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M Tent Stake Holding Power: Comparative Evaluation of Various Designs and Lengths

by Will Rietveld

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Article Summary:

Many claims and perceptions exist for the holding power of tent stakes, but few actual comparisons of the performance of different stake designs and lengths have been performed. A few informal tests have been done, but the tests lack a scientific approach in terms of testing a wide range of stakes, comparing all stakes under common conditions, replicating tests, calculating holding power parameters, and properly documenting the results.

Therefore, the objective of this project was to compare the holding power of a wide range of tent stake designs and lengths under uniform ground conditions, and generate some hard data on their comparative performance.


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