Tent Peg Guide - Which Type Should You Use?

If you experience any rough weather on your camping trip, choosing the right tent pegs can play a huge role in ensuring your tent performs as it should do.

At Winfields Outdoors, we can’t express enough to customers how important having better quality or the correct peg for the correct ground is for your tent, shelter, or awning. 

So which type should you use? We’ve put together a guide to help shed some light on tent pegs. Read on to find out the different tent pegs available on the market, along with what they are suitable for… 

Different types of tent pegs

Wire Tent Peg

Wire tent pegs are generally included with most tents you buy, as standard. This is an all-rounder and can will be suitable for most types of ground. However, there are certainly better pegs on the market that can enhance the structure of your tent and add better stability during strong winds.

If you do decide to upgrade your pegs (which we would highly recommend), you can continue to use your wire tent pegs for less critical areas of your tent.

Plastic Tent Peg

This tent peg is ideal for use on softer ground, such as grass or where there aren’t many rocks on top of or within the ground. Plastic tent pegs give great security when used on the correct ground and are particularly good for guyline pegging.

‘V’ Tent Peg

These are a great choice for use on all ground types, depending on the length of the peg. We would recommend that ‘V’ pegs should be used on the main pegging points i.e. four corners of your tent and main guyline/storm straps.

These tent pegs are easy to use, give incredible strength to your tent or awning, and are extremely durable.


Rock Tent Peg

As the name says, the rock peg is ideal for hard rocky ground due to the pointed tip which you can drive into the ground with your mallet. This type of peg is great for use all-around your tent and can be used as part of a pegging system, along with plastic pegs (for your guylines) and ‘V’ pegs for main pegging points.

Pile driver/screw tent peg

Again, the pile driver or screw peg is similar to the rock peg but offers more grip thanks to the screw-like thread working its way up from the bottom. Thanks to thick durable steel, this type of tent peg is extremely durable and unlikely to bend or break.


Tips for using tent pegs

  • Drive pegs into the ground at a 45-degree angle towards your tent. This creates more grip and strength.
  • Always carry spare tent pegs.
  • Test the ground you are pitching on. Do this before you start to pitch to ensure sure pegging out your tent isn’t an impossible and frustrating task.
  • Always follow the seam of your tent when pegging guylines or ensuring pegging points are taught.


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