Get stuck in with the MSR Mini Ground Hog tent stakes. I’ve tested a number of tent stakes in the past and quickly found that much of the soil on-trail is pretty firm, so why the Mini Ground Hogs?
Why MSR Mini Ground Hogs?
I was using a set of OEX Y-shaped stakes for ages and loved the strength the Y shape gives them and while they were good, I was looking for something more compact, lighter and better at driving into firm soil.
How well do they work?
They worked really well on the Pacific Crest Trail, but I still packed 2 of the larger OEX ones for added stability on the main guylines on the front and rear of my Zpacks Solplex tent, just for some stability where needed. I did encounter a fair amount of snow for the first 10 days so to pitch the tent I tied the guylines around the Ground Hogs and buried the stakes deep in the snow, they held the tent up very firmly.
What’s there not to like?
I did find the pull loops came off a couple of times, but once I tied them back up with a different knot they didn’t come off again.
Value for money
For a light, compact and strong tent stake they’re reasonably priced, but they’re for firmer soils so make sure you do a bit of research on the types of soil you’ll likely encounter on the trail before taking them on a thru and it’s worth having two larger stakes for stability.
- Durability 80% 80%
- Capability 70% 70%
- Value for money 70% 70%
- 40% lighter than original Ground Hogs
- Good in firm soil
- Not good in loose soil
10g each (0.35oz)
- Y-beam design
- Durable: 7000-series aliminium
- Integrated pull loop