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 back from the Long Trail in Vermont. Tried these stakes out and they are solid! Used a rock to pound into rock and roots... I mean I pounded the snot out these bad boys...Held up hard and strong just like my Altaplex tent! Huge fan of Zpacks!
I use a combo of different type stakes with my backpacking tent. These are my mid-function stake and do an all-around great job! They hold better than my lightest stakes- which are round, and are lighter than my maximum-holding stakes, which are longer (and thus heavier). Attached string makes them easier to remove. I’m very pleased and would buy again if needed!
Cheapest way to get these type of stakes I know of
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.