, these are lightweight, but not backpacking light. I wouldn't take them backpacking, unless I had a large group to distribute gear among many people.
The top section tapers to a pin that will fit in the grommet of your tarp (I use the Kelty Noah's Tarp 12'). The bottom section has a press down button that protrudes out. There is a 4th section that is just a little wider, and fits over the width of the other 3. It has 6 or so holes in it for the button to snap into to adjust the height.
My only complaints are:
1) There is a plastic foot at the bottom that is really hard and slick. I wish it were rubber, like the bottom of a cane. I could see this not grabbing to hard rock, concrete, etc. It worked fine for me on grass.
2) The plastic foot is just barely on the pole, but the slightest force will knock it off. Both feet were off the poles when they arrived. Without the foot, this wouldn't work very will in sand (I bought mine for the beach). I tried model glue, but I may eventually screw it on or replace the feet with rubber ones.
3) The holes in the pole for adjustable height are only for raising the pole for use, but there is no stopper position for storing the pole. Once you collapse it, it is easy to go too far and knock the foot off! I drilled a hole a couple of inches from the bottom of the outer section, and now the button will click into that for storage.
4) No stuff sack / bag.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with this, but it feels like nobody ran a user test on this product, because it has some obvious design flaws. For $35 for a pole, it isn't expensive, but I feel like it costs enough that I shouldn't have to finish manufacturing it!
Date published: 2013-12-14
Rated4out of5byDick FfromNot as represented by REII have the 8' model. The description for the 6' pole says it has 4 sections and folds to 22". I emailed REI for info on the 8' pole and was told that it also has 4 sections and folds to 22" like the 6'. It doesn't. It has 3 sections and folds to 29". I got them for llama packing and these just barely fit in the panniers. I can't fault the poles at all but REI's customer service needs to get their stuff together.
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated5out of5bySugarmanfromgreat productI own several of these poles, ten I think. I use them to set up a 10x30 tarp over our pop-up camper. They are very strong. Been through high winds and rain without an issue. They adjust easily and quickly. They knock down quickly and pack well. My only complaint is they will fill up with water in rain. I solved that problem by drilling a 1/8 inch hole in the bottom of the end cap to let the water drain out. To keep them compact when packed I attached a Velcro strap around the bottom section and wrap the three sections together when collapsed. I'm replacing three section steel poles with these and find that I need far fewer poles because these are stronger and more stable.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated5out of5byKim53fromWorked out GreatI bought these to use while camping in my truck to put up a rain tarp on the back of my truck. These worked out great.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated5out of5byFamily of 6 CampingfromPerfectGreat Tarp Pole
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated5out of5byJoe the Rock kidfromBest lightweight tarp pole ever.I use pole with a rainproof tarp at campground. Two corners are tied to trees with a rope and opposite two corners are erected by REI tarp pole. I use the tarp for shade and keep me dry from rain. I love the adjustable pole, especially so lightweight. The pole is sturdy enough with slightly flimsy at the top. If you tie a rope from top pole to ground, I don't see a problem at all. I love the orange color that can be so noticeable when you walk by. I plan to buy two more poles. I have two poles that extends about 6 feet, and I am planning on buying two more that extends 7-8 feet. I strongly recommend to anyone to buy it. The quality pole is what you get than most tarp poles that weight too heavy.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated5out of5byCowboyN8fromBest find in adjustable poles.I bought two of the 6' poles for motorcycle camping. They fold down to the same size as my tent poles, so they don't really add anything other than a bit of bulk to the load, but are well worth hauling along.
The 8' poles are taller and will raise your canopy for better clearance to walk under, but are definitely bigger, bulkier, and heavier.
I use these with my Noah's tarp 9 for a quick camp fly for shade or rain. They also help make a great extra cover over the tent that allows much better ventilation and minimized condensation.
Handy and compact, these are the best poles I could find for my use, and I just love 'em!
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated4out of5bypapeetepetefromPoles Stand UpOne thing that made a difference to me that the length of the poles fit right into my sleeping pad bag. I had trouble trying to load them in my backpack.
Date published: 2013-08-16
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REI Adjustable Tarp Pole - Single Customer Reviews