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Elite fastpackers and weight weenies pay attention to every gram in their packs. MSR's Carbon Core Tent Stakes are the lightest full-strength tent stakes on the market, coming in at an amazing 5.75 grams each.

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What size (mm) is the eye hole in the top of the stake? What size cord will fit through the hole?

MSR Carbon Core stakes & Sorex Stakes

MSR Carbon Core stakes & Sorex Stakes

The MSR Carbon Core tent stakes and the Ruta Locura tent stakes


Nice... but is it worth it?

    I recently picked up some of these just to check them out. I gotta admit, the price of $30 for 4 tent stakes was a bit hard to swallow... and this is coming from someone that has spent a few hundred dollars just to shed a couple of oz from other items...

    These stakes come 4 to a pack. They are basically made up of carbon fiber with aluminum tips. The stakes measure 6" long from top to tip. They are 1/4" in diameter and 7'8" in circumference. They do indeed weigh as little as 5 g per stake.

    I have not actually used these yet though, so I cannot comment on how they stand up to pounding into rocky, rooted ground, however, I don't have a lot of worries.

    I have been using a couple of carbon fiber stakes by Ruta Locura called Sorex stakes. They are essentially the same. These have aluminum tips and tops with a carbon fiber shaft. However, the Sorex stakes are 6.5" long, have a diameter of 5/16" and 1-1/8" diameter, plus, they only weigh 5 g each too! So, the Sorex stakes are actually bigger and lighter than the MSR Carbon Core stakes... plus, at only $13 for 4, they are about 2.5 times less expensive!

    Now, which one to use will depend on the terrain. I would suspect that the smaller diameter MSR stakes will actually work better in soil that is infested with lots of roots and rocks. The smaller diameter will not need as much space. However, the Ruta Locura stakes will work a little better in a bit looser soil, or soil that is not infested with roots and rocks...

    Either way, I will give these stakes a 4. They are definitely lightweight, and due to my experience with other carbon fiber stakes, I think that they will hold up well. However, the price is really too much. In my opinion, I would rather buy 8 of these from Ruta Locura and have some change left...

    Top view of MSR Carbon Core Stakes

    Top view of MSR Carbon Core Stakes

    The head of the MSR Carbon Core stake and the Ruta Locura Sorex stakes

    How many come in the set? 4?

    How many come in the set? 4?

    Yes, they come in a set of 4. They are nearly unbendable and weigh about as much as 4 paperclips. They have polycarbonate heads so it will persuade the user to not bash them with a big rock. The key is that they're more than adequate holding your tent to the ground as long as you don't abuse them. Lightest stake currently on the market...

    As Jason said, they do come in a pack of 4. However, they are not the lightest stakes on the market, they are actually tied with the carbon fiber "Sorex" stakes that Ruta Locura makes. They both weigh 5 g per stake, however, the MSR stakes are smaller in length and in diameter/circumference and are also 2.5 times more expensive than the Sorex stakes.

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