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MSR - GroundHog Stakes - 8 Pack
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- Great hold in most soils.
- Light, strong & rugged!
- 10% lighter using 7000-series aluminum.
- 7.5 inches long
- .46 oz each
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|Package Height||0.2 x 1.6 x 9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.02 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
PROS: Weight, strength, reflective pull cord.
CONS: Price (although still worth the cost in my opinion)
Comes in an 8 pack
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.
A quick clove hitch, taut line hitch, or buntline hitch and you're in business.
I use these with my hammock's rainfly (Equinox Egret Tarps).
I attached a few images for scale and weight (14.7 grams each).
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I used these stakes in the sand at the beach along with some much more expensive stakes for my main 4 cables. These stakes held pretty well for the sand. Read morePublished 8 days ago by The Youtz
Bought these to replace the stakes that came with tent. There work great!! Good value for the money.Published 8 days ago by Jeffrey D. Morrison
Accept no substitutes! These MSR groundhogs are so well made and are easy to see with the reflective cord. They are also easy to pull out of the ground. Read morePublished 11 days ago by E
Great addition or replacement. This stakes do the job great, held down my VE 25 tent through California camping, yellowstone and varies Utah trips!Published 14 days ago by Bryant De La Campa
Wayyyy better than the original stakes our tent came with. Great quality!Published 14 days ago by Kimberly Kurimski
No problem in muddy clay soil this past weekend. Color is nice contrast to the ground. Edges of top are kind of poky and seem like they might be rough on guy line.Published 15 days ago by M. Ching
Their RED!! Okay, so you already knew that......well they function as intended and look good doing it! They are light and easy to use.Published 16 days ago by J. Stark
Strong and sturdy. They don't slide out as easily as typical tent stakes often do, they don't bend(!) and they're lightweight and, of course, an awesome color! Read morePublished 22 days ago by AcidAndCookies