1 - I'm happy with the Standard....it's been plenty big enough for me.
2 - Hang your tarp separately.
3 - Store it separately. Then you can hang it up w/o getting anything else out of your pack, and open your pack under the tarp and out of the rain. And you can pack everything up in the morning under the tarp, and take it down last. And you don't get everything wet when you pack it after it rains. Skins or a stuff sack both work...I often don't carry anything for it and just stick it in my pack's outer mesh pocket.
“Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall when the wise are banished from the public councils because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” ~Judge Joseph Story
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IMPOSSIBLE JUST TAKES LONGER