Originally Posted by Peter_pan
Smee and I use the three tree set up.... some lessons learned..... the tree spread often is too far for any single tarp less than 12x10 and that is too large and heavy... multiple 8x10s and hexes overlay each and cause funneling onto each other...also bad..... The best for coverage and fit in small space caused by the three tree approach is two 8x8s....
Yeh, we sell them....but these are the facts.... from the early hammock years, before we made them.... In fact, it is one of the reasons we designed the JRB center ridge 8x8tarp....ymmv.
I agree that the three-tree method is iffy at best. Having a good way to double-hang on a single pair of trees would provide much more reliable pitch options IMO.
I also agree that a single 12x10 isn't a good solution, but for the opposite reason...my 12x11 BlackCat is what I consider minimal coverage for ONE hammock. I have one of your 8x8's and after using my BlackCat in some weather, I really feel like I would've gotten wet trying to lounge or cook under your tarp. Not knocking it, but there's a reason I made mine as big as I did. Maybe it's all in my head, but then again being comfortable with your gear is almost as important as its actual functionality.
Two rectangular tarps with plenty of tie-outs could be connected and overlapped, providing a workable solution. Ed Speer has demonstrated this quite well.
I think the optimal solution for someone who consistently double-hangs from a single pair of trees would be a tarp designed specifically for that. There isn't one out there yet, as far as I know.