The Deep Creek Tarp offers shade and protection all day or all night for those who like to sleep sans the walls of a traditional tent. The two poles, multi-loops and guy-out points offer an array of set up possibilities in any environment or camp locale.
The tarp is great, but the bag is terrible. A few years ago I bought a large Deep Creek Tarp and I love the storage bag. The new bag is a really bad design. It is bulkier than the large tarp which has compression straps built in. I was really disappointed.
Having a tarp to protect against the hot midday sun or an afternoon rainstorm has made our car camping setup so much more pleasant. We experienced a pretty windy evening on one outing that made me pretty nervous that a pole might buckle or the tarp might tear, but everything survived without incident. Overall it's been an awesome addition to our home away from home!