Tent stakes are the item that nearly always need upgrading. When you buy a new tent they always have heavy or second rate stakes. So I made a trip to several of my local outfitters to have a look-see. I saw a decent selection, but couldn't seem to find the individual stake weight on the packages. So, I whipped out my iPhone and snapped some pics for further home research. I found that there is a lot more options than the casual buyer might know about. I'll post some links and some options here.
MSR: Most of us have seen a Groundhog in action, but you won't find the specs on the MSR page, so here they are:
Aluminum, 7.5 inches in length, .71 oz
Needle, it's: ALuminum, 6.2 inches, .35 oz
Easton: They make great bats, and arrow shafts. The arrows are apparently good material for D-I-Y pegs. They also have several options for actual stakes:
Easton Aluminum Backpacker is (Aluminum), 8.5 inches, .5 oz
Easton Aluminum Nano is (Aluminum), 6.4 inches, .3 oz
MH "X" stake: (Alum) 15cm, .46oz
MH "Y" peg: (Alum) ? , .52oz
MH Tube Stakes: (Alum), ? , .49oz Appear identical to the Easton Aluminum Stakes
REI: Yep, they make a generic stake.
REI Tri-Stake: (Alum), 7inches, .5oz Only $1 apiece!
REI Aluminum Hook: (Alum), ?, .35oz
Vargo Outdoor: If you look at nothing else on here, check these guys out. Titanium specialist.
VO Titanium Nail Pegs: (Titanium), ?, .5 oz. About double $, but seem pretty cool.
VO Titanium Nail Pegs Ultralight: (Titanium), 6inches, .3oz
I like the idea of DIY stakes, but I am not creative, so here is a cool video link!
If you'd like to see a comparison video, this one is my favorite.
If you camp in extremely rocky terrain, here is a video for a cool stake driving tool.
Fun video of things to do with tent stakes!
There are all manner of steel or plastic stakes around, but as they are useless in my part of the country, I will refrain. There may be many other good ones out there, but this is a good starting point. I welcome comments on any stakes, or corrections on the specs here, as well as short reviews on your own. Throw me a bone here!