6.4" Carbon Fiber Stake
Increased surface area make these Carbon Fiber Stakes a great choice for soft terrain. Made with a Carbon Fiber shaft with a metal tip and metal end cap, these stakes have the best holding power to weight ratio of any of the stakes we carry. These stakes have an orange cord through the end to make them easy to see and easy to pull out of the ground.
The thick diameter allows them to grip the ground better than thin titanium. These are excellent in loose soil, and they have also proven to be very functional in typical dirt. On packed ground or on bedrock lay them sideways and anchor with rocks.
These are the only stakes that can reliably be carried through airport security. We have carried these stakes through US airport security a dozen times with no issues. Our experience with metal stakes is they are confiscated about half the time. Please report if you have any trouble with these.
Weight: .22 ounces (6.2 grams)
Length: 6 3/8 inches (16 cm)
Diameter: 7.5 mm
Material: Carbon fiber with metal tips
Holding Power: Better
Bend Resistance: Better
Ultralight stakes should never be hammered or they could get bent or damaged. Hold your foot in both hands for stability, and guide the stake into the ground with your body weight. If the ground is too solid to drive in stakes, anchor them with rocks instead.
The thick diameter can be harder to drive into compacted ground. Never hammer these. Hold your foot in both hands for stability and press the stakes into the ground at an angle. If you can't press them into the ground all the way, anchor them with rocks instead.
The carbon shafts are very strong and cannot be bent, but if they are stressed excessively they can snap. The metal tips are bonded in place but it is possible for them to come unglued. It is not a bad idea to have a tiny tube of super glue in your gear repair kit.
Non-Freestanding tents can be pitched just about anywhere with a little creativity. If the ground is too firm, wedge just the tip of your stakes in, and then anchor them with rocks. If you are camped above tree line on stone, wrap the guy lines around rocks to anchor them. On beach sand, you can use rocks, driftwood, etc. as anchors for the tent guylines. On wooden tent platforms you can wedge the stakes between the boards, or use extra line to tie off to the ends of the platform. There are many ways to make it work if you use your imagination.
- holding power
This is a great very light stake. We have been using this type for 3 yrs. We expect to have the tops break if we hammer too hard with rocks. So, we use this type for locations where the ground tends to be soft and use gentle techniques. We bring a few hardier stakes as well to ensure priority areas are firmly staked when we are in difficult/rocky locations.
Easy to place into all terrain. Great holding capability. Be careful when putting into the ground, don't pound in with a rock or hammer; press it in with your palm or gently with foot
Almost Perfect for a round spike stake The Head needs to have a wider head to make it easier to use with your hand. using your foot is always a bad idea because if you get some side pressure and a buried rock then you get a bend\snap ruined stake
Lightweight. Seem durable so far. Like the red loop. Makes them easy to find in ground.
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