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    Swags

    Anyone know where to get decent swags in NZ?

    I know they are really popular over the ditch.

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    A swag is a mattress and two flaps of canvas. I look here and all I find us wee tents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROKTOY View Post
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    Hard antler mate. Very good
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    my brother had one very bulky ok for camping beside vehicle. his was the size of a large pack when rolled up.

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    I've had and used just about every type of Swag you can get ( I live in North Queensland for much of the year ) and spend a lot of nights camped out in the bush .
    Any Swag thats half decent is very bulky and not a backpack option . Even when you are traveling and camping from a vehicle they take up huge amounts of space and are a bit of a pain .
    Not many are truly waterproof and most are uncomfortable if your honest with yourself .
    The only Swag I currently own is just a local made canvas one with isn't inclosed with hoops etc , it is just a canvas bag with a foam matteress and a zip up one size .
    It keeps the dew off you and is ready to use in three seconds when rolled out beside the ute .

    My main go to vehicle camping setup now is one of these.

    https://www.oztent.com.au/Products/t...gs/bunker-shop

    It is comfortable , weatherproof , up off the ground and totally bug proof and packs up into a bag half the size of my traditional Swag .
    I wont buy another "Swag" ever again .

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    What @Ground Control said
    A very good friend of mine used a swag on a x- Australia motorcycle trip. Covered shitloads of k's each day-hard work. went to bed in the dark, started in the dark.
    While the swag was waterproof (never got caught in the rain though) and warm enough, he found he would wake up wet/damp the next morning. They don't breath that well. Obviously being rolled up like that and only brought out at night didn't help but that's what it was.
    Funnily enough I had this strange little one man tent that was like a swag. real small. Put it up in no time. I would leave the flap open to let it breath and it would still get condensation on the inside.
    It is definitely not for bad weather of if you want room that's for sure.

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    I have a swag love it had my one 3 years canít get them any more never had a condensation problem takes up a huge amount of room when packed but I like it warm as in winter cool in the summer with the top rolled back


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    We lived in our double swags for two years. Overland travel in Aus.

    Don't agree with Ground Control about comfort at all! These are freakin' fantastic, even the single ones. You can get up to all sorts of things in the double ones....

    https://www.southerncrosscanvas.com....ategory/swags/

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    Several manufacturers make quality swags like these. If you're camping with your loved one, go the double, saves on bulk, lot more fun.
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    You can get up to all sorts of things in the double ones....
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    Well Nick-D, I admire your imagination, but no.... neither of those.

    Just to confirm what was said earlier about bulk. This is a double swag rolled up. We designed our setup to accommodate two of those across the canopy, one on top of the other. When we take the trailer, they are rolled out flat on top of the lid, under the zip on cover.

    So yeah, regardless of what size they are, you need to have a think about where they go.

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    As flyblown has said you need to think about their location on vehicle many throw them on je roofracks and then wonder why he fuel gauge plummets.... Saw someone fold it in three instead of rolling so it gave less wind resistanve

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    If they are single swags and you have a double cab or Prado or similar, and there's only one or two of you, the best place is on the back seat. You don't want your swags somewhere the Otago dust can get to them, gritty dusty swags aren't nice. As long as a ute tray is clean and dry you're good. On the roof is to be avoided at all costs to my mind. Swags aren't for everyone but when you've got them as part of an integrated vehicle based setup, you ain't gonna want to go back to a shitty little hiking tent again. The integral mattress, heavy canvas and general weatherproofness makes most "flap flap" tents a right pain in the arse, when you're used to a swag.
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