Neo is always knocking the JRB 8x8.
I've never had any problems with mine. The weight is great and the construction has held up well. Even so, JRB recently made a change to their construction so they use heavier thread, don't get loose stitches, and I think it's a double-needle machine so the parallel seams should truly be parallel. I have one of their new stuff sacks and it makes a difference in appearance at least...but I never had a problem with their construction so I can't say if it really makes a difference there. I assume the new tarps are made this way as well. I hope Pan will correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't remember the exact measurements for my JRB, but I think it was closer to 7'6" than 7'. And I can't argue on the price...the SG is cheaper. That's why it's heavier. Just a personal preference on whether you're willing to pay more for a few ounces out of your pack.
I have a write-up of the JRB
on my page if you're interested.
I've never used a Speer 8x10 so I can't comment on that. But I alternate between the JRB and MacCat for my trips...if the JRB suits your style, it's an excellent piece of gear.
Another note - I designed the pack cover JRB sells so I have a business relationship with them. It stops at the cover, though - I don't have any interest in their tarps other than as a satisfied user. Use that to interpret my above comments if you think it makes a difference.
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