For an Aussie adventure, go for an Aussie designed swag like the Redgum from Burke & Wills. The Redgum is the signature swag from the Burke & Wills range, and it’s easy to see why – it’s got all the features you’ll need to stay comfy and dry no matter what the weather is like.
The rot and waterproof canvas is constructed to withstand whatever the elements throw at you, which let’s face it can be a lot. The Redgum is perfect for warm summer nights, as the canvas can be unzipped to just the sandfly proof mesh layer which will keep a steady flow of air inside your swag. When the weather turns wet, you can zip everything up and have full protection from the rain. There’s also added ventilation panels at the head and foot, which will keep you nice and comfortable all night.
All you need is your favourite sleeping bag, as the Redgum comes with a 75mm foam mattress which’ll give you even distributed support all over, and will allow for more air to come through – so you won’t sweat through it! This dome system swag has plenty of headspace – so you won’t feel cramped and muggy in hot weather, and in the cold you can rug up inside your swag and not feel like the walls are closing in on you.
You can set up your Redgum on virtually any Aussie terrain, so you can get out and explore this great country with a solid place to rest every night.
How does this swag compare to the Jolly Swagman Shiralee in terms of overall quality, and particularly waterproofing? Another reviewer raised concerns of this brand being made in China, has this affected the quality?
So far, we haven't noticed any difference in the quality of the Burke and Wills swags since manufacturing was moved off-shore.
It's very hard to distinguish the two as they're both great swag brands. However, I have found that Jolly Swagman do put that little bit of extra effort into their product through really considering each component which gives me a little more confidence in purchasing a long-term product.
To be honest, the biggest overall difference is in their design and the use of fibreglass poles (Jolly Swagman) over alloy poles (Burke and Wills) which comes down to a personal preference. The canvas itself is very similar.
In terms of waterproofing, we haven't heard of any ongoing issues with either brand and the type of canvas they're using, only the once off issues or matters that can be easily resolved.
l am having trouble setting up my Redgum single Swag. cheers margie
To set up these swags, simply roll it out in the spot that you would like to camp on, and peg it out to keep it in position. Then assemble the poles allowing the longer pole section to be at the head end, and the shorter at the foot end. Feed the pole through the upper tab which will hold the head and foot end up and feed the pin on the ring on the corner of the swag up in to one end of the pole. Then with a little effort you can feed the pin on the other side into the other end of the pole. These can be a little difficult on a brand new swag as the fabric is stiff but perseverence usually sees you through. When you have both ends on the pins, just hook over the black plastic hooks on the swag, to the poles to finish off. Then when that is all done, simply peg out the guy ropes at each end to pull it nice and tight.
A good thing to then do is to wet it all down and season the fabric an stitching. This will swell the fabric and the stitching to gain the waterproof rating and keep rain and showers out of your swag. If you don't do this step then you may find that the swag is not as waterproof when it rains for the first time, and you may encounter some leaking around the seams. It would be recommended that you do this 2 or 3 times and allow your swag to dry out between each seasoning. You will also find that the swag is easier to put together the next time as the fabric has a chance to stretch a little.
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