Hi - I'm new to the world of tarps, being more of a lightweight backpacker and camper. In the spirit of carrying less and getting a bit closer to nature and the elements, I'd like to make the transition to a tarp. Saying that, I'll probably stick to the comfort of a double-skinned shelter for winter, as I don't really enjoy being freezing or wet or both. So, how do i avoid the latter while still getting the most out of a more minimal shelter? Googling around it seems the Trailstar enjoys a quite a following here in the UK. It has the reputation of standing up to serious weather, perhaps more than a flat tarp. Any views on this and on how different types of tarp deal with wind and rain storms? I'm based on the West coast of Scotland, so these things matter! In what conditions does a tarp work best, and when would you leave it at home and take the tent. For some reason I have a rather glum image in mind of tarp camping in Scotland - very different to the dry, sunny woodland tarp set ups in the US. So to make a tarp workable in the UK, what needs to go with it? I've read that some swear by a bivvy bag, others hate them. Some have full inner nets under their Trailstars, others have a combination of a bivvy bag and a bugnet, like the Borah Gear bivi. Basically I'm looking for advice on what type of tarp works best (I'm particularly interested in the Trailstar but also in ultralight medium-large flat tarps), and how to put a system together that is both lightweight and versatile. Any advice at all really! Also if there's any areas on this site I should look at or any other resources, please let me know. Thanks!