Rating: 5 / 5
I found Ray Jardine's website link at the Pacific Crest Trail website. We bought the Ray Jardine two person kit with the long option in siliconized nylon. Our finished kit measures 106" wide by 119" long before adding the length of the beaks on the ends. But you can make the kit as wide as 118" since the included fabric is almost 60" wide. Kit instructions were easy to follow. Parts are not pre-cut. Thread is not included. If you don't buy Ray's thread (brand?), an acceptable sub for me was Gutermann upholstery thread from Joann Fabrics. The kit includes plenty of lines long enough for setting up the tarp with trees, sticks, rocks, trekking poles, etc. Instructions include how to waterproof the seams. The finished tarp weighs about 19 oz.
Coming from a tent culture, I had to get used to having ambient weather conditions dictate how I set up a shelter. The first time I set it up in high winds (backyard), it collapsed the three piece 48" carbon fiber pole I made from arrow shafts and aluminum rod connectors. The aluminum rod bent most likely because I had suspended the ridge line near the top of the pole--nonetheless, I substituted stainless steel for aluminum in version 2.0 of the pole. More importantly, I have since pitched the ridge line lower for wind. I also pitched the windward side of the tarp low for wind and higher for calm. I had no condensation at all once I pitched the tarp correctly. Being at one with nature includes mindfulness about how weather affects set up.
Set up is easy, but not explained in the kit instructions. The first sentence of the instructions suggest that the user read either of Ray's two books to get the 411. Most people would consider that self serving and unhelpful--YMMV. For what I have gained from reading Ray's webpages which emboldened me to move to lighter gear, I willingly bought Ray's books & have found more than just set up instructions. Those who want to keep those bucks in their wallets can google "Ray way tarp set up" and find a youTube video.
Ray's tarp was spacious, and coverage for two is very generous. Protection from rain exceeded expectations. We used ours with a net tent, so we could camp in comfort during bug season. The corner loops for suspending the net tent could have been positioned more favorably for when you have to pitch one side low to the ground--still not a deal breaker overall.
A fine product.