Tent Pegs - Types of pegs/stakes explained

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Tent pegs

Traditional tent pegs/stakes used to be made from wood, but these tended to split easily. Today, due to convenience and lightness most are fashioned from either metal or plastic.

Tent pegs also come in different weights and shapes depending on the terrain and weather conditions. Here is a list of the basic different types:

What are the Different Types of Tent Pegs and Stakes?

Skewer: These are straight, light and inexpensive. They are probably the lightest type of tent peg. They’re not particularly strong and they are best suited to grass.

Bulldog Stakes: These are the stock standard curved or angled and are suitable for most ground types. They can be on the heavy side but they do hold well and they don’t bend easily.

Snow Stakes: These are usually buried in the snow sideways, but a small line sticks up through the snow to attach on.

Snow/Sand Anchors: These look like a little parachute that you fill with snow and bury in the ground. Once the snow becomes compact and solid, the anchorage does too.

Wooden tent pegs: These are often used for large group shelters. Their thickness contributes to their excellent holding power and strength.

Pigtails: These look like a normal peg on the surface but once you pull them out they look like a wide open spiral corkscrew. They are usually used for holding in the sand or soft snow.

Delta pegs: These are a new design unlike any other anchoring system on the market. They differ from the traditional peg because the ground anchors are designed to make sure the tension in the guy lines is approximately at right angles to the peg, spreading the load and reducing the pegs movement. They are made from corrosion resistant stainless steel and they usually cost around £8/$14 for four pegs.

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