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Best swag camp set up?

Post by Gazuki » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:19 pm

Hey guys im taking off on a round Aus trip on a DR650 and have been looking into a swag style camp set up. Idealally a complete swag, matress, bag would be awesome if someone could point me in the right direction. Had a look at Darche Biker Dome swag which I quite like buy havent been able to see one in person.
As I said any help would be greatly apprechiated.

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Re: Best swag camp set up?

Post by backtodirt » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:08 pm

The swag does not let me put gear in with me so went a dome tent 1 person, packs up very small 5 minutes to put up and can sit up in it when it is pissing down! (tested it Saturday night in back yard :lol:)

I just find the swag a bit too small but people seem to love em!
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Re: Best swag camp set up?

Post by Uncle Dave » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:05 pm

Hi Gaz, I used a swag a couple of times on the bike but there were 2 problems...

1. The rolled up size was still quite large on the bike and
2. When it rains a swag isn't great to be in.

As Jeremy said you cannot store any gear inside them if it does rain. I use a lightweight hiking tent and thermarest, packs up smaller than a swag but does take about 5 mins to setup compared with 5 seconds for the swag.

I have been in a swag up Cape York at the end of the wet season and when it rains you get wet!

If you still want to go a swag then I have heard good reports of these but have no personal experience with.. ... kers.shtml
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Re: Best swag camp set up?

Post by Gazuki » Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:39 pm

Cheers Guys,

Looks like im sticking with me tent.

I think I like the Idea of a swag which was clouding my judgement. I heard alot of storys like yours Dave, so tent it is I guess.

Cheers all the same.

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Re: Best swag camp set up?

Post by Whitey » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:49 pm

Another vote for a lightweight tent. My tent only weighs a couple of kilos and combined with my sleeping bag and thermarest, takes up about half the space of any swag I've seen.
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Re: Best swag camp set up?

Post by Hoyks » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:48 pm

A bivi bag might be an option, again a bit restricted inside though.

I have a Coleman 2 man tent, but they would have to be Siamese Twins to actually use it as a 2 man. A hiking version packs up quite small but as said above, gives the option of stowing stuff in the tent with you. The vestibule at the front lets you store stinking boots and stuff you would rather outside.

I lived in Townsville for years and in that part of the world a swag is a bit of a waste. They are nice and warm if the weather is cool, but lack ventilation if it warms up a bit. A dome tent gives the option to leave the waterproof cover off so that you get ventilation but don't get swarmed by bugs once the sun goes down.

It sucks if you have to spend the night steaming away in a sleeping bag because if you stick your head out you get eaten by mozzies. When hiking and sleeping rough I had a mozzie net I could hang over a swag to keep the bugs off, but a mozzie dome is better. Less chance of bugs of snakes joining you in bed too.

This is what I have and someone elses review. Not the best, not the worst, but reasonable quality and reasonably cheap. I don't know if they still make them, but there should be something similar available. ... -tent.html

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