Oct 20, 2011 at 9:45 am #1280893
Stuart .BPL Member
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, StuartOct 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm #1793055
Don't know how much you want to spend but carbon fiber poles from Fibraplex might work – might lighten the load also.
fibraplex.comOct 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm #1793641
Stuart .BPL Member
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.Oct 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm #1793648
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
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.–Oct 22, 2011 at 4:14 am #1793681
@pda123Locale: Eastern Mass
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.Oct 22, 2011 at 5:16 am #1793685
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
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.
Edited to say that I didnot see the other post. Sorry!Oct 22, 2011 at 6:07 am #1793692
quest outfitters sells parts you can put your own together out of al.
Have read about several issues with fibraplex breaking.Oct 22, 2011 at 6:12 am #1793694
@mad777Locale: South Florida
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#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…
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