2 section ultralight DAC NSL tarp / tent poles for the weight conscious distance trekker / bike packer. Standing 82 cm tall (45 cm packed) and weighing just 50g, useful as a second (back) pole for a tarp setup.
Note: Includes end tips (pictured) and white shock cord. NR Arch Connector sold separately.
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Availability date: 05/31/2019
|Brand / Manufacturer||DAC|
|Equipment Category||Shelter (Tarps, Tents, Accessories)|
|Materials||DAC TH72M Anodized Aluminium|
|Properties||Ultralight, High Strength, Flex|
|Height||82 cm (45 cm packed)|
|Package Weight (approx.)||280 g / 9.88 oz|
|Item Weight||50 g / 1.76 oz|
DAC are synonymous with ultralight tent design. Nordisk, Hilleberg, MSR, Nemo, Terra Nova, Sierra Designs (and many many more) all use DAC poles in their lightweight offerings. The reason is simple, they're the best performing ultralight poles available. In addition they're also the most environmentally friendly due to their anodizing process (traditionally a toxic and filthy operation) which negates the need for nitric and phosphoric acid.
Not only are DAC poles lighter than most, they're also remarkably strong, which means when used with a lightweight tarp, a lower diameter pole will suffice, yielding additional weight savings.
Scramble have tested the 9mm DAC Featherlite NSL 3 section pole with their G-Series Tarps in gale force conditions and in heavy snow, rain and hail. The poles have superb flexibility, so in high winds or under snow loads they flex but don't break.
These are ideal for ultralight bike packing / cycle touring when used in conjunction with an UL micro tarp and a bivvie. Scramble use the 3 section poles in a one pole setup with their UL Micro Tarp which works as a stand-alone temporary shelter and as a "tent porch" extension to their recommended hooped bivvy, Macpac's Bush Cocoon (pictured below). For those who like a traditional 2 pole setup with a shorter "back" pole, this pole is ideal.
The Poles are finished with a DAC NSL Round Cap on one end and a DAC NSL Long Tip on the other and are threaded with 3mm shock-cord which provides better retention over time than 2mm cord and adds only a few grams. The cord is attached just prior to dispatch (to prevent loss of elasticity during storage). If you'd rather fit the cord yourself, let us know by email when you order.
The 2 section poles are 82 cm tall when extended and weigh just 50g. When packed they stand 45cm tall and will easily fit down the side of most packs.
DAC make a connector that works really well as an anchor point for attaching to the tarp. Scramble's UL tarps have Dyneema attachment points and these are easily looped through the DAC NR Arch Connector and hook onto its protrusion. See Scramble's review for more info or find it and other related items via the "related products" button at the base of this page.