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The Best Tent Stakes and Why, Explained
If you are an avid camper then you might be familiar with the different types of stakes that come with different types of tents. However, if you are just a novice or someone who is interested to start camping now, then this guide on different types of tent stakes will be perfect for you to understand the difference between them and their uses in different conditions.
What are Tent Stakes?
Tent stakes are literally the pillars on which your tent stands. These stakes ensure that your tent and you are protected from the dirt and debris of the woods (or snow if you are camping on high ground) and the weather. Most often the stakes that come with the tents are not of the best quality but you can always refer to this information to be sure when you go shopping for stakes next time.
Types of Stakes
The Nail-shaped Stakes
If you are looking for a durable option and one that will stay through more than two camping trips, then the nail stakes made with aluminium or steel are the ones you should go for. They have a pointed bottom and a flat head, which gives it its name. However, some of these come with added plastic on the head, making it a T-stake. This T-shape makes it easier for you to attach your guy line to the stake. These stakes are very tough and durable, making them suitable for various terrains.
The Good Old Utility Stakes
These plastic stakes are perfect for any occasion as they offer a little better quality than your usual average hook stakes. Their structure is such that the Y-shaped shaft keeps it in its place and does not twist in the soil. These are often a bit longer in size than the hook stakes, offering a higher holding power and stability at a comparatively low cost. However, because of their plastic body, they are difficult to drive into tough ground.
These stakes are by far the best option for different types of terrain. The fins that make the shape Y, help it become sturdier and difficult to bend when nailed into hard or rocky ground. These stakes tend to be heavier, a price that comes with being sturdier and bit costlier than the other stakes, but in the end, they provide you with a secure shelter over your head.
Stakes Made for Snow
As the name suggests, these stakes are meant to be used while camping in snow. These are larger stakes and are curved on the sides, which help them hold firm in the snowy ground. Even though they are heavier and cost at little more than the average ground stakes, other stakes are no match to them in case of snow-camping. However, they are also ideal for loose sand, so in the summers you can hit the beaches without anything to lose.
This lightweight stake is a good substitute for the average hook stake as it works well around rocky and hard terrain. Some of them have holes in the shaft that can thread the guy line thoroughly, increasing the holding power of the stake and making the tent sturdier.
The intention of sharing my knowledge is not to force you to buy a certain type of stake but make sure that based on this information, you choose the tent stakes that suit your purpose best.