• Weight 32 gram/peg
  • Length 24cm
  • Colour Red
  • Construction material Aluminium
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  • Cost $10.95

MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg

Rating

Rating: 7.6 / 10

Value for Money          1.4

Ease of use                1.7

Boiling Speed            1.8

Weight                       1.3

Fuel Efficiency            1.4

MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg Review

Ok so tent pegs aren’t the sexiest piece of equipment but it’s often the little things that make the difference. As the name suggest the MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent peg performs at its best in sandy or snowy conditions but will also stay firm in reasonably soft muddy ground where thin tent pegs may pull out.  Like all of MRS’s aluminium tent pegs they are coloured red and while that tends to identify them as MSR pegs, even when they are not, the colour does make it very easy to find when you are packing up as well as when you are walking around your tent and the standard silver pegs get lost in the background.

The pegs are 24cm long and have a slightly curved flat profile which gives them their gripping power. They weight in at a hefty 32 grams each which is more than double the well known MSR Groundhog stakes. If I am camping in sandy or boggy conditions I will use these stakes almost exclusively but in normal conditions I will always carry two stakes with me and you will best surprised how often they get used. While I’m currently using the freestanding Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 tent which sits on a tent platform quite comfortably these pegs will wedge in between the platform timbers ( providing there are gaps and not solid timber) allowing you to fix the tent doors in place to form your vestibules. I have at times used this tent peg to dig cat-holes however many of the locations in Australia that I camp in either have very rocky soils, or the soil is a mass of roots, and its just two much work in those situations too use this tent peg as a trowel.

While most tents will comes with tent pegs I would suggest that you look at these often forgotten items and if not replace all of them, at least look at carrying a couple of the MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Pegs. You will find cheaper copy versions in many stores but MSR equipment overall just has that quality feel about it that makes it worth the extra few dollars that you pay.

We Like

  • Red colour so its easy to see and you are less likely to loose it when packing up or walking around you tent
  • Aluminium construction which means that its relatively light weight so you won’t notice the extra weight in your pack
  • Wide flat construction which will hold into sandy soil, snow, or mud, when thin pegs will pull out. Works well with timber tent platforms (see image below and explanation in the review

It was very easy to push the MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg into a gap between the boards on this tent platform

What don't like

  • On the heavier side of tents stakes but we are talking a matter of grams here
  • Not so great in rocky soils where you have to manage to get a stake into the ground that is full of rocks

Best Uses

  • Great in very sandy soil or snowy conditions where thin pegs will not hold
  • Highly recommended to carry at least a couple of these pegs on all hikes. You never know what conditions will be like and they can be very useful
  • I have also used this tent stake to dig cat-holes on the trail but that only works when the soil is friable and is not made up of dense roots systems or rocks

Buy One

You can purchase MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg from Wild Earth.

If you are in the USA the purchase through Amazon USA

If you have used the MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg or if you have questions, we’d like to hear from you. Post your comment or questions below

Please note we have no affiliations  associated with this product. I just like it and want to spread the word.

Investment

$11.95AUD peg

Other Versions

MSR produce a wide range of stakes but the ones listed blow are some of the better known ones

  • MSR Groundhog Stakes 
  • MSR Mini Groundhog Stakes 
  • MSR Cyclone Stake Kit
  • MSR Core Stakes
  • MSR ToughStake Anchor Tent Stakes – Small
  • MSR ToughStake Anchor Tent Stakes -Medium

Disclaimer

This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by the reviewer

MSR Blizzard Sand Stake Tent Peg

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