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    Let's Talk Tarp Stakes

    What do you look for in a tarp stake? Strength, durability, ease of ground penetration, tie-off-ability, weight, cost, shape, other things?

    What matters to you, and what have you gone with to fit your needs?

    What problems do you have with your current stakes and what changes would you like made?


    I think stakes are something we don't talk enough about since without them our might just flutter in the wind.

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    Most often I just use sticks I find and/or tie off to saplings and roots. Aluminum gutter nails work great as a cheap, light, strong, and ground penetrating option.

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    MSR Groundhogs.
    They're light enough and they work in a wide range of soil types.
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    http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/stakes.shtml

    I have the V stakes.


    I am about to replace them with 6.5inch shepherd hook stakes.


    What I've found so far is that the hold on the shepherd hook stakes are enough for what I need, and mine are overkill. I care about weight a lot (bad knee, and everything helps). My V stakes are also from Amazon.com... and I think they're aluminum, not titanium (ripped off). If you aren't worried about weight... I'd just use a Ground Hog and be done with it.


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    +1 on the MSR Groundhogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    +1 on the MSR Groundhogs.
    +1 for the Groundhogs
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    i like the groundhogs -
    but

    have been using papa smurfs .125 Ti hooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TehNoff View Post
    What do you look for in a tarp stake? Strength, durability, ease of ground penetration, tie-off-ability, weight, cost, shape, other things?
    all of the above....I like ENO's Easton stakes they pentetrate well with the press of a foot and they are light. I have had only one issue with the top of one coming off when pulling it out of the ground but a torch and a little 95/5 solder should fix that no problem.
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    too many stakes

    I was kind of amazed how many different stakes I had in the gear pile when I started looking around the other day. From various used tents I've rescued over the years and ones I've purchased I've got the following: steel v-stakes, plastic T-stakes, aluminum shepherds hooks, gutter nails (2 lengths), Groundhog knockoffs (2 lengths).

    The aluminum shepherds hooks turn to modern art if I try and use them in hard ground but they pull out easily in the sandy FL soil (kind of junk, but cheap and light). I was surprised how well the plastic t-stakes hold but they're kind of heavy and bulky.

    I think the real groundhogs would be great but I'm a cheapskate. I have a set of basically the same ones I got off e-bay for around $1/ea but they were only 7" and in bright blue. The color stands out great in the leaf litter but I wanted a little more strength for high winds.

    I found the Coghlans 9" version at the local SA for $4/6pack. I added some reflective cord to replace the junk that came with them. I think these will be just the ticket but the kind of reddish brown color will likely disappear if I drop them in some forest duff.

    Long story short...+1 on the groundhogs (or cheap knockoff). In order of importance for me high/low: price, holding power, ground penetration, weight, durability.....

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    There was a thread on it here with some good info.

    I just got the Vargo Titanium stakes and really like them. I did have to paint the tops blaze orange so I wouldn't loose them.

    Fronkey

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