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Question Opinions on Swags, Please

Looking at buy a swag for the first time.

Interested in any opinions/tips/experience or just a good story about swags in particular Air Swags.

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First thing you want to do is work out why you need a swag.


Do you just want the convenience of throwing one on the ground for quick, easy overnight stops? Do you intend to camp for a week at a time in it? Your self or a partner sharing? Likely temperature of the areas you wish to use it in. Thick or thin mattress....how comfy do you like to sleep. Do you feel safe sleeping on ground level or would a bed based swag suit you better?


I,ve had various swags over the years but found that as 99% of my camping is in warm to hot regions a simple lightweight tarp and a 75mm mattress was best. Combined with a small instant up 2 man mesh tent camping was easy. Set up time under 5 minutes. Dozens of different styles but first you have to work out exactly how you want to camp. Many tent like swags would see you boil in top end heat. Open airy ones would see you freeze in a Perth winter.
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hey mate,

we just bought our son a new oztent bunker pro...

great in summer as it has plenty of midgy-proof openings for ventilation and can be closed up and protected from rain also, with a separate fly that covers the whole unit.

expensive, but i see it as a lifetime purchase...

pair it with a decent self-inflating mattress and you should be good to go.

only downside is that whilst it packs up pretty small, it isn't the lightest thing going...
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Do you just want the convenience of throwing one on the ground for quick, easy overnight stops? Do you intend to camp for a week at a time in it? Your self or a partner sharing? Likely temperature of the areas you wish to use it in. Thick or thin mattress....how comfy do you like to sleep. Do you feel safe sleeping on ground level or would a bed based swag suit you better?


We travel all year round with the coldest we have slept in is -2 in the goldfields and 32 overnight near Wittenoom. Most of our stops are overnight although on occasions we have camped for 3 to 4 days. It would be a double swag for the two of us although maybe a Single king unsure if this would be too small. Thick mattress sleeping on the ground although may move to a camp bed as age and injuries start to catch up on us. Looking for a quick setup uptime.


I have heard that Darche is the best brand. But some people swear by the Kings brand.
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I,d go for a double swag and a decent self inflating mattress..


Such as...https://www.snowys.com.au/bandit-swag-1400


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https://www.snowys.com.au/megamat-10-duo


Having just one swag to roll up and one mattress to de-air is easier. The Exped mattresses are a must! Guaranteed good night sleep. Many mattress,s that come with the swag leave a lot to be desired..
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I used a swag for a while, but ended up ditching them. I found set up time pretty much the same as a small tent, with less room, larger and heavier, and not as versatile. I sleep in temps down to -10

That's just my experience, and plenty of friends use swags consistently and still love them
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I used a swag for a while, but ended up ditching them. I found set up time pretty much the same as a small tent, with less room, larger and heavier, and not as versatile. I sleep in temps down to -10

That's just my experience, and plenty of friends use swags consistently and still love them
I have similar feelings.

I once bought a pair of "biker swags" from a Grays Auction, but they were stolen from storage before I could collect (so I received a refund). They are the only swags I've ever owned - but I never saw them, much less used them.

I use a pop-up tent for touring, and a slightly larger OzTent 4 person tent (about right for 2) for longer stays. If I'm feeling inspired, and trust the weather, I'll forgo the tent and sleep on a groundsheet.

My pop-up tent appears faster & easier to set up than most modern swags, and it keeps me dry when it rains - where some swag owners feel the need to string a tarp over their swag in wet weather, extending the set-up & pack-up times. With a 50mm Thermarest and a quality down sleeping bag I'm warm in temperatures down to -5. Separate tent, mattress & sleeping bag are easier to make fit into the 4by than most swags I've seen - but this was more of an issue with Shorty than it is with the NT.

I can't rule out ever owning / using a swag, but it's not currently high on my list of potential purchases.
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All my friends with swags set them up under a gazebo or tarp. Recent club hunt it proved wise when it started raining as my tent decided to leak at the top and I had nowhere dry to hang out. I do wonder what the point is of the swag with waterproof cover already over the top
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I,d go for a double swag and a decent self inflating mattress..


Such as...https://www.snowys.com.au/bandit-swag-1400


and



https://www.snowys.com.au/megamat-10-duo


Having just one swag to roll up and one mattress to de-air is easier. The Exped mattresses are a must! Guaranteed good night sleep. Many mattress,s that come with the swag leave a lot to be desired..
I totally agree regarding the Exped mat. Best thing Iíve bought in a long while. I have neck issues and am extremely sensitive to mattress quality/comfort and for the Exped Megamat awsome. In fact, I got soft last holidays and stayed in a holiday house but the houseís mattress was so bad I was wishing Iíd brought my Exped Megamat so I could have slept on the floor.

However , instead of a swag, I think the ultimate setup would be an Exped Megamat with an instant pop up tent (smaller & lighter packed up, more internal space, and less internal moisture on cold nights)
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Have a kings and itís been good for the $$ - but just bought my daughter a Darche swag for her 18th - head and shoulders better - if you can afford it go Darche
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