The tent poles for my Kelty Gunnison fold into 24-30 inch bundles. This is no problem for biking and fitting them into the rear pocket of the panniers, but I can see them being too bulky for backpacking.
Does anyone make shorter poles that would collapse into a 15-18 inch bundle? I’ve seen one site, but they also use super lite materials so the price ends up being more than the tent. I’m more interested in “packability” than weight.