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