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taxino8

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Recommend me a tent peg.
« on: 20:10:28, 04/12/18 »
Iíve recently bought a new tent, a Vango Banshee Pro and Iím after some additional pegs to cater for different ground conditions.
Iíve Googled loads, too many probably, so Iím no further forward in making up my mind as they go from cheap and well recommended to expensive and well recommended, my poor brain needs advice from someone with experience.
Iím not bothered about cost and if I need to get a few of different kinds thatís ok, I just want to have some in my pack that can handle most situations.
Thanks
Bob

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #1 on: 20:16:09, 04/12/18 »
MSR groundhogs and MSR blizzard pegs for your guylines when your on soft ground O0

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #2 on: 20:17:17, 04/12/18 »
The ones that I avoid like the plague are the aliminium starred type, with a notch at the end. Painful on the fingers and horrible if trying to push in on less than soft ground. I just use cheap ordinary 4-5" aluminium 'r' type ones, I've never found a reason to use anything else. I suppose I might if I did a lot of hard weather winter camping but I don't.

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #3 on: 20:21:25, 04/12/18 »
The ones that I avoid like the plague are the aliminium starred type, with a notch at the end. Painful on the fingers and horrible if trying to push in on less than soft ground.
You need a peg pusher, I made mine, simple
And the groundhogs have a loop for removing them O0
I'll post a pic when I can O0
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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #4 on: 22:26:09, 04/12/18 »
There ya go
Custom made to fit profile of peg





Maybe you could use a plastic bottle top or something similar [/size] O0
« Last Edit: 22:30:09, 04/12/18 by beefy »
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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #5 on: 23:13:36, 04/12/18 »
Interesting, Beefy, what's it made out of? Looks like a pebble!

Mine is a 3/4 inch nylon tee from eBay with the side pipe shortened, and weighs 5g.

(I was going to add a pic, although I might have done in the past, but just found I can no longer add anything using my XP machine, the attachments dialog doesn't open. Going to bed now, I'll check it tomorrow.)

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #6 on: 02:14:05, 05/12/18 »
I got thin titanium ones from China pretty cheap, just 90degree sort of stuff but unbelievably light and go in easy too, haven't bent any yet which I'm very impressed about. Alpkit do exactly the same with their name on but not as cheap (like most of their stuff now, sadly).


Use the toe of your boot (gently step on the peg), you can feel well enough to know it's going in straight and doesn't hurt at all  O0
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taxino8

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #7 on: 06:27:53, 05/12/18 »
Thanks for the replies.
The peg pusher from Beefy is a good idea, I too am interested in what itís made of but already Iím thinking of a bottle cap, maybe with some builders fixer foam or some rubber compound inside it.
I ordered some of the Alpkit Aluminium Y beam ones last night.


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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #9 on: 09:36:29, 05/12/18 »
I've added four aluminium V channel pegs (from an old Vango Force 10 ridge tent) for the crucial end guys of my cheapo tunnel tent - seem to hold well in variable ground. The rest are just lightweight aluminium wire pegs.

alan de enfield

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #10 on: 09:37:11, 05/12/18 »
Interesting, Beefy, what's it made out of? Looks like a pebble!





Looks like a dried up piece of well chewed, chewing gum to me

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #11 on: 09:49:11, 05/12/18 »
Iíve recently bought a new tent, a Vango Banshee Pro and Iím after some additional pegs to cater for different ground conditions.
Iíve Googled loads, too many probably, so Iím no further forward in making up my mind as they go from cheap and well recommended to expensive and well recommended, my poor brain needs advice from someone with experience.
Iím not bothered about cost and if I need to get a few of different kinds thatís ok, I just want to have some in my pack that can handle most situations.
Thanks
Bob



On soft ground you need the widest peg possible to minimise 'dragging' thru the soil and then pulling out - imagine how easily a knife blade goes thru butter - then turn the knife sideways and try and push the 'flat edge' thru the butter.


Once a peg has 'moved' and enlarged its hole it is very easily lifted out by (maybe) a gust of wind pulling on the tent.
I'm sure we have all kicked and jiggled tent pegs to loosen them, which is exactly the same and just enlarges the hole to reduce the soils grip on the peg.


The worst pegs for soft ground are the aluminium 'nails' and even worse those wonderfully expensive titanium 'pins that are about 1mm diameter - very strong but just fall out in soft ground.


Personally (other opinions are available) the best all-rounder (but a compromise on every type of ground) are those shown in the post by Beefy.
However, they are available in various lengths and tents will generally come with the 150mm version. I strongly believe that there is no substitute for length (titter titter) and swop the 150's out for 180mm and also add a couple of 200mm for 'spares'.


For hard ground - use whatever you can get into the ground.

beefy

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #12 on: 12:29:55, 05/12/18 »
As a said before these are good for pegging out your guylines in soft ground,
We've  been using MSR pegs for years, and we camp more than most,
They don't bend or break O0
And they are handy for digging holes when you need to.....  ;D
Perhaps you could even bury your chewing gum  :D 
If the ground is too hard to use pegs we just use rocks, our tent is free standing, apart from the vestibules O0

« Last Edit: 12:38:45, 05/12/18 by beefy »
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taxino8

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #13 on: 12:32:32, 05/12/18 »
As a said before these are good for pegging out your guylines in soft ground,
We've  been using MSR pegs for years, and we camp more than most,
They don't bend or break O0
And they are handy for digging holes when you need to.....  ;D
Perhaps you could even bury your chewing gum  :D
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Thatís jogged my memory, Iíve some very similar to that still in my garage from the caravan awning that I no longer have so Iíll dig them out.
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fernman

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Re: Recommend me a tent peg.
« Reply #14 on: 14:06:56, 05/12/18 »
Here it is, my peg pusher: