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      MSR Ground Hog Stake

      This sturdy aluminum tent stake is nearly indestructible.
      • $2.50

      Item # 682543

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      • Three-sided design provides extra holding power
      • Notch at top for securing guylines; attached nylon pull-cord allows easy removal


      MSR Ground Hog Stake

      Specification Description
      Best use Camping
      Material(s) Aluminum Easton
      Weight 0.71 ounces
      Length 7.5 inches

      MSR Ground Hog Stake

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      Rated 1out of5
      by fromneck breaks easily The high quality DAC stakes came with my old style hubba are far superior.This design with the narrow neck is no good as it easily breaks.Where do they test things like this?
      Date published: 2014-11-12
      Rated 2out of5
      by fromInherent weakness The mini Groundhog stakes supplied with my new Hubba-Hubba NX were inadequate when faced with the gravel tent platforms on the Great Divide Trail in Canada. It was not possible to push the mini-stakes by hand into the rocky soil so a fist sized stone was used. The narrow neck, designed to prevent the guy-lines from slipping off, means there is probably only a third of the full Y-cross section at this point. Only a slight misalignment of the blow needed to knock the stake in. away from the axis of the stake, caused the end to bend and fracture. In sub-zero conditions and wearing gloves, striking consistently in-line was not something we realised was so vital until too late. Fortunately we also had some of the carbon-core stakes which were consistently very good and performed excellently.
      Date published: 2014-10-27
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromGreat, but with a weakness When I first started using this product, I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. However, there is a fatal flaw to its design. Its weakness is the notch at the top of the stake. I've had several bend and eventually break at that point. This may not be an issue for many people, but the earth here in Southern California is generally really hard and rocky, so after a while the stakes just can't take the abuse anymore. I would still recommend this product, but just be careful. If it starts to bend at the notch, get rid of it before it breaks.
      Date published: 2007-09-20
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromPretty good... I use these for staking out my tarp over my hammock. I like the fact that they hold well in a variety of soils, the cord on the end is nice for pulling them out of the ground and the red anodized aluminum finish is a nice touch. My only real complaint with these is that they are brittle and can break fairly easily. I have managed to break two of them in the last 6 months. You really need to make sure you pound them straight in with a rock or something. Do not use your foot because if it goes crooked they will break which is how I broke one. I broke the other one by tripping over it accidentally and it snapped like a twig. Even though I broke two I still use them because I find the three sided design holds better due to more surface area which grabs the soil better than the nail style or hook stakes.
      Date published: 2010-04-06
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromGOOD BUT SOME ISSUES The stake is good for most soft earth applications. When driving the stake into rocky ground, it will break off near the top when the tip hits a rock and the user attempts to drive the stake deeper. This was experienced in an open space location, not on an expedition. I was very happy with this stake until the tops broke off, that was a problem, fortunately always carry backup stakes. Once this stake is in it grabs hold and even high winds won't pull it out. Recommendation is to use care when driving the stake into the ground and if a rock is encountered, do not continue banging on the shaft of the stake, it will break off and render the stake useless.
      Date published: 2011-03-24
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromtakes a beating and doesn't bend After bending numerous stakes that came with tents and other gear I started using these. I have yet to bend one. Now I have replaced all my other stakes with these. They are expensive but they do the job.
      Date published: 2013-08-29
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromSturdy looks delicate but it's not. Hammers in very easily even in rocky ground.
      Date published: 2007-09-21
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromGreat stake! This stake jsut works great in solid ground. Does not work in sand or snow. It works for what it was designed for, firm dirt. Period.
      Date published: 2007-11-28

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