that's the Haydenpole Standard. I have 8 aluminum poles, 6 that Ed made, 2 that I made. All my Hayden poles are somewhat bent, but still function, except for one. That's the one I pinned myself with and flipped the canoe with, 20 feet from the putin/takeout....at the Ed Hayden memorial poling event several years back. Ed was looking down and laughing, of that I am sure.
I've seen wood poles shatter, and the shards are not anything I'd want to be hanging onto. Watched footage of a wing fall off an F-22, and a mast go through a carbon AC boat, after the 78 footer hit about a 3' wake....great stuff when it works, but seems to lack predictability.
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