Delta Pegs or Delta Ground Anchors for pitching your tent with - We have heard so many good things about these tent pegs over the years, so many people swear by them so we decided it was time that we gave them a try. Have a read to see how we got on with these uniquely shaped Delta Pegs.
If you camp a lot, then you probably have rather a large tent peg collection for coping with all the different types of ground that you have to pitch on. We’ve written about this plenty, how we’ve been caught out with hard standing pitches and destroying mallets.
One of the most difficult situations to pitch a larger tent securely under is the combination of soft/wet ground (grass) and wind. Pressure put onto the tent by the wind can easily pull most tent pegs out of the ground, leaving your tent at risk of getting damaged or being blown away.
We have a large bag of tent pegs ranging from standard wire to screw in rock pegs, and in situations when we’ve experienced the about conditions there have always been things that we did to help secure the tent. These included using strong pegs put into the ground at 45 degrees to the pull of the guy lines. We’ve many times had to fit 2 pegs pushed into the ground at 90 degrees to each other, we’ve even had to tie guy lines to our car or van to survive coastal winds.
Well here is another type of tent peg that you should seriously consider adding to your tent peg collection – the Delta Peg. They have a very unique triangle shaped designed for just such blustery situations.
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A little more about the design.
You should always try to put all of your tent pegs into the ground at 45 degrees to the pull of the guy line as this is the strongest possible position for them to be in. Delta Pegs already have this important angle already incorporated into their unique shape, but it gets more clever. The part of the Delta Peg that goes into the ground has a large surface area which makes it more difficult to be pulled through the ground, but when pressure is applied the unique shape these pegs seem to dig in to the ground even more. They really do insist in standing their ground, check out the video we made showing how strong they were when compared to standard tent pegs.
When we took them out of the box, we didn’t want to use them and get them all dirty because they look great, very futuristic (yes we got excited about a tent peg). Quick note here, they do clean up very well and the mud is easily wiped off them. The material they are made from is very scratch resistant meaning they are more difficult to rough up, get ingrained with dirt and loose their good looks.
Oh and one more thing, Delta Pegs are easier to see in the dark. My eyesight at night is terrible and one of my most popular pass times is to trip over guy lines as often as I can. However, I did find that because of the large surface area of these pegs and their, I could see them in the dark and identify where the guy lines were.
How did the Delta Pegs cope?
We took the box of Delta Pegs to Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales as we had the rather large Robens Apache tent to pitch up and we were unsure of how the weather was going to be.
Well it turns out that we couldn’t have asked for better test conditions. Despite our video and tent photos showing nice warm sunny weather, we did get plenty of the wet stuff, soft ground and a bit of wind.
However, the Delta Pegs did exactly what they were designed to do. Inspite of the conditions, these pegs were significantly stronger than the pegs provided with the tent (standard wire).
They impressed us, just watch the video to see that they would not budge even when we applied quite a but of pulling force onto the guy lines. It wasn’t the most scientific of tests, we didn’t use any test instruments to measure the forces but I can assure you as the person doing the testing, I applied a lot more force to the Delta Pegs than the wire pegs and they did not want to come out of the ground.
Easy to use.
Despite them holding the tent guy lines in place with a lot of force, we didn’t need to use a mallet to get them into the ground. We just started them off with our hands and then pushed them into their final location using the heel of our feet, taking them back out was also done by hand too. This may have been down to how soft the ground was as they are designed to be hit with a mallet on the shorter surface. Also if the pegs are being a bit stubborn to get out, there are plenty of solid points at which to can hook a peg puller to help slide them out.
Attach your guy line and just push the Delta Peg into the ground so that the top of it sits parallel to the ground. Adjust the tension on your guy line and you are done, it’s that easy. A tip we would like to share is to have the nose of the peg (where the guy line hook is) slightly further down than the back of the peg when you first begin to push them into the ground. We found this the easiest way to end up with the Delta Peg parallel to the ground when finished.
History of Delta Ground Anchors.
We knew that the Delta Peg was a British designed and manufactured product, so we got in touch with them and asked them for some more history about their company. Here’s what they sent us;
“The concept behind Delta Ground Anchors ( or “Delta Pegs” as the product is fondly called by it’s many supporters) was originally conceived by its inventor Robert (Rob) Orr about 30 years ago whilst on a camping holiday with Dorothy, his wife. Necessity was certainly the mother of invention for Rob. During numerous camping trips and after having to constantly reposition the tent pegs on the market at that time Rob decided that there had to be a better alternative and consequently the ‘Delta Peg’ was born. In 2002, Rob decided the time was right to pursue his idea and with the help of Business Link in Plymouth, Rob was able to patent his stainless steel Delta tent peg ®.
The company went from strength to strength winning the Plymouth University competition ‘Quest for the Best,’ for Innovators in the South West and part of the prize enabled a nylon composite version of the Delta tent peg ® to be created with the help of the engineers at Exeter University.
Since then, the pegs have been mentioned numerously in various camping and caravanning publications and online forums earning them the reputation as “the really strong tent pegs”. The reputation they gained within the camping world led to them winning the Accessories Category in the 2011 Camping Magazine Awards.
Such recognition spurred Rob on and he subsequently registered his designs for products such as the Delta Dog Tether ® and Delta Rocks ® Design amongst others.
All the stainless steel Delta ® products are made from high grade stainless steel and are either hand-made or hand-finished by the Delta ‘team.’ The Registered Designed nylon composite Delta tent pegs ® are manufactured in the UK as the company are very proud to support British manufacturers and producers.”
Pegs can be very cheap, some more expensive. You can get rock peg sets for as little as £10, we’ve paid £1 per peg for hard standing pegs when we had bent everything else we had and destroyed our mallet. There are different pegs for different situations and these Delta Pegs are patented, there is nothing else like the on the market and they do an exceptionally good job too.
If you feel that these Delta Pegs are too expensive, then you’ve missed the point of the peace of mind they provide. I would much rather spend £15-20 on some of these pegs and never have to use them, rather than watching my tent getting damaged or blowing away. Also, you don’t have to use them on every single guy line, just a few key ones so you could just buy 4 or 8 if you wanted.
Do understand that there are no tent pegs that are going to keep your tent and it’s occupants safe in seriously bad conditions. In the UK we can get some dangerous weather and knowing when to take your tent down can be the difference between being able to repitch it later or just throw the remains of it in the campsite bin.
That said though, having these bad boys in your tent peg bag might just be the things you were so glad you purchased and used. We are glad to have them added to our peg collection.
You can also use Delta Pegs to secure camper/caravan awnings, wind break guy lines and event shelters in place too. Anywhere to need extra security on soft ground, these are the pegs that you should turn to.
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