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One of the things that I really enjoy about TheTentLab is that I can share the results of years and years of experimentation and gear geekery. As a tent user, I've bent, broken and trashed much more than my share of tent stakes and I've anchored tents of all sizes in every condition. As a designer I've measured and analyzed quite a few and, yes, I've even designed some ultimate stakes for military use. And I was the designer (and driver) of the original tent super-cord: the Kelty Triptease Lightline. Yes, I am a stake and cord geek.

I say this quite a few times on this website:
anchoring your tent really well is super-important. That's why, our MoonLight tents come pre-rigged with ultralight 1.5mm Dyneema guylines and have a selection of genuinely excellent tent stakes included (4ea of S, M & L - $30 worth!).

About Our Stakes (order page is HERE)

It’s a blinding flash of the obvious that tent users regularly encounter different types of ground and, realistically, only a good selection of stakes can handle all conditions. Generally:
• The harder the ground, the narrower and shorter (and lighter weight) the stake can be
• The softer the ground, the wider and longer (and heavier) a stake must be
• Hitting rocks is inevitable, so a minimum strength is always required or the stake is worthless

It’s a challenge to find strong stakes that are designed for holding power and are lightweight. Many look good, but turn out to be made of soft and weak alloys (oh Amazon) or are too skinny to hold much of anything. That's why I'm so pleased with these stakes made by DAC. Each size has a great balance between weight and holding power and all of them can really take a beating. My recommendation is to get a selection of sizes (like our 12-pack) but I also offer them individually. Note the odd sized one Short-Medium is often sold as an economical and fairly lightweight one-size-fits-all stake.

• very lightweight, efficient V-shape
• excellent holding power
• super strong and tough - they're designed to be able to take a beating
• made out of DAC's TH72M alloy which matches the performance of the absolute strongest aerospace aluminum alloys
• available in many sizes - bring a selection for optimal performance in different soils
• very resistant to having the head bend over with pounding
• hole for attaching cord
• the biggest stake makes a great mini-crowbar for prying rocks out of poop-holes

The V-shape is stronger than all Y-stakes (except the really big, heavy one), but V-stakes are more weight efficient.
V-shape closeup 3 772

Warning: do not pound them into logs very far or you will NEVER get them out!
stake log hammered 772

These particular colors stand out so you won't lose them. The middle size is blue so you can tell them apart really easily when they're in the stake bag( except S-M, sorry).
4-stake group shot 772 with labels

Size SSize S-MSize MSize L
.44" x .28" x 6.3"
(11.1 x 7.2 x 160mm)35 x 10 pixel blank
.52" X .33" X 6.4"
(13.3 x 8.5 x 162mm)35 x 10 pixel blank
.52" X .33" X 7.1"
(13.3 x 8.5 x 180mm)35 x 10 pixel blank
.61" X .39" X 7.8"
(15.4x10.0 x 200mm)35 x 10 pixel blank
.40 oz (11.2g).46 oz (13.0g).50 oz (14.2g).70 oz (19.7g)

Order Stakes HERE

About Our Cord (order page is HERE)

Good cord is an important part of anchoring any tent. In a nutshell, great cord should be completely non-stretch, as lightweight as possible, it should hold knots well, and it shouldn't tangle easily (which translates into having the sheath nice and tight on the core). For it to be an ultimate cord it should also be a light or bright color and be reflective (so you're less likely to trip over them). What a coincidence, that's what we have.

The breaking strength of the 1.5mm is about 110 lbs
with knots. We haven't tested the 2.0mm or 2.5mm cords but they're obviously very high strength. We use the 2.5mm on our MoonLight tent stakeout loops because it's large enough to work in the adjuster buckles and provides really high abrasion resistance.

cord group P1170888 772

Size 1.5mmSize 2.0mmSize 2.5mm
10m (33ft), .54oz (15.2g), $1435 x 10 pixel blank
20m (65ft), 1.07oz, (30.4g), $27
30m (98ft), 1.61oz (45.6g), $39
10m (33ft), .89oz (25.2g), $1635 x 10 pixel blank
20m (65ft), 1.78oz (50.4g), $31
10m (33ft), .97oz (27.5g), $1835 x 10 pixel blank
20m (65ft), 1.94oz (55.0g), $35

Order Cord HERE

By the way, PLEASE DON"T USE THIS CORD TO HANG FOOD. It saws into trees. For a great bear-line we recommend this product at Lawson Outdoor Equipment.