So, the other day my boy scout troop went camping to 'break in' the new recruits, and guess what? It rained! Pretty much all the adults scoffed: "you'll get soaked!" they said, "you're little tarp can't possibly keep you dry!"
The next morning, I woke up under my $10 walmart tarp dry as a bone.
The irony? The rain had soaked through the rain flies on some of the tents, and had soaked through the bottoms of others. I couldn't help but feel a little smug, surrounded by tired, wet ground dwellers.
And while I'm here, what's the big deal with the enormous sil nylon tarps I've seen? My standard-issue tarp has served me flawlessly...
Edit: noticed the typo in the title. My bad.