I have noted several people who post messages in this newsgroup have Bibler tents and use them in cold conditions. I hope they can help with these problems.
I have used a Bibler Fitzroy tent winter camping for years. I use it as a one season, winter, tent and am generally happy with its performance. However there are two problems I encounter with the tent poles. (The tent uses four poles placed inside the tent.) The problems do not exist at 'normal' temperatures, but I never use the tent in normal temperatures. The problems manifest themselves at temperatures below ten degrees Fahrenheit and are especially vexing in sub zero temperatures.
Problem one: The poles are shock corded in the usual manner. When cold the shock cord loses its elasticity and becomes a solid that inhibits joining the poles together. The shock cord actually tends to push the poles apart. I have heard the term 'winter shock cord ' used. Is there such a material? Where can it be obtained? Is winter shock cord common in newer tents?
Problem two: Since the poles are placed inside the tent water condenses on the poles and capillary action draws the liquid water into the joints. This water freezes solid overnight. (This would seem to be one advantage to having the poles placed outside the tent.) When taking the tent down I find the tent poles literally frozen together. Thawing each joint with body heat does work but is time consuming and uncomfortable. Is there a wax, spray coating, or other way to treat the joints to eliminate the wicking of water into the joints?