Tent anchor that you fill with snow or sand and bury for a bombproof way to anchor your tent.
Apparel Fit: Equipment
Guy out tents with the snow/sand tent anchor
Lightweight and compressible
Polyester pack cloth, 900D, 46" x 30," 9.5 oz/square yard
Edges reinforced with webbing
Strong webbing loops
Four each per bag
Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3
Rated 1 out of 5 by JetpilotAlpinist Heavy, Bulky, and Generally Unnecessary
Bought these for use with my Direkt 2 Tent. Took the tent to Chamonix, and camped at the Col du Midi. (Aug timeframe) Snow was soft, like mashed potatoes during the day. Instead of using these, I constructed small t-anchors by burying my ice screws. Turns out those make BOMBER anchors. Once packing the snow on top, they were solid. The snow froze overnight, and the screws took quite a bit of work to get out. Could have left these snow anchors at home, saving all that weight and volume. In general, there should be other equipment/tools that a person can use to construct a solid anchor for your tent.
When it comes to alpine climbing there's a handy equation to use:
Grams saved ∝ your velocity up the mountain ∝ 1/time on the mountain ∝ 1/overall risk.
What does this mean?
Reduce weight to increase safety in the mountains. (Within reasonable limitations.)
So, save weight by using some ingenuity and build a snow/sand anchor with the resources around you. (Sticks, rocks, trees, etc. for sand; pickets, backpacks, ice screws, Ziploc bags, stuff sacks, snow bollards, rocks, climbing pro, piolets, etc. for snow/ice.)
Will these snow/sand anchors hold your tent in place? Sure. They'll do their job. But, it's not worth the expense in terms of weight.
If I was going to use them, a redesign would improve their usability -- to the point where they actually save TIME (e.g. cost virtually nothing in terms of weight, but make setting up your tent quicker than an in-situ ad hoc solution.) They need to be A LOT lighter and take up A LOT less space. There's no need for big webbing straps when it's being connected to small tent guylines/tiedowns, nor do they need to be as long as they are. Use the same guyline cord for these anchors. The cloth "pocket" is poorly constructed, too. The fabric is stiff and heavy, and lacks a significant pocket to hold snow/sand materiel. Lighter weight ripstop or cuben fiber (pricy) would do the trick. Overall, they're not necessary, but if I were to use them again, I'd do my very best to minimize the weight, and minimize the packed volume.
September 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by dornvand Great camping product
These anchors are great for snow camping and quite useful in rocky ground.
September 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Buster Quality
Seemed to be strong enough for my needs.
February 18, 2015