While just doing my usual tonight and browsing through gear forums, stores, blogs and whatever else I can find, I came across an interesting post while at Hammock Forums. Lawson Kline, a member of the forums which runs a company called Mountainfitter.com is offering two new stakes in the next few days. One is called the Ti-Eye and the other is called a Corkscrew. Both are made of titanium so they are light weight and strong, as well as feature a highly visible orange coating on the top of the stakes (as seen in the pictures above). But I will let the owners words speak for themselves…
I just wanted to let you know of two upcoming products I am going to start manufacturing. Both products have been in testing for months and they both work great.
The Corkscrew is a 6″ long Titanium corkscrew tent stake built using a piece of 1.95mm 6Al-4V with a weight of 3.0 grams. It is designed for soft-medium soil. Its corkscrew design is like nothing currently offered and has the holding power of a much heavier tent stake. It’s simply the worlds lightest USEABLE titanium tent stake.
The Ti-Eye is a 6″ long Titanium eye tent stake built using a piece of 2.95mm 6AL-4V with a weight of 5.4grams. It is designed for medium-hard soil. It’s a titanium eye tent stake similar in size to the 5.8 gram Vargo UL shepards hook but with an eye instead of a hook. Some of the benefit’s include not worrying about your stake turning and the cord coming loose. Also in hard ground the Ti-Eye’s drive easier with less chance of bending due to the eye being centered over the stake.
Stakes are painted using a two-part safety orange epoxy paint. It has very good durability but over time can come off. Introductory Pricing will be $2.00 Each and will be available to ship Jan 14th.
(This is the 1st post on Hammock Forums regarding these stakes and was posted on 12-30-10.)
These are very interesting, and I have been telling myself that I want to try a lighter stake set, and these may just be the ones that I try. He has stated in another post on into the thread that these will be available on the Mountainfitter.com site a day or two before his target shipping date of January 14, which is when payment can be made for them as well. Also, he is currently offering free shipping on all domestic orders over $10.00, so this would be a great time to pick up a few of these Corkscrews and give ’em a spin!
EDIT: He also has a thread going at BPL. He posted today that the stakes should be up on his site (Mountainfitter.com) tomorrow around 5 pm (EST). Also, there will be a limited amount of the 2.95 mm rods. Once these are gone he will be replacing them with a 3.175 mm rod which will be a little heavier but also stronger.