on January 18, 2013
At first I wasn't sure I wanted to pay what seemed like a lot for a stake. You can also buy a simple cork screw stake that is used to keep a dog on a leash staked down in the middle of a yard for example (they are a bit cheaper). But this stake is pretty much indestructible and the handy carrying pouch is quite handy so I always have the stake on my belt loop for when needed (Note: The dog corkscrew stakes are better for either big kites or heavy winds).. It is easy to push this stake in the ground with the larger stake head and the design allows you to tie off a kite string fairly easily in the middle of the string or if you are flying a stunt kite (which I primarily use it for) to put the handle loops over the stake and push it all the way into the ground to secure the kite (I often switch between a light wind stunt kite and heavier stunt kite using this stake to hold the one I'm not using). I know of at least one person who wished he would have used his stake every time he flew his kite. One time when the wind died he brought down one stunt kite and tried another one and then when the wind picked up his unsecured stunt kite took off handle/string/kite and all in a big gust - we never figured out where it landed!!