As anyone who has ever pitched a tent knows, tent stakes are a necessary part of the kit that secures the tent, keeping it grounded and taut. Bring the wrong stakes and you'll risk suffering from bent, deformed or ineffective stakes. Here are some tent stakes that have earned great reviews from users. Even if your tent came with stakes, consider replacing them with these tried and true products.
MSR Ground Hog
The MSR Ground Hog received 5-star ratings on REI, Backcountry and Amazon customer review sections. The aluminum stakes are designed to work with nearly any tent and feature a slim, lightweight aluminum design. Each stake is 7.5 inches long and weighs .71 oz. The three-sided design plants the stake more firmly into the ground than rounded stakes, and the MSR Ground Hog received excellent reviews for durability and usability. The stakes can be purchased individually or in a set of eight and include a lifetime warranty.
The North Face Stake Set
The North Face Stake Set received 5-star ratings on the Backcountry and Trails websites and a 4.5-star review on Moosejaw. The stakes are crafted from 7075-T6 aluminum and feature dual notches for securing cords. Each measures 7 inches long. The North Face stakes received good reviews for durability, soil grabbing and light weight. They come in a set of 10.
REI Snow and Sand Tent Anchors
These anchors aren't designed for your average soil; REI's Snow and Sand Tent Anchors are designed to keep your tent staked in softer ground conditions. These stakes received a 4.5-star rating on REI's customer reviews. The scooped fabric anchors are designed to be filled with rocks, snow or sand and buried. The cords then attach to your tent's guy lines or stakeouts. The nylon tent stakes weigh 3.7 ounces and come in a pack of four. Reviewers liked the lightweight design and ease of use.
Article Written By Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.