Darche have named Dee as their ultimate freestanding tourer in their range, and you can certainly see why. The Dee stands completely upright thanks to the clever pole trigger locking system, and it is as spacious as a small tent.
The mesh covered windows are massive, so you can unzip the fly to catch a glimpse of your beautiful surroundings while you chill out in your shelter. One of the really great features of Darche swags are their mattresses – which are the kind that are actually comfortable enough on their own without the need to add extra padding for grabbing some shut-eye.
You can get Dee ready for a good night’s rest lightning fast – so it’s perfect for the touring lifestyle. Over the years a swag can become like an old friend, who you’ve shared a long list of adventures with, so make sure you invest in a good quality shelter like the Dirty Dee to accompany you wherever you go.
The head pole snapped under very little pressure first time I set it up. Snowy sorted me out within 48 hours, with there impeccable service. Stitching is also not so clever . I have typically purchase cheap produce and made the decision to go for better quality brands however the two Darche products which I have recently purchased have both failed . My less branded products live on. Very disappointed and Darche is off the shopping list. Note that I am not heavy handed!
I'm sorry to hear about your experience with your Darche products, Brian. It sounds like we've sorted you out once already, make sure you get in touch with us should you experience further manufacturing issues.
Generally, we find Darche products to be reliable. Our warranty department keeps track of issues like yours and if these things keep occurring we'll take things up with our supplier.
Once again, I do apologise for the problems you've had.
We love our new Swag.The first night we slept in our Swag, the wind blew like hell and then the rain added to the mix. We were Snug as a bug, there was no movement nor flapping of material and we hadn't even put a peg in the ground.
We placed two 12mm Yoga mats from Kmart under the mattress and that made all the difference on our second outing.
The 1100mm is quite wide enough for the two of us and we both agree the 1400mm would have been too wide to pack easily into the 200 Sahara along with huge ARB fridge.
So far, we have slept in our Swag four weekends out of a possible five.
The fabric is so durable, we'll probably have this swag for the rest of our lives.
Thanks to Snowys for the great advice, youtube, and super fast delivery (in time for our first outing)
Guy and Lee.
Hi am interested in knowing if the Darche range of swags are midge proof. Have read teh litereature and it states nowhere about midge's or mozzies.
Having asked a number of swag experts in and around the office, it would appear that the Darche Dirty Dee 1100 isn't totally midge proof I'm sorry to say. To be midge proof, a swag needs to have a number of different elements all ticked off. To see if you're getting a swag that's midge proof or to make your swag midge proof, you can check out our blog here.
Upgrading my current swag (B&W Redgum) and would like to know if the Dirty Dee 1100 would be okay on a Darche XL 100 stretcher. Just worried the extra height of the Dirty Dee might make the stretcher unstable
I can't imagine the height of the swag will affect the stability of the stretcher to much, as your body weight will still be in the same position.
However, the concern with a high rising swag will be as the stretcher sags/bows with weight on it, the top of the swag will angle in against itself which will place significant pressure on the poles.
Thanks for the quick reply. Do you have any 1100mm wide swags you would recommend for use with a stretcher?
Unfortunately, you'll have the issue with any swag with poles and poles are now a very modern feature of almost all swags. However, the more you can lower the height of the swag, hopefully, the less strain you can place on the poles.
A common purchase for stretchers is the AOS Tracker Swag. If you're after the 1100 width, the double would be the best-suited size which is available here. Many people manage to get away with using the Tracker without any poles at all and the other benefit is that it's a fantastic quality Australian swag.
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