Newbie wants Trailstar guyline advice

Discussion in 'Shelters & Accessories' started by Gavin Summers, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Hi everyone...I'm new here!
    I've a Trailstar query.
    I've started using the tarp out and about in the Welsh mountains for the first time this year. One modification I'd like to make is to change the guy line at the very back of the tarp to a different colour so that I can spot it and peg it out in windy conditions? Any idea where I can get cord in the UK that wont slip the linelocs? Cheers, Gavin
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  2. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

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  3. kiels

    kiels Hiker

    I usually just tie a single overhand knot in a line I want to identify. Might lose half a cm off the length. If I need to identify two different lines I just put two knots on the other.
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  4. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    I just used a red sharpie pen and coloured the back line with a couple of stripes.

    Hasn’t yet come off in the rain and is still visible after 12 months.
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  5. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Tie a small additional loop of different coloured cord on the grosgrain loop.
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  6. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Thanks everyone
  7. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    I have my stake bag clipped to the back guy line. Makes sense if it’s blustery and you don’t want your shelter blowing away.
    Pull out your stakes and your first corner of the TS comes with it.

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  8. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    That is a great tip...I'd never have thought of that! Cheers mate
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  9. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    I pack my pegs away from my shelters, sleed pads and anything else they may potentially damage. I've had a tent buddy resulting from a peg damaged shelter.

    On my rear line I have a 4" loop of red cord to identify the it. When I pack the TS away that red loop is always sticking out of the stuff sack and the long front line is at the top. As you look at the TS from the rear, the rear right line has one knot at the end of it and the rear left two, making line identification much easier.

    When I come to pitch, I place the rear peg, pull out the front line and peg so my door is located where I want it then move to the rear pegs before sorting the door and then placing the poles. I can have the TS up in around two-three minutes doing this even in strong winds and when it's dark.
  10. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Master class by Dave :thumbsup:
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  11. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

  12. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Cheers Dave.
    You wouldn't by chance have any pics of this set up would you? Best Gavin
  13. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    I'm at work ATM but will post one up later this evening when I get home
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  14. Mountain Mackem

    Mountain Mackem Trail Blazer

    I put some red 2.5mm guy line on the back so I can recognise it easily. Doesn't slip in the line locs and easy to get on Amazon or elsewhere. Also carry a bit for spares or if you need to change the door configuration in the early hours...
  15. Rmr

    Rmr Trail Blazer

    Great idea, thanks
  16. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I also keep pegs well away from the shelter. They ripped my shelter stuff sack but not the tent itself thankfully.
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  17. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    I'll mention no names as they come on here now and then but it was an expensive weekend for the chap in question, an all but new shelter with a tear in one of the main panels. He could have potentially carried out a field repair but with the wind that night it made more sense to share the TS as there was plenty of room. He also had a woops and ripped his trouser crotch open, slipping/misplacing his foot and badly dented his cookpot in the process.
  18. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    I looked but there is no emoticon on the list that covers such calamity.
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  19. Dave V

    Dave V Moderator Staff Member

    Both Trailstars are setup the same way and I do the same with the majority of my shelters. Even my Strat has coloured loops to identify points.
  20. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

    Great stuff...cheers Dave.
  21. Gavin Summers

    Gavin Summers Trekker

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  22. Fubuki

    Fubuki Backpacker

    I've managed to get an original 2014 orange version of the trailstar off ebay and the long guyline was separate from the tarp. It's this how MLD sells the trailstar or would the seller have cut it to match the lengths of cord on the other? (something I would have done anyway)
  23. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    MLD just ship a hank of cord so you can cut it to whatever length you like.

    I have 6ft on the longer door tie out and 18” on the main seams, 12” on the mid tie outs
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  24. Fubuki

    Fubuki Backpacker

    Thanks Shewie. Does anyone else cut the all guylines to the same length? Also is there any reason (e.g. tarp asymmetry) meaning you can't use any of the guy out points to make the porch?
  25. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    You can use any tie out for the door, I’ve switched cords around when the weather has changed and the door needs to be moved. It helps if you don’t put a stopper knot on your lines.
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