Replacement Tent Poles
Replacement Tent Poles
Replacement tent poles rather simple and straightforward. Buying a new pole instead of an entirely new tent save you lots, and you can find its replacement steps by Google it or viewing Youtube, just like this article. We all know that we can always go back to the original manufacturer where we bought our tent from, but what if you were unable to connect with phone or their websites, or their after sale services sucks that you wouldn’t want to give them a shit? Furthermore, if you need an immediate repair at your campsite, then you might need to know the tips below to keep your tent operate without cutting your trip short.
What Comes First?
Few factors you need to determine are the diameter of the poles, the length of the poles, the types of poles as well as the material of poles.
Diameter and Length of Poles
Do you have poles that do not know what size they are? Look on the picture to find the actual size pole dimensions. There are sometimes sizes listed for very small poles but there are no sizes in between. Check your measuring tape, the smallest number of mm you can see will be the size what you require (e.g. if you can see 9mm, but not 8mm – your pole diameter could be 8.5mm).
Customized your very own tent poles. Poles can be shortened if necessary to custom lengths, and shockcorded together. In some cases specific replacement tent poles will need to be ordered in straight from the supplier like Nanolite, Easton and so on.
It’s always worth taking an additional set of poles of each width in case you need to make some emergency repairs on site. Most tent pole replacement kits consist of extra shock cord and ferrules, still, they can also be bought separately.
Types of Poles
- Poles with inserts -the insert is a tube (or sleeve) that is commonly glued inside one hollow end of a tent pole section and protrudes roughly 3 inches. This insert enables you to stack one section on top of another.
- Poles without inserts-these are hollow poles (sections) without inserts
Material of Poles
- Aluminum – High strength to weight ratio, rigidity and quality appearance. They are made to work on a variety of terrains. For instance, Easton Aluminum, can withstand heavy impact and is utilized in professional climbing and mountaineering tents. Regular aluminum tent poles are commonly used in smaller sized dome and tunnel tents. These poles also can have elastic material attaching the poles together to simplify setup and teardown. Most mid-range and high-end tents are designed with some kind of aluminum, Easton Aluminum or aluminum alloy as their main support framework. The drawback of this material poles is price.
- Carbon Fiber – These tent poles are designed for adaptability and strength. They are sometimes considered the future of tent poles, and likely be used just as much as Easton Aluminum in high-end tent models. Carbon fiber has some benefits over other materials. Like aluminum, it has high impact-resistance, however it is also lighter and will not rust the way aluminum can. Many climbers and mountaineers go for carbon fiber poles when picking a professional-grade camping tent.
- Fiberglass – Both inexpensive and somewhat lightweight makes it the popular choice for low-end tents. Fiberglass does not come close to the performance and sturdiness of aluminum or carbon fiber and thus should not be taken into consideration for camping tents. This very characteristic can make pitching a larger tent unpleasant when the weight of the fabric deforms the poles as you try and raise them to the upright position – especially in windy day. Breaks can happen which can cut or scratch a camper or hiker. Poles tend to be in standard diameters and spare poles are easily sourced although they may have to be sawn to desired length.
- Steel – Steel poles develop a rigid skeleton that withstand to high winds rather than deform to shed gusts. This strength features a weight penalty and larger tents may be heavy to lift into position, used specifically in semi-permanent structures, such as cabin tents, shelters, screen houses & canopies. Rigid steel poles are not ideal for tents designed to be mobile, such as backpacking and camping tents. Steel poles are plated to prevent corrosion but do need to be maintained. They do have benefits over other types of poles, they are possibly the strongest and most long-lasting tent poles and will not easily snap, break or wreck.
Replacement Tent Poles Steps
- Cut off the knot at the end of the shock cord. It’s not likely you’ll be able to unpick it. You could have to use some needle nose pliers to fish the knot out the end of the pole. You have the option of just replacing the broken section and remain the existing cord, but chances are it may be a little bit too short now since you have cut it. So let’s assume you are replacing the entire shock cord. Shock cord is elastic and when your pole assembly is setting up it will be under tension. You’ll need a length of cord that is about 75% the length of the assembled pole. Keep this in mind when buying your cord.
- Unthread the shock cord. But be sure you don’t lose track of the order of poles – some poles come with different sized and shaped sections.
- Remove the damaged section and ready your new one. You may need to cut the section to length. Use the broken section as a guide. File the end to take off any rough edges – a rugged end could fray your shock cord meaning another repair.
- Time to change the shock cord. Tie a knot or two in the end of the cord but leave a nice long tail/tag, this will make it easy to fish out the end of the pole next time. Double-check the other end of the cord is nice and clean and free of fraying. If it’s a bit messy, cut a little off the end with a sharp knife or scissors or heat the end with a lighter and shape a point. This will make it simpler to thread through the poles.Some people recommend using a metal rod or piece of wire to help thread the cord through the poles. This could be helpful but isn’t really needed. Most shock cord has a level of stiffness to it so once you’re started it will thread through rather easily. Let gravity help you as well – hold the pole sections vertically and feed down. Once you have started, the cord will almost flow down the rest of the way. If you don’t have an excess of shock cord, you can tension as you go by doubling some cord back each section and tapping it to the shaft of the pole. In this way, by the time you get to the final section of pole, you’ll have enough slack to work with. By doing this to the last section too, it’ll make typing that final knot much easier.