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    MSR groundhogs. In canoe country(BWCA, etc.) they hold better in the shallow soil.
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    I use the Easton tent stakes they work well for me. The only problem the tops pop off but a little JB Weld and will never happen again.
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    MSR Mini-Groundhogs are great. I bought so no-name copies that worked well all season. When I used them this winter, all four of them bent like butter when trying to pound them into hard, frozen ground. So much for trying to save a couple of bucks!

    DAC makes a great j-stake that is very light and extremely tough... my girlfriend pounded one into a frozen tree root on the last trip, and I broke the pliers on my Leatherman tool trying to pull it out! The stake never bent at all.

    Take it easy,
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    generic Y shaped stakes... some short 6" black ones and some 8" ones... i use the 8" the most and carry the black ones for pinning down doors or lending one out to a friend who forgets his
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    Quote Originally Posted by krshome View Post
    I use the Easton tent stakes they work well for me. The only problem the tops pop off but a little JB Weld and will never happen again.
    I tried and liked these until I slightly bent one. When I tried to straighten it, it snapped in half. I switched to the Ground Hogs and never looked back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mugen View Post
    I've been using cheep walmart ones fairly light. They stick well in soft but must be gentle in tough ground. At $3 for 4 though you're never too upset about messing one up or forgetting one.
    This is what I use, or make some out of branchs on site. Four good strikes per stake and have some large strong stakes that I did not have to carry in.

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    I have both regular and mini ground hogs. I am a proud supporter of MSR. I have never broken a stake and used them in all sorts of soil. I even used them as a dead man for my morph one winter.

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    MSR groundhogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowl-maker View Post
    aluminum gutter spikes...I love them
    I'll add my name to this list. And less than a buck apiece, and only 1/2 oz.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    And by the way ... you want the wife to really question why she married you ... let her see you crawling around on your knees driving spikes in the ground tugging on them with a spring scale and cord over and over for a couple hours!!!
    You, sir, ain't right!
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    Just to add to the majority; I have had excellent luck with the aircraft grade aluminum Y & V shaped pegs from 2 different mfgrs. They both have DAC lettered on them. One brand is MSR Ground Hogs and the other is Sierra Design.
    I have to agree with gutter spikes also. They are very light, inexpensive, and even though they have a sharp point you can secure them under a bungee or strap very nicely.

    Spikes also seem to leave the smallest impact on the soil if used properly.
    We teach the Scouts to try to stop pounding like John Henry when they hit a root or rock...it saves on tent stakes and protects the trees as well.

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