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Old 13th May 2014, 06:44 AM
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prefer instant popup tent and self inflating mattress over a swag.
Takes probably 1 minute longer to setup than a swag but has more advantages like being able to store some gear, tall enough to sit up in and folds up more compact than a swag

something like this:


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Great idea but my concern is how waterproof is it?
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Old 13th May 2014, 09:19 AM
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as with anything you get what you pay for. There are cheapies for less than $50 but I would bring a tarp along as they are only single walled. The better ones are double walled.
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Old 13th May 2014, 11:45 AM
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Can't be that bad, I've slept in a woolen blanket and a tarp a couple of times and stayed dry in the rain, any tent is a step up from that. But then again there's some fun in squashing that thing crawling on you at night with your hand and putting it to the side to see what it was in the morning.

As i learn when i was a little younger, carry a tarp big enough to cover your tent some extra rope and a couple of tent poles. Costs stuff all and beats being cold and wet with no place dry to go.

My problem with those tents isn't staying dry so much as working out how the hell to put it back in the bag!
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My problem with those tents isn't staying dry so much as working out how the hell to put it back in the bag!
This is one of the greatest mysteries in life for me - they always seem to shrink as soon as you take the tent out!

I have grown to love my swag and pretty much keep it in my car nowadays, seems like I use it most weeks. Starting to think I need to upgrade mine, the mattress is getting pretty think now and I have outgrown it in length. The Roo Systems ones look alright...
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prefer a tent myself, unless in the central desert in which case an old school swag is fine.

Still don't mid a swaggie's breakfast though.....



(For the uninformed, a swaggie's breakfast is a piss and a look 'round)
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As i learn when i was a little younger, carry a tarp big enough to cover your tent some extra rope and a couple of tent poles. Costs stuff all and beats being cold and wet with no place dry to go.
Lol, you should try a quality tent. My MacPac tent (Eclipse, their "lightweight" 3 season tent) is old now, over 20yrs, & the fly zip doesnt work too well, but its totally waterproof! I've been in torrential downpours (TNQ, etc) with not a drop getting inside. Its been pitched on a grassy slope when it rained so hard for so long the slope turned into a lake ~2-3" deep (Milford Sound, NZ). Not a drop got inside!

Being waterproof depends on 2 things - the fly & the tub. MacPacs excel at both, the reason why they are so popular for extreme expeditions, bushwalkers & mountaineers. Anyone who demands a quality tent they can rely on under all conditions. Only prob is they are up to $1000 now
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I do have a quality tent. haven't had to tarp it yet, but a tarp and poles is great for extra shade and somewhere to cook. plus if i need to ever tarp it, it's there to do so.

But i've also slept on the back of a fire truck with a fire blanket too. i've been told i have the ability to sleep almost anywhere. no to bad as long as you leave your boots on, altho everytime ive had to for some reason there's been a lightning storm that night...
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I'll be buying a double swags next Thursday, do I need to do anything to make it waterproof?
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Some do, some don't. Just check the care instructions before you buy it
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