When it comes to weather protection, I am not going to skimp on price. I would rather pay more and get a great tarp that keeps me dry and it very light weight.
As far as trying to be social under my one tarp, that has never really been an issue that I have given much thought to. I really don't see that being a part of my buying decision as I usually will be camping with a small group of people. If it comes a down pour, we will all get under our respective tarps until it quits raining or seek shelter elsewhere. My main concerns are staying dry from the elements and being light weight and durable.
I will check out the other thread listed above as well but I am leaning more and more towards this cuben fiber tarp. I would love to see one of these in person though before I buy one online. I am pretty sure that there is not a place where I can pick one up locally.
Anyone in the Austin/Central Texas area have a cuben fiber tarp that I could check out?