Batten/Coach screws, common tent pegs or Peggy Pegs?

Batten/Coach screws, common tent pegs or Peggy Pegs?

Which peg provides the best grip? Batten/Coach screws, tent pegs or Peggy Pegs?

We've tested batten/coach screws, normal tent pegs and our Peggy Peg screw pegs to see which would have the best grip!
To test this, we hammered the pegs and screwed the screws into a dry meadow.

Why did we test this?

We often hear or see that tents or our anchor plates are secured to the ground with coach screws.
It is believed that these screws provide better grip than our Peggy pegs. 
However, if said so, we can tell that our screw peg system was not entirely understood. 
If you are looking for specific screw-in tent pegs, you may want to consider Peggy Peg.
All our pegs are designed for varying soil conditions and are not just an adaption of wood screws like some on the market.
Our Peggy Pegs are all about the grip and not about how far they have to be driven in. 
Already after a few turns, Peggy Pegs will grip since they have a compressing and cutting thread. 
Due to their unique height-adjustability system you will not have to drill the peg in all the way.
Just simply click in the blue hook as low to the ground as possible to set the leverage to zero.

The differences

What are the differences between the pegs and screws? 

Batten/Coach screws:

  • Heavy when taken in big quantities 
  • Very thin
  • Screw thread is very small and only cutting
  • Loosen when soil gets wet or softens 
  • Very expensive per screws 

Common tent pegs:

  • Smooth surface
  • Easily bends 
  • Hardly withstands pulling force
  • For free included with every tent 

Peggy Pegs: 

  • Innovative system 
  • Height-adjustability system 
  • Includes hooks to attach guy ropes, cords or anything else 
  • 10x better grip 
  • 5x lighter than a batten/coach screw 

Nail or screw? 

If you look at the structure of a traditional tent peg, you can already see that you compare a screw thread with a smooth surface.
It is the same as comparing a normal screw with a nail; a screw holds much better in the wall compared to a nail.
In some cases, you can even pull a nail back out of the wall, and you will figure out that it simply will not grip.
So, the idea of using a batten screw instead of a normal peg is not that far off the mark.

Peggy Pegs compared to batten screws

Yet, a batten screw is built for wood and thus has a pure cutting thread.
This means that as soon as the ground gets a little soft due to rain, for example, you can simply just pull these screws out of the ground!
A friend, whose tent was also secured with batten screws, confirmed our theory after it had just rained. 
As described above, a Peggy peg, usually finds grip after just a few turns, which means it does not have to be driven all the way, and you can make use of the height-adjustable system.
Learn more about the peg design and height adjustment here.
This only works because our Peggy screw pegs are designed with both, a compacting and cutting thread.
Our Peggy Peg range covers all different soil types.
Whereas with a batten screw you would only have one single type of screw, with our different pegs, you can secure your camping equipment whether in sand, meadow, moist or rocky ground.

Next to providing extreme grip, Peggy Peg also solves other problems

What if the screw or peg hit obstacles in the ground?
A normal peg would bend, a batten screw might just not be capable of being screwed in at that specific spot.
Our Peggy screw peg is flexible thanks to its material and winds around stones and obstacles in the ground.

Where can I attach my guy ropes or cords to? 
At the head of the batten screw? Physically, there would only be a very modest leverage onto the screw.
To solve this, Peggy Pegs come with their blue hook, which gives you additionally the advantage to work with height adjustment.

Additionally, tent pegs and batten screws in lager quantities, also weigh much more than our Peggy screw pegs. In comparison, our StarterKit with 50 screw pegs weighs, for example, only 1.3 kg!

Finally, the prices should be mentioned.
If you check out the price of our sets, you will realize that we offer more products and handy tools for a way better deal.
Our pegs have a better grip in both wet and dry soil conditions, are much lighter, screwed in and out quickly and easily and have a hook for the height adjustability to hook in your guy ropes and cords. 
In addition, the combination-tool to screw them by hand or electric drill is included in the set as well.

Bottom line

With this test, we could show that batten screws are easily pulled out of the soil after it rained.
With one of the batten screws, it was even possible to pull them out of the dry soil again. 
The video with the test will soon be available on our YouTube channel.
In contrast, the Peggy N has convinced us and was neither possible to be pulled out before nor after it rained. 
It becomes obvious that our Peggy Pegs have multiple advantages!
So, do you still think that batten screws have better grip?
We don't think so. Come to our shop and have a look at our offers for your ultimate camping set-up.