Updated March 11, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Tent Stakes

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Sometimes it's the seemingly smallest of details that can make or break a camping trip. Take tent stakes, for example. When you have a rugged set that's right for the terrain, your shelter will remain in place. Choose any that are flimsy or insecure, though, and you've got issues. But don't worry, because we've found plenty that will prevent such problems, leaving you free to enjoy the outdoors. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best tent stake on Amazon.

10. Hikemax Burly

9. Chill Gorilla 11.8

8. Orange Screw

7. Speed Cinch 9-Inch

6. MSR Sand/Snow

5. All One Tech Aluminum

4. SE Metal 20-Pack

3. MSR Groundhog

2. BareFour Heavy Duty

1. Vargo Titanium

Editor's Notes

March 07, 2019:

Because tent stakes vary in shape and size to suit different kinds of terrain, we looked for a diverse mix that could accommodate camping of all sorts. For general purposes, there's the Vargo Titanium and MSR Groundhog. These hold well in compact or rocky ground, although the latter probably has the edge when it comes to loose, sandy soil. Neither set is particularly cheap, but they definitely fall under "you get what you pay for," as both are durable enough for extended use. We did add some budget-friendly alternatives, including the All One Tech Aluminum and the Chill Gorilla 11.8, but whether these are as strong is a matter of some debate. For more specific scenarios, there's the Speed Cinch 9-Inch, better for loose ground; the MSR Sand/Snow, specifically crafted for, well, sand or snow; and the BareFour Heavy Duty, which shouldn't bend in hard, rocky, unforgiving earth.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on March 11, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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