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Peter Longobardi
(paintplongo) - F

Locale: Hopefully on the Trail
Price on 03/07/2011 15:42:14 MST Print View

The price is disappointing, but the shelter looks nice.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Re: uncanny similarities on 03/07/2011 15:54:50 MST Print View

Ben, that was my first impression, but Doug is correct on this one. The pics on MLD show it much more like a Solomid, crossed with a Trailstar. I think it's most likely to be competition with the Solomid rather than the Hexamid.

Nathan Baker
(Slvravn) - MLife

Locale: East Coast - Mid Atlantic
Re: Price on 03/07/2011 16:14:06 MST Print View

I thought the same thing at first, but it appears to come with the solo inner which is $145 by itself so that puts the tarp portion at $150 which is in line with the solomid.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
MLD - New 2011 Gear on 03/07/2011 16:58:41 MST Print View

The Trailstar Solo is now also up on the MLD site.

MLD Trailstar Solo

Mat Tallman
(wehtaM) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: MLD - New 2011 Gear on 03/07/2011 17:27:07 MST Print View

Is it me or is the solo trailstar the same outer tarp as is used in the cricket?

Willie Evenstop
(redmonk) - F

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
From the MLD FaceBook Page on 03/07/2011 17:31:01 MST Print View

Ron Bell writes "Yes, the Cricket tent Outer Wall is the exact same thing as the Solo TrailStar. See the TrailStar info on the website later tonight for a bit more info on that.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: From the MLD FaceBook Page on 03/07/2011 17:59:17 MST Print View

Cameron, it's kinda eerie how you're channeling Ron. When you start doing those old Greek dudes I'm gonna freak..... ;-)

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: uncanny similarities on 03/07/2011 18:52:19 MST Print View

Does the hexamid have a catrenary cut outer tent? Tony's photo makes it look like it has some flap in it.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: MLD - New 2011 Gear on 03/07/2011 19:39:40 MST Print View

Gentlemen, I believe I just soiled my drawers.

The Cricket is right up my alley

The price is more than I want to pay, but those guys are the masters of putting it juuust out of reach so I'll eventually crack and succumb the full-frontal fury of my capitalist brainwashing! whatever that was

Ryan C
(radio_guy) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
InnerNet? on 03/07/2011 19:41:08 MST Print View

Is the net tent on the new Cricket the same as the regular solo InnerNet? Looks like there may be some differences (more WP floor, momentum panels, higher bathtub) for the Cricket net tent.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
silnylon v. cuben fiber on 03/07/2011 20:17:18 MST Print View

Would someone comment on the performance differences between these two fabrics in a tent this size?

Will the silnylon stretch more when wet?

Will the cuben fiber be more difficult to keep taut in the wind?

Edited by hikerfan4sure on 03/07/2011 20:17:49 MST.

Ben Egan

Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
re on 03/07/2011 21:26:55 MST Print View

Looking at that other photo I have to agree, it greatly resembles a modified solo mid. From what I understand right now about both systems, it looks like a great hybrid between a hexamid and a solomid.


Michael Schwartz
(greenwalk) - MLife

Locale: PA & Ireland
MLD - New 2011 Gear on 03/08/2011 00:05:05 MST Print View

@ Tim. I, too, would be very interested in people's thoughts on the differences in how this new shelter from MLD will work in cuben vs. silnylon. I am a big fan of the Trailstar, which is offered in silnylon only, and am happy to see the evolution into the Solo Trailstar/Cricket. Well done to Ron who keeps pushing the design envelope! Mike

Edited by greenwalk on 03/08/2011 00:11:18 MST.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"MLD - New 2011 Gear" on 03/08/2011 00:13:43 MST Print View

Gravy. Great solo setup Ron's put out here.

It will be interesting to see how or if the SOLO INNERNET will fit into a standard Trailstar since there hasn't been an MLD in-house solution for this yet.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: MLD - New 2011 Gear on 03/09/2011 11:46:50 MST Print View

Anyone know how tall Ron is? For size comparisons in his bug nets

Ron Bell
(mountainlaureldesigns) - F - M

Locale: USA
New MLD Gear 2011 on 03/09/2011 11:53:08 MST Print View

I am 6' 1" , 175 lbs and wear a LG or XLG T Shirt and have 12.5 - 13 feet. Hat size is XL- haha. I am also extremely handsome in the dark.


Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: New MLD Gear 2011 on 03/09/2011 12:44:44 MST Print View

Inseam and ring size? LOL