Pole Channel system
What we do differently than most producers is that we consider every single pole:
A pole in a Helsport tent is a function of the length of the roof curve, the diameter of the pole and the tent’s height. Based on this, including the placement of the pole, we decide the diameter, the degree of bending, and the length of each section. In short: all our poles are customized to each tent model. This lengthy process gives maximal strength and flexibility in each pole for every tent model. The process is done after recommendation and in close cooperation with two of our main suppliers, two of the best producers of quality poles in the world:
Yunan and DAC.
Unique internal pole channel system:
All Helsport tents have an internal pole channel system. There are two very important reasons why we’ve chosen to use internal instead of external pole channels:
1. The seams are waterproof, as we avoid open seams along the roof.
2. Internal poles [pic 1] improve a tent’s stability in windy conditions, because you can tighten the fabric more. Stability minimizes movement and decreases noise from the outer flysheet. In contrast, external pole channels [pic 2] create more vibration and can lead to decreased stability. Vibration also means more noise from the outer flysheet, affecting your sleep when it’s windy.
This is how it works:
Some people think it’s harder to thread the poles when the channels are internal. Our system for inserting and attaching the poles is quick and easy. You simply pitch the tent by threading the pole from the outside in to the internal pole channel on the opposite side. The colour-coded channel opening is marked with reflective materials, enabling easy pitching when it’s dark. The colour-coded opening matches the colour on the respective pole. The pole fits into a reinforced pocket, and a sturdy pole cup holds the other end. The sheet is tightened by adjusting the webbing.
A lot of companies make it easy for themselves when they produce poles for their tents; they have few categories, and only one pole size per category.
In contrast, here at Helsport we consider every single pole:
A pole in a Helsport tent is a function of the length of the roof curve, the diameter of the pole, and the tent’s height. Based on this, including the placement of the pole, we decide the diameter, the degree of bending, and the length of each section. In short: all our poles are customized to each tent model.
This design process means maximal strength and flexibility in each pole, for every tent model. We work closely with, and take recommendations from, two of our main suppliers – Yunan and DAC – who produce some of the best quality poles in the world.
Our poles are quick and easy to put together, even under extreme weather conditions, as the elastic cord that is mounted inside the poles is cold-resistant. In addition, the poles are colour-coded, so you know which pole goes into which channel.
Our pole types:
All tents in this category have Yunan Pressfit-poles, made by aluminium alloy 7001-T6.
PRO- and X-TREM-poles:
All tents in these two categories have DAC Featherlite NSL-poles.
We utilize collapsible, light weight and strong aluminium poles for all our lavvus.
Bitihorn DAC Featherlite NSL-poles in 132 og 176 cm and Yunan modul aluminium poles in 130 cm.