Saturday, 27 April 2013

Top 5 Trailstar Pitches

I've had my Trailstar for nearly six months now and in that time it's been with me on pretty much every trip. I've been super impressed with how stable it is in the wind and how easy it is to set up and have really enjoyed using it. So for no real reason and in no particular order here are my top 5 Trailstar pitches to date:

It really is a superb shelter and I'm looking forward to using it a lot more this year, including on my upcoming four night trip to the Lake District which will hopefully be next month. It's quickly become my go-to shelter and my Laser Comp hasn't seen much use since the Trailstar arrived, It'll be interesting to see if the Trailstar remains my first choice once I've had chance to use the Cuben DuoMid a little more.

A couple of things worth keeping in mind and the only real downsides of buying the Trailstar are the waiting time and also that it does require sealing (Silnylon version). When I placed my order the waiting time was given as 13 weeks however it arrived in 8, the waiting time wasn't really an issue for me as I didn't need it in a hurry and other than waiting for a dry day the seam sealing really didn't take long at all, as soon as I managed to get it sealed I took it to the Lake District for its first outing. I chose not to thin the supplied Silnet and just brushed it on straight from the tube but if I was to seal anything again I'd definitely use Martin Rye's method for a neater finish.

I'm sure anyone thinking of buying a Trailstar will have scoured the internet and found plenty of reviews etc but I thought I'd share a few of the online resources which helped me make my mind up and finally click buy:

Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar Page
Colin Ibbotsons excellent PDF review via Andy Howells site
Trailstar Wars from Chris Townsend
Martin Rye via Summit and Valley
Steven Horners review and pitching guide
Dave Linterns long term review on SectionHiker
Pitching options from Joery
Tony Hobbs youtube channel
A video tour inside the Trailstar from Bryan Waddington

For anyone considering buying the Trailstar, I'd highly recommend it.



  1. Good stuff Matt, can't work out the 2nd one though :)

  2. Thanks for the comment Shewie, I should really have listed you in this post as you were another that helped me make my mind up to order the Trailstar.

    2nd photo is from another pitch near Styhead Tarn, I've had a few nights there!

  3. Great Pitches those.
    Can't beat wild camping when it's like that.

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  5. Just ordered my ts can't wait for it to arrive, I've used my mates compact version and was truly awesome.
    great pics mate

    1. Great stuff, hope it's serving you well :-)

  6. Just wondering - what color is your TrailStar?

    1. Apologies, I missed your reply until now, its the Grey