Thanks for the feedback. The Drift looks like a good option when the two of us are out and about (when she can carry it), but as you confirmed Mole, it's a bit much for solo use. Thanks for the photos Edh, that Notch is seeming better and better. At 5'7" (same as you I think?) I don't think I'd find it too claustrophobic. As with the Drift, I really like the option of opening it right out on both sides, or battening down the hatches. Although I'm really taken with the basic tarp idea, I'm a softie at heart and like being warm and dry (especially if I've been wet all day), so I'd just end up adding all sorts of extras with all the added weight. The openness of a tarp would be great on the continent perhaps, but at home in Scotland I'd be up all night shivering and fighting the gale/deluge/midges/ticks. The Trailstar however remains an attraction and I'll keep an eye out for a brown one (now Simon is keeping his). When I'm back in the UK I'll try one out.