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MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions
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Arn Aarreberg
(aarrebea) - M

Locale: Northern Bay Area, CA
MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 10/01/2013 20:32:19 MDT Print View

I received my MLD littlestar in the mail today and got a few minutes to set it up in the backyard. My initial impression is that this thing is huge. I can see now why people had an issue with the regular trailstar's footprint.

I set it up with both a panel door and a corner door. Since I am 6'4, I think most of the time I will be setting it up with a corner raised for the door to allow easier entry and exit.

Compared to previous shelters I have used (solomid and hexamid), this thing has a bunch of room to stretch out and have all of my gear under the tarp. I plan to give the littlestar a good workout this winter in my normal stomping grounds around the Bay Area.

Here a couple of pictures, and for reference that is a 65 lbs pup to give an idea of scale.

ls 1

ls 2

George Davis
(nsiderbam) - M

Locale: mid-Atlantic
Littlestar on 10/01/2013 21:37:44 MDT Print View

Yeah, the trailstar is a huge tarp. That's why I was originally interested in the littlestar when Ron first posted pics on facebook a long time ago...but I was too impatient so I went with the trailstar. It's a great shelter, but like you said, the footprint is huge.

The littlestar looks like it would be great in bad/windy weather conditions for a solo hiker who wants some extra space.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 10/01/2013 21:51:28 MDT Print View

Very interesting to see some more photos of one of these. Do you happen to have any pics with a person or sleeping pad inside to give some sense of scale? How would it work for two people?

Arn Aarreberg
(aarrebea) - M

Locale: Northern Bay Area, CA
2 people under a littlestar on 10/02/2013 10:05:12 MDT Print View

I think 2 people could easily fit under the littlestar with it pitched up high, simliar to the pictures seen on th MLD site. If you pitch it to the ground, it might be a little tight.

I'm going to seam seal the tarp this weekend, I'll try to take a few more pictures of the different pitches with pads underneath.

Maris L
(Ablaut) - M
Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 10/02/2013 18:42:36 MDT Print View

Please let us know how it works out regarding your height! At 6'3" I had written off this one after seeing a few photos thinking I'd be brushing the walls with my head or feet.

Arn Aarreberg
(aarrebea) - M

Locale: Northern Bay Area, CA
pics on 10/05/2013 17:56:07 MDT Print View

Here are a few more pictures with a large/wide borah gear bivy and evarest foam pad. I think 2 people under this tarp would work fine if both have a bivy. I had the center pole set at 110cm and could easily sit up in the middle and avoid brushing the walls. I will say that I am used to being cramped in my shelters and only spend time in them while sleeping. The littlestar is a breath of fresh air for me and I feel there is plenty of room to stretch out. If I can ever get Lou dog to stay still at night, this would be a great shelter for me and my dog.

This is the corner pitched as the door with Lou dog enjoying the shade!

corner pitch

My bivy sticks out into the beak area with this pitch. There was a little more room to move back but my feet would probably stick poke out a little bit.


Here it is pitched with the mid panal as the door. This solves the problem above with my bivy not being completely covered.

mid panel

Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: pics on 11/15/2013 11:31:53 MST Print View

Ordered mine last night. Looking forward to the smaller footprint from the regular TS since most of my camping is in woods or rocky desert. :D

Donna Chester
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 11/18/2013 06:14:46 MST Print View

Any chance of giving us measurements? The MLD website just says 15% smaller. Also, do you feel that you really need a bivy for this tarp due to the smaller size?


Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 11/18/2013 07:36:47 MST Print View

The website says a lot more than that. :)

35 sqft of usable space vs. the TS 50 sqft
6'6" baseline vs. the TS 7'2" baseline
32"-44" standard pitch heights vs. the TS 36" -44" pitch heights

bivy needs will depend entirely on your height. It sounds like anyone over 6'3" should strongly consider additional protection.

Donna Chester
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Re: Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 11/18/2013 07:56:53 MST Print View

well dang!! Where are my reading glasses ???!
: )

Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 11/18/2013 09:08:51 MST Print View

To be fair, all of that detail is buried within the lengthy description content. :P

Michael Ray
(thaddeussmith) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: MLD Littlestar Initial Impressions on 12/01/2013 21:33:04 MST Print View

I drove 985 miles yesterday and today from Tucson to Dallas and came home to my MLD package. So of course I set it up after hastily unpacking the car. :)

It feels smaller than the original TrailStar I sold, but still fits my Yama 1.25 bug tent in bivy mode with more than enough room for gear. Still able to sit up in the middle and move around (I'm 5'11"), all with the slightly smaller footprint. I think I'll be a happy camper with this one.

There also seams to be some improved stitching around the tie out points and overall construction quality (and the first one was pretty top notch)

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
re on 12/01/2013 21:37:45 MST Print View

This is better than the duomid because it doesn't have zippers. Like the openness of my hexamid too.