i get what you are saying dakotaross, but here's my thought process. as i mentioned, i don't need a ton of coverage, and i want light weight, so my other choices would be the Edge or the Tadpole. both of those are about 7.6 feet wide the whole way. the shangrila on the other hand is 7 feet on the one end, but then almost 10 feet on the other. so i think the 8" sacrifice on the one end is worth the 24" gain on the other.
edit/ oh and thank you for the pics!!!! really helps to see it in all of the configurations!