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    Default carbon fiber tent stakes

    Just curious anyone who has used these tent stakes what there opinion was on them.
    durability/weight/bulkiness etc.
    I am considering buying some like the MSR but the price tag is on the steep side for them.

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    I normally use thin titanium stakes. I carry 2 carbon fiber tent stakes (rutalocura.com ones) for the ends of the ridgeline of my tarp if I expect to hit software ground where having a larger diameter stake is desirable and they certainly weigh less than those multi-sided metal stakes. For softer ground, they work great. In sand, I still put rocks on their tops to help hold them in place. They work in hard ground, but my suspicion is that in hard ground, they will eventually have issues as I saw the heads of one guy's stakes come off as they don't go in as easy as the much thinner titanium stakes and can require hitting them to drive them in. They have a good weight, but not enough compared to the smaller titanium stakes that you'd notice in your pack. They are a thicker diameter so they do take up more bulk if you are carrying a full set instead of just a few. For me, they are a specialty stake (like V shaped and hedgehogs) that are useful in some circumstances and weight little so why not bring a few, but I wouldn't use them as my only primary stakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miner View Post
    I normally use thin titanium stakes. I carry 2 carbon fiber tent stakes (rutalocura.com ones) for the ends of the ridgeline of my tarp if I expect to hit software ground where having a larger diameter stake is desirable and they certainly weigh less than those multi-sided metal stakes. For softer ground, they work great. In sand, I still put rocks on their tops to help hold them in place. They work in hard ground, but my suspicion is that in hard ground, they will eventually have issues as I saw the heads of one guy's stakes come off as they don't go in as easy as the much thinner titanium stakes and can require hitting them to drive them in. They have a good weight, but not enough compared to the smaller titanium stakes that you'd notice in your pack. They are a thicker diameter so they do take up more bulk if you are carrying a full set instead of just a few. For me, they are a specialty stake (like V shaped and hedgehogs) that are useful in some circumstances and weight little so why not bring a few, but I wouldn't use them as my only primary stakes.
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    I was going to say what Miner has already eloquently posted. The aluminum tube stakes made from arrow shafts you can find are very similar in their use.
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    I have some carbon fiber stakes I got from ZPacks for my duplex. I don't like them at all. I have broken two when trying to push them into the ground by stepping on them. They hold ok. I prefer the titanium shepherd hook type better.

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    I bought 8 for my Duplex and have switched back to Ti hook stakes. The carbons are too fragile to me, I feel like it am going to break them every time I use them. I can hear them cracking sometimes when they are starting to flex.

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    I use ruta locura for ridgeline, never any issues
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