Since this began with a challenge...I'd like to perpetuate one. I just missed buying a Guide Gear tarp last year, as they ran out of them late-season. I was pleased to see the excitement here when the news came out that they were back in stock! I immediately went to SG and ordered 2 of them...and then came back here and read the REST of the 80+ reports about the incorrect dimensions, how different they were from the original white ones, etc. etc. etc. I went back to the SG site and wrote them a note that read something like "you guyz are getting KILLED on HF and if what they are saying is accurate (I posted a link) then cancel my order. They did cancel my order. I followed up with a few more E-mails about how they were STILL getting killed here for their inaccurate sizing statements, non-waterprooof qualities, etc.
I'd still like to see them offer the original tarp again...even if they had to bump the price up a little. I wrote them about a week or so back after I saw they are now sold out of their current 2012 tarps and encouraged them to go BACK to their white tarp quality. I know there are any number of other options out there, but being able to start out with a decent tarp at an affordable price will go a long way toward getting a newbie into a decent set-up. I'd like to encourage you to also shoot them a note and let them know that there is a VERY ACTIVE bunch of people (AND outspoken) here on HF that would really like to see them bring their original tarp back again. Here's a link to their contact page: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/m....aspx#email_us