Heavy tent poles often cause issues while they need to be transported from place to place, which leads to a lot of inconveniences. These poles need to be lightweight for their safe and secure transportation. Fibraplex 292 carbon fiber tent poles serve as the best replacement tent poles. They are lighter than regular aluminum poles by 33 to 43 percent and also offers the required sturdiness to the structure. They are the best backpacking tent product for those who want to reduce the weight of their tent poles.
- Available for many tents as well as custom poles.
- Reasonably priced for shelters with fewer poles
- Comparable flexibility and strength to aluminum poles
- Lighter than stock aluminum poles by 33 to 43 percent
- Excellent customer support with fast replacement
- Similar stiffness to stock poles
- Expensive if required with more length and number
- Breaks instead of bending, if overstressed.
- Need to use the ferrules with caution
- Not as stiff as Easton 7075 poles
The Fibraplex Fibrapole 292 carbon fiber tent poles were introduced in 2005. The Carbon fiber tent poles come with carbon fiber ferrules and aluminum tips. The poles have an outer diameter of 0.292 inches (7 mm), 0.25 inch (6 mm) wall thickness and maximum section length of 32 inches (81 cm). The CF Ferrules have an outer diameter of 0.240 inches (6 mm), a wall thickness of 0.38 inch (10 mm) and a length of 4 inches (10 cm). The Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic is available in two lengths namely One 73.5 inches (187 cm) pole and One 44.5 inches (113 cm) pole. The weight of Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic Fibraplex carbon fiber tent poles is 3.3 oz (94 grams) whereas that of Stock Easton 7075 poles is 4.9 oz (137 grams). The length of the Black Diamond Lighthouse pole variant is Two 142 inches (361 cm) and One 39 inches (99 cm) with an aluminum elbow. The Weight of Black Diamond Lighthouse Fibraplex carbon fiber tent poles is 9.3 oz (263 grams), and that of Stock DAC Featherlite poles is 15.9 oz (450 grams). The Weight Savings Over Stock Poles for Squall Classic is 1.6 oz (46 grams) which is 33% lighter and for the Lighthouse variant is 6.9 oz (195 grams) which is 42% lighter. The price of the Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic set is $52, and that of the Black Diamond Lighthouse set is $130.
The Fibraplex Fibrapole 292 carbon fiber tent pole is available from Fibraplex as a pre-made pack for a specific tent and also in any custom configuration for any tarp or shelter. They are the only replacement tent poles in the market.
The Fibrapole carbon fiber tent poles were tested in two configurations:
- Carbon fiber Stock replacement set for the Black Diamond Lighthouse
- Carbon Fiber custom set for the Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic
The carbon fiber tent pole reduced 1.6 ounces off of the Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic and also 6.9 ounces from the Black Diamond Lighthouse. The tips that came with the poles fitted quickly in both cases. The Fibrapole 292 set of carbon fiber tent poles were shock-corded and were easy to store as they had a compact structure. The only issue was that the aluminum connector tips were bit wider than the poles, causing them to snag in the pole sleeve of the Squall Classic.
On testing, the stiffness of the carbon fiber tent poles proved to be the best replacement tent poles. Fibraplex models were of similar stiffness to the DAC Featherlite poles that came with the Black Diamond Lighthouse but were more flexible than the Easton 7075 models. When curved into a hoop application, the extra flexibility made little difference in the field. When used regularly, such as the front pole of the Gossamer Gear/Tarptent Squall Classic, the pole bent under the load more quickly than the stock Easton model. This was the only problem when pitching the tent with more tension. However, the Easton poles are indeed stiffer in this application.
The Fibraplex carbon fiber tent poles were tested for breakage, and it was found that the poles broke only when they were misused or above the threshold range. 120-inch length pole broke when the tips touched each other, and the shorter one broke when making a small arc. It was informed by Fibraplex that poles would not break until the ferrules are correctly inserted in them, which made them the best backpacking tent poles.
When tested during windy and rainy weather, the poles were alright except a minor tent deflection which makes them the best backpacking tent poles.
It is a fair deal for people who care about the weight of the shelter as the poles cost $130 for the Black Diamond Lighthouse pole set and $52 for the Tarptent setup. At $32.50 per ounce of weight saved for the Tarptent and $18.84 per ounce for the Lighthouse, it depends upon you if they are good enough investment or not.