MSR Groundhog Tent Stake Kit
|Price:||$13.95 + $5.17 shipping|
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- Light and Durable: Constructed from 7075-series aluminum, this tent stake is light, strong and rugged
- Versatile: Y-beam design penetrates and holds in a wide range of soil conditions
- Easy to Use: Reflective pull loop allows for easy removal and enhanced visibility
- Upgrade: perfect upgrade over your tent's existing tent stakes
- Includes: 6 Stakes (7.5 inches long / 0.5 ounces each)
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 4 x 11 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.43 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.18 pounds|
One of the most popular tent stakes ever, the Groundhog tent stake's Y-beam design penetrates and holds in a wide range of soil conditions. Constructed from 7075-series aluminum, this stake is light, strong and rugged. A reflective pull loop allows for easy removal
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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.
P.S. amazon's picture is misleading, there are actually 8 stakes in the package and not 6 as on the picture.
I've used them several other times - hammering into harder top soil (a couple with large rocks embedded) and haven't had an issue with the neck bending or breaking (knock on wood). I ordered mine directly from amazon to ensure I received true MSR product and not some cheap knock-off.
Highly recommend these mighty little guys!
While I love the mountains, my wife enjoys the ocean more so than the mountains, and I knew my standard shepard hook style stakes were not going to cut it on the sand.
While I am no stranger to the MSR brand, and I have heard of the GroundHog stakes before, I have never had the chance to use them.
Simply put, they are phenomenal. I think that I am actually going to steal these and use them with my tarp from here on out, whether I am at the beach or in the mountains.
These stakes are well built, and hold up well in the sand and high winds, which to me means that in regular soil they will do just as well, if not better.
While these may not be titanium, and "ultra-light" enough for some, they are lighter than your standard aluminum tent stakes and have found a place in my kit.
I have now owned them for 5 and a half years and they are almost like new still.
I take a yearly 8 to 9 day backpacking trip into the High Sierras and these are always brought with me. They are extremely light, especially compared to the stakes that came with the tent, they are a good length, and they are extremely durable. They have been used a total of 60 times since I purchased them with a Spitfire 2 tent, and other than very slight dents on the top from hammering them, and the red being rubbed off on the spike portion they are pretty much like new. I have hammered them right through smaller rocks, and in very hard ground without issue many times.
They are still perfectly straight. I cannot recommend these enough. If they ever do manage to get damaged I will buy another pair without question.
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Cons: Very sharp edges