My MLD Duomid pole set up – simple and light

I recently purchased some new trekking poles to use with my TrekkerTent Stealth and in the process I’ve sorted myself a super light and quick way of joining poles together for my MLD Duomid.

The current poles I use are Mounatin King Super Trekker Compact which are cheap and light and have taken some severe battering over the years and coped well. But at a maximum 130cm fully extended they’re not long enough to use as an A-frame with the Stealth which requires 135-140cm poles. To replace these I settled on a pair of Fizan Broadpeak 3, which at 240g a piece are still a decent weight.

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These Fizan poles have a relatively new locking system which Fizan call their Concept System. which is an external locking system like Flik Locks, but clamps down onto the outside of the poles using a twist mechanism. It’s simple, has no fiddly parts which could fail and you can really exert some force and lock them down extremely tight. DSC_0375

This means that presumably the locking system should be able to clamp down onto any tube which will slide inside it. So I removed the bottom section and measured the internal diameter of the middle section…..14mm exactly. A quick search on Ebay sourced me a length of 14mm carbon fibre tube for the grand sum of £7, which slides perfectly inside the middle section of the poles with a reassuring glove like fit. Cut to a reasonable length and with a couple of strips of tape to mark off the correct length for a 145cm set up, and the jobs done.

So now all I have to do to pitch is remove the bottom sections of the trekking poles, and join them with the length of carbon fibre pole.

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It’s rock solid, there’s no danger of damaging internal locking mechanisms through continually removing them…….and that little length of carbon fibre tube weighs 15g.

And if I need to adjust the length when pitched it’s still easy. Just a case of twisting the locking mechanism open without having to twist the poles.

Lovely job.

2 thoughts on “My MLD Duomid pole set up – simple and light

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