Thanks for the thoughtful replies....esp from those with real experience and design insight.
Like Pan and the guy a few pages back said these are not really 'winter' tarps for heavy snow and wind loads ... that would be an entirely different critter. My old pet Mega Mid is the only tarpish hardcore winter creation I've used ... excellent only if you know how to use it and that is not necessarily intuitive.
I planned to order one of these 'winter' macro tarps earlier this week. As I contemplated the concept ... determined more knowledge was important.
We're headed out with friends for 4 days late next week in what now appears to be some wetness. The HH Hex will do the job and the HH Ex fly is on the Bpr body or a short Speer-type....spousette may go with a single tent and mooch the tarp as usual.
Even tho the IRS is getting a smaller paycheck that originally thought .... gonna wait a bit.
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