I have the deluxe and I love it. The deluxe is heavier than the other options, but I like having alot of coverage that allows me to do other things under the tarp if the weather is bad, such as cooking. Using my very unscientific digital fish scale, my deluxe weighs in at 15 oz which includes around 20 ft of kelty triptease line (~ 10 ft on each ridge end tie out) and 4 JRB STL's. Its weight I dont mind carrying because it equates to weather protection.
Brian is a full time college student and stays fairly busy with that. He usually always replies to orders and emails quickly, but I too have emailed him with no response. Im not exactly sure whats going on with Brian but I will try to contact him by phone to find out.
Just Jeff made me do it