Dec 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm #1266644
@powell1njLocale: North Carolina
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.Dec 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm #1674833
Steven EvansBPL Member
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.Dec 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm #1674835
@erdferkelLocale: S. California
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…Dec 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm #1674836
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
polesforyou.com and questoutfitters.com sell aluminum tent polesDec 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm #1674850
kevin timmBPL Member
@ktimmLocale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
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.Dec 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm #1674877
Christopher MillsBPL Member
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.Dec 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm #1674958
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.Dec 17, 2010 at 7:11 am #1675018
Greg MihalikBPL Member
It's installed in my ULA Ohm.
A 2.6 ounce weight gain.
Very sweet.Dec 17, 2010 at 7:47 am #1675030
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!)Dec 17, 2010 at 8:12 am #1675037Dec 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm #1675451
Daryl and DarylBPL Member
@lyrad1Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
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