Tent Peg Guide - Which type should you use?

Tent peg guide

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

Here are the different tent pegs available on the market and what they are suitable for…

Wire Tent Peg

wire tent pegs

Wire tent pegs are generally included with most tents you buy, as standard. This is an all rounder and can suit most 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), this type are ideal for points which aren’t crucial to the structure of your tent.

Plastic Tent Peg

plastic tent pegs

Ideal for use on softer ground like 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

steel v tent pegs

Great for use on all ground types, depending on the length of the peg. We would recommend that the ‘V’ peg is situated on main pegging points i.e. four corners of your tent and main guyline/storm straps. Easy to use, give incredible strength to your tent or awning and extremely durable.

Rock Tent Peg

rock tent pegs

As the name says, the rock peg is ideal for hard rocky ground due to the pointed tip which will drive into the ground with your mallet. 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

screw tent pegs

Again, the pile drive 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 is extremely durable and very rarely bend.

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 your pitching on, before starting to pitch, to make 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. See image below.

tent guyline pegging advice

Need some spare tent pegs or need to replace some bent or broken ones? See our full range of tent pegs here.

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