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Anyone using the predecessor upside down as tarp/tent poles? Any issue with water getting in the pole like some of the Gossamer poles (solved with the add-on grommet)? Also, from Italy, is the shipping date likely going to take a while? I have a trip planned at the end of the month and am doubting the feasibility of having these by then.
Thanks for the questions. I have used the Compact 3 with my TarpTent. I never had problems with the pole joints slipping over night. Hopefully other members will be able to share their experiences too.
Ship date will be early July, maybe earlier. But you would be unlikely to actually receive your polls by the end of June (though, Fizan is already making these poles for us, so let's keep our fingers crossed!).
I have used the Fizan poles in the right-side-up orientation with my tarp shelter for the last year or so. The compression fittings on the inside of the poles are very sturdy and can hold significant weight without slipping. I have hiked all day in the rain, making multiple adjustments (which I'm sure let water in), then set up my tarp and I have never had any slipping problems.
...looking to join this drop (my first!), but I use trekking poles upside down for my tarp. I wasn't so concerned with slipping, but water running into and collecting in the poles from the joints. This is a relatively common problem with other poles being used upside down for shelters where the poles are used externally and subject to rain.
The poles are not waterproof to my knowledge..... however I'm not sure what problem would arise from that. You can take the poles apart in the morning and drain any pooling water. The twist locks are plastic on alluminum so I don't think you will have any issues with rusting moving parts.... Also, I'm reading that best practice is to take them apart and clean each section when you get home..... though I haven't done that in two years and I haven't had any issues.
Are you using a specific model of tarp/tarptent? with many of mine, I prefer to set them up with the point down. This would also avoid the issue of pooling rain.