6" Sonic Stake
These Sonic Stakes have a "Y-Beam" shape which gives them great holding power in a small package. The three-sided design also gives them good bend resistance for an ultralight stake. The price of aluminum beats titanium or carbon.
These are bright blue, which makes them hard to lose. They have a cord on the end to make it easy to pull them out of the ground.
Never hammer ultralight stakes. While the bend resistance feels very solid, these are able to bend if you put your full weight on them. They can also be bent back reasonably well.
Weight: .3 ounces (8.5 grams) including the cord
Length: 6 inches (15.2 cm)
Diameter: 8 mm
Material: High grade aluminum
Holding Power: Better
Bend Resistance: Good
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.
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
- duplex tent
Just completed 42 mile thru hike climbing Massive and Elbert in Colorado. This bear/food bag is super convenient and easy to hang.
Same as an MSR mini groundhog. Lower price. Yay.
These are great. Light and go through anything.
These work great. I used to use an older version of their carbon stakes, which worked great also, but I once stepped on one and broke it. After that I was always worried that I'd accidentally do it again since I usually stumble around a lot once I setup camp due to tired legs. With these I don't have to worry or stress about protecting my stakes so much and overall they don't weigh any more than the carbon stakes because I used to always carried an extra carbon stake as a backup. With these I don't take a backup since it's very unlikely that I'll break one. I use two of the 7 inch stakes for the ridgeline and the 6 inch stakes everywhere else. Also, it's hard to tell from the pictures but each groove or spline is actually curved on the stakes.
I have the longer ones for tent camping and really like their holding power. I got these for day hikes. I like to put up a tarp no matter the weather when I stop for a leisurely lunch so I opted for these shorter ones and like them as well. They do the job holding the tarp no matter the weather.