Wondering how you guys get on with minimal tarp cover? How small do you go?
I just weathered my first mediterranian summer storm. Because it's mild and generally doesn't rain much here I've been using the golite poncho tarp set up on the asym. My hammock is on the long size, 3.5m, and it only just covers the ends. I stayed dry with some misting and a little rain catching both gathered ends.
I've been thinking about poncho tarp designs, as well, and think you could get a larger tarp size using a different shape. The golite is a long rectangle, with the bottom section velcroed up when used as a poncho without a rucksack. If the tarp was a parallelogram with the 'inner rectangle' matching poncho dimensions you could use the golite Velcro idea to fold in the two triangle 'wings' of the parallelogram. Should give more even cover than the long rectangle on the diagonal, right?
I'm not sure I'm sold on the poncho tarp, does anyone combine a tarp and a poncho? I've had good coverage using two ponchos but the setup was tricky.