thanks dejoha, it helped to write down a few of my wants with the new tarp.
right now I have a superfly, and a HH tarp I got from their sale. I was hoping that would be my go-to tarp for most occasions, but it is extremely heavy , doesnt pack down small, and loses all its flexibility in the cold. So it is now resigned to car camping,when weight and size are not a concern. having said that...
I want a large enough tarp to cover hammock, man and dog, plus a backpack. I dont really cook under the tarp, but want a big enough one to be able to have porch mode and enjoy the scenery, and maybe make a spot of tea. does not need doors, and I prefer a decent, yet not bank breaking material. My experience with the silnylon on the SF is pretty good, so I can go with that. I do like ease of set up as well, but am willing to tie out a few more guylines to get better coverage if needed. weight and pack size are a concern, but i realize most tarps by our vendors that would fit this bill are going to be light and packable enough for me. I guess I would like a little length on the sides in case I want to pitch low and keep the dog contained. it is a little hard for me to compare, I got a good idea from Dejoha's book, and decided to rough sketch all the tarps iam considering and place them so I can see a good size comparison. not ideal like seeing them all in person, but will have to suffice for now...good thing I have time and patience
thanks again for all the thoughts