- They are strong enough that you can push them in with your heal, and not worry about bending them.
- They hold well enough that you can pitch a tarp in sand with them, as long as it's not stormy, or in sandy loam if it is stormy. I've had them hold in ~50mph wind when stuck into turf (I twisted my ankle on top of a mountain on the AT), a hailstorm in Yosemite, etc.
- They're the lightest thing with the two above properties
review: MSR Groundhog Stakes
Simply stated: these are the best stakes I've yet tried. If you don't know, these are actually pretty well known in backpacking circles. It *seems* like something should be better, and yet nothing arises. I've looked for a titanium alternative, but they are hard to find and I always end up back at the aluminum groundhogs. Q: So, why do I think they are so great? A: Well, because they are the best tradeoff.