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Wind-blown tent calling Ground Control.
- Eight alloy stakes
- Three-sided design
- Multi-height guy points
- Reflective cord and luminescent pull tab
- Ultra-Sil peg bag
- Item #STS002T
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As the other reviewers have mentioned, the aluminum is too soft. I should have known better but there weren't any reviews when I purchased these and I do usually like Sea to Summit gear so I gave it a whirl.
I needed some good new y-stakes before heading to Banff for a backpacking trip. I ultimately chose these because the price was right for a set of 8 rather than 6, they're super lightweight, and take up minimal space. On first use, hit perfectly straight on, one stake bent badly and another started to bend. I figured I'd hit a rock but it's a y stake, it shouldn't be that easy to bend. Even worse, I was able to bend it back with my hand. I'm 5'6" and 125 lbs with bad hands, I don't bend things back ever. Also, the pull tabs obviously all split if not on the first pull, then on subsequent nights and each head splits and flattens when being driven into the ground with anything other than hand or foot (only doable in super soft ground which rarely happens most places I camp and backpack).
One good thing: using all 8 plus a couple other stakes in a 60-70 mph windstorm at the Idaho Mountain Festival this year, my tent fared the night far better than many others. I also like the different height options to attach guy-lines.
All in all, I'll probably have to purchase new stakes again after only a few months use but now I know for sure to go with a better quality aluminum.
Decent design, terrible execution
These stakes are a decent design, but the execution is terrible. I usually like Sea to Summit products. I own quite a few. Their long spoon is made out of 7075 aluminum, but these stakes are made of a softer 6061 aluminum. Why?! Two of them broke the first time I used them and the rest were badly bent by the end of a six day backpacking trip. My spoon would have made a better tent stake than these! I award these no points and I am now stupider for having used them. I recommend red tent stakes by another well known manufacturer that knows that 7075 is a better material for stake usage.
Wanted to love these, but alas flaw..
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are a great idea, the multi-level anchor points are/would be helpful in shallow ground... but they are also the Achilles heel - it's where they'll bend and/or break.
I've used them about 4 times now, and half are damaged beyond use. I admittedly could probably have baby-tapped them more and been EXTRA careful to not hit a rock, but I also wasn't aggressive or violent either. It's just inevitable that A) you'll need to hammer/hit them into the ground somewhere. And B) you'll hit a rock/bedrock and won't have enough warning to avoid bending. Maybe you'll get lucky with soft ground you can just put it in or step on it, but not likely.
Sure enough all the bend/break points are right where the metal is thinnest, at the extra notches.
Bummer! Back to using stock 2-sided DAC aluminum stakes... they don't bend.
The little pre-attached finger pull thingies are a nice idea too, although two broke already because it needed more force to get out of the ground than it could take.
Aluminum is too soft!
I should have known better. Hit one rock when driving into the ground and they bend. Steel is the only way to go!