Rating: 3 / 5
This tarp has ups and downs. Let's start with the ups: excellent value. Where else can you get a 14 oz 8 X 10 silnylon tarp for $65? Astonishing. Other ups are that it has three center tie-outs for stable pitches. I'm amazed to see that Integral Designs makes tarps this size without an equivalent number of center ties.
Now the downs: as I use this tarp more and pitch it with more force, I'm seeing stretching and possibly light damage around the seams and grommets. This is affecting my peace of mind at night in windy conditions, although it hasn't failed yet*. I recently put silicone seam sealer around the grommets and on the affected seams. This seems to have solved the problem. Another complaint is that the ridgeline and the center seam are perpendicular for the normal A-frame pitch. This makes me wary of putting a lot of force on the ridgeline.
So, in summary, this tarp is a good value. Due to inferior construction, however, if I had to buy a tarp again I would choose one with reinforced webbing loops instead of grommets and a seam on the long axis (such as an Oware flat tarp). If you do buy the Equinox, reinforce key areas with SilNet.
*Note: if a webbing loop or grommet pulls out of a tarp, cover a small rock in a sound portion of the remaining fabric and wrap a rope around the base of the rock to hold it in place. This gives you an instant tie-out point anywhere you need it.