Member Gear Reviews

MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes

Overall 4.50
Light Weight 3.00
Durability 5.00
Versatility 5.00
Performance 5.00
Design 5.00
Price 4.00

Brand: MSR (Mountain Safety Research)

Gear Types: Shelter Systems Tent Stakes

1 Member Reviews

May 26, 2021 Matthew / BPL

“Gold Standard” for difficult conditions.

I have tried more than a dozen types of stakes in the last ten years and the only one I trust to not bend/break are MSR’s full size Groundhogs.

I backpack in Arizona and the Sierra. The ground is almost always compacted and full of rocks. Without exception, I have bent every other type of stake I have ever used (inlcuding MSR’s Mini Groundhogs). I have stopped experimenting with other stakes. I have found what works for me and their weight is absolutely worth it to me to have a reliable piece of gear that just works. I’ve used these with trekking pole supported shelters, mids, tarps and hammock tarps. I’ve used them with an oversize 12×12 tarp when car camping.

I rate their holding power as excellent. I can’t remember the last time I had a stake pull out.

Model / Variant MSR Groundhog Full Size
My level of backpacking experience intermediate
# of days I've used this product 100
Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Overall 4.50
Light Weight 3
Durability 5
Versatility 5
Performance 5
Design 5
Price 4