Best Camping Hammer For Tent Stakes

Best Camping Hammer For Tent Stakes

Best camping hammer for tent stakes

Best Camping Hammer For Tent Stakes

Putting a tent stake into the ground can be all fair and well when the ground is soft but doing it in hard ground can be tough work for some. Having the right tools for the job certainly, helps get the job done faster and so having the best camping hammer is a good idea for weekend trips, over nighters, and family camping holidays. They come in all shapes and sizes and obviously, some are better suited for recreational camping while others are more lightweight and more ideal for backpackers. Either way, take a look down our list of the best camping hammers and malets and see for yourself.

Things you can use instead of a camping hammer

Foot: Stepping on a tent peg is an age old method but can lose its effectiveness in hard ground. The problem with using your foot to plant tent stakes is that it is the easiest way to bend your pegs. Make sure you apply pressure straight down the spine of the tent peg and stop if you meet major resistance to avoid this.

Wood: Using a tree branch is probably the safest way to hammer in tent pegs without a hammer or mallet. Green wood about the size of a rounders bat is ideal and if it is shaped like a club, all the better.

Back of a hatchet: If you have a hatchet in your backpack then carrying a mallet for tent stakes would be dead weight. The back of a hatchet is pretty much a hammer already and if you plan on having a campfire then you will want one of these in your kit anyway.

Rock: Using a rock should really be a last resort as it is the easiest way to injure yourself. On more than one occasion I or somebody I know has either trapped a finger or received a cut when the rock split.

Best Lightweight Camping Hammer

If you still fancy owning your very own camping hammer then check out our recommendations below:


MSR Stake Hammer

MSR Stake Hammer

The MSR Stake Hammer is a beautifully designed lightweight camping hammer which weighs just 11 ounces / 312 grams. The hardened steel head has been weighted to give you a perfect balance when swinging it which basically means it feels really good to hold and use. The hollow handle is very light and durable with a lanyard eyelet for safety and the tent peg remover works a treat on deep stakes. One thing many backpackers might like as well as the light weight is the custom bottle opener under the head, making this a truly multi-purpose item for camping.

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Hikemax Lightweight Outdoor Camping Hammer

Hikemax Lightweight Outdoor Camping Hammer

The Hikemax Lightweight Outdoor Camping Hammer is the ideal camping companion for weight conscious packers. The forged high carbon steel head and hook offer all the strength and durability you would ever need and can be used for other tasks such as digging or hand tooling. The anodized aluminum handle keeps the weight down and has a nice swinging balance in the hand. Weighing just 14 ounces and with a very reasonable price tag, this might be the best camping hammer you can get for the money.

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Petzl Bongo Piton Hammer

Petzl Bongo Piton Hammer

The Petzl Bongo Piton Hammer is mainly designed for use while climbing for placing and removing pitons along new routes. The reason it made the top 8 best camping hammers is because it is super tough and it works excellently for the simple task of hammering in tent stakes. It is compact and only weighs 680 grams and feels very well made. Ideal if you are into a bit of mountaineering or rock climbing as well as camping with the family.

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Snow Peak Peg Hammer with Copper Head

Snow Peak Peg Hammer with Copper Head

The Snow Peak Peg Hammer with Copper Head is designed to have the maximum impact but minimum shock for the user. The forged steel head is covered with a copper tip which helps reduce the shock traveling down the handle as well as increase the power of the strike. Copper also slips less than steel and typically causes less damage to the pegs or item being struck. Hard and resilient natural evergreen oak wood is used for the handle that also includes a lanyard giving you an overall impression of quality.

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Texsport Tent Stake Mallet

Texsport Tent Stake Mallet

The Texsport Tent Stake Mallet is made from a heavy-duty molded plastic which can withstand high impact and is ideal for planting and removing tent pegs from the ground. The bright color makes it easy to spot on the ground and simple design is easy to hold and store away. A really cheap option that is also lighter than most camping mallets and won’t ever shatter.

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NUZAMAS NEW Outdoor Camping Hammer

NUZAMAS NEW Outdoor Camping Hammer

The NUZAMAS NEW Outdoor Camping Hammer is made from durable steel with a rubber handle and lanyard. The durable steel shaft is hollow to reduce weight and vibrations but is compact and strong to use with heavy hands. The drop forged heat treated steel head weighs 16 ounces to give you enough clout for any tent stake. At just 30 cm and a relatively small head, this will tuck inside most tent bags and backpacks.

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Coleman Rubber Mallet with Tent Peg Remover

Coleman Rubber Mallet with Tent Peg Remover

The Coleman Rubber Mallet with Tent Peg Remover is heavy enough for any tent stake and only takes a few whacks to drive a stake firmly into the ground. Rubber mallets have long been used for this purpose as the high-impact rubber head is ideal for diffusing the force of heavy pounding. With a trusty wooden handle and tent peg remover at the bottom, this is a go to camping hammer for putting up tents, awnings, and wind breaks etc…

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Kong Speleagle Hammer

Kong Speleagle Hammer

The Kong Speleagle Hammer is specially designed for extreme outdoor pursuits such as mountaineering, caving, climbing, and rescue. This does make it a little pricier than your average camping hammer but it also makes it very compact and lightweight for backpackers with limited space. It can be used to tighten 13mm and 17 mm nuts which you won’t ever need for your tent but good to know.

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