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Broken tent poles

Post by Wandering Daisy » Wed May 24, 2017 12:17 pm

I broke a tent pole (the end that where one piece slips into the other snapped). The tent is a Copper Spur, but it was given to me and I do not know where it was bought. Does REI send these in (without proof of sales) or should I contact Big Agnes directly?

This is the first time I ever had a broken tent pole. It broke when I was setting up the tent in the wind. It was probably "operator error" on my part. I felt stress on the pole (the wind really caught the tent), but it was not enough that I thought it should break. Is this common in Big Agnes tents? It was a real PITA- could not splint it as it was too close to the hub, so had to lash it with cord and then do some creative guylining to get the tent to stand up.








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Re: Broken tent poles

Post by rlown » Wed May 24, 2017 12:45 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:I broke a tent pole (the end that where one piece slips into the other snapped). The tent is a Copper Spur, but it was given to me and I do not know where it was bought. Does REI send these in (without proof of sales) or should I contact Big Agnes directly?

This is the first time I ever had a broken tent pole. It broke when I was setting up the tent in the wind. It was probably "operator error" on my part. I felt stress on the pole (the wind really caught the tent), but it was not enough that I thought it should break. Is this common in Big Agnes tents? It was a real PITA- could not splint it as it was too close to the hub, so had to lash it with cord and then do some creative guylining to get the tent to stand up.
contact both REI and Big Agnes.. you'll probably get a better response from the latter..

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Re: Broken tent poles

Post by sambieni » Wed May 24, 2017 1:11 pm

Contact Big Agnes. I saw this exact questions on REI website yesterday and they suggested the same.
Love the Copper Spur. Did you break the cross beam pole or the larger pole system?

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Post by Wandering Daisy » Wed May 24, 2017 4:00 pm

Unfortunately the main pole, on the toe end right next to the hub. Thanks for the information.

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Post by Dave_Ayers » Thu May 25, 2017 6:15 pm

Haven't had a pole break, but they replace a tent stuff sack for like $8 or something. Don't seem to gouge ...

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Re: Broken tent poles

Post by Hobbes » Fri May 26, 2017 5:07 am

I bought the new CS2 specifically because of the new central hub system. That is, all four poles now radiate from one central hub, in effect creating a virtual arrangement of hoops both lengthwise and across. This is compared to the older front, spine and rear hub system - you can see the older version on the HST splash page.

I chose the 2 man for this reason as well; the new 1 person CS still uses the front, spine, rear pole system. Both the BA Fly creek and the Nemo tents also use a front, spine, rear set-up. My guess is that the new central hub for the 2 man CS is a nod to 4 season tents that use integrated hoops. That is, the spine & separate hubs are the weak points on the older versions because it concentrates flex at each end of the tent, rather than transfer spring action among all four corners from one central hub.

All that being said, I can't imagine a return and/or replacement being a major deal. For example, I had a leak in my Neo xlite that I couldn't trace. I sent it back to Cascades designs and they fixed it without charge. I'm assuming Big Agnes has a similar level of customer service.

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Re: Broken tent poles

Post by John Harper » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:38 pm

WD,

You can also try this place:
www.tentpoletechnologies.com/

They repaired a friend's old tent from the 1970's, so they should be able to fix yours.

John

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Re: Broken tent poles

Post by Tom_H » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:54 pm

I think I have a Copper Spur in my PODS storage unit, but that's all packed away until we move to the new house in WA in Oct. I won't be using it any more. Contact me by PM or email if you want it for peanuts. Better you use it than it sit in my new basement and rot.

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Re: Broken tent poles

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:14 am

Got my tent poles back. Good service from BA, if a bit slow. Total cost $3 plus shipping. What impressed me that you get a real person when you call about things. They were also very responsive with e-mails.

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