Originally Posted by headchange4u
You may get some feedback after the SEHHA camp out in Hot Springs this weekend. Ed Speer hosts that camp out.
Wrong date, it is in April
when Trail Fest is going on in Hot Springs, NC.
The fundamental differences in the tarps are coverage area, flexibility in pitch options, weight, and number of guylines/stakes required. (The 8x10 Speer Tarp includes guyline with its purchase price and with the MacCats you purchase those separately.)
I see it as a personal preference as to whether you feel you need more or less in those areas as there is a plus side and a negative side to those tradeoffs. For some folks the pluses don't outweigh the negatives while for others they will. Since one offers more protection from rain and wind, you could argue that one is more of a 3 season setup and the other is more of a summer setup.