Alan Sloman has been playing about with his Trailstar and commented that the central pole takes quite a lot of strain. He is worried that on soft ground it might sink in. To solve this, ingeniously, he used a metal plate from a whisky carton.
As I don’t have any carton tops, I looked for a different solution. In my gear box, I have a couple of ski pole baskets, which come from one set of trekking poles (I can’t remember which ones).
These looked ideal. However, the centre hole is a tight fit, so I used a file to widen it slightly. Now the basket slips on and off easily. It weighs 13g, a full 6g lighter than Alan’s solution. Ski pole baskets are widely available, so if you’ve not got one to hand, they are easy to buy. Problem solved!