The Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar cuts through high winds likes a fighter jet. The Trailstar's large footprint, however, requires relatively large sites that, depending where you are, can take longer to find. The shelter's low angle walls are not suitable for serious snow loading. And, because the tarp performs poorly in cuben fiber, the silnylon version (that we tested) is relatively heavy compared to other types of floorless shelters.
Some people love the Trailstar, but over the years our testers have developed a strong preference for flat tarps or pyramids. If you want a spacious tarp that can handle epic weather we suggest getting a pyramid tarp, specifically the Mountain Laurel Designs SuperMid.
Like many of the ultralight shelters we tested the TrailStar is not widely available on at major online retailers. The Black Diamond Beta Light however, is available at many online retailers, often on sale.