Pole foot

Alan Sloman has been playing about with his Trailstar and commented that the central pole takes quite a lot of strain. He is worried that on soft ground it might sink in. To solve this, ingeniously,  he used a metal plate from a whisky carton.

As I don’t have any carton tops, I looked for a different solution. In my gear box, I have a couple of ski pole baskets, which come from one set of trekking poles (I can’t remember which ones).

IMG_0759These looked ideal. However, the centre hole is a tight fit, so I used a file to widen it slightly. Now the basket slips on and off easily. It weighs 13g, a full 6g lighter than Alan’s solution. Ski pole baskets are widely available, so if you’ve not got one to hand, they are easy to buy. Problem solved!

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11 thoughts on “Pole foot”

  1. The other alternative is a motorcycle stand puck. This is something I use on the pole for the SL3. A fiber knife spacer drilled and cut to size holds the pole in position. Ideal on soft ground. A wee bit heavier than some ideas but it does the job.

  2. Still using a lightweight tent at the moment, although I am seriously considering to buy the trailstar. So these tips will certainly be considered. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. Of course, extra weight, but you could always put a whole in a Real Frisbee, and then have something to play with before you put your tent up.
    Bit heavy mind.
    Or even use a plastic picnic plate.

    Me.. I have some Snow Baskets, so like you I use those..

      1. The Fizan baskets clip on rather than screw, so changing them would be more of a faff. BD system seems better.

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