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MSR Hook Tent Stakes

photo: MSR Hook Tent Stakes stake

Specs

Price MSRP: $9.95
Current Retail: $1.50-$10.95
Historic Range: $1.49-$10.95
Weight 0.45 oz / 0.01 kg
Length 6.75 in / 17 cm
Material corrosion-resistant 7000-series aluminum

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These Hook tent stakes are a very impressive light duty stake for mild conditions, or where holding power is not an absolute necessity. Easy to set, easy to remove, easy to clean!

Pros

  • Excellent strength-to-weight ratio
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Not the strongest holding power

MSR (Mountain Safety Research) has an impressive line of seven tent/shelter stakes, allowing users to customize their setup, based on location and conditions.

  • Groundhog—MSR's gold standard—comes with many of their shelters
  • Mini-Groundhog—Compact and lightweight
  • CarbonCore—MSR's lightest full-strength stake
  • Core—Lightweight aluminum for hard ground
  • Cyclone—Maximum holding power
  • Blizzard—For snow and sand
  • Hook—All purpose and lightweight

Note: Virtually all of the tent stakes offered by MSR can be used with other shelters/tents. The MSR Groundhog has been a favorite on the trail for years!

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Specifications:

  • Price: $9.95 USD
  • Quantity: 6 stakes per kit
  • Weight: .5 oz per stake 
  • Length: 6.75”

Features

The MSR Hook Stakes are a no-frills style shepherd-hook tent stake. Anodized in MSR's famous red, this is a nice feature to prevent tent stake loss. It should be mentioned that with more and more non-freestanding shelters becoming commonplace, a kit of six stakes accommodates for the necessary anchor points. 

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Construction & Durability

The MSR Hook Tent Stake is constructed of a 7000-series aluminum, and has held up extremely well during use in the tough, rocky mid-Atlantic Appalachian ground. A corrosion-resistant stake should also contribute to a long-lived product. The hooks as well as the stake tips have not become misshapen during testing. 

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At 6.75", these stakes hold well, while still easy to set

Testing Conditions:

The MSR Hook Tent Stakes have been tested since May 2020 on several overnight hikes on the Appalachian Trail. 

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Holding down the fort—the MSR Front Range Bug/Floor Insert, mid-pitch

Testing has been limited due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, so this review will be periodically updated regarding long-term use. 

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At $9.95 USD, the MSR Hook Tent Stakes are a bargain.

Experience

The tester has been an avid hiker and backpacker for several decades. From backpacking in the Cascades of Washington State to the less-traveled paths of Baxter State Park, a cool breeze is what is sought after...

Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Samples for testing and review provided by MSR)

About the Author

Sean Van Cleve spends much of his free time as a backcountry guide in the mid-Atlantic USA. A certified Leave No Trace Trainer and Wilderness First Responder, Sean focuses on outdoor education with friends and clients alike. Whether it is recreational high-pointing, section hiking on the Appalachian Trail, or leading multi-day backcountry trips in West Virginia, practicing outdoor ethics is at the forefront of the experience—preserving the land for future generations. 

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