away I went for a overnighter and bimble in the black mountains this weekend. Whilst I was there I thought I would test out some different soils for my great peg experiment. In the first test back in the garden I had found that V pegs were slightly better than Y pegs for vertical grip in dry firm ground. Both these pegs appeared to be much better than the skewer peg. On this trip I found really boggy ground (waterlogged peat) and also stone-less, moist but really firm ground (rough grass). Again, the tests were performed with a vertical pull on the pegs (after full insertion into the ground) and the maximum measured force required.
So the results….
- V pegs 9-10 kg or approx 90-100 Newtons of force
- Y pegs 8-9 kg or approx 80-90 Newtons of force
- Skewer pegs 2-3 kg or approx 20-30 Newtons of force
Very firm, moist, stoneless ground
- V pegs 21-22 kg or approx 210-220 Newtons of force
- Y pegs 19-20 kg or 190-200 Newtons of force
- Skewer pegs 8-9 kg or 80-90 Newtons of force
finally the original results from the dry hard ground, for comparison
- V pegs 11-12 kg or 110-120 Newtons of force
- Y pegs 10-11 kg or 100-110 Newtons of force
- Skewer pegs 7-8 kg or 70-80 Newtons of force
I know that this is a pure experimental comparison that does not reflect the real-life conditions or forces that the pegs are normally subjected to. Having said that the skewer peg consistently underperformed vs its rivals. Of the other two pegs, the V peg consistently, albeit marginally, outperformed the Y peg in a variety of ground conditions.
This doesnt mean to say that the skewer peg is a poor peg just that it is outperformed by its bigger (and much heavier) counterparts. As part of a lightweight set up, the use of skewer pegs will always have a place in my pack, I just may have to think carefully about the mix of pegs I use and the conditions I use them in.
Will there be a pegs part 4? Possibly, it all depends if I can rig up a testing system for different peg orientations, double pegging and tangential force applications. I may have to go away and have a long think about that one….. 🙂