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    Hiking pole spreader bar fail!

    I have been using my older Leki Makalu poles as spreader bars on my DIY bridge hammock. I made cordura pockets to insert the ends into, putting rubber tips on the bottom of the poles to keep the carbide tips from wearing through the cordura.

    This weekend the tip of one of the bars bent while I was in the hammock:

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    I am changing the design so that only the handle end goes into a pocket, since clearly the tip is not robust enough to do this.

    BTW, at 160 lbs I am not exactly a heavyweight.

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    There are a lot of forces at work in these bridge hammocks so be sure your poles are in good shape if you are going this route.

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    pdxhangar I'd definitely be interested in whatever you're willing to share as to how your considering changing things out.

    Thank you

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    Now that I know how the tips are constructed (at least the Leki tips), I feel confident that they aren't up to the task. They are hollow plastic, so the part below where the metal pole in inserted is likely to fail like mine did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneTraveler View Post
    pdxhangar I'd definitely be interested in whatever you're willing to share as to how your considering changing things out.
    I'm working on it today. I'll show you soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdxhanger View Post
    Now that I know how the tips are constructed (at least the Leki tips), I feel confident that they aren't up to the task. They are hollow plastic, so the part below where the metal pole in inserted is likely to fail like mine did.

    IMG_9539.jpg
    Downsides of reducing weight on anything = weaker/hollow materials

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    I use mountainsmith poles for spreader bars and have had the same problem. I came up with an adapter that takes most of the stress off the tip and transfers it to the shaft . (Adapter is made out of pvc end caps, a short piece of pvc pipe, and a couple of screws). I've been using this system for several years now with no problems!
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    run like crazy and climb up a tree. If the bear climbs the tree and eats you, it's a black
    bear. If the bear just pushes the tree over and eats you, it's a grizzly bear : )


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    DIY instructions

    Any chance you can detail the parts, and steps required to achieve the end result,...sure would appreciate it.

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    If you had some poles that are not bent--would it be possible to fill hollow voids with some material that would fill entire void and harden enough to strengthen poles at possible failure points and prevent or reduce chances of failure? Or maybe an interior liner can be somehow put inside hollow pole for added strength and resistance to bending and breaking.
    Stevebo has a solution that he has used successfully!


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    Sure----Im on vacation for a few days , but will send a picture and specs when I get back!
    FYI: If you want to know what type a certain bear is, sneak up behind it and kick it. Then,
    run like crazy and climb up a tree. If the bear climbs the tree and eats you, it's a black
    bear. If the bear just pushes the tree over and eats you, it's a grizzly bear : )


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