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    WOW new stakes

    Just got my new Ti tent stakes and WOW are they supper light weight.
    My son uses the alum Y stakes from Wal-Mart that are .6 oz each. the Ti are just .2 of an oz.

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    I got a set of them the other day. i'm taking them out next week to give them a test run. It's just one step closer to UL!
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    I will be using mine this weekend on a camping trip with our boy scout troop.
    I'm trying to be a gram wienie but when I need new stuff I look for lighter than I have and will still work for what I need.

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    Be interested in knowing how sturdy they are. Got some Y stakes from warbonnet and one of them looks like a boomerang after I tripped over it and pulled it out of the ground.

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    On my last backpacking adventure I started to feel the woes of a not-so-light pack. I've since been looking for ways to trim the fat. I have been using the MSR groundhog stakes but picked up some Ti shepherd hook stakes from Dutch. They are lighter and pack much smaller. Looking forward to testing them soon.

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    Are the stakes rigid? I've heard a lot of complaints about bending issues with them

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    Yes, stakes are an area where you can drop some grams fairy inexpensively. One thought on the MSR Groundhog type stakes, it's handy to have one in your kit for digging catholes which saves the weight of a trowel.

    To Ackspyre's point I once witnessed Lukesteg break a ti stake in frozen ground. Luke is fairly fussy about his gear so I was very surprised. One less bendable but shorter option is to cut down an aluminum gutter spike to half length, they will run about the same weight as a ti stake, work well for doors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tramos55 View Post
    Be interested in knowing how sturdy they are. Got some Y stakes from warbonnet and one of them looks like a boomerang after I tripped over it and pulled it out of the ground.
    They are not as sturdy as I thought the y would be. I often go around and put the final push down on my stakes once they are in a good position with my foot. I don't stomp, but do give it a good push. A ti steak just bent in half. They are generally sturdy enough to do what they are supposed to do but some extra care when putting them in the ground is needed. The ones I use have holes cut in them too which I think is the primary reason they are not as strong as regular aluminum steaks.
    John aka Suede

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    The ones with holes are actually snow/sand stakes. Not very good for hard or rocky soil.

    I've been seriously looking into getting the Ti nail stakes. Anyone ever used them? I hear they are pretty fabulous but I'd like a few "real world" accounts!

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    I have some Ti nail stakes but i one busted over the weekend as i was pounding it into the ground. It broke right below where the pull string is located. Luckily i was carrying more stakes and was able to stake out my fly (which was good because we got a lot of rain on Sat.) Not sure if I am gonna replace the broken nail stake or not yet. The others did not break.
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