For quite a while now, I've been using a 1-man tent on my trips, the latest being a 2 lb Easton Kilo. The main draw for me is bug protection. Just seems like tarps would not offer me the same mosquito protection as a tent.
However, for this summer, I am thinking about going to a tarp, or at least trying one. I seem to have hit a 6.5 lb "big three" base weight with my bag (Marmot Helium, which I love dearly), backpack (Exos 58), and tent. Unless I (re)invest in a new bag, backpack, or both, looking at a tarp seems like the easiest way to drop some weight. Does anybody have any suggestions or ideas on tarps that may be less than $100 for a tarping newbie to try?
Just for reference, most of my trips are in the Sierras, but I'll sprinkle some coastal and Henry Coe trips in the mix as well. Oh, and I also use a Bearikade Weekender canister--hence the size of the backpack.