Cabela's Alaskan Guide Tent Aluminum Poles Reviews:
skinny poles, good but a bit fragile
I ordered two poles after my last camping trip. We were hit by a big thunderstorm with maybe 45 mile per hour winds that blew over a row of 6 port-a-potties and flipped one little plane over on top of another among 2000 parked planes that we passed by that day at Oshkosh Airventure. When the trip was over, a couple of my poles were bent and so I ordered these replacement poles. It could have been that microburst, or it could have been that we damaged them in assembly or disassembly. Many other tents blew down or had broken poles, but this tent stayed dry and intact, so mostly passed the test. But, I would like to see the poles for this 10-man Alaskan Guide Tent be a little bit beefier. The weight doesn't matter much because this tent is carried around in a vehicle.
Recently had to replace one of the rain fly aluminum poles on my tent, which broke while the tent was being taken down. I've used the 6 man Alaskan Guide tent for 5 years now and it's been an awesome product. The aluminum poles are lightweight, but very durable even in high winds and rain. The only reason this one broke is because the rain fly was being taken down improperly. Thanks Cabela's for making a great outdoors tent...
A wind storm came through while camping and bent numerous pole sections on my Alaskan Guide Tent. (The tent was still standing and I camped through the weekend with no worries.) I ordered a replacement pole and fixed the rest of the bent pole sections with the good sections I had remaining.