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.
- duplex tent
- holding power
Zpacks Triplex Tent
Ordering from Australia - I placed my order and within a couple of days I was sent tracking details etc. My only surprise was that I got import tax but well that's life right? I love how light the tent is and am very happy with my purchase. Would highly recommend this product to other hikers. The triplex is very roomy and is exactly as described - you won't be disappointed.
As good, if not better than MSR groundhog mini.
Definitely want to get some sort of barrier between your hand and the stake. That being said, these things are suuper tough and exceptionally light. The notch makes securing guylines securely very easy. And the vibrant cord is not only easy to see, but won't fail after you've pulled it out of hard ground hundreds of times. Zpacks quality through and through.
Lightweight. They do their job. I’ve seen complaints that they bend easily, but if you use them correctly they are fine. I used them in extremely rocky soil above tree line for a week and had zero issues. I would buy them again.
6" Sonic Stake
Goes very well with Duplex Tent.
Best balance of weight and holding power
I spent 5 days with these holding down a duplex tent on a variety of surfaces from solid dirt to decomposed granite. They didn’t have much effect on my baseweight, but there were a few times I found myself wishing for a bit more holding power. I may upgrade a pair to the next larger size to see how that works. The pull cords were great and overall I would recommend these.