These stakes are high quality and very strong, but I feel there are better options out there such as the MSR Groundhog. One of my primary gripes with this stake is that the "gripping" ability is primarily a function of its length. This makes for a very tough time if the ground is rocky or full of roots. Unless you get deep penetration into the ground, you're not getting a very positive hold. For my money, I'm going for something else, but these will do the job and are pretty tough. I've never bent one.