How useful are guylines?
When we designed our electric fences we knew they had to be functional and easy to use. Guylines are included with the Backcountry Nanolite with this in mind.
Bear Sentry guylines are important because they reduce sag in the lines. When it comes to performance, the more tension, the better (see the FAQ ).
Guylines make it easier to tension the fence during set up and make adjustments before bed. As our manual instructs,
The Basecamp model is inherently more stable because of its step-in posts. But this Bear Sentry can benefit from guylines too, particularly over longer stays when small movements in the fence, for example near a gate, may loosen their footing.
Finally, guylines help to secure both models when the weather turns ugly (and make them visible).
Bear Sentry Guyline Kits can be purchased separately (coming soon). They include 6 neon yellow lines of 425 paracord (made in the USA) 3 meters/10 feet long with 6 Y-shaped 7075 aluminum pegs and tensioners.
The pegs are good for hard and soft terrain. Made of aerospace grade aluminum, they are light weight but extremely hard; their Y-shape gives them grip in sand or summer taiga.
Please note: the best way to pull the guylines taut is downward, having looped the end with the aluminum tensioner around the top of the pole, and the end with the bowline onto the peg. This way the tensioners are closer to hand during set up and won’t slip on the paracord if you jostle a pole as you move.