Pole and pole channel systems

A pole isn’t just a pole. Our 60 years of experience developing tents ensures that nothing has been left to chance when it comes to your tent poles!

What’s different about us compared to most other manufacturers is that we assess each individual pole. We consider the length of the arc, the diameter of the pole and the height of the tent.

Based on this, and taking into account the placement of the pole, we decide on the diameter, the degree of bending required and the length of each section. In short, each pole is especially adapted to the particular tent model where it is to be used. We work closely with two of the best tent pole manufacturers in the world: Yunan and DAC.

Unique internal pole channel system

All Helsport tents are pitched using an internal pole channel system. There are two important reasons why we've opted for an internal rather than an external pole channel system:

  • The tents’ seams become more waterproof as we’re able to avoid having open seams in the ceiling. External channels make it easier for water to penetrate seams.

  • Internal poles make the tent more wind-resistant because the tent fabric is tauter. Stability minimises movement, resulting in less noise from the outer tent fabric. External channels create more vibrations and can make the tent more unstable. Vibrations also cause the tent fabric to generate more sound as it flaps in the wind. This affects how well you sleep when on an excursion in stormy weather.

How it works

We have proven that it is no harder to thread the poles when the channels are on the inside. The pole is threaded from the outside and into a closed channel on the opposite side. The system we’ve developed for inserting and attaching the pole makes this quick and easy. In summary, you pitch the tent by inserting the pole from the outside and in underneath the outer tent via an internal pole channel.

The colour-coded channel opening is signposted using reflective materials to facilitate pitching in the dark and the colour of the opening matches that of the corresponding pole. The pole fits into a reinforced pocket, and a sturdy pole cup secures it at the entrance end. The tent cloth can then be tightened by adjusting the straps.

Colour-coded poles and pole channels

The pole channels of all tents with poles of varying lengths are colour-coded so that the pole and the corresponding channel match.

Pole cups

When the pole is threaded through the pole sleeve, it is held it in place by a pole cup.

X-TREM tents have pole cups with adjustable straps suitable for both one and two poles.

TREK, PRO and Superlight tents have pole cups suitable for one pole. The SuperLight version has a slightly simpler system without the adjustment straps — to bring the weight down as much as possible.

Our pole types

Trek poles:
All tents in this category have Yunan Pressfit poles, made using the aluminium alloy 7001-T6.

PRO and X-Trem poles:
All tents in these categories have DAC Featherlite NSL poles.

Lavvu poles:
All our lavvus use collapsible, light and strong aluminium poles.


Poles for lean-to/tarp:
Bitihorn DAC Featherlite NSL poles in sizes 132 and 176 cm and 130 cm Yunan aluminium module poles.