Stringy, when you think about it, this was bound to happen, as the metal obviously work hardened. I guess there is no real substitute for proper universal joints in that location, or regular replacement on a timely schedule (whatever that is)
Yes Tony, you are right.
I was expecting to have to replace the cable eventually but this failure so early has surprised me. I doubt it has been used on more than 6 trips.
Clearly, Hobie has more work to do on their hiking stick.
It looks like it may have been rushed out. As much as I like using it I was disappointed when I first picked it up as there was something trapped in the handle that rattled up and down when moved. Probably the remains of a rivet? It also looked like it had been assembled cheaply... but at AU$70 it's not cheap.
This from Matt's description in a previous post: "The cable is covered by a fiber reinforced tubing. Makes a "tendon" connection that is flexible and strong." actually looks like this:
I like the feel of the cable connection in use but it looks as if reliability is a problem.
A better way of swapping worn cables is needed or a rethink of the tendon connection.
Maybe a rubber type fitting like a "Battlestick" as used on Lasers?