I have a North Face VE25 with Aluminum poles. After my moose hunt this year I set the tent up in the garage for a good cleaning then left it up to completely air out.
I went into the garage yesterday to tear it down and put it away and what I found was unbelievable.
Two of the four poles had broke. The sections that broke were in the middle of the tent in the tent sleeves. The aluminum split where the two sections meet, the splitting end being the receiving side.
After pulling all the poles out I have looked over all the sections and I found 1 more with a fracture in the same area as the two that had broke.
The guy I bought this tent from had replaced one section of one the other poles already.
This tent has been on one Seward Peninsula Bear hunt, one moose hunt and one trip to Chitina. I am not sure on the weather on the bear hunt, but the the rest of the weather it has seen has been very calm.
Is this something that happens a lot with aluminum poles?