Steel Pegs vs Sand Pegs: What's the difference?

With summer around the corner we delve into the world of pegs. 

Steel pegs

You've dealt with these before, the standard when it comes to pegs. Great for 99% of camping, sturdy and strong. These pegs are the go to with any firm to hard packed ground and their slim design and strong constructions means they will pierce through any small rocks and clay to get the required depth. 

One thing you may not know is that they are strongest when they are going straight down. Some people try to angle it when hammering so the bottom tip aims towards the tent, believing that the angle of the peg running perpendicular to the guy rope will create a stronger fastening in the ground BUT this is wrong! A peg running straight down will always have more hold as it runs deeper into hard packed ground. 

Sand Pegs


These mainly plastic pegs are different to the steel pegs. They often have a star shaped design to maximise surface area when in the ground. Sand pegs are usually longer than steel pegs. These are mainly used for softer earth and sand/snow. Great for use with beach shelters or awnings when shade is needed. 

Sand Pegs are a great addition to any camping kit. Sometimes you may only need one or two in softer sites and steel for the rest, placing the sturdier sand pegs on the side of the tent copping the wind. Conversely if you wanted to pitch on a sand dune you would use all the pegs as sand pegs. 

Zeit Camping offers quality sand pegs as part of a Tipi purchase or separately, sourced from a Queensland manufacturer. A great addition to any well planned camping trip. 

Thanks for your time. 


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