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's as roomy as a small tent. You can fit you, your missus (or mister) and your dog in the Dee as it’s spacious with a lot of head room, which is unusual for a swag.
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.
Just bought one of these and I have just seasoned the canvas. It is hard to find any faults with it. Quick to set up. Top quality canvas and stitching that will last many years. Water beads on the canvas and runs off. Good quality zippers. Lots of ventilation if needed. Nice and roomy inside (more like a tent than a swag). I'm nearly 2m tall and can fit in comfortably. Pockets for wallets and phones at both ends of swag. The mattress is the only thing I will probably change as it could be a bit thicker but still ok - I have yet to sleep in it but will probably purchase the 1300 self inflating mattress Darche have on offer. Definitely worth the money as this thing will last a long time. It also looks great. Probably the best swag I have seen.
I love this swag its well worth the money everything on it is just top quality its got so much room
This product is really well made. I was worried about water pooling on top of the swag, but when its set up properly it is not an issue. It is made out of good quality canvas too so even after a good soaking or two there was no trace of water inside.
Heaps of room for me and some of my gear, or even easily enough room for 2 adults to sleep comfortably.
The mattress came in a separate carry bag that was completely split prior to me opening the box, which isnt great but also not a huge issue. It is just a cheap foamy (not the greatest thing ever like they advertise) so I would definately recommend a self inflator over the top unless you are a lightweight.
All in all, im very happy with the purchase.
In the photos it looks like if the water ran off the top on the foot section (enclosed end) of the swag, it would easily follow into the side window (following the creases of the canvas)?
You're safe on this one. All the windows of the Darche Dirty Dee swag have been built with storm flaps to prevent water penetrating or running off and into the swag. In regards to your specific question, if you look closely you'll see grooves on either side of the mesh which exists to redirect run-off.
I would like some awning poles for my this tent
A good option for your DIrty Dee would be the Swag Awning Poles from Darche which you can check out here.
This looks a great product. I am looking to upgrade as my current tent/cot leaks in heavy rains after the water pools on flatter top parts. Does this product have any issue with leaking or pooling in heavy rain?
So far we haven't had any feedback from other customers about pooling or leaking in this particular swag.
In general we find Darche swags to be very well made and designed, so if you pitch it correctly then you shouldn't run into any problems if you get caught in a drizzle.
The Dee certainly has all the features to prevent leaks as it's seam sealed, made from proofed canvas, has a welded PVC bucket floor, and awnings to close off the swag if you encounter wet weather.
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