Do You Use The Tent Stakes That Came With Your Tent?

Old School Tent Stakes
These factory-supplied tent stakes are too heavy

I usually replace the factory-supplied tent stakes that come with backpacking tents because they’re too heavy, too short, or they hurt my hands when I pull them out of the ground.

My goto tent stakes are:

  • MSR Mini-Groundhog Tent Stakes because the have superior holding power and stand up to rocky soil
  • MSR Needle Tent Stakes that have a special hook for guying out tents and tarps that have string and cord-based guylines instead of webbing. These are really good for pitching my hammock tarp.

I usually carry 4 or 5 of each on backpacking trips.

Do you use the tent stakes that came with your tent or did you replace them with ones you like better? If so, what don’t you like about the stakes that came with your tent? What did you replace them with?

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