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Gora's 5ft (150cm) three-piece travel contact fire staff is one of the best collapsible fire staffs we've seen. It's also the best travel staff for contact staff moves we've laid our hands on.
Fire staffs are obviously quite awkward things to carry when you're travelling, particularly if you're back packing or taking a flight. A staff that breaks down into three pieces is the perfect solution!
The joining mechanism Gora employs uses rubber locking rings at the ends of the staff's outer sections. When screwed into the handle section the rubber locking rings are compressed and expand to grip the handle section. This locking mechanism is reliable, sturdy and strong. However, it's a good idea to keep the rubber and nuts free from dirt. You should also make sure sections are properly tightened each time before you spin.
The grip combines EPDM rubber with tennis grip for a comfortable and grippy surface.
Where Gora's staff really stands out is the material it's made from and what it's wrapped in. "Space grade" 7075 aluminium is used throughout. This material is extremely strong while remaining very lightweight. This fire staff now also comes with tassels, also known as flowers, that slow the staff's roll down helping you to learn moves like the Steve and Angel Rolls. Some people, particularly more advance performers, aren't so keen on these flowers which is why they can be removed or attached using a simple popper - handy!
Around the aluminium on the end pieces is a protective layer of silicone. This insulates against the hot aluminum reducing the chance of burns. However, the silicone is not totally fire and heat proof so don't hold the staff vertically when lit and don't use white spirit, benzene or alcohol-based fuels as this will reduce the life of the silicone sheath. For advice on fuel use see here.
The sheathing also has the added effect of adding weight towards the end of the staff. This helps to alleviate the universal problem with travel contact fire staffs - the joining mechanism of all break down staffs is towards the centre, adding weight just where you don't want it for contact staff tricks. The extra end weight means this travel staff is actually a good contact staff. We still prefer single piece staffs for contact but if you need something more portable then Gora's travel contact fire staff is the best break down staff for contact moves.
When broken down the two end pieces measure 21.7" and the centre piece measures 23.6".