Fitting a bug bivy inside a Trailstar
It's not easy.
I tried using the MLD Bug bivy with bits of cord attached to the poles.
The netting drooped and was virtually impossible to get taut.
I did not want to hang the netting from the attachments inside the Trailstar as this could end up putting too much pressure on these hooks.
It would be OK under an ordinary tarp, but, the Trailstar is no ordinary tarp - it's a shelter that will work even in stormy Scottish weather.
So, I thought, what will work inside a Trailstar?
So many ways
There are just so many ways that you can lay out in a Trailstar.
I prefer feet to door to one side of the pole; or, head to door; or; across the end of the Trailstar.
There are just so many ways to lay out inside this massive shelter.
Get the Bug bivy taut in any way inside the Trailstar
Playing around with ideas over last weekend I got an "A" frame configuration to hold the netting off my head. But, it was not very good. I threw the "A" frame away.
The solution was to get the head of the Bug bivy taut in any lay out configuration.
Hampton Works pole
I worked out that I needed a hoop to be about 100 cms across the base and about 55 to 65 cms high.
On Friday, last week I rang Hampton Works and explained what I was looking for. On Tuesday I had an e-mail to say that I could have a 5 section pole with the above dimensions for just over £17 including postage.
I ordered it on Tuesday and it arrived today!
It weighs 100 grms.
When you are going light anyway this is no big deal.
The MLD Bug bivy with hoop still weighs in at under 300 grms.
So, how did it work?
I put the pole under tension with a cord and a couple of brass eyelets. The ties to the Bug bivy hook under the cord and three Ti-pins and another bit of cord have it up and taut. It takes seconds to put up. (You get in with the Bug bivy laid out flat. Then you just reach up and hook the netting to the pole before zipping yourself in).
It will be easy to pull out the feet end of the Bug bivy.
But, the taut pull on the netting at the head end will probably be sufficient.
This is what I need to have for any midges that may be encountered on the TGO.
Hopefully, there will not be any, but, if there are, then this will work for sleeping under.