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#204422 - 05/19/20 12:10 PM Pole for bivy?
Tom7654 Offline
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I just got a great deal on a used bivy, but the pole/hoop is missing. Are they typically made of fiberglass, or something else? What diameter? My bivy is an Outdoor Research Helium, if that makes a difference. Thanks, Tom

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#204423 - 05/19/20 02:26 PM Re: Pole for bivy? [Re: Tom7654]
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OR's web site says they're made of Delrin (acetal thermoplastic) The common aluminum or fiberglass tent poles probably won't flex tight enough, but I'm not positive about that.

Years ago I made a bivy with a similar hoop arrangement. I used "music wire," sometimes called "piano wire," and joined the sections with metal tubing. I don't remember what diameter, but it was less than 1/8".

Many hardware stores and hobby shops sell it in 3ft. lengths.

You can probably order the original poles from Outdoor Research.

You can buy Delrin rod here:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/mepages/delrinrod.php

You'd have to fashion some ferrules from metal tubing and epoxy them in place.


Edited by Bill Kennedy (05/19/20 02:52 PM)
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#204425 - 05/19/20 05:46 PM Re: Pole for bivy? [Re: Bill Kennedy]
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Thin high carbon wire is extremley hard and springy, that is good i can tell you. The sort of wire you cannot cut with pliars.

Some of the bivvys use aluminium with angles on,you can buy them on ebay.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2Pcs-Aluminium-Alloy-Tent-Pole-Connector-Gear-for-8-5mm-Camping-Tent-Poles/362413907651?hash=item54618d5ec3:g:MqkAAOSwNmxb5yII

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#204464 - 06/02/20 04:16 PM Re: Pole for bivy? [Re: Tom7654]
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I posted a question to the Outdoor Research web site, asking about the proper length and diameter for making a replacement pole for my bivy (I made it clear that I bought the bivy used). To my surprise, they immediately offered to ship me a new pole, free of charge. I just received the pole and it is great. Talk about excellent customer service!

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#204465 - 06/02/20 08:56 PM Re: Pole for bivy? [Re: Tom7654]
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Nice! We've had similar experiences with Neo_Air...
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