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
Very light but fragile
These are extremely light compared to other stakes I've used. However, I had one break on me first night of use from just simply trying to push it in with my foot. Where other stakes would bend this will break just as an FYI. Still limited use in terms of conditions but overall feels like good holding power so far. Would still recommend.