Small only in weight, these carbon fiber stakes excel in softer soils, where thin wire type stakes dont hold as well. The 9 Inch stakes do even better in sand, river gravel, and consolidated snow where you can get them in deep. Carbon fiber body, with aluminum heads and tips. Sold in 4 packs. Updated for 2017, with all new shafts heads and points. The 2017 version now come with a hole drilled through the carbon fiber shank and aluminum head. This provides a secure means to remove the stakes via an attached cord, and helps to retain the head in the shaft. Cords are included, but not tied on.