Feb 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm #1299626
@mikefaedundeeLocale: Under a bush in Scotland
Just arrived today.
Six foot baseline.
424g on my scales.
Just a teaser to annoy folk.
Hopefully photos tomorrow if the weather behaves.Feb 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm #1957838
Really? Just getting yours today? Must be the customs thing…… ;-)Feb 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm #1957848
Between that and the Mini, you made the right choice.Feb 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm #1957852
"Between that and the Mini, you made the right choice."
What choice? He's going to leave the compact Trailstar set up and use it as a garage for the Mini…..Feb 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm #1957855
Of course. The basis for all UL. Multiple use items.
What else can the Mini be used for? Portable fish tank?Feb 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm #1957858
"What else can the Mini be used for?"
As a garage door opener for a Hummer.Feb 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm #1957859
Easier logistics. Stash it away in your pack and when you're done hiking, drive off into the sunset.
Might need a McHale pack though, to carry the bit extra weight.Feb 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm #1957906
I wonder if it would fit in a bear canister?Feb 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm #1957913
It's actually required below the Mason-Dixon Line.Feb 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm #1957919
Is this a product they are offering or a prototype?
I assume this is a new MLD offering?
Can we have some context for those out of the loop?Feb 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm #1957922
Sorry Peter, the Mini car. Mike is buying one.Feb 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm #1957924
Ahh, BLP. Virtual bar for the tent-obsessed.Feb 23, 2013 at 6:40 pm #1957929
You had me all excited there, I just ordered a Cricket tarp… Trailstar looks too big, I thought a mini trailstar is just what I need.Feb 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm #1957970
Peter…I misunderstood. The Mini we were referring to is the car but MLD IS making a smaller version of the regular Trailstar. I don't think it has a name yet but Mike did just receive it….Mar 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm #1961066
Any luck with photo's of your "compact" trailstar?
I have one on order with MLD and am keen to see any user pictures and feedback on the shelter.Mar 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm #1961075
I don't see a compact Trailstar offered on the site Brendan, or do you mean the cricket tarp?Mar 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm #1961080
Its not an official product yet, however if you ask Ron nicely he will make one for you.
Same design as the normal trailstar however scaled down so it is about 15% smaller. I only ever plan on using it solo so the standard Trailstar was a bit big.
The compact Trailstar should have all the same wind shredding benefits as it's bigger brother with a slightly lower weight and packed size.
I first read about it on the Hiking In Finland blog showing all the new vendor products for 2013. I don't think there are any reviews out yet, and I was surprised to read someone has already received the shelter considering the long wait times with MLD.
Pretty sure the picture on the post above has the normal Trailstar on the left and compact Trailstar on the right.Mar 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm #1961121
@romonsterLocale: SF Bay Area
Will you post your impressions when you receive it? I would love to hear all about it. A couple of weeks ago I inquired about buying one and was told they were not available, but "maybe in spring" it would be possible to get one. Have been watching for an announcement or something ever since, but haven't seen anything.Mar 4, 2013 at 8:13 am #1961199
I just ordered a Cricket Tarp a few weeks back… Now I'm thinking I maybe should change my order to a Trailstar or perhaps a mini-Trailstar if possible. I want something very wind and weather-proof. Are there any cricket users who want to weigh in? I'm tall, and I'm afraid the Cricket may be a bit cramped if I get held down by weather for a day or so.
The Trailstar seems to be a pretty storm-proof shelter by the accounts I've read… can the Cricket hold up on a rough night?Mar 4, 2013 at 9:40 am #1961232
@romonsterLocale: SF Bay Area
I'd also be interested in a comparison of Trailstar/Mini-Trailstar and Cricket. Looking for a new shelter, and these two are the top choices so far. I've been lucky enough to encounter very little bad weather, so absolute storm-worthiness is less of a concern for me.Mar 4, 2013 at 9:42 am #1961234
I would go with the Mini Trailstar over the Cricket because the former is simply a smaller version of the regular Trailstar and will have better wind and poor weather performance.
Having said that, if you are taller than about 5'10" according to Ron, the regular Trailstar would be the way to go.Mar 4, 2013 at 11:03 am #1961260
Something I've not seen discussed – Entrance height.
In the UK photos I've seen, most seem to use the 'storm' pitch. Using a centre edge tieout on one side as an apex.
This looks roughly to make an entrance hole the shape of an equilateral triangle. Which I'll use for my example.
A 7' edge used as 2 sides of such a triangle will give a vertical height a fraction of an inch over 3'
A 6' edge used in the same fashion will give a vertical height of just under 2.6'
i.e. an entrance 0.4' or 5" less height.
I think this would be a problem for me.Mar 4, 2013 at 11:47 am #1961277
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
A tent/tarp setup is my choice.
i.e. Tent fly that can be pitched with or without the inner tent.
That way you can use the fly as a tarp if desired, such as for lunch & rest during a driving rain.
** The TRAILSTAR tarp loses way too much useable floorspace for my liking. The sides are not vertical enough.
In fact the Tarptent Notch fly would be a much better choice for useable floorspace in a tarp (defining a tarp as a single wall, floorless shelter).Mar 4, 2013 at 12:50 pm #1961310
"Having said that, if you are taller than about 5'10" according to Ron, the regular Trailstar would be the way to go."
I'd agree. Pitched to the ground, even at 5'8" I think it's best to kant the internal pole a bit and lay your sleeping pad sideways instead of against the back to avoid having your bag touching any part of the tarp.Mar 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm #1961318
Doh – Just seen the photo on page 1 comparing compact with original
answers my question – crawl ( even lower than with the standard TS) to get inside?
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