Pros: Durable, Bright Yellow, Multi Purpose, Withstand Harsh Weather/Hammering
Cons: A bit expensive
For years I have tried to figure out, why tent bags are so small, and how tent stakes find ways to just disappear. There's just no way around these issues, as I can't count the times I've sworn at Coleman for both of these camping challenges. Finally I got wise and pack my tent in a large duffel bag now, so I don't have to get frustrated, when facing the inevitable leaving the campground depression. My main small tent has been used for years, and due to being on a lot of camping trips, it is a bit worn out and missing a few stakes. I figured I could replace these with the traditional metallic ones, but after seeing the Coghlan's version I changed my mind.
Its great not having to look for a needle in the haystack anymore. Have you ever gone camping, and looked for a long time to find your stakes? I don't do this anymore, as the Coghlan's ones are yellow, and you can see them from a long distance away. They are bright enough that you can see them with just a bit of moonlight, and they practically seem to reflect the beams off of any flashlight or lantern. You can see them under leaves, or if it rains enough, you'll be able to determine where the tent is pegged in according to the marker in the mud.
The best part about these stakes, is that they are durable. You can use your hand to push them in, if the ground material is soft. If you are in a spot where a hammer is required, these can take lots of abuse from it. These stakes have held my tent up in terrible weather conditions, and have not lost their color, or been structurally affected by any of it. You can only see a few impact marks from where I dropped the hammer, and even then, this is only when you are within inches of them. There is no bending in any parts of the stake itself, and they are still shaped in the perfect point, that they still go into any ground surface.
Camping stakes can be difficult, when used with certain tent gromlets. As long as the holes are of a medium size, you can get these stakes through them. Older style tents with the simple rope holes work best with these, as the large looped end makes this a cinch to tie any tent up with. These stakes once tied to any tent, will keep your shelter firmly in place. Unlike the small metallic ones that came with my tent, these ones will stay in the ground with wind and maximum precipitation. There's nothing more of a pain, than having to reattach stakes in the middle of a storm, to keep yourself dry on the inside.
I think this is a great product, and each package comes with six of these yellow stakes. They are easy to transport, as you can use some twine, to keep them together in a bag. These are available at a variety of retailers, such as Dicks Sporting Goods or Kmarts. Usually they cost around $2.75, which is a bit on the expensive side, but due to their durability this is worth the cost. These can also be used as a backup for large canopies, so it makes sense to have these with any camping bag, for your tent and extra shelters that might be brought along. I have been satisfied with this product, and think anyone would be well served by purchasing them.