I bought a trailstar second hand the other day and pitched it for the first time last night. I absolutely love the design and it’s easy to believe reports that it can stand up to proper British weather! I’m also not immune to its looks – it looks like a spaceship.
Anyway to the questions…..I currently have no inner or groundsheet. I have read quite a lot about both, with people using anything from a plastic sheet (which I will have to make do with this weekend) to a full inner. I’d be interested in hearing what methods/solutions people on here prefer?
Do you just use a ground sheet/bivi or do you essentially turn it into a tent with full inner? Has anyone made their own on OM? What are the alternatives to ookworks?
As far as I am concerned the main consideration is that whatever solution is chosen it needs to be suitable for a 6’4” person - it seems the trailstar is only just big enough! I also hope/plan to use the trailstar as a backpacking shelter pitched on exposed mountaintops, which my Ultra Quasar has done brilliantly to this point. I’m not particularly concerned about weight as long as it doesn’t double the total!
Yes, perhaps that is what I should have done although it doesn't mention that on the product care. The reality is its often used for 2 weeks at a time and the last thing I am going to be doing when backpacking is inflating it and deflating it! At home I certainly could have done that but it's certainly inconvenient vs a thermarest
I’ve been using the Exped Synmat UL for about 2 years now. I really love them, they are very comfortable and warm but…
My first matt started to develop mildew after about 6 months of use (I subsequently learned this was due to me blowing moisture into the matt) and then later 2 of the baffles in the centre became 1 gigantic baffle. This made a previously comfy matt essentially unusable. I was willing to accept that I had misused the matt by blowing moist air into it, so I binned it and bought another, this time with a pump bag to avoid the moisture.
For whatever reason (even though I was using the pump bag exclusively) moisture could occasionally be seen inside the matt. I assume this is just from camping in humid/wet/cloudy conditions. After about 6 months I again started to notice mildew. This summer, one year since buying the matt, the baffles, this time at one end, joined together. I would say that I had used the matt for approximately 30 nights total. Has anyone had similar issues?
My Thermarest Prolite Plus which has now been used for 4 years and approximately 4 months of nights (not by me), has never had mildew (you would be able to smell it even if you can’t see it). Why is that?
What matt should I get next? A neoair? Has anyone had mildew problems with those? Pack space is a bit of a premium so I do need something that packs down small.