My experience with my Ti-Goat poles and my SL-2 has been fine but haven't had any big blow downs or strong gusts recently. Once when we did, we were camped on Fobes saddle on the PCT and a strong gust blew through at 6 AM on the dot. It blew our SL-2 right off of us and had an abrupt wakeup call. The 3 stakes on the windward side launched like spears off into the chaparal somewhere while the leeward stakes still held fast. Thus I now always carry an MSR snow stake to use on the center stakeout on the windward side of the shelter and use it for a potty trowel too. For bicycle touring I carry a free standing REI Quarter Dome(Maybe that's why my panniers are so heavy).