Aluminum Tubing
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Nate Powell
(powell1nj) - F

Locale: North Carolina
Aluminum Tubing on 12/16/2010 16:09:53 MST Print View

I've read in several threads about people using aluminum tubing for internal pack frames/stays. Where does a person buy this stuff? I'm particularly intrigued by the type of tubing mentioned in this article on backpacking-lite.co.uk. It mentions adding lengths of 6mm aluminum tuning to a pack to make a frame. If anyone knows of common places to find the 6mm stuff in the U.S. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Aluminum Tubing on 12/16/2010 16:29:14 MST Print View

Arrow shafts seem to be pretty popular to use for pack stays. Not sure if they come 6mm (~1/4") but both carbon and aluminum are available.

Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
Re: Aluminum Tubing on 12/16/2010 16:32:19 MST Print View

There are a couple of routes with this, finding the exact item at a premium or finding something similar for less.

In this case, to find aluminum tubing of an exact size, the place is mcmaster-carr or ebay. You will need to know what alloy you want, for something requiring real stiffness, something like 7075 or 6061. It sounds from the article that they were using some soft flexible tubing but if it's too soft, it may not provide support for very long.

The other way, finding something similar, I've heard of people using aluminum arrow shafts and kite shafts. These can be bought new at hunting stores, ebay or if you're lucky someone may have some for free, particularly if they're a little bent. Soft aluminum tubing might be available at the hardware store, but I usually only see copper iceline...

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 12/16/2010 16:32:54 MST Print View

polesforyou.com and questoutfitters.com sell aluminum tent poles

kevin timm
(ktimm) - M

Locale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
Aluminum tubing on 12/16/2010 17:20:31 MST Print View

I've found regular stuff at true value. If you need better try http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant.cfm?id=947&step=2&top_cat=60

questoutfitters is a good choice for 7075 from easton. You may need to glou a few pieces together to get it long enough.

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Aluminum Tubing on 12/16/2010 19:14:09 MST Print View

There is a wide selection on ebay. If you don't find exactly what you're looking for there, send a message to one of the sellers that deals in things of that kind. I've found exactly what I wanted that way.

Edited by Hiker816 on 12/16/2010 19:16:24 MST.

Nancy Twilley
(goodcaver2)

Locale: STL
six moon designs? on 12/16/2010 23:04:00 MST Print View

Has anybody here bought the hoop stay they sell at six moon designs for a myog pack? It looks like you can purchase it by itself.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: six moon designs? on 12/17/2010 08:11:34 MST Print View

I have.
It's installed in my ULA Ohm.
A 2.6 ounce weight gain.

Ohm AL Stay
Very sweet.

Edited by greg23 on 12/17/2010 08:13:32 MST.

Nancy Twilley
(goodcaver2)

Locale: STL
cool! on 12/17/2010 08:47:23 MST Print View

Very cool. Thanks for the pictures. Hmmm... might have to add this as an option if I make my own pack in the new year...

but wait--is it installed in addition to the ula suspension? or instead of? Why'd you decide to use this hoop over the one it came with? (Never seen a ULA pack in person, sorry!)

Edited by goodcaver2 on 12/17/2010 08:50:28 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: cool! on 12/17/2010 09:12:32 MST Print View

My Ohm mods can be found Here.

Daryl Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Try Quest on 12/18/2010 15:42:15 MST Print View

Here's one source:

http://www.questoutfitters.com/tent_poles.htm#TENT POLES