Hello from across the river in So. Indiana. I was in the same boat as you not so long ago...I couldn't even decide on a tarp, but then one of my candidates went on sale and helped make up my mind. Similarly with the hammock...another member wanted to sell his so I got a nearly new one at a small discount from the original price. Having lurked for a long time...I knew that I could resell these babies and get most of my money in return if they didn't work out for me. There's solid advice above me...take it and just jump in with both feet!!