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.
They are light and reasonably priced, but you as the reader can probably tell that from reading the description. I was asked to provide a review shortly after purchase, so I can't meaningfully comment on the long-term durability of this or any other item I purchased.
I have 6 different types of tent/tarp stakes, in varying quantities, from Coleman steel 10" down to 6" titanium shepherd's hooks. I'm trying to figure out a semi-optimal load out, to cover my bases with at least a little overlap. I feel like with a little care, these CF stakes will last as long as I will, and they are incredibly lightweight. It is amazing to me that anything this lightweight also can give the impression of such sturdiness. The price was also reasonable. I'll beat the 54it out of my Coleman stakes and not blink twice. If I take care of these, I really think that they will give the strength to weight ratio that will be perfect for their intended use.
I'm loving the duplex tent so far! I head off for the South West Costal Path tomorrow and it's so light and easy to put up (less than 5 mins easily) which I love. The material is really cool too, extremely thin, letting lots of light in the sunny mornings which I lik. But, if you like it dark might need an eye mask. Also buy 8 tent pegs to go with this, personally the classic ones with hooks seem better than the carbon fibre ones (even if they are 3 times heavier). Just an FYI for anyone buying anything and delivering it to the UK it cost £171 in taxes so get's pretty darn expensive.
Best bang for the buck anywhere! Wish the tents had abrasion resistant Kevlar tie down straps though for putting a rock on the stakes in hard/rocky/icy terrain- would be well worth the extra weight in terms of versatility!
This is one of those items that makes you do a double take when you pick it up. It feels too light to actually be the size that it is. It also feels very sturdy, and you can apply a fair amount of bending force without it budging. However, because of how light it is, I’ve been nervous to really test it. For example, I tried pushing it into some frozen ground the other day, and I didn’t want to push with as much force as I might with a J-stake or a Groundhog, for fear that I would break it. However, if you’re trying to lower your pack weight, this is an easy replacement that will probably do great in most scenarios. I’ll probably still bring a few heavier duty stakes for winter camping, but these are fantastic for the price!