New 'Compact' Trailstar
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Diplomatic Mike
(MikefaeDundee)

Locale: Under a bush in Scotland
New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 13:30:02 MST Print View

Just arrived today.
Six foot baseline.
424g on my scales.
Just a teaser to annoy folk.
Hopefully photos tomorrow if the weather behaves.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 15:06:42 MST Print View

Really? Just getting yours today? Must be the customs thing...... ;-)

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 15:53:10 MST Print View

Between that and the Mini, you made the right choice.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 15:57:42 MST Print View

"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.....

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 16:08:32 MST Print View

Of course. The basis for all UL. Multiple use items.

What else can the Mini be used for? Portable fish tank?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 16:10:58 MST Print View

"What else can the Mini be used for?"

As a garage door opener for a Hummer.

Edited by idester on 02/23/2013 16:11:29 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 16:11:07 MST Print View

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.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 18:18:51 MST Print View

I wonder if it would fit in a bear canister?

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: New 'Compact' Trailstar on 02/23/2013 18:43:42 MST Print View

It's actually required below the Mason-Dixon Line.

Peter Evans
(NLslacker)
mini on 02/23/2013 19:14:09 MST Print View

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?

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: mini on 02/23/2013 19:25:50 MST Print View

Sorry Peter, the Mini car. Mike is buying one.

Max Dilthey
(mdilthey) - M

Locale: MaxTheCyclist.com
Inside Jokes on 02/23/2013 19:30:39 MST Print View

Ahh, BLP. Virtual bar for the tent-obsessed.

Peter Evans
(NLslacker)
ahhh on 02/23/2013 19:40:50 MST Print View

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.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: ahhh on 02/23/2013 23:42:56 MST Print View

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....


Mld

Brendan Howe
(weeman) - MLife
Compact Trailstar pictures on 03/03/2013 20:49:14 MST Print View

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.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Compact Trailstar pictures on 03/03/2013 21:17:08 MST Print View

I don't see a compact Trailstar offered on the site Brendan, or do you mean the cricket tarp?

Brendan Howe
(weeman) - MLife
Compact Trailstar on 03/03/2013 21:26:11 MST Print View

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.

Edited by weeman on 03/03/2013 21:28:56 MST.

rowan !
(romonster) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Compact Trailstar on 03/04/2013 00:46:59 MST Print View

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.

Peter Evans
(NLslacker)
Mini Trailstar on 03/04/2013 09:13:39 MST Print View

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?

rowan !
(romonster) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Mini Trailstar on 03/04/2013 10:40:47 MST Print View

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.