Originally Posted by EDDAKA
(I keep seeing this "cannibal" feller come up. He sure likes his small tarps
That's mostly cause I don't know how to 'shut-up'.
I do like small tarps. The funny thing about that is I was one of the early adopters of the really big tarps. This hobby has a way of coming back to full-circle given enough time. These days, I pick my tarp based on the trip and predicted
The WB Asym-Diamond will give you plenty of coverage. Like jtruslow, I haven't had the opportunity to really see what it will and won't do in a storm. I'll say this though, it provides more coverage that the HH stock fly and I've been through some good and hard storms using a stock fly from HH. I'm quite confident the Asym-Diamond will keep me dry in all but the worst of storms. Helps to be practiced with your tarp, but it gives plenty of coverage for the hammock.
Hex tarps are much, much, much more beneficial if you need a place to work, cook, etc during a storm. They just leave a larger footprint. If you are already a lightweight kind of hiker and accustomed to camp being just camp, then the Diamond is an excellent and lightweight choice. If, OTOH, you like to spend some time in camp and want generous shelter, a hex is easily your best bet. All about the preferences.
Don't be concerned with the coverage of the Asym-Diamond. I can't say for sure since I haven't been in a storm with it, but I've logged lots of hours in hammocks watching rain and I don't see a reason why that tarp won't do a magnificent job.