Orange Screw Ground Anchor Review

   10.30.18

Orange Screw Ground Anchor Review

When you spend much time in the great outdoors, you’ll eventually need to anchor something to the ground. Whether it’s a tent, tarp, beach umbrella, awning, or animal, you want something that’s easy to use and designed to hold well. Enter Orange Screw, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Orange Screw is a ground anchor made in the USA of 100% recycled polycarbonate plastic by a family-owned company, and they call it The Ultimate Ground Anchor. And while I haven’t used every anchor available, I’ve used a passel of tent stakes and spiral steel tie-downs over the years and I think the Orange Screw has them beat.

How to use the Orange Screw
How to use the Orange Screw
(Image: Orange Screw)

There are two sizes of Orange Screws: small and large.

Each package includes one transparent tube, which is sized to slide over the screw threads when not in use, or to slide through the round eye atop the screw to serve as a handle for screwing it into the ground.

Some specs:

Small

  • Weight: 1.8 ounces
  • Length: 9 1/2″
  • Thread Diameter: 7/8”
  • Material: Recycled Polycarbonate
  • Individual (one screw + one clear sleeve) MSRP $6.95
  • 4-Pack (four screws + one clear sleeve) MSRP $21.95
  • Suggested Uses: Small Dogs, Tarp Tie Downs, Lawn and Garden, Tent Stakes, Camping, Landscaping, Firm Soils

Large

  • Weight: 3.6 ounces
  • Length: 12 1/4″
  • Thread Diameter: 1 1/8″
  • Material: Recycled Polycarbonate
  • Individual (one screw + one clear sleeve) MSRP $11.95
  • 2-Pack (two screws + one clear sleeve) MSRP $21.95
  • Suggested Uses: Large Dogs, Boating, Stock Animals, River Trips, RV / Trailer Tie Downs, Canopy / Shade Shelter, Camping and Hunting, Sandy or Loose Soils
Tarp anchored with Orange Screw ground anchors.
Tarp anchored with Orange Screw ground anchors. (Photo © Russ Chastain)

I put up a tarp to help keep the weather out of a parking shelter at my hunt camp, and needed to anchor the bottom edge, so I used the small Orange Screws. The ground is hard, with a lot of clay mixed in. The screws were not difficult to install, and have held their ground for 7+ months, through numerous thunderstorms and a hurricane.

Orange Screw ground anchor in use.
Orange Screw ground anchor in use.
(Photo © Russ Chastain)

As far as usefulness, it’s hard to argue with the Orange Screw. It does its job and does it well. The sticking point is really the price, with the small ones costing $7 a pop — and they cost even more on Amazon (possibly because they ship free from Amazon).

The average person couldn’t reasonably afford to buy many of these anchors, much less replace a set of tent stakes. But the quality is there and both design and material are superior to other plastic screw-in ground anchors I’ve seen, so you’re definitely getting a quality product.

Are they worth it? That’s for you to decide. All I can do is tell you they work, and they work well.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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