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MLD Speedmid question.
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Cesar Garcia
(crgowo) - F

Locale: Desert SW
MLD Speedmid question. on 01/31/2010 22:31:05 MST Print View

I've been debating between the trail star and the speed mid for some time... I like the simplicity of the trail star but would like a shelter I can possible take both my kids with and the speedmid seems to fit this criteria. Im curious though, do you have to move all your gear back when you go in and out of a mid in the middle of a storm? Also would this shelter have plenty of room for 2 kids and adult if we were to be stuck in it for some time?

If you have any other suggestions please let me know.


Walter Underwood
(wunder) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Speedmid in the rain on 02/05/2010 22:59:48 MST Print View

If you want to sit up inside, a taller pyramid might be better. My buddy and I laid down during the afternoon hail and rainstorm.

The bottom of the Speedmid is 9 feet square, and it is set up with a 4.5 foot pole, so the sides come up at almost exactly 45 degrees.

A Black Diamond Mega Light or an MLD Supermid (or Oware, etc.) use a taller pole which makes them roomier. I have heard that these work for three people.

If you are going to open the zipper in the rain, move some gear out of the way and do it quickly. I had the foot of my sleeping bag towards the door and use a breathable bivy, so that wasn't a big deal for me.

The tent was very stable and comfortable in the storm. It wasn't really windy, but it was an exposed camping site. It just occurred to me that I never thought about the wind against the tent, even though there was a constant breeze through the small space at the bottom.

No condensation, though it was 40 degrees and raining.

The rain kept me awake for a while at 3AM because the tent fabric was so close to my head. On the other hand, rain on taut tent fabric is one of my favorite sounds. It reminds me that I am inside and dry.

Walter Underwood
(wunder) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
TrailStar in Scotland on 02/05/2010 23:04:33 MST Print View

Colin Ibbotson loves his TrailStar. Review here, with some nice photos that show the interior room:

Colin is an expert tarp camper, so your mileage may vary.

Cesar Garcia
(crgowo) - F

Locale: Desert SW
great review on 02/06/2010 21:55:02 MST Print View

thanks for the link to the review. It was very informational.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
size of kids? on 02/07/2010 18:12:04 MST Print View

How big are your kids? Three adults can easily fit in the Trailstar, if you move the center pole off center or you use a line to hang it. With little kids, I reckon you'd be fine.

Get a big mid for optimal Yahtzee space.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Trailstar on 02/07/2010 20:21:42 MST Print View

Although I don't own one, I had always considered the Trailstar for it's reliability, flexibility, simplicity and light weight.

The fact that it doesn't require zippers/velcro always intrigued me. Zippers and such can be an issue in blowing desert sand and such.

Cesar Garcia
(crgowo) - F

Locale: Desert SW
kids on 02/07/2010 21:28:53 MST Print View

My kids are 8 and 3 years old so they are still pretty small. After seeing more pictures of the trail star it does seem like there should be plenty of room for the 3 of when its setup with the larger front door. Not to sure there would be if I had to lower it and have the smaller entrance.