Originally Posted by malloypc
Look into the Kelty Noah's tarps - much cheaper and just as functional.
I have been on a couple trips with the Kelty tarps and never found them as functional. They leaked every time, massively (two different ones each trip) and they just never seemed to as taut due to design (one side point versus 2-3) and therefor blew around a lot more than desired (and we all have minors in tarpology).
I have a design similar to the MSR in a smaller tarp and really appreciate the diversity of setup opportunities and ability to tie tautly.
We went ahead and purchased the MSR tarp. We found it for $80 less than the others and I have always had good luck with MSR customer service (hopefully that is still true). Being a dork I also like how MSR provides the full dimensions and sketches with their products so I know exactly what I am purchasing.
Was curious about the Duck Tarps but they look much more complicated to setup and ultimately require an extra $50 in purchases to use to their full ability. It also did not look as modular in design but their website lacked much information.
Thanks for all the input.