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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    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.

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    How hard is it to bend these Vargo's? I haven't held any of these and was curious. I also like the groundhog stakes as well.
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    Al. Shepherds hooks for me. I've got some Y stakes of some description (came with some go-lite items) but I never seem to use them, I always go back to the shepherds hooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Razorback View Post
    How hard is it to bend these Vargo's? I haven't held any of these and was curious. I also like the groundhog stakes as well.
    I haven't tried to bend them, however they do flex. So, if you were to hit a rock or root while putting them in the ground, they would flex a bit which helps prevent it from bending permanently.

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    nobody's voting for Diygearsupply's aluminum stakes? Cheaper than groundhogs...



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    I'm a big fan of the Aluminum gutter spikes, at less than $1 a piece they are great value, light weight, good penetration ability, and fairly durable. If I have trouble getting them into the ground its usually becuase I've hit something, so I just move over a couple of inches and no problem.
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    I picked up the MSR Needle stakes a few years ago and have stuck with them.
    .35 ounce (9.9 grams).

    They can take a ton of beating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    nobody's voting for Diygearsupply's aluminum stakes? Cheaper than groundhogs...

    $1.09 ea...
    They sell these at Gander Mountain - I got a 6 pack of these.

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    surprised nobody mentioned lawson's stakes. they are the best that i've used.

    http://lawsonequipment.com/All-Produ...akes-p883.html

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    I have 14 Ground Hogs, and 12 Vargo Ti hooks. I have given away every other stake I used to own. Mostly, I carry the ti stakes, but when I know I am headed above tree line, I carry the ground hogs. They are better in tough ground, and I also find them easier to bury under big rocks if there is no dirt available.

    The reason I own so many is because of the many different tents I used to have. Once upon a time, I decided I wanted enough to put up at least 2 tents at the same time. Now, I could just own 10 stakes and be just fine.

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