I was reading Chase The hero's post about poles snapping on the Eureka Solitaire
and since I bought a factory second earlier this year after seeing another thread on the Solitaire
, I thought I'd go back to my interwebs research on replacement poles for the Solitaire.
Brief aside on my purchase: Bought a factory second Solitaire back in the spring sometime--couldn't spot any visible defects (which unnerved me at bit at first, given I'm not terribly experienced with tents) but so far the set up and take-down has worked fine, with the exception of a struggle to get the metal pin into the metal-covered end of the larger pole every other time I set up the tent. (It sometimes seems like I need just another centimeter of working room to get the pin, and other times the whole thing slips smoothly together like a foot and warm, fuzzy sock.)
I'm 5'4" and fit in the tent lengthwise with room enough to get my medium-sized dog to lie in the front part and stare mournfully out of the entrance, though I haven't tried to see how much else I could cram into the space without accidentally touching the rainfly. I still haven't figured out how the strings for the extra loops on the outside of the rainfly help, since they didn't seem to change the tautness of the tent, but I've also been using some of my stakes and the shock cord loops at the ends of the rainfly to stretch it out and pull it away from the inner screen.
Ok, back to the pole hunt...
The poles used for the Solitaire--assuming Eureka hasn't recently and quietly updated their Solitaire model--are composed of five 6.3mm fiberglass sections (13 3/8" per section, totaling roughly 67" for the smaller pole, and 16 1/8" sections totaling 90 5/8" for the larger pole) with just the protective ferrule on one end and a vinyl end cap on the other. Eureka tents sells replacement kits
with fiberglass poles down to 7.9mm, so I assume you have to e-mail/call and ask politely for Solitaire-compatible replacements.
The weird thing was when I looked for replacement poles and Google results about how others have dealt with this problem, I came across the Canadian Eureka tent
website and it's listing for the Solitaire. The Canadian version of the Solitaire tent apparently uses 8.5mm 7000 aluminum alloy poles.
So, unfortunately my pleasure at my Solitaire's $40 shipped price tag is diminished by my suspicion that, somewhere in the Canadian wilderness, the owner of a sturdy aluminum-frame Solitaire is laughing at my slowly, but inexorably bending fiberglass poles. =[
* Has anyone already replaced their split/otherwise-compromised fiberglass poles?
* Any owners of the Canadian Solitaire? (or the old Gossamer for that matter?) Any problems with the aluminum frame?
* Does anyone have any intuitions/experience about whether Eureka will let us buy/have replacement aluminum poles instead of fiberglass?