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Top Stake

MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14 reviews)

Lightweight, strong tent stake with good holding power. A tent stake is a low-key, basic item that just needs to work. These do.

Reasons to Buy

  • Light weight
  • Holding power
  • Design features

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price

 A tent stake is a lowly item that just needs to address some very basic issues: Easy to drive into the ground; Stays put when in the ground; Easy to remove from the ground; Light and small enough to be carried; ...yet durable enough to do its job when replacements are not readily available. With such a basic list of requirements, you'd think that this would be an easy job to fulfill. Well, anyone who has ever set up a tent more than once already knows that this is not necessarily the case.

Read more: MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes reviews (14)

Top Guy Line

MSR Ultralight Cord

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

This reflective cord is easy to tie knots, making it ideal for guy lines. The 2.5mm thickness is thick enough to work knots loose without a hassle, and is high visibility both night and day for easy spotting.

Reasons to Buy

  • Easy to work with (tying, working knots loose)
  • Highly reflective

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not long enough to hang a bear bag (look up MSR's Reflective Utility Cord Kit instead)
  • Provided length may not be enough to furnish needed guy line

MSR (Mountain Safety Research) has an extensive product line—not only tents, stoves, and water treatment, but accessories galore are available for every subcategory. When a shelter does not come with all the needed guy line, MSR’s Ultralight Cord is an excellent product to assist with stabilizing one’s shelter or tarp. MSR carries a wide range of affordable accessories  Specifications: Price: $19.95 USD Length: 32 ft /10 meters Thickness: 2.5 mm Tensile Strength: 200 lb. Reflective: Yes For those that prefer knots to cam tensioning, working with this line is extremely easy.

Read more: MSR Ultralight Cord review (1)


MSR Cyclone Tent Stakes

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

The Cyclone Tent Stake is designed for holding power without compromise. Ideal for loose soil or windy conditions, this is the go-to stake for ease of mind.

Reasons to Buy

  • Extreme holding power
  • Excellent strength-to-weight ratio

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey for some
  • Cumbersome

Mountain Safety Research (MSR) has been a titan in the industry for decades, well known for their design and attention to detail. Regardless of one’s chosen shelter, upgrading/customizing stakes is a very important factor in ensuring a good night's rest.  Product testing the MSR Front Range Ultralight Tarp Shelter prompted additional needs for such a large shelter—adding stakes with strong holding power during windy and stormy weather.  A spiralized design provides increased gripping power.

Read more: MSR Cyclone Tent Stakes review (1)

Top Line Tensioner/Clip

Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

The folks at Nite Ize know you're not a Boy Scout, and you're not a sailor. But sometimes you need to secure a rope to a fixed object, or a rope to another rope. Their elegant solution is the Figure 9.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Inexpensive

Reasons to Avoid

  • Repeated use will fray ropes/lines

I'm not a salty sailor who's ridden the high seas for decades. I'm also not a Boy Scout with a sash full of knot tying merit badges. I'm just a guy who sometimes abandons my otherwise perfectly usable home for a day or three and sleeps outside in a hammock. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person in this demographic. Because every campsite is different, there's no 'perfect' setup to how you string up your tarp, and hammock, and bug net, and gear pack, and anything else you brought with you for the trip.

Read more: Nite Ize Figure 9 Carabiner reviews (3)

Line Tensioner/Clip

Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4 reviews)

A cheap, light, and highly effective item that simplifies and speeds up hanging tarps, clotheslines, etc. It has other uses as well.

Reasons to Buy

  • Inexpensive
  • Practical
  • Lightweight
  • Resistant
  • Durable

Reasons to Avoid

  • None for the intended purpose, though knots are lighter and cheaper…

Introduction A few years ago I purchased a couple of these Cam Jams to see if and how I could use them to improve my camp setup workflow. I like Nite Ize products and have a lot of their S-biners and other NI items around. It’s basic but simple, practical and well-made stuff. The Cam Jam is basically a cord tightener. As anyone who backpacks and camps knows, this has multiple uses. I’m always advocating the importance of knowing the basic knots and all, and also constantly practicing to stay sharp.

Read more: Nite Ize CamJam Cord Tightener reviews (4)

Guy Line

Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

A 50' length of reflective 2mm cord which can be cut up to make guy lines or used full length as a ridge line or for a bear hang. Includes a small biner.

Reasons to Buy

  • Cheap
  • Strong
  • Reflective
  • Comes with a small biner

Reasons to Avoid

  • Only comes in yellow

What you see is what you get with the Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line; A 50' coil of 2mm line that has reflective threads woven in. It also comes with a small biner with a wire gate. While the label says Guy Line and it could be cut into lengths usable for that purpose, it can be used full length to hang a lightweight bear bag or as a shelter ridge line. I purchased this line after scouting out this tent site deep in the back country of Baxter State Park for a planned family trip. Measuring the distance between the few available trees I found that my 30' Dutchware ridge line wasn't going to cut it.

Read more: Coghlan's Reflective Guy Line review (1)


TiTo 6 mm Titanium Tent Pegs

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Extremely strong 6x145/165 mm titanium pegs for pitching on rocky, compacted, or frozen ground. Such pegs are successfully hammered into ground, which would otherwise damage any aluminum stake.

Reasons to Buy

  • Inexpensive
  • Virtually indestructible
  • Relatively lightweight at 19/20 grams each
  • Storage bag and cord loops are included

Reasons to Avoid

  • Sharp eyelet edges may cut the cord loop
  • No cord stop on the bag cover

Since 2016 I've owned several tunnel tents, which require four stable pegs for successful pitching: Hilleberg Kaitum 3, Nallo 3 and Fjallraven Abisko Lite 3 (all reviewed by me). Quite often the stock DAC J-stakes don't work well, namely on rocky, compacted or frozen ground. Hammering the peg in such conditions may lead to its damage, sometimes — beyond repair. To simplify the pitching, in early 2017 I decided to purchase a set of strong titanium nails, not usual ultralight stakes made of titanium wire.

Read more: TiTo 6 mm Titanium Tent Pegs review (1)


MSR Mini Groundhog Stake

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

For their smaller size (6”), these stakes are deceptively strong and lightweight. While a dollar more expensive than other aluminum stakes, a few of these will go a long way holding down any tent, tarp, or even recreational equipment. I have encountered no problems in the slightly sandy/red clay/compact soil of central and western N.C.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great weight-to-strength
  • Brightly colored (visible if misplaced)
  • Easy to drive into ground
  • Holds well to staked item

Reasons to Avoid

  • More "expensive" than other stakes
  • Dirt can easily stick once removed

I originally didn’t have any thought to review these MSR Mini Groundhog stakes as they were part of a tent I purchased. The Hubba Hubba NX comes with a pack of 6 stakes. I have never used the mini or regular size before buying this tent. I am used to the typical shepherd’s crook style aluminum stakes that come with a basic car camping tent. These stakes are actually available to be purchased individually, and this was the catalyst for me to review my experience for others. To begin, I’ll touch on the con listed above; there is one caveat though in that I really don’t much if anything bad to say about the stakes at all.

Read more: MSR Mini Groundhog Stake review (1)

Line Tensioner/Clip

Heroclip Small

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Heroclip is a hybrid gear clip that is now available in a Small size in addition to the original size, which has now been labeled as Medium, plus another new size labeled as Mini. The three different sizes (which range from 3 11/16 inches long for the Medium, 3 1/16 inches long for the Small, and 2 5/16 inches long for the Mini) are rated to carry loads of 60, 50, and 40 pounds respectively, and provide greater flexibility for how and where a Heroclip can be used. The Heroclip is a device that is not really designed for any one specific application, but can be used for many applications and its overall usefulness is really only limited by the creativity of the user. The applications can range from simply clipping an item to your pack to using the integrated hook to hang your pack, trekking poles, or other gear while in camp. While the Heroclip may have similarities to a climbing carabiner, it's an accessory clip only and not for climbing use in any way.

Reasons to Buy

  • New sizes adds to the versatility of the design
  • Robust strength/weight capacity for typical applications
  • Environmentally responsible packaging

Reasons to Avoid

  • Warning markings could use improvements

A little over a year ago I did a review on Trailspace of the initial Heroclip design which at the time only came in one size.  That earlier review can be found here: Heroclip Medium Review.  Heroclip has expanded its product line and the Heroclip is now available in three sizes: Medium (the original version), Small, and Mini. Design and Construction As I shared in my original review, the Heroclip is composed of an aluminum accessory clip with a bent wire gate common to climbing carabineers that has an aluminum hook assembly attached through a plastic swivel.

Read more: Heroclip Small review (1)

Top Footprint

Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This footprint has grommets, clips, and loops on corner tabs. I would recommend to anyone wanting a fitted footprint.

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproof rated at 2000 mm
  • Weight is 9 ounces
  • Has clips, grommets, and loops on corner tabs

Reasons to Avoid

  • Same as all fitted footprints, a little pricey

I use this footprint on my Mountainsmith Upland 2 tent and it is a perfect fit. The footprint has clips and so does my rain fly so it attaches perfectly. The fly clips can be tightened or slacked out to assure it a custom fit on the tent. I use the grommets to attach to the tent poles themselves. After I lay out the footprint and set up the tent minus fly I just place the tent on top of the footprint. Then on each corner I remove the tent pole one corner at a time and place the grommet of footprint onto the pole first, then hook the grommet from tent body onto the tent pole under the footprint grommet.

Read more: Mountainsmith Morrison Footprint review (1)

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