First off, I'd like to say that I am absolutely so happy to have found this community. I stumbled on this forum from the r/hammockcamping subreddit, and since then have upgraded my hammock set up way beyond anything i thought i'd every be able to handle. I was using the Yukon outfitters hammock with ENO hanging straps, and a large blue tarp from REI, with a bunch of different figure 9's etc. I was however, sort of disappointing in myself for not being a bit more creative and using my scouting knowledge to help me out. I just wanted to get out and hammock camp and see what all the fuss was about. After using this set up a few times I needed to find something else since that set up weighed too much, was extremely bulky, and I knew could be greatly improved upon. Fast forward to now, and I have the Dutchware 11ft netless, I built my entire suspension out of amsteel, and have more knowledge about hammock camping than i could ever imagine. And to that I wanted to thank the entire community for coming together and putting all this knowledge in one place for people to find and educate themselves, and improve their experience in the outdoors.
So now to the good part, I'm looking for a hammock tarp. But i do have a few very specific guidelines. I'm a student and a part-time worker so budget is VERY important for me. Also I'm a scoutmaster for the troop i grew up in, and earned my eagle through so having something that I can take to the ground and use as a makeshift tarp tent is very important. Also, weight is something to consider. I need something i can close the "doors" on, even if it doesn't have doors since people rig up doors using the different tie outs and the tie outs on the walls of the tarp. I've been told the Kelty Noah 12 is great but its very bulky and probably not worth it. People told me the Superfly is great but I just can't see myself being able to use that on the ground on lets the Lost Coast trail. The best one that I've been showed yet is the Oware FlatTarp4 (http://shop.bivysack.com/FlatTarp4-1TarpFlat4.htm). I like this tarp but i wanted to see if anyone else had better recommendations.
So to just sum it up here are the requirements for the tarp (listed in no particular order.)
1) Price - Has to be sub $120.
2) Versatility - Has to be able to be used as a normal tarp (ex. blue tarps)
3) Weight - The Kelty Weighs 2.1lbs and that is already getting really really heavy
4) Be able to somehow make it into a door type of set up. using some sort of center tie out set up
5) DIY is probably not right up my alley, but if you guys do have something that isnt too difficult, I'd be more than happy to get my hands dirty.
Thank you for any of the help you guys might be able to offer me. I'm glad i found this forum. And if you aren't already a regular at the hammockcamping subbredit we'd love to have you gusy.