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Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
favorite stakes on 06/26/2013 18:20:58 MDT Print View

I am leaning towards purchasing my first tarp..quite possibly, most likely, almost positively MLD Patrol shelter(cuben)... Anyone have any recommendations or preferences which stakes??

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: favorite stakes on 06/26/2013 18:24:23 MDT Print View

Before you select stakes, you probably want to decide what kind of ground you will be using them in. Some stakes are good for rocky ground. Some are good for soft ground. Some are better for holding in high wind.


Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: favorite stakes on 06/26/2013 18:29:09 MDT Print View

Read this

and this since you've got this posted in SUL

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
ground on 06/26/2013 18:30:10 MDT Print View

I am in NY, east coast. I think I have a little bit of it all here..and let's say I was thru hiking or planning it..I would be covering different I guess I'm looking for a good all round ul stake for a tarp..

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
links on 06/26/2013 18:31:54 MDT Print View

Some reason I can't check those links on my phone..and I'm on a train right I will look later tonight when I get home

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Needle Stakes on 06/26/2013 19:08:57 MDT Print View

I really like MSR Needle Stakes. Apparently everyone else doesn't feel the same way because MSR discontinued them.

Charles Tufankjian

Locale: New Hampshire
Plus one on 06/29/2013 08:55:32 MDT Print View

I really like needle stakes as well. IMO they're the perfect compromise for every type of ground regarding weight, holding power and durability. I generally carry three needles and three shepard hooks or all needles depending on the shelter. Plus they'll last a thru hike and are reasonably easy to find. Sucks to hear that they discontinued them.

Edited by ctufankjian on 06/29/2013 08:58:22 MDT.

Pete Staehling
(staehpj1) - F
Re: Plus one on 06/29/2013 10:08:19 MDT Print View

"Sucks to hear that they discontinued them."

Yeah, At least I was able to buy a bunch on closeout sale.

William Chilton
(WilliamC3) - MLife

Locale: Antakya
Re: Re: Plus one on 06/29/2013 10:18:11 MDT Print View

Apparently, if you live in the States, they're still available from Amazon.

stakes on 07/03/2013 17:09:57 MDT Print View

I like ti shepherd hood stakes, because they are light and cheap, and will go into any hard soil the easiest.

If they wont work alone in soft soil or duff, there is usually rocks and sticks available to help them out.

Carry the minimum you have to carry.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: favorite stakes on 07/03/2013 18:58:34 MDT Print View

My favorite steak is a rib eye followed by a porterhouse. 16-20 ounce preferred.

For backpacking stakes it depends on the trip. Ti hooks, MSR Groundhogs, 6" and 9" aluminum Easton, SMC snow stakes for snow and some desert trips.

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 07/03/2013 23:56:07 MDT Print View

I like the DAC V stakes. They hold well in sand and are really strong.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Stakes on 07/09/2013 13:18:34 MDT Print View

There are a few good blog posts out there (Section Hiker and Brian Green come to mind) on carrying a variety. My new favorites, are Ruta Locura CF stakes. I have four 9" (kinda overkill) and 4 6". On most trips, I suspect that I'll take the four short ones, paired with two snow stakes and two Ti hooks. I used to use only hooks, but when there's a soft spot, I'd much rather change stakes than locations, or deal with a stake coming loose again and again.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
favorite stakes on 08/21/2013 05:59:22 MDT Print View

I use a MLD cuben Patrol most of the time and do much of my hiking in the NY, NJ, CT area, with a little UT, AZ, NM from time to time.

My favorite all around stakes are the 9 inch or longer ti-hooks.

Where 6 inch shepherd hooks pull out in loose soil in strong winds, the extra length of the longer stakes seems to hold much better in a variety of soils.

I was amazed at how the 6 inch Ground Hog type stakes didn't hold as well in loose rocky soil.

I especially like these:
Silly Stix

They are long, lighter than most stakes and the extra hook on the end works better when you want to stack a big rock on top in windy weather.

They are also multi-use.

I have a set of 6 and use them for ridge and corners. I use the Lawson 8" ti-stakes(no longer available) for mid stake points. The Lawson hold almost as well, but the extra hook on the Silly-Stix allows for better holding power when combined with rocks.

I also carry 4 - 6 inch ti-hooks to tie the corners of my bug bivy. They are also spares, but that is a different story:-)

Edited by brooklynkayak on 08/21/2013 06:04:03 MDT.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
favorite stakes on 08/21/2013 06:07:49 MDT Print View

P. S. Joe, since you live in NY. I plan on hiking this Monday through Wednesday in Harriman or further north. In case you want to check out my setup.

--- I just realized that this is an old post and that you probably already decided.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 08/21/2013 06:29:21 MDT.

Joe A
(dirtbaghiker) - M
harriman on 08/21/2013 06:30:45 MDT Print View

Oh man. Wish I could. I love Harriman for a quick getaway. I actually got my patrol shelter (cuben) last week. I love it and I am gonna try to get to Harriman hopefully in 2 weeks or so..thanks for invite though..

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
Easton Stakes on 09/20/2013 15:24:37 MDT Print View

When I bought my TT Rainbow it came with Easton Alu stakes. They have performed without fault!! They have a large flat top so you can press with your shoes and not get stabbed. They are as light as I anything else on the market while being more user friendly than a simple hook end Ti stake.

stakes on 09/20/2013 18:39:57 MDT Print View

Ive used the easton stakes as well for my main ridgline which is under a lot of tension.

But they arent the lightest. Ruta Locura carbon fiber stakes are light and CHEAP. The MSR carbon are much more $$$.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
smaller MSR Ground Hogs on 09/27/2013 17:03:28 MDT Print View

MSR now makes a smaller version of the famed Ground Hog stake. Best holding non- snow stake I've ever used. And very strong.

Glenn S

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: favorite stakes on 02/12/2014 08:06:48 MST Print View

I use the DAC V stakes too. Around 11 grams each (with a loop of Z line on it), but I've pounded them into compacted gravel filled designated camp platforms with a rock, and all it did was take off the blue paint, or anodizing, or whatever that stuff is. They seem to hold pretty good in my mole infested backyard where the soil is very soft as well.