I KNOW it’s late, but happy New Year.
I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and took advantage of the great camping weather. It was fantastic to see good numbers of visitors to the Mary Valley, with camping grounds filled to capacity. This beautiful piece of country offers a real cross-section of good old-fashioned outdoor fun, whether four-wheel-driving through the state forests, fishing the creeks and impoundment or just camping and taking in what nature provides.
I’ve been lucky enough to join in on the holiday fun, enjoying the company of our children (now all adults) and grandkids. When we all get together there is always chatter about new products such as fishing kayaks, or in this instance what my oldest son Clint has done to his Mazda BT-50 such as a dual battery install, a new light bar and how the new Micky Thompson tyres perform.
This is when I first saw the Adventure Kings Big Daddy Deluxe double swag. We were impressed with this product and the value for money it provides. It is a generous-sized swag with plenty of room for two. The substantial floor material and the quality of the zip system throughout surprised me considering the price. Even my wife was comfortable on the standard 70mm high-density foam mattress with its removable and washable cover. I mentioned it is a double swag but if you’re lucky enough to be sleeping solo, you can store a considerable amount of goods such as bags, a bow or gun case and other general items.
One feature I feel is important, especially at this time of year, is the large insect-screened area that allows airflow through your swag.
The boys recently went on a Moreton Island trip and were very happy with how the Big Daddy swag withstood the downpour of a typical Queensland storm. An important feature in these conditions is how the floor and ripstop canvas are joined. The floor material continues up the walls of the swag for about 80mm, so the whole floor acts like a basin, which is important in heavy showers where a lot of water pools on the ground and has the opportunity to seep through seems.
The unit comes with its own carry bag and is easily secured to the ground with steel pegs provided. At both ends of the swag you’ll find generous shrouds over the windowed areas. These can be secured with a steel peg and rope, allowing airflow to continue even when you have the swag closed up in moderate to heavy rain. I’ve seen this product offered for under $200 but if you check around you will find various package deals where you can buy the Big Daddy swag with two large sleeping bags or a freestanding bed.
The Big Daddy swag is quick and easy to erect and simple to take down. I must admit, rolling the swag took two attempts because our first was a little sloppy. On the second attempt we rolled it nice and tight and it was easily placed in its carry bag. In fairness, we did roll the unit with two sleeping bags on the mattress. It’s a habit I have so at our next destination we simply roll it out, erect the swag and climb in as snug as a bug in a rug.
The swag and two sleeping bags weigh in under 25kg combined, so I found the carry bag with its substantial straps easy to lift onto the shoulder to move around or simply load onto the back of the ute. To me, this seems the ideal product as a weekend camping setup for a couple exploring the bush or beach.
Do yourself a favour and check the Adventure Kings swags out.