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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:35 am 
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Howzit guys,
Does anyone have any idea where I can get replacement poles for my tent?
I have a Farrino Synchro 3, but there are is no agent in SA anymore and Farrino in Italy pretty much told me to get on my Vespa and drink my espresso elsewhere (ciao ....vvvrrrooommm).
I initially wanted to replace the damaged sections (8.6mm x 440mm) but I will settle for replacing the whole pole if I have to (4110mm).
Any info will be appreciated!

Trent

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:23 pm 
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Hi Trent

The problem with tents is very few distributors import the poles because of a few reasons:
1. The brand/manufacturer doesn't offer the poles
2. The brand uses different poles for different tents, meaning they would have to carry a wide range of poles.
3. Ali poles are typically the most expensive part of a tent, and the costs of replacement poles can be prohibitive. Someone should write an article about poles, as this would be very useful to customers.

Ferrino was imported by Outdoor Warehouse themselves, however I believe when they bought First Ascent, Performance Brands (the sub company that does the distribution of FA, Capestorm etc) probably wanted to sell their own brand of tents. From what I gather Ferrino was not doing well for OWH compared to their 360 deg brand: a brand that tends to be fiberglass poles.

Ironically OWH probably has the best range of replacement tent poles in RSA, but only fiberglass (to my knowledge). Try them, but also talk to William at Outdoor Adventure Gear as they may have. If those two can't help phone the Union Mart in Gateway, and if that doesn't work for you give me a call as I miiigght have another option...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:11 am 
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Cape Union Mart sell replacement sections for their poles, buy enough to exceed the length slightly and two ferrules, and cut one of the sections with a hacksaw to make it the correct length. Buy some shock cord and assemble.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:18 am 
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Nic Le Maitre wrote:
Buy some shock cord and assemble.

I'd looooove to know where one can actually buy suitable shock cord in SA!!!!!

Seriously.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:03 am 
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Sailing shops. Surprisingly cheap.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 12:37 pm 
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Thanks Stefan. That's one place I never tried!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:50 pm 
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Cool :thumleft:
While you're there also check out the sailing gloves. You'll be hard pressed to find better gloves for rope work. Sailors have the same needs as us in this regard.
- Good resistance for pulling and abseiling
- Durable
- Fingertips cut off so you're nimble enough to tie knots
- Good protection for your hands
- Able to get wet without coming apart


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:26 pm 
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Scott you bastard- write your own post.

Thanks Warren (and Nic) I'll give Cape Union Mart a shout after William -He's a nice chap.
For next weekend though, I have cut the damaged pieces off.... With an angle grinder (1mm disc), polished the end with 220 grit and put a sliiiight bevel on the rim with a Dremel to try and stop cracks from appearing.....
Of course its not ideal, but does two inches REALLY make a difference :jocolor:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:04 pm 
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Take a roll of gaffer tape just in case.

I did emergency repairs on a pole using a tent peg and fingertape. It held but gaffer tape would have been a whole lot better (and cheaper).


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:19 pm 
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Hey Dogleg

Another option is to post a request for poles on this erstwhile forum. I am pretty sure there are a number of people out there where the poles have outlasted the fabric of the tent. Might not be a Ferrino though.

(Else buy a Bibler next time - i broke a segment in China, and bent another, - they sent me 2 full new poles, gratis from America).

- to no doglegs in poles...

Roland


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