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MSR - GroundHog Stakes - 8 Pack

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Product Description

MSR GroundHog Stakes are one of the best stakes on the market. Made of 7000 Series anodized aluminum. The three sided 'Y' design grips the ground better than conventional stakes and they are extraordinarily strong and virtually indestructible. Easy to see loop of reflective 3 mm power cord for seeing the stakes at night and for easy removal. 7.5 in. long. 8 per package.

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Color: Red | Size: One Size
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 1 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B006ZC5KLG
  • Item model number: 06619
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Nice and lightweight, but very sturdy.
Dena M
I do a lot of camping and have used all sorts of tent stakes, and the MSR "GroundHogs" are far and away the best tent stakes I have ever used.
S. Kelly
Easy to hammer and with the little rope pulls, easy to get out of the ground.
Matt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

251 of 260 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Turner on July 17, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
Gather 'round kids, I'm gonna tell you a story...

I bought 2 packs of these stakes to hold down a Columbia Cougar Flats II (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q3LICS/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00) tent in clay soil during Element11 (Utah's regional Burning Man event). My fellow Burners gawked and mocked, brandishing their rebar stakes, custom claws and heavy ropes.

"Those things are toothpicks!"
"The first good wind will pluck those from the ground and let your tent fly!"

I'd done my research and I'm no novice... I hate carrying around 50 pounds of steel where a few ounces of well-made metal will do.

The tent went up in a good wind, the stakes holding it fast. A couple of days later we got pounded with a Severe Thunderstorm of legend! 60 mph sustained winds with gusts well over 75 mph. Torrential rain saturated the ground putting a good couple inches under the tent's footprint (A "Dry Top" tarp - perfect! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00310QPSM/ref=oh_details_o02_s01_i01). I watched many a dome tent become a kite, Yurts imploded and flew to Oz, hippies were carried away with their drums and their didgeridoos!

All the while, the tent held, the stakes never coming loose. A few of them were even completely submerged in the lake forming around my tent. When we finally left it took some effort with a hammer to pry them from the ground.

Let no one mock you with these...they are worth every penny.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on May 21, 2012
I just bought these to replace the standard "hook style, bend the very first time you use them" stock tent stakes that came with my tent. I am totally impressed. Not only are they lighter than the stock stakes, but they are super strong, I beat them into the ground with a rock and they did not bend at all, not even the top part where I was hitting them. If they hit a rock they still didn't bend. One side of the tent was on ground so soft I pushed the stake in with my hand, but it held the ground firmly and didn't pull out during the night. In the morning I grabbed the string and pulled them all out by hand with no additional tools neccesary. You hardcore backpackers may think I'm easily impressed, but from someone who has never used anything other than the stock tent stakes and who never even knew there were alternatives out there until a few months ago, I have to say, I LOVE THESE STAKES!!

UPDATE: I have now used these 5 times. They still look brand new. I am usually able to just stomp them into the ground with my boots with no trouble. Very highly recommended!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By HeatherRN on July 21, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
We purchased three packages of these to replace the ones that came with our new Kelty Parthenon 8-Person Tent. The original equipment stakes, the Kelty Steel Stakes (6 Pack), are rubbish in my opinion... they bent like warm butter while being driven into medium packed soil at best. Anyway, these MSR GroundHog Stakes are leaps and bounds superior to any stakes I have ever used. They are lighter, stronger, and will securely hold in medium to hard packed soil all day long. At only 7" long, I hypothesize that they would have a hard time holding in softer soils however.

PROS: Weight, strength, reflective pull cord.
CONS: Price (although still worth the cost in my opinion)

Specs:
Comes in an 8 pack
Y-Beam design
7000-series aluminum
Reflective pull cords
Length: 7.5 in / 19.05 cm
Weight: 0.71 oz.

UPDATE: We just got back from a week long camping trip to the Santa Barbara coast and we experienced three straight days of strong Santa Anna winds. We were camped twenty feet from the edge of a high bluff directly over the water and our tent was hit repeatedly with gusts exceeding 60 mph. I am happy to report that these stakes held firm, never pulling out an inch. While people in the group site across from us were chasing their tents due to OEM stake failure, we were sleeping comfortably in our tent secure in knowing that it was going NOWHERE! I can't recommend these stakes highly enough.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By sfluh9 on April 16, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
My husband and I recently purchased these stakes to supplement our Coleman tent and we couldn't have been more pleased. For such a small, light stake, I don't think I have ever seen stakes perform as well! I am used to the impossibly heavy metal stakes whose quality was likely based solely on their weight rather than design or performance. I was actually quite dubious that these would be able to handle the typically windy weather that we experience when we camp, but we were both pleasantly surprised at how well they handled the elements. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a replacement to the "traditional" stake.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2013
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I bought these for a recent winter trip because I thought the shape would make them very resistant to bending and breaking, the way an i-beam is. I set up my tarp on an area mostly clear of snow (so I couldn't use dead man anchors). In some places the ground was partly frozen. When I tried to force the first stake in with my boot it bent easily about a third of the way from the tip. The second one snapped in two at the same spot. At that point I switched to sheppard's hook stakes which went in relatively easily using the boot method (hint: rotate them rapidly with your hand first to melt the upper layer of soil). I was able to get a few of the groundhog stake in after finding a thick branch to use as a hammer. When I decamped I was able to pull the sheppards hooks out without too much difficulty but the groundhog stakes, because of their greater surface area, were immovable. To loosen them I had to hammer from the side and this bent one of them slightly.

The bottom line is that these stakes can bend or break in hard ground if you try to push them in with your boot (we all do it). They should be ok if you use a hammer which is less likely to result in force at an angle from the long axis. However the stakes are difficult to pull out of frozen ground. I would not use these stakes again for winter camping except as dead man anchors. On the other hand I think these stakes are fine for three season camping when the ground is soft. They would be particularly useful in strong winds when they should be less likely to pull out compared to sheppard's hooks.

Finally, if you use a tarp be aware that these stakes will not fit through a grommet. If you want to stake the tarp directly to the ground tie a small loop of paracord to the grommet first.
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