Shoot! I never really gave it much thought. I started canoe camping after being tired of the car camoing scene and quickly realized that the blue poly took up a lot of valuable beer storage. Purchased a couple of kelty noah 12' . One over the cooking/ fire/ hangout spot and the other over my tent. Then I discovered HH on the web and said to myself 'wow, no more swampy, root filled tent sites, and even more room for beer!' Then i found this amazing forum, learned what 2QZQ were doing and installed a zip into my HHEXPL. That little stock tarp worked but after looking over my gear I realized my 12' kelty would do a great job. Then the DIY bug bit. HeadChange had a great tutorial for a HH style hammock. Well... thats another topic all together.
All said and done my go to is a sil tarp modeled after HH's basic hex. Around 12'x10' I think it is around 1.7 lbs with all the tie outs added.
"It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people THINK your stupid than to open it and PROVE it" - SFC Kagawa, United States Army (my old platoon SGT)
*Originally -Abraham Lincoln 16th president of US (1809 -1865)