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Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping on 10/20/2011 10:45:20 MDT Print View

I have a Phoenix Phusion Extreme four season tent that I purchased in the UK back in the early '90s. It last saw the light of day about 10 years ago, when I decided that 4.6kg was too heavy for a two man backcountry tent. I'm gearing up for my first winter trip in years (now live in Colorado), and as much as I would love a Hilleberg, I can't justify the cost of a solo or two man tent on top of a new zero degree bag and the other accoutrements for winter camping.

The Phusion Extreme's tent body itself is in excellent shape but two of the four aluminium poles are broken. Phoenix went out of business long ago, but the pole supplier - Hampton Works - still operates. I contacted them for a quote to replace all four Bulldog Flexipoles and I'm waiting for a reply. However, I'd prefer a lighter weight alternative to the aluminium poles, and one that is easier to pitch in cold weather. I do intend to use the tent in the Rockies, winter only. Can anyone recommend a suitable pole that's both lightweight and strong enough, and a US-based supplier?

Thanks in advance, Stuart

Mark Montag
(mMontag) - F
How about Carbon Fiber on 10/20/2011 13:36:57 MDT Print View

Don't know how much you want to spend but carbon fiber poles from Fibraplex might work - might lighten the load also.

fibraplex.com

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - M

Locale: Where the air is thin
Carbon fibre option on 10/21/2011 21:52:32 MDT Print View

I heard back from the aluminium pole manufacturer. A new set will run close to $200, and my local repair shop is
doubtful that they can repair the two damaged poles. So the carbon fibre poles may be just as cost effective and lighter. Thanks Mark.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping on 10/21/2011 22:38:52 MDT Print View

There is a fiberglas pole replacement kit available for about $25. It contains several segments of fiberglas pole, some shock cord, wire tool, and other parts. Basically, it can be cut to a specific length of whatever the original pole was.

--B.G.--

Paul Ashton
(PDA123) - F

Locale: Eastern Mass
Replacement poles on 10/22/2011 05:14:56 MDT Print View

Try polesforyou.com They made a set of poles for my REI Chrysalis, which has two hubs and all different length poles. It fits perfectly. They look like the original DAC poles. V. high quality.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Re: Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping on 10/22/2011 06:16:46 MDT Print View

Fiberglass poles ae very robust, but not what I would consider light weight. 'Corse, a 10lb tent is no lightweight either.
These people offer most anything in the line of tent poles.
http://www.polesforyou.com


Edited to say that I didnot see the other post. Sorry!

Edited by jamesdmarco on 10/22/2011 06:18:05 MDT.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
poles on 10/22/2011 07:07:14 MDT Print View

quest outfitters sells parts you can put your own together out of al.

Have read about several issues with fibraplex breaking.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Replacement tent poles - lightweight but robust for winter camping on 10/22/2011 07:12:59 MDT Print View

You can easily make your own poles. You can pick what strength you want to make them. Quest Outfitters sells both aluminum and fiberglass poles segments and shock cords and fittings to custom make your own in various diameters.

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

http://www.questoutfitters.com/tent_poles.htm#FIBERGLASS TENT POLE SET

While I would recommend not using the slightly lighter carbon fiber poles for your particular need, you can get custom CF poles also from Fibraplex...

http://www.fibraplex.com/tentpoles.htm