Best Tent Pegs
While it is true that most tents come with their own set of stakes, there are two problems with these units that are included. Every veteran camper knows that these stakes are never that high in quality. They are most likely made from a cheap plastic and will send your tent flying at the faintest whiff of a strong summer breeze. The second problem with these stakes is that they are easily lost. At the end of a long camping trip, you typically just want to get all of your gear into your car as fast as you can to get home in time to have a nice dinner at home. At this point, you don’t care if you leave a stake or two behind- all you want to do it get home.
It’s always a good idea to have a set of high quality stakes packed into your carrying case to ensure that you have high-quality tools to keep it in place, as well as have a few extra if you happen to leave a few men behind in the event of a mad dash back to your nice and comfy bed. We have found that even the stakes that are made from the strongest materials and that come in larger packs of up to 32 typically won’t set you back all that much money, leaving you no reason to buy some extra to bring along with you on your next camping trip. We have done our research to find what makes for a superior tent peg, and selected only the best products so that you can camp in all weather conditions without worrying about your cover blowing away in the event of a storm.
- ALL ONE TECH
- Perfect for all soil types
- INDUSTRIAL TOOLS
- Easy to use design
- Made from strong materials
10 Best Tent Pegs
All one tech
The All one tech utilizes aluminum that serves to be lightweight so that it won’t weigh down your pack, but it is also incredibly strong to reduce the risk of bending. There are also nylon loops on the top that serve to help fasten guylines quickly and easily.
Ease of use:
The Y-shaped design of this product is what makes it so easy to push into the ground, sand, or snow. Users feel that they don’t even need to utilize the help of a rubber mallet to really get these products in very firm soil. Once they are placed into the ground, fasten your guy lines to the nylon loops, or needle it directly into the eyelets.
Considering that you get 12 with a single purchase, this unit runs about in the middle of the road in terms of price. It isn’t the most expensive out there, but it is far from the least expensive.
For campers that want something that is going to be incredibly strong without weighing them down, the All one tech is going to be an excellent choice. Plus, it comes with a draw strong carrying bag so you don’t have to contend with muddy stakes in your backpack with all of your gear.
7 inches long- perfect for all soil types
Y-shape design eliminates the need for a rubber mallet
Comes in a variety of colors
Some users found that they were too thin and narrow
This product comes in a pack of 10, and they are all about 4mm in diameter and made from galvanized steel that is considered to be rust proof so that you can use them for years to come without rust compromising its strength.
Ease of use:
Due to the fact that these do not have a tapered base (the base of these are flat), users might need to employ the help of a rubber mallet to ensure that they slide into the earth easily if the ground is particularly hard. However, because the top of this unit is flat, it gives users a great surface to pound it into the ground without potentially damaging their mallet.
The beauty of a simple design is that it almost always comes in at a more affordable price point. This is one of the least expensive designs out there on the market, and a package of 10 will set campers back about the same amount that they spent on their morning cup of coffee.
We love that these are simple, easy to use, and come in at an affordable price point. If you are looking for something without gimmicks- this is going to be an excellent choice.
Easy to use design
Some users feel that they slip up out of the ground too easily
When left in the soil for prolonged periods of time, they will rust
This design is made from galvanized steel that is incredibly tough and is also rust resistant so they won’t lose strength with prolonged used in soggy conditions. Plus, the green top of each design is made from a strong PVC that is also very weather resistant.
Ease of use:
Even if the ground is a bit on the firm side, the tapered tips make it easy to slide these into the ground without the use of a rubber mallet. However, if you are dealing with a hard surface that is just completely unforgiving, the flat top of this design makes it easy to use a rubber mallet to help guide it into place.
The cost of these run pretty par for the course. A pack of 10 will likely set users back just a little bit more than they would spend on a morning cup of coffee.
The versatile tops make looping hooks or anchoring guy lines incredibly easy, and it makes this design stand out from the rest. If you are in the market for something that you will be able to use camping as well as gardening or holding down your gear while at the beach, this is an excellent option that won’t break the bank.
Unique tops make it more versatile for differing methods of anchoring
Made from strong materials that won’t bend
Some users have found that the PVC tops break when trying to remove from hard soil
Some users feel that they are too heavy when trying to pack light
Unlike steel designs, these are made from a weight lightweight aluminum that won’t add any unnecessary weight to your pack. The eyelets at the top are equipped with a short reflective nylon rope that will help you tie down lines while also serving to mark where all of your anchors are buried.
Ease of use:
The Y-shape design of these is narrow enough to allow users to bury these in even the toughest soil conditions without the aid of a rubber mallet. If you happen to encounter incredibly hard ground where you can’t bury these by hand, the sharp and narrow tips could do damage to you rubber mallet, so you will have to take that into consideration when using these.
A pack of 10 of these will cost you about that same amount that you spend on your morning cup of coffee. Users love these because they are one of the most affordable options out there on the market.
For campers that want to travel light, and leave their rubber mallets back in their toolbox at home- these are going to be an excellent tool to pack into your backpack. Plus, they come with a drawstring carrying case so that you don’t have to worry about muddy stakes getting the gear in your backpack dirty.
Comes with a drawstring carrying case
Reflective nylon ropes make them easy to spot once buried
Y-shape design makes them easy to bury by hand
Some found that they bend easily in difficult soil
User feel the top end is just a little too sharp
Each stake measures to be about 10mm, and it almost 12 inches long (making them one of the longest designs out there on the market). They are made from high-quality steel stakes that will not bend or break.
Ease of use:
This design has long tapered ends that slip right into even the most difficult ground by hand. However, if you find you are having a little bit of difficulty inserting them into the ground, the wide and flat top if perfect to employ the help of a rubber mallet to ensure that all 12 inches are firmly planted into the ground.
Users can select from a package of 4, 8, or 10. The package of 4 cost about the same price as many of the packs of 10 we have found on this list- making this brand one of the most expensive designs currently for sale. However, users feel that they are well worth the padded price tag because they are indestructible and easy to use.
If you are willing to dish out the extra money for these, they are more than likely going to be the last anchors that you will ever have to buy. Users love that they are heavy duty, easy to use, and won’t slip out of the ground very easily due to their very long length.
Longer than many of the other designs out there on the market
Hold strong even in very high winds
This unit is made from a high-quality aluminum alloy that is incredibly strong but is also is lightweight so that you can throw it into your backpack without adding too much extra weight. The tops also have a reflective orange nylon loop that makes it easy to fasten lines, but it also makes it easy to spot when you are packing things up.
Ease of use:
The quad design of this unit makes it easy to slip right into the ground without the additional need for a rubber mallet. However, if you are dealing with very difficult and hard terrain, the sharp tops will be a little difficult to use a rubber mallet (it could damage your mallet). There are multiple indentations along the top of each stake, so you can affix multiple lines to one stake.
A pack of 10 will cost you just a little bit more than some of the more affordable brands, but it also is a little more affordable than some of the higher end designs. If you were looking for something that ran in the middle of the road in terms of price, this is an excellent choice.
For those that want something that is easy to use, and also has an innovative top for tying down more than one line, you can’t go wrong with Chill Gorilla. Plus, it comes with a bright blue drawstring carrying case to place muddy stakes into when packing up to go home.
Innovative top design allows users to tie multiple lines to one stake
Comes with sleek carrying case
Some have found that they bend easily, especially when being hammered into place
The YIZRIO design is made from 100 percent solid steel that has been coated to prevent rusting that will weaken the metal over time. Unlike some similar designs, the flat top and eyelets are also made from steel (instead of PVC).
Ease of use:
The ends are tapered to allow the users to slip it into the soil easily without the aid of a rubber mallet. However, if you find that the soil is just too difficult to fully instal by hand, the hard, flat top makes the use of a rubber mallet simple and easy, and will not damage the stake or the mallet.
It’s worth noting that the cost of this design is quite a bit more expensive than some of the other similar designs out there on the market, but it is far from being the most expensive. A pack of 8 will likely set you back what you would spend on a large pizza.
For those that prefer to spend just a little bit more to ensure you are receiving the highest quality that won’t let you down when you need it, the YIZRIO design is going to be a perfect addition to keep all of your gear confidently anchored to the ground for your next camping trip.
Solid design will not bend, even with the use of a mallet
Top as a loop as well as an eyelet for confidently anchoring
This design is made from galvanized rust-proof steel that is threaded at the bottom for easy application. The tops are made from a high impact polypropylene that glows in the dark so that your campsite will be easy to spot if you are getting in late from your late evening hike.
Ease of use:
Due to the fact that this design has a threaded and tapered end, drilling them into the soil by hand is simple. The downside to this design, however, is that the top is not as strong as the base, so using a rubber mallet to hammer it into the ground might result in the polypropylene breaking or becoming cracked.
What we love most about this design is that it comes in at a very reasonable price point. It isn’t the most affordable option out there, but a pack of 10 will set you back about 2 cups of coffee. Past users find that the price point is very reasonable considering this design is very strong and unique.
Who doesn’t love camping gear that glows in the dark? Not only is this set effective at keeping all of your gear securely in place when the winds start to pick up, but it makes your campsite easy to spot when you wander away for a cool evening hike.
Tops glow in the dark
Tapered and threaded tip
Durable steel will not bend
Tops are a little bit more fragile than the base
Some users have found that if not exposed to enough sunlight, the tops will not glow in the dark
Each 11-inch stake is made from steel that has been galvanized to prevent rusting and corrosion that will weaken the alloy over time. The top is made from PVC that are a little less sturdy as the metal body, but allow users to pull them out of the ground easily.
Ease of use:
The aspect of this design that past campers really seem to respond to is the ease of use. Due to the fact that they are are a little more slender with tapered tips means that they are a little easier to place in even some of the more difficult terrains by hand. Plus, the larger PVC top makes it just as easy to pull it up out of the ground without much of a struggle.
We like that not only are these incredibly affordable, but they also come with an additional set of 4 10 foot guy lines to help fasten down your gear, as well as an additional PVC topper in case one breaks or becomes cracked.
The Eurmax design is incredibly affordable, easy to use, and comes with additional tools to help you keep all of your gear in place. The only downside to these is that they are just a little heavy (weighing in at just over 3 pounds), which might add unwanted extra weight to your backpack.
Comes with an additional topper and four 10 foot guy lines
Easy to slide into the dirt and easy to remove
Some users feel they are a little too heavy
The entire unit, including the top, is made from a very strong galvanized steel that will not rust or corrode over extended use.
Ease of use:
Users love how easy this unit is to anchor down their gear. The tip is tapered so you should be able to stick it into even some of the more difficult terrain without much of a struggle. However, if you are dealing with some incredibly hard soil, the flat metal tops are perfect for giving a few whacks with a rubber mallet to drive it in the rest of the way without damaging the stake.
While the price tag might seem like it is reasonable and costs about the same as many of the other similar designs out there on the market, it is important to note that these only come in packs of 4. Considering that most campers will need at least 8 to hold down their gear, these can get rather expensive when you need to purchase two.
If you are willing to pay just a little bit extra for something that is incredibly well made and will hold up in some pretty terrible weather conditions, these are well worth the slightly padded price tag.
Made from durable materials
Will not rust
Flat top makes it perfect to use a rubber mallet
Only comes in packs of four
Criteria Used For Evaluation
It might not be the most exciting piece of camping gear that you will ever buy, it can sure help keep your gear safe and secured to the ground in the event that the winds start to pick up. Luckily, even the highest end models are still relatively affordable, and if you take good care of them (and don’t lose them) they will probably outlive most of your gear and will be the last set of stakes that you will ever have to buy. What’s great about these products is that they can also be used for a myriad of uses outside of the campsite such as gardening, landscaping, or setting up your gear at a festival or the beach. You might be tempted to use the stakes that came with the purchase of your tent, but the quality of those that are included are typically low and are most likely made of plastic. If you want something that is made to last, be sure that you steer clear of products that utilize any type of plastic for the shaft. There were quite a few things that we considered when selecting the best products out there on the market to protect all of your expensive camping equipment.
This was one of the most important features that we considered because if it isn’t made from high-quality materials, it isn’t going to do a very good job at keeping your gear from blowing away. Users found that the galvanized steel alloy product is the more reliable when it comes to frequent use. These metals are less likely to bend and break, even when you are using a hammer to drive them into the difficult soil. The downside to hard metals, however, is that they are often a lot heavier than plastic or aluminum, which may be a problem for hikers that are trying to travel light. Aluminum is a great option as well because it is more reliable than plastic or PVC, but you still may run the risk of them being or breaking, especially when using a mallet to hammer them into place. If you opt for aluminum, be sure to select a thicker and shorter model to reduce the risk of them bending.
Ease of Use
There is nothing more frustrating than trying to drive a stake into soil that feels like it is composed of solid concrete. There are a few things that we kept our eye on in order to make this task just a little bit less frustrating. The number one feature you want in a stake is a sharp and tapered end that it really going to be able to penetrate the soil. Typically, once you get a little bit of headway, the rest of the stake should just slide right into place. However, that isn’t always the case. In those instances, you might have to dig out your old trusty rubber mallet. We liked to select designs that had flat tops to allow users to have a good surface to make contact with the head of the mallet. Often, when stakes have narrow tops, they can not only be unaffected by the use of a mallet, but they can also damage the head of your mallet as well.
No one wants to spend a lot of money on these products because they just aren’t as fun as spending money on things like hiking boots and sleeping bags- but they are still a necessary purchase. That’s why we made sure to select designs that were tough as nails and made from high-quality metals but were also offered at a very low price point. Even the higher end designs that were much thicker and longer came in at a price point that we considered to be reasonable. If you take good care of them and be sure to collect them all up before you head home, they are going to be the last set that you will ever need to buy. Our philosophy is that it is better to spend a little more money now for gear that will last a lifetime rather than spending a little bit of money over and over again.
You might assume that with such a simple product that they all are going to be very similar. However, there are a lot of various designs out there on the market, especially when it comes to the tops. Most units have basic shafts, with only minor differences in the threading and the tips. What we considered closely were the tops of each design. We were drawn to models that had more than one option to hold gear in place. There were quite a few designs that not only had eyelets for looping and tying off guy lines, but also had hooks as well to hold other lines in place. We also liked clever little features like reflective paracords that made finding your stakes easy so that no unit could be left behind. There were even some designs that could glow in the dark, making you campsite easy to spot after returning back from a late evening hike.
Other Factors to Think About
It’s always important to take into consideration the conditions for which you will be using these products, as well as the amount that you will need. If you have just a simple and small tent, you could get away with buying fewer stakes. However, if you have a larger design or even multiple units, selecting a brand that offers more stakes in a single pack might be more beneficial for your needs. Above all else, it is important that you take good care of them to ensure a long lifespan so that you won’t need to keeping buying replacement. That includes cleaning them once you get home, and making sure that you started your camping trip with 10 stakes, and you are returning home with 10 stakes.
Q: Why do I need them?
Perhaps you just bought a brand new tent, and you discovered that they included a whole set of stakes in the box. Why would you buy more? Any seasoned camper will tell you that the stakes that are included with your purchase are typically made from cheap plastic, and will whimper and break at the mere thought of hard soil. If you want to ensure that all of your gear stays securely in place, you will want to buy something that is made from a hard alloy. Even if you have checked the weather forecast before you left and it is nothing but clear skies for the entire weekend, that doesn’t mean that a nasty summer storm can blow in unannounced. It is better than all of your gear is secured down rather than finding that you have to fish your tent out of the lake the following morning because it wasn’t properly anchored to the ground.
Q: Which is better, steel or aluminum?
Different campers will tell you that one is better than the next. At the end of the day, it all boils down to personal preference. Many campers feel that steel stakes are highly superior to aluminum because they are less likely to bend and break, especially when hammered into the ground. On the downside, these stakes can be pretty heavy, and can really weigh you down if you are trying to keep your backpack light. Aluminum stakes are sturdier than plastic, but they run the risk of bending more easily than steel. On the bright side, they are typically very lightweight, and won’t weigh hikers down with a lot of extra weight when making long distance treks.
Q: Do I need a rubber mallet?
Many campers pack in a rubber mallet into the supplies just in case, but for the most part, many of these designs do not need them. Most stakes out there on the market have tapered and sharp ends that allow them to slip into the ground easily. If you are certain that the ground where you will be setting up camp will be soft and easy, you could probably leave the mallet back in your toolbox. However, if you are unsure of the condition of the soil, it may be in your best interest to bring a mallet along just in case. If your stake doesn’t have a plastic tip or fragile loops or arms, you could always improvise and hammer it into place using a rock.
Q: Will they work in sand?
For the camping along the beach, you want to make sure that the sand that you are setting up camp on isn’t too loose. Trying to anchor gear down into loose sand is like trying to anchor it down into pudding. If you opt for sand that is fairly firm, and you select a design that is longer (we suggest purchasing a 12-inch stake rather than a 6-inch stake for sandy conditions), you shouldn’t run into any problems keeping your gear in place.
Q: Can they be used in high winds?
No one feels good about crawling into their tent when the winds are howling, because it is hard to fall asleep with the fear that you might wake up and your gear will be in the neighboring lake. Deep, high-quality stakes are a good start at keeping your gear anchored, but there are also a few techniques you can utilize to ensure they everything stays put. The most important thing that you want to do when setting up camp on a blustery day is to ensure that you don’t place your stake vertically into the ground. You will want to place your stake into the ground at about a 45-degree angle. This will help them gain a little bit more leverage against a wind that is trying to rip it right out of the ground. Also, purchasing stakes that have a grooved exterior will help them create more friction which will help it stay in place better.
Q: How many do I need?
If you ask most veteran campers, they will tell you that you could get away with 6-8 to ensure that even with very high winds, your gear will stay securely in place. Luckily, most companies offer their products in packs of 10, which means that you will have enough to keep your gear down and have 2 extra in case you happen to lose one or two.
Q: How do I get them out of the ground?
Some users have a hard time getting them into the ground, while others have an almost impossible time trying to get them out. The downside to this dilemma is that your trusty mallet will be no help to you in this case. One thing that campers like to do to get those stubborn stakes up and out of the ground is to tie a sturdy rope to the end of the unit (wrap it around a few times so that it is really secure, and give it a good pull. That should do the trick to get it to let go of the ground.
Q: How should I clean them when I am finished using them?
Luckily, a lot of these brands come with a sharp drawstring carrying case that is not only perfect for separating muddy stakes from the rest of your clean gear, but it also serves as a great place to keep them high and dry when not in use. After you get home, simply soak the muddy stakes in some soapy water, and be sure to dry them completely before placing them back in the bag and with the rest of your gear to be ready to be used again.