Best Tent Stakes For Sand and Soft Ground

Best Tent Stakes For Sand and Soft Ground

Best Tent Stakes for Sand and Soft Ground

Best Tent Stakes For Sand and Soft Ground

If you already have a good quality tent then some standard tent pegs will have been included in your kit. These tent pegs are generally a good allrounder for soft to hard ground, but what about when the ground gets too hard or too soft? If you have ever pitched a tent on snow, sand or any other loose material you will know that it can be hard to get a solid grip. The best tent stakes for sand and snow often have a much wider surface area or are not even pegs at all – they are anchors!

  • Check out our Top 8 Tent Stakes For Hard Ground Here

The best tent stakes for sand are designed specifically for use in loose ground so if you plan on camping at the beach this year take a look at the choices below.

What kind of stakes are best for sand?

For sand specifically, I actually think that anchors work far better than pegs do and often weigh much less too. Anchors come in many shapes and sizes but typically rely on a piece of material with attachment loops which use the weight of the sand to create a sturdy tie off point on the ground.

what kind of stakes are best for soft ground?

I believe that soft ground still favors the tent stake over a snow/sand anchor as filling a bag with dirt you have to dig up isn’t ideal. We have tried to include some soft ground tent stakes on this list which can also be used in sand with success.

What are some alternatives to carrying tent stakes?

If you don’t want to carry some tent stakes for sand as well as your regular pegs then you could learn a few tricks that can be useful as a last resort. The first and most obvious one is to find some big stones or branches but this isn’t always possible in the desert. You could fill a bag with sand to create a weight – dry bags work very well for this in an emergency. Another technique is to tie your guy lines to a decent sized stick before digging a shallow hole and burying it.

What is the difference in shape?

For hard ground, the tent stakes need to be streamlined and strong so that they can be driven into hard-packed dirt whereas tent stakes for sand will have no problem going into the ground. This means that the emphasis with sand tent stakes is a large surface area that will have a better grip in the loose material. Check out some of the very best tent stakes for sand and soft ground below.

Sand and Snow Tent Stakes and Anchors


MSR Blizzard Tent Stakes

MSR Blizzard Tent Stakes Review

The MSR blizzard Tent Stakes are made from 7000-series aluminium which is very lightweight but strong. The wide profile gives this stake superb holding power in soft ground where others struggle to get a grip. With seven holes down the centre of the stake, you can also use it as a deadman anchor where you bury it in sand or snow. Because it performs so well in both soft and sandy ground this is a great stake to keep in your tent bag.

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Mountain Hardwear Snow/Sand Anchor

Mountain Hardwear Snow Sand Anchor Review

 

The Mountain Hardwear Snow/Sand Anchor is our top rated fabric ‘tent stake’ because we find the two longer loops easier to use than four shorter loops. You can use snow, sand, or rocks and other debris to create a weight capable of holding down your tent. To get the best results you should bury the anchor at least a couple of inches underground or use small boulders instead of piles of pebbles. Weighing just 4 oz/112 g for a pack of four, these are a very lightweight tent peg alternative that can be used in a variety of ways.

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MSR ToughStake Snow and Sand Tent Stakes

MSR ToughStake Snow and Sand Tent Stakes Review

 

The MSR ToughStake Snow and Sand Tent Stakes is designed specifically for these soft materials and has ten times the holding strength of regular tent stakes. With a unique design, a steel cable is used through the lower slot which actually digs deeper into the ground the more pressure that is placed on it. Made from aircraft grade aluminum which is incredibly light and strong, the spade head design really locks into place in loose material. If you are looking for one of the best tent stakes for sand alone then this is a good way to go.

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Terra Nova Sand or Snow Stakes (SOS)

Terra Nova Sand or Snow Stakes Review

The Terra Nova SOS Stakes have an extra wide surface area which is what you need for sand and snow and are nice and long to get a deep grip. Made from aluminum alloy, they weigh just 56 g per peg and come in a pack of ten which is enough to secure most small tents. Tough enough for firmer ground as well as soft ground, these a great addition to any tent bag if you plan on camping on sand or snow.

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MSR Snow/Sand Fabric Tent Anchors

MSR Snow Sand Anchors Review

The MSR Snow/Sand Fabric Tent Anchors are made of high-strength material designed for filling with snow, sand, rocks, and rubble. Using the weight of the material on the ground around you allows you to save valuable weight in your backpack. Weighing just 10 grams each and sold in a pack of four it is easy to seewhy many lightweight hikers and backpackers opt for these over tradition metal pegs.

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Big Agnes Blowdown Tent Anchor

Big Agnes Blowdown Tent Anchor Review

The Big Agnes Blowdown Tent Anchor is the perfect way to secure your tent when camping on beaches, sand dunes, deep snow, or any other place where regular ground stakes aren’t effective. Simply fill the non-skid fabric with sand, snow, rocks, or even secure it around tree branches to give your tent or fly sheet the tension it needs to stay taught. What I like about these best tent stakes is that the guyline comes from the ground insteas of above the fabric which I think reduces skidding. Coming with four anchors and four reflective guy lines, that should be enough to cover all the corners.

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Tent Tools Sand & Snow Anchors

Tent Tools Sand & Snow Anchors Review

The Tent Tools Sand and Snow Anchors work just like the others but also includes a metal carabiner for easy attachments. The best thing about these sand and snow anchors is the price, they are great value for money and come in a pack of four. The attachment loops are long enough to allow you to bury the anchor fairly deep in the sand or snow as well as around boulders and branches.

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Greenfield Sand Hog Tent Stakes

Greenfield Sand Hog Sand Tent Stakes Review

The Greenfield Sand Hog Tent Stakes are probably the most heavy duty stakes on this list which means they can also be used in hard or compacted ground as well as sand. The steel stake has a triangular wing welded to it for a large surface area as well as a hook at the top for attachments and removing the stake from the ground. At 12 inches long and weighing 11 oz per stake, these are not the kind of tent pegs you want for lightweight backpacking but for things like gazebos or camper van awnings they are pretty handy to keep in the van.

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