One of the more difficult practical aspects of using a beach tent is how best to secure it into the beach in case of the stronger winds that can sometimes be experienced. Basically there are two main choices:
- Some beach tents have small bags built into the base of the tent itself. These are filled with sand and this acts as ballast which holds the tent in position.
- The other method is to use stakes which are used with guy lines. The stakes are inserted into the sand and the guy lines are attached to the stake at one end and the tent at the other.
We’ve seen both these in action and generally the best performance has been the sand ballast type. They seemed to hold the tent in position better and were also more secure in stronger winds. The stakes don’t work very well in strong wind and in loose fine sand are pretty insecure and easy to dislodge. The other advantage is safety. Guy lines, by their nature, have to pegged a little way from the tent and present a perfect trip hazard for the unwary.
We’ve recently seen a new invention – the Toughstake TM. This new product is claimed to have ten times the holding power of standard tent stakes and is designed specifically for sand and snow. They have a patented cylindrical locking stop which is used to attach a guide wire to the stake itself. It looks really neat and very clever.
This video shows you how it works:
One other advantage is that the guide rope is partially buried into the sand so it presents less of a trip hazard. We’ve yet to see this used by anyone on the beach but it currently has a 4 star rating on Amazon. This is one of the highest rated tent stakes we’ve seen and the whole concept is simple but ingenious, which is one of the reasons we like it and rate it so highly. How often do you find the simplest ideas are so often the best?
Here’s another video which shows you the product in use.