Rating: 5 / 5
Ever since I saw these stakes I liked them for my volcanic rock filled soils. They come with the Rainshadow 2 by Tarptent.
I first found them in a mountain gear store in Northern California.
They have the bulk and strength to pound into the ground, with a rock, when they hit smaller rocks. We live and camp in the South Cascades, which is full of volcanic rock.
They have enough length to hold in the sandy soils that surround the volcanic rocks. (4" is not often going to cut it, so length matters in tent stakes.)
Then they came with my Tarptent and they work perfectly for this environment, sans snow.
What I really like is the large head, and they don't bend from slits in the top to hold line. The tips have not suffered damage even when hitting rocks.
Here is the description from the Tarptent site, since I am not sure that MSR still makes them ... maybe someone else is:
Made from 7075 E9 aircraft grade aluminum, these Easton stakes are extremely strong and light.
6 1/4 inches (16 cm)
0.35 ounces (10 grams)"
Again, these are my favorite stakes in this environment, sans snow. For snow all bets are off.
Given their strength, durability, and length they are perfect for what we do and deserve a 5. I actually carry one in my outside pack pocket for a trowel, because even plastic cant get through some of the rock around Mt. Lassen.