Glamourous, sexy, interesting, cool…….these things pegs are not. However, they do hold your pride and joy (aka a tent or tarp in most instances) anchored to the ground. Without them life would be interesting in all but the slightest puff of wind. I remember a few years ago there were one or 2 debates about the relative merits of the different types, sizes and materials of construction of pegs. I am not going to attempt to go over too much old ground and there is a pretty good article here:
http://www.backpacking-lite.co.uk/reviews/ultralight-tent-pegs-review.html describing the different types and some of the merits of them
I personally use 3 types of peg depending on the circumstances:
- Titanium skewer type peg
- Titanium V peg
- Aluminium Y peg
1. The titanium skewer peg is an old favourite of mine and was one of the first items of my old style kit I upgraded 5 years ago when I started get the lightweight bug. Basically a titanium version of a longstanding type of peg. The main benefits of this peg for me are the weight coming in at a miserly 5g. They are really tough and dont bend very easily at all and are easy to put in and pull out of the ground. Where they perhaps dont score well is in boggy/wet ground and /or in a blow
2. The titanium V peg is one I use less frequently than the other two being the heaviest and also the hardest on the hands when using. However it has the advantage of having a large surface area and so the reasoning goes that it is less likely to come out of wet ground, in a hoolie or get “pulled over” from an upright position to flat/out of the ground
3. The aluminium Y peg is probably my overall favourite and most used peg due to its suitability in most types of ground, relative ease of putting in and retrieving from the ground and is vitually indestructable. It is a tad heavy at 14g a peg but it does work.
Ok so far?
So, the real test for me is how well they actually perform in a variety of conditions. I can recall various times when pegs have come loose, or had to be held down with rocks or pulled out altogether but over time this subjective appraisal of them has become somewhat fluffy in my head. What I would really like to do is a bit of scientifc testing and make a more objective appraisal of them instead. I have a couple of ideas and will report back when I have worked it all out! 😀
In the meantime, what kind of pegs do you use and why?
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