I bought The North Face J-Stake's to go with my Northface Tadpole 23 tent. The stakes are very lightweight and durable. I have used these stakes in soft terrain, hard terrain, grass, rock, etc. and they work great. The shape of the stakes will cause mud and dirt to stick to them, but you can use the other stakes to clean them off when you store them. The loops on the end of the steaks make it easy to pull them out of the ground when you are done. These stakes are an easy upgrade to any set up standard stakes and I would recommend these to anyone!