So I got my awesome new Yak retrofitted with a whitewater spray deck. The moment i recieved it back in the mail, I immediately drove to the West Table put-in on the Snake and bombed down the whitewater section at 12k. While i am not and have never been a hard shell kayaker (i occasionally row a whitewater dory) I somehow managed not to flip and was extremely pleased with my new craft.
The very next time I used it just a couple days later, I took it down to the Hoback, blew it up, and attempted to put the tent pole sections together. I could not even come close to getting them together. I checked and re-checked I was doing everything right and so did my friend. The sharkbite pipe seemed to be about 4 inches too long. When we finally did get them together, they wouldn’t even come close to zipping in; we would have ruined the zippers. With little choice other than not boating, I grabbed my river knife off my life jacket and cut about 3.5" off one of them. Problem solved.
Since then, I have taken it out another half- dozen or so times and most of the time they seem to fit tight; sometimes they feel just a touch loose (though adding 4 inches would definitely be too long.) The day they expanded they were sitting in my rocket box on top of the car on a semi- hot day… could the heat have caused them to expand?