- Mar 2, 2016 at 12:28 am #3386097
Sometimes titanium shepherd stakes just don’t have enough holding power. Our new Ankr™ Carbon Fiber Stakes are up to 2.4x larger diameter than typical shepherd stakes for vastly improved holding power, yet they’re the same weight at 0.22 oz (6.2 g). Perfect for soft soil, regular soil, and even compacted ground.
They are built to last with twill carbon fiber shafts and aerospace-grade aluminum head and tip. Ultra-strong epoxy holds up to repeated pounding and pull out. No need to baby these stakes.
Available in two lengths – regular 6” and long 9”.
To celebrate our product launch with us, use coupon code BPL-Stakes for 5% off all stakes on your order during the first half of March. This code is exclusive to BPL readers and expires 3/20/16.
Check us out at Litesmith.com.Mar 2, 2016 at 5:40 am #3386120
William ChiltonBPL Member
Cool. I like the look of your sun gloves, too.
I hope you get international shipping sorted out quickly ;)Mar 2, 2016 at 9:09 am #3386154
International shipping will be coming soon.Mar 2, 2016 at 11:38 am #3386212
I’m always happy to help out if you need it William.Mar 3, 2016 at 10:42 am #3386474
William ChiltonBPL Member
Thanks for the wonderful offer, again, Doug. I’m not in a rush so I’ll wait and see if Litesmith get the international shipping up and running in the next few weeks. If not, I may well take you up on the offer.Mar 3, 2016 at 2:54 pm #3386552
I’ve got the 9″ Ruta Locura stakes and love them. They appear to now be made/sold by ZPacks. These LiteSmith stakes *look* to be somewhat more, shall we say “carefully engineered” but that does not mean they are a better stake. For instance the cap looks very similar to those on the Easton aluminum stakes which in my experience are unusually prone to failure.
Does anyone have experience with both the LiteSmith and RL/ZPacks stakes and care to compare?Mar 3, 2016 at 3:34 pm #3386561
We started shipping stakes this week so they are just beginning to get in the hands of users. What I can tell you is that we tested a group of these stakes in five different locations, each with hard compacted, but not rocky, ground. At each location, each stake was driven into the ground 10 times and pulled out 10 times. I used a typical hammer at 3 locations and a hand-sized rock at 2 locations. That’s 50 insertions and pullouts for each stake. They survived with only damage to the top of the stake head due to the rock pounding. I was sore for two days.
We’ve spent a lot of time developing the right manufacturing process so the tip and head will not come out. I think you’re going to like them.Mar 4, 2016 at 1:13 am #3386644
Mole JBPL Member
Liking the look and weight of these
Used Eastons for 6 years. out of 10 stakes, one cap has come off.<span style=”line-height: 1.8;”>Epoxy sorted it. Not a big problem. </span>Mar 9, 2016 at 9:55 am #3387773
International shipping to select countries is now available.Mar 15, 2016 at 9:39 am #3389253
Just a few more days to take advantage of the coupon code savings on our carbon fiber stakes. The offer ends 3/20/16.Mar 16, 2016 at 8:13 am #3389467
Curt PetersonBPL Member
@curtpetersonLocale: Pacific Northwest
Really nice stakes! Build quality appears amazing. I’ll be trying them out this weekend in real (non-yard) conditions.Mar 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm #3390632
Mercedes ClemensBPL Member
I ordered 4 long & 4 short stakes on Tuesday — I was shocked when I stopped at my PO Box on Friday and there they were! :-)
Beautiful build quality — they are just lovely (can stakes be lovely? yes, yes they can). I tried them out for a quick overnight this weekend. Camped in a forested area around 7100 ft in northern NM. Ground was fairly soft due to freeze/thaw, lots of duff — I haven’t had much luck with ti shepherd stakes in those conditions. These performed very well, easy in, easy out. Held well on a windless night.
I look forward to trying them out in other conditions. So far I’m very pleased.Apr 23, 2016 at 11:18 am #3397589
A customer recently commented, “I’m especially impressed with the carbon fiber tent stakes, I think these are the best on the market.” Check out the ultralight goodness at Litesmith.comApr 29, 2016 at 10:47 am #3398660
Thomas WillardBPL Member
This forum is why I maintain membership. Every once in a while little known gems like this come along. I bought a couple stakes and recently got them in the mail and am very impressed. I even bought some mini Chapstick as well.Nov 17, 2017 at 3:20 am #3502500
Anyone know what happened to these stakes? I no longer see them on Litesmith’s site.Nov 17, 2017 at 6:10 am #3502581
We aren’t making these stakes anymore.
Peter@LitesmithNov 17, 2017 at 6:51 am #3502585
How come? I wanted to buy them!Nov 17, 2017 at 11:01 am #3502592
John S.BPL Member
Either poor sales or failures?Nov 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm #3502639
Jake JBPL Member
Peter – I was bummed when I went to your site earlier this year to try and order a few more of the carbon fiber stakes and found them NLA. I managed to pick up 8 of the regular length ones and have used them a lot in the last year and always worked great. I’m curious as to why you dropped them from the line as well.Nov 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm #3502674
Sales were great, there was a lot of interest. There were two reasons we stopped making them. We were a new company at the time and we did have a few field failures and I was worried about damaging our reputation. Social media makes word travel fast, good or bad. The second reason, and really the primary reason, is they are difficult to build, our margins were low, and we were spending a lot of our resources on building them. I decided it would be better to focus our time on other things.
Peter@LitesmithNov 18, 2017 at 8:27 am #3502745
Lame. Anyone have a set they want to sell?Nov 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm #3502750
Bob MoulderBPL Member
@bobmny10562Locale: Westchester County, NY
Lame. Anyone have a set they want to sell?
How is that lame?
The guy came back and gave you two reasons, both of them logical. I have worked a bit with CF and IME it is doubtless that both reasons are also true.
If anything, I am now more likely to purchase from Litesmith. ;^)
Zpacks still sells CF stakes, BTW.Nov 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm #3502752
Mercedes ClemensBPL Member
Ruta Locura also sells carbon fiber stakesNov 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm #3502753
The Litesmith stakes looked really nice…I probably would have tried them if any of my 9″ Ruta Locura CF stakes failed, but they haven’t :) The ZPacks stakes look nearly identical to the RL stakes, either one would be a good choice if you need that style of stake. I prefer the longer length that RL offers.
Nov 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm #3502888
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Russ WBPL Member
@gatome83Locale: Southeastern US
No. Not lame. My recollection was that someone purchased these and experienced failures. I had purchased a set and weeks before a planned 10 day Sierra trip, I experimented with them over a couple of weekends….and sure enough the heads began separating from the shafts.
Litesmith pulled the product, offered a full refund……. they did all of the right things. I appreciated the standup manner in which they handled the situation. Lame would have been continuing to sell a defective product.
As a result, I still frequent their site and continue to buy their goodies. A good company, super fast shipping. Nice folks. Recommended.
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