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    VIDEO: MSR Groundhog Stakes

    Here's a look at my new tarp stakes:



    Enjoy!
    Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

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    Nice review!
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    +1 on stake video. Also liked seeing side by side scale comparison.
    Another excellent learning vid.

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    Just got a set of 8 of these too. I have a set of six Vargo Titanium Shepherds hooks but on my last trip out I was camped on a sandy bench and those tiny little titanium jobbers just couldn't hold on. A pretty strong wind came up and flung every one of my stakes into the underbrush. Ended up having to anchor down the tarp in a strong wind with rocks...in the dark. Not fun.

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    Great video Arson...straight to the point and well filmed.

    I got the Blue clones of the Ground Hog stakes from Backwoods Daydreamer. I've not measured them, but I swear they are lighter than the Ground Hogs. I have a feeling they are a softer aluminum, but all this is speculation as I've not had a chance to use them yet. Lastly, I don't think they use the reflective line, though I intend to swap the line out with some lightweight reflective stuff I have.

    Since I have several of the Ground Hogs, I'm also looking to modify them by notching them and drilling some holes in them to lighten them up. I have several spares, so I'll try this on a couple and see how they handle my abuse on and after the drill press.

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    The groundhogs will still bend, I promise you.

    Drilling out stakes? I'd reconsider that as a way to lighten up your pack...

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    Thanks for the time and effort in this review. I too am considering getting some additions to my stake arsenal. This will help with the decision process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Saint View Post
    The groundhogs will still bend, I promise you.
    Yes they will and if they do don't try and bend them back. They will snap because they are brittle. I've broke two now. That said I still like them due to how well they hold.

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    Mine do the job, and for $20 - 8 stakes, hard to beat.

    Nice job on the comparison video.

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    I've bent two and snapped one in half. In all fairness these are still the best stakes I have ever used. The stake that broke was in hard ground (Frozen hard ground) and I pulled it strait out. I think what happened is it ever so slightly bent when I put it in, the ground froze and the stake broke.

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