I’m hoping to got to Dartmoor in the middle of this week for a final Challenge limber up. If I go, I will be taking the Trailstar for another test. Yesterday, I had another play in the back garden with it.
I’m starting to get the hang of pitching it. It’s still not totally straightforward on our sloping garden lawn. I wanted not just to practice pitching, but to experiment with the positioning of the OookStar nest. Instead of pitching the nest at the back, I pitched it to one side, as James of Backpackingbongos suggested.
This gives another option depending on the slope of the ground, which could be handy. On the whole, as a default position, I think I prefer it. It is actually easier to get in and out of the nest. Unless the wind is blowing into the door, it’s well protected against rain. If the wind was blowing in the door, it’s a simple operation to change the direction of the door panel.
I also experimented with my Team IO Laser Competition spinnaker tent footprint as a porch groundsheet. To secure it, I used the thin titanium pegs that were supplied with the F10 Nitro Lite. I was very pleased with it. Although slightly heavier than using double glazing film (as some others use), it is robust and, at 75g, is very light. It can also double as an inner tent footprint for the OookStar should I need it.
I’ve made a couple of other tweaks. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos. I’ve added a small karabiner to the loop that secures the glove hook at the apex of the Trailstar. It’s a lot easier to hook the OookStar to the karabiner than the glove hook.
Secondly, I’ve added a loop of cord to the grosgrain loop at the apex of the OookStar, so I can tie the apex of the OookStar to the trekking pole supporting the Trailstar. This pulls the nest forward and tightens the fabric panels, for a better pitch. I’ll take a photo to explain when I’m out next.
I’m still waiting for some Black Diamond flicklock poles. Unfortunately, the first pair had a fault, so I’m waiting for a replacement set. I think flicklocks are much better for the Trailstar.