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TRAILSTAR TGO Magazine Top Gear of the The Year $230.00


A True MLD Original Innovation in UltraLight Shelter Design. Patent Pending and TradeMarked 2005.


The original shaped tarp with five equal low angle sides and no doors. Combines the high performance of a traditional pyramid shelter with open multi-function pitching options of a tarp. No zippers, flaps or vents to wear out or fail

$230 18 oz Pro Silnylon Gray, Yellow, Brown
$395 12 oz .75 Cuben Fiber Green
$380 12 oz .75 Cuben Fiber White

7' / 2.1m long panel edges
45"-50" / 115-130cm Tall - Varies with Pitch Height.
65+sqft / 6+sqm

Colin Ibbotson

“This is the lightest, largest, most storm-proof sub 1kg shelter I have ever used or seen, and quite possibly on the planet. Stability is so good that I cannot think of any other shelter even at up to three times its weight that could match it” -Colin Ibbotson

Fast Setup - No Doors, Zippers or Moving Parts


Five equal size panels blend shelter protection with tarp pitching ease and multiple shape options.

The 7' / 2.1m long baseline on each of the five equal sides create a very large pentagon floor plan living space for up to three people plus gear and up to five in a short storm huddle.

• Pitches with one standard or short length adjustable trekking pole in the center. A found stick works great too.
• 65+ sq/ft of useable floor space. Lots of room for two hikers plus all gear. Three in a squeeze.
• TEN Perimeter Tieouts All with LineLocks- One at each primary corner and one centered on each side at the edge. Linelocks can be removed to save 1.2oz.
• Can be pitched tight to the ground for maximum full sided protection or higher for views, easy entry and great ventilation. Most of the time one side or corner will be pitched off the ground as a door and the center height will be about 45-50"
• Awesome shelter for hikers with dogs.
• Roof angle is moderate for great wind shedding and light snow loads.
• Super shelter for day hikers and ski groups for lunch stops and emergencies. Eight people can sit inside and at least four can lie tight together if needed.
• Gear hang loops mid position on each of the five seams to rig hang lines or clips up bivy hoods.
• Roof Apex is reinforced and has an outisde guyline loop and inside has a gear hang loop.
• No zippers, flaps, vents or other parts to wear or fail.
• Only five straight easy seams to seam seal.

MLD Pro SilNylon Seam Sealing
We send seam sealer with all our silnylon shelters.
You can do it yourself in about 30min with the supplied seam sealer
OR as an extra service we can do it for you!
Seam sealing adds about 1oz/ 30gms +/- depending on the shelter size.
Factory sealed shelters are returnable under the regular return policy.
DYI seam sealing is not.
We use a diluted 100% Silicone Sealer on the exterior stitching above the lower hem.
Factory seam sealing can add about 1 week to the order process.

***Cuben Shelters Do Not Need Seam Sealing***

See the TrailStar Solo InnerNet Page For More Info and Set Up Instructions

Cuben Fiber Vs Pro Silnylon TrailStar:
• The Cuben version is stronger than the Silnylon version because the Cuben Fiber .75oz fabric is 6X stronger than Silnylon fabric and the tieouts pull test to higher strengths. We bond and then additionally over-bond the seams. We reinforce and then double bartack through 6 or more layers of the Cuben or Silnylon at main corners. We have been building and bonding cuben tarps/shelters longer than any company. -The Pro Silnylon version is very strong and has been well tested all over the world and has never failed in the field. Both are strong enough for a very wide range of environments and this question should not be a prime consideration for selection.
• The Cuben version is lighter but costs more.
• The Cuben fabric stretches less and that is both a small plus and a small minus in different ways. The lower stretch of the Cuben version requires a little more precision in staking and the orientation/geometry of the panels. A tight pitch is set it will stay tight when wet.
• The Cuben version can not be pitched in some of the more extreme configurations vs the SilNylon using a very steep wall or door angles. The Cuben version works best at more moderate angles and a flatter and lower pitch. For snow loading this would make the Cuben version a bit less desirable.
• SilNylon is very slippery and snow will slide off a little better than with Cuben Fiber. If using the Cuben version in light to med snow, you may need to shake it off about 20% more often. Frequent winter users that expect more snow will prefer the Pro SilNylon version and will want to pitch it with steeper walls. However- neither version is intended as a full-on winter snow shelter- We make DuoMids and SuperMids for that!

Choice Summary:
• The functional differences will not be very significant for 90% of users 90% of the time.
• If you prefer a slightly quicker learning curve, and sometimes easier pitching and/or bit wider range of configurations and/or you will experience more snow on frequent trips then the SilNylon version might be better for you. We highly encourage users to test pitch either version in nice weather in your yard a few times to discover the many pitch options and gain set-up speed. (Interestingly- we have had fewer questions about pitching the TS vs regular Pyramids...go figure.)
• For most users it will simply be a weight vs cost choice.

User Reviews Here: - Video of set up in high wind.

"After the (TGO/Scotland) Challenge I can see why as it’s very roomy, easy to pitch, very light and, most important of all, extremely stable. Because there’s no fixed shape, the five-sided shelter can be pitched at different heights - low profile for strong winds, high profile for easier access, better ventilation and bigger views."
2012 Chris Townsend - TGO magazine


• 40� Guyline
• Pro SilNylon Stuff Sack
• SilNet Seam Sealer

Set Up Instructions

***Most Common Set Up in the "Middle Pitch"***
This pitch uses one of the middle edge tieouts for the door pole.
Use this pitch when adding a TrrailStar Solo InnerNet.

By looking at the pictures you can easily will see about how long to cut the guy lines. A foot or two extra is OK for the first set up - you can trim it later if desired.

Fun to Watch Set Up Instruction Video Here:

1: Loosely lie it out on the ground. Visualize an equal pentagon shape for staking angles.
2: Stake down the five primary corners, visualizing a pentagon shape for guyline angles off the shelter. The two primary corners next to the center door pole tieout should be moved about 1' - 2' closer together that the other primary corner stake points : 1" = Lower Door 2' = Higher Door
3: Insert trekking pole in the center at about 130-140cm in center.
4: Add the door pole at about 110-130cm - set hight to whatever is tight- depend on the width of the front corners.
5: Use built in Linelocks to tighten each corner.
DONE: 1.5 min

***Fast Set Up in the "High Pitch"***
This pitch use the five primary corners with one pole off one of those five primary points.

1: Loosely lie it out on the ground. Visualize an equal pentagon shape for staking angles. 15 sec.
2: Stake down four corners, visualizing a pentagon shape for guyline angles off the shelter. (Shorter lines for a low pitch - longer for a high pitch. 20sec.
3: Insert trekking pole at about 130-140cm in center. 10 sec.
4: Stake out 5th corner off a stick or 120-130cm trekking pole. 25 sec.
5: Use built in Linelocks to tighten each corner. 20 sec.
DONE: 1.5 min

How to Get Inside:
- Since it is a five sided shelter it will stand up with only four of the five main corners staked down.
- If you are using it all staked low to the ground, easily loosen one corner using the LineLock and then duck inside and retighten the linelock reaching from inside. -It\\\'s easier than it sounds.
- If you do not need the full low pitch protection; use a second trek pole or stick about hip height and pitch one corner off the ground as a door. This creates a tall door.
-If you want in between protection of a smaller door, make a knee height eyebrow door arch using a second trek pole about 24\\\" tall on a center side tieout.

Setup Viarations:

-One side (OR two) of the X Shelter can be staked tight to the ground and the other sides set side higher using longer guylines to make it a wedge shape, blocking wind from one or more directions but offering great views from the others.

-For really harsh wind, all ten stake points can be used for an incredibly stable low wind shedding bombproof shelter. Pitched all the way low it should be able to handle 60mph!

-Can be pitched really high using a long stick or two trek poles lashed together and longer guylines. Think: Walk-In Party Cabana!

TRAILSTAR (tm) (pp)


Five 9" .5oz ea Easton Stakes for high wind and main stake points.
Five 6" .28oz ea Titanium Skewer stakes for secondary side stake points.

TrailStar Solo InnerNet - See the separate product page for more info

Seam Sealing Instructions

How to a Seam Seal an MLD Pro Silnylon Shelter

(Cuben Fiber Shelters do not need seam sealing.)

1: Pitch and inspect your shelter for any issues. Once it is seam sealed it is non returnable except for significant defects.

2: Use the supplied SilNet and only the SilNet. (If you want to dilute it or use some other silicone sealant it should work OK and is common (research this yourself online) but your are on your own- results may vary and are not covered by warranty - if you go this route it is assumed you know 100% what you are doing and have done it before!!!)

3: Pitch the shelter tightly. Temps should be above 60 F and humidity below 80%. You may do this indoors. You may also do one seam at a time indoors if the seem is stretched slightly. Pinning one seam from each end on the floor between two heavy objects works OK.

4: We use the SilNet straight from the tube. Do not make a big hole in the sealer tube - start small so you can control flow. Multiple small application is a lot better than one big smear.

5: Main Seams: Place a small bead on the seam along the stitching. Work on a 3’- 4’ section at a time. Use a finger to press the sealer into the stitching and the small valley at the edge of the seam where it is rolled under.


NOTE: You only need to seal the OUTSIDE of the shelter ONLY. You do not need to seal the bottom perimeter roller edge stitching. It is OK to add a small bead on the leading edge of the triangle tieouts reinforcement stitching, but it is not required.

SPECIAL AREAS: Add a little sealer to any tieout stitching on the middle of a panel (Mids, Cricket and SuperTarps). Seal the zipper storm flap stitching and tieouts on the Mids. Seal the stitching and apex tieouts areas on the Mids, Crickets and TrailStars.

IMPORTANT: Do no go back and forth over the wet seam too much - after a minute or three it will get gummy and look bad. Better to wait 8 hrs and then OK to add some over any area you missed.

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