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Agree with the "new generation" hype comments. The Rocna and its brethren seem to have a sharper point to initiate burying the anchor and this may be worth something. However, I am not giving up my CQR anytime soon. I carry a danforth for storm purposes, assuming I am not anchoring in a weedy bottom and I also carry a Fortress as a lunch hook. The Fortress has a sharper leading edge than my high tensile danforth and probably penetrates a sandy bottom more quickly.
I also use a smaller Fortress on a 23' power boat and have been caught anchored in a 30+kt squall with excellent results. I once got caught in an 18' catboat in 50 kts with a 6# danforth--also with excellent results on a sandy bottom. However, the Fortress doesn't do so well with a weedy bottom and will "sail" on the way to the bottom in a current or if you are drifting. I've tried the mud palms on the Fortress, too, but they don't seem to do much if you are in a really gooey "black mayonnaise" situation.
With any of these anchors, bottom conditions and technique seems to matter. If you are expecting a wind shift, you might put out a second anchor oriented to handle the shift before its too late.
In any case, no one anchor type seems to be superior in ALL conditions. If conditions are dicey, you need to keep an anchor watch!