Cuben Trailstar

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13/01/2012 at 22:46
I've only just spotted this tonight ...

Damn you Ron Bell
13/01/2012 at 23:13
bonkers money for what is essentially a few sheets of fabric glued together though innit.
13/01/2012 at 23:34

Oh but what sheets of fabric

eagerly awaiting my customs bill

13/01/2012 at 23:43
I'd get one if I hadn't waited 13 weeks for my sil version to arrive last summer.

It's interesting how Ron said there would never be enough give in cuben to get a good pitch with a Trailstar, I guess the fabric has improved since then or he's adapted the design?

Maybe one day but not just yet for me.

14/01/2012 at 00:20
$335?  Must be midgie & spindrift repellent?
14/01/2012 at 07:56

It was 'only' $295 for a short while as a pre-xmas offer.

14/01/2012 at 09:39
Did you order one Mike?
14/01/2012 at 09:57

I couldn't resist it.

14/01/2012 at 10:24 of the few certainties in life...
14/01/2012 at 10:26
must admit, it does look a great shelter - well suited to british conditions. quite fancy the silnylon version myself (in a tasteful brown) for me and my dog and occasionally my partner on the southern upland way, great glen way, whw etc this year. even thats reasonably light, but my only slight worry is the size of the footprint really.
14/01/2012 at 10:30

I wanted one, when I saw it, but I didn't need one - damn!

The Cuben version will have less give in it and will be a bit more "fussy" about where and how it's pitched  - (paraphrasing Ron). But, the weight is fantastic.

And, the Trailstar has proved itself (Scottish) stormproof!

If I was buying one for the first time I'd give the Cuben a shot, but it's just too much for me to have two versions.

Mike, could you give some feedback on the Cuben version - please?

The issue for me would be just how easy it would be to pitch on rough ground with a bit of a hoolie going on? The beauty with the silnylon version is you can pitch it out of line - so to speak - and yet still get a taut pitch.

If anyone is looking for a single skin shelter with plenty of room to play in then I can fully recommend the Trailstar - it is a proper lightweight shelter that will take stormy weather!

14/01/2012 at 10:35


The footprint is large. Its not as much of an issue as you would think.

I've pitched over clumps of heather, eg. There is so much room, you could pitch over rocks etc in places where having a fitted in groundsheet would make it impossible.

14/01/2012 at 10:40
aguirre - makes sense - do you use an inner with it?
14/01/2012 at 10:42

No problem on feedback, Aguirre.

I was going to buy the silnylon version, but the cuben version appeared on the site last month. I exchanged a few emails with Ron before i ordered it, about the pro's and con's of the cuben version. He reckoned it would be even stronger than the sil version.
Quite big cat curves are on the base of the sil version, to enable a taught pitch. The cuben version doesn't need that, so you can get it pitched closer to the ground.
He reckoned that anyone can pitch the sil version almost perfectly first time, but the cuben version will have more of a learning curve.

I'm looking forward to playing with it.

14/01/2012 at 10:47
Waste of money; only an idiot would buy one.....
14/01/2012 at 10:51


What colour is yours?

14/01/2012 at 10:56
Cuben colour
14/01/2012 at 10:58

 Mine's grey.

Are you opinionating on having used a Trailstar, or, are you making an ill-informed observation ed h?

14/01/2012 at 10:59
Well, I was taking the piss.....
14/01/2012 at 11:05

vegan hiker,

My prefered set up:

-  is to use a sheet of Wickes secondary glasing - immensly strong and very light.

- a Titanium Goat Ptarmigan bivy - keeps out any draughts and creepy crawlies - and adds to   the sleeping bag range by a few degrees.

- there has been some debate on whther a trailstar can take an inner. I know Sean at Oookworks does one and it looks good. The issue for me is that having an inner (in the traditional sense) limits the pitching possibilities.

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