If you plan on having shelter in the bush, you’re going to need tent stakes. For some, this means taking the time to harvest and process sticks for the job. But if you’re like me, it’s just too much time and effort for my taste. Depending on the terrain you’re in, there may be no suitable material available. I prefer to carry a set of reliable stakes and save my self the trouble, or disappointment, of alternate methods.
There’s nothing more frustrating than rigging a magnificent tarp shelter and having one or more pegs rip out of the ground with a gust of wind. Damaging or otherwise destroying a stake on accident can be even more frustrating. In order to maximize retention, durability, and weight savings; I’ve found the best tent stake to be the Vargo Titanium Ascent.
These titanium stakes offer a couple advantages over other materials. For one, weight savings. Titanium stakes offer the highest strength for the lowest pack weight. They’re non corrosive, so they wont rust like steel. They’re durable, so they wont bend like aluminum or break like plastic. As far as the design goes, they’re “V” shaped in order to provide a more solid hold in whatever substrate you’re driving in to. Compared to traditional round pegs, this is a huge advantage.
The Ascent stake also has holes along its length which decrease weight and increase retention. The notch for securing cordage is just about perfect, and each stake comes with a blaze-red paracord loop as a high-visibility attachment point. I’ve lost these stakes before, and almost always recover them by noticing the bright red loop.
In comparison to other titanium stakes, the Ascent is a happy medium between lightweight and durable. There are more heavier, more stout pegs and there are lighter pegs. These do tend to fall towards the lighter end of the spectrum, and that’s okay, because they’re plenty strong. For most users, these are ideal.
- Weight: 10 grams per stake
- Length: 6.25 inches
- Material: titanium