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kevin timm
(ktimm) - MLife

Locale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
Carbon Fiber Tent Stakes on 06/15/2011 10:49:54 MDT Print View

I made up a batch of carbon fiber tent stakes , after doing some testing with some other CF stakes I had made up.

I tried a couple different thicknesses. Some have a titanium hook on the end, others a nylon cap. Both sets came in at 8 grams a piece for 9" long stakes.Carbon Fiber tent stakes

It is a 6" easton in the photo for comparison.

So far the testing has went well, they are easy to insert, have decent holding power, and are light. I've hammered the nylon ends with rocks and had no issues.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Carbon Fiber Tent Stakes on 06/15/2011 12:48:45 MDT Print View

Nice job.

You now have a lifetime supply.

I've made some also and bought some too. I prefer the 9" length over the ones that are about 6" long. Really makes a difference on holding power, when needed, and it is also nice to have a few inches above ground for grabbing them during the removal phase.

The ones I made and the ones I bought both had trouble with the head coming loose. How are yours doing in that department? Any tips for glueing if yours are working well?

kevin timm
(ktimm) - MLife

Locale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
So far so good on 06/15/2011 13:53:56 MDT Print View

Epoxy is what I have used so far with good luck.

I like the 9" version myself. They hold nicely, go in easy, come out easy

They are essentially the weight of a ti skewer, and perform much better

Edited by ktimm on 06/15/2011 13:55:00 MDT.

kevin timm
(ktimm) - MLife

Locale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
Cf stakes shattering on 06/24/2011 09:38:42 MDT Print View

Posted to wrong thread, but still relevant

I tested the CF stakes I had made, for initial strength by driving them into a hard gravel driveway along with a easton stake, and a ground hog. At the point the aluminum stakes started to bend, the carbon fiber stakes were still fine. I did this in several locations. I personally, feel that if the stake will perform to where a high quality aluminum stake will deform that is sufficient. I'm sure you could shatter it at some point if you really wanted to, but this point would be above the point where other high quality stakes would have already deformed. For the record, The Vargo ti stakes will deform about the same, a steel nail stake will deform at some point as well, as will a durapeg (not a popular stake around here).

Edited by ktimm on 06/24/2011 09:50:35 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Cf stakes shattering on 06/24/2011 15:37:17 MDT Print View

6 reasons why I no longer use carbon fiber stakes.

The CF is fine.
It's the tips and tails that need improvement.

Edited by greg23 on 06/24/2011 16:02:53 MDT.