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Old 08-31-2012, 03:26 PM   #76
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I had one a couple of yrs ago and only used it twice. I had too much trouble getting in & out of it so moved it on so someone a bit more flexible than me maybe in a few yrs when Ive had my knees replaced and my back fixed I can try one again.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:09 PM   #77
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Grew and still growing.......might look for a double swag
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #78
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I've had a look through a few old threads about swags and revived this most recent one.

I'm looking at the Oztrail biker swag...... seems to get pretty good feedback from inmates and can be got for about $120.00 on Ebay.

Couple of questions.

I use an Exped SIM mat. 197X65cm. Does anyone know if that will fit?

Can anyone tell me the rolled dimensions without the supplied foam mattress?
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:08 PM   #79
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Hi Woopy, I just recently bought one of those oztrail jiggers off an inmate, it is streets better than my 10 yr old biker swag.

I use 2 self-inflaters in mine, 'cos I like to be real comfy. They are both of the larger, thicker variety.

In my old all-canvas jobbie I used to use a 25mm high density foam base with a self-inflater over the top, mainly to prevent punctures. With the new oztrail one, the base is plasticised, so I take extra care not to park it over any ground that may have sharps in it, and so far it has worked out (all 2 usages so far).
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #80
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Hi Woopy, I just recently bought one of those oztrail jiggers off an inmate, it is streets better than my 10 yr old biker swag.

I use 2 self-inflaters in mine, 'cos I like to be real comfy. They are both of the larger, thicker variety.

In my old all-canvas jobbie I used to use a 25mm high density foam base with a self-inflater over the top, mainly to prevent punctures. With the new oztrail one, the base is plasticised, so I take extra care not to park it over any ground that may have sharps in it, and so far it has worked out (all 2 usages so far).
Hi GS, what brand/size self inflaters did you use?

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:19 AM   #81
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Hi GS, what brand/size self inflaters did you use?

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Hi Trev. I am using a kathmandhu one I bought on sale for $80, it's RED. It's not their thickest, but from memory it's around 7.5 or 8 cm thick. They colour-code the sizes eh.

I also have an ALDI one, and it's BLUE. it is also around 7.5 to 8 cms thick, and cost less than $30. Aldi only sell one size, but you have a choice of 2 colours, BLUE or black from memory.

So, RED and BLUE, now all I need is something WHITE (no rude suggestions you lot ). Go the Doggies.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:21 AM   #82
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Old thred revival!!

I used to hike, so I have gone from hiking tents to lightweight fly only, thermorest's. Also do camping, done the foldover canvas, to the expensive swag and now to the bike swag.

Like Oldfatbeerman, I would say the best solution is a swag with a tarp, however my tarp is a lightweight fly. These days, all I camp in are swags. They are just too easy. Most times, I just roll it out and use it as a mattress. I currently have 2, one for the 4wd and one for the bike. I prefer the modern ones with a vinyl bottom, because in the rain they dont get damp. In rain, I will put up the flysheet, but the ground always gets wet, so the plastic bottom is a good thing. Worst case, the canvas is generally pretty watertight, but will still get damp. The other bonus with vinyl bottom is its easier to clean leaves/sand/dirt off as you are rolling it up.

Here is a few tips for swag purchse:

In an area with no mozzies or insects, you want to leave it open (unless its really cold). When there is mozzies, you need a fine mesh. If you have mozzie mesh, then you need to either have poles or hoops or the ability to tie to trees, cause the mozzie mesh is useless if there is not a separation between you and the mozzie's blood sucker tube.

In cold, you just want to zip up the swag and stay warm, in rain, you want it zipped up but you need to breath. Consider one that has a window near your head. In hot you dont want any canvas, just a matress and probably mozzie mesh.

The swag I have for the bike is close to what I want. Not sure of the brand, but I am yet to find better. Its mass manufactured one, so probably oztrail.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:13 AM   #83
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I've had a look through a few old threads about swags and revived this most recent one.

I'm looking at the Oztrail biker swag...... seems to get pretty good feedback from inmates and can be got for about $120.00 on eBay
Couple of questions.

I use an Exped SIM mat. 197X65cm. Does anyone know if that will fit?

Can anyone tell me the rolled dimensions without the supplied foam mattress?
Dave, I will measure mine tomorrow for you. With my metzeler thermal rest and Vango Ultralite 900 sleeping bag inside the swag, rolled up it will fit inside my 30 litre watertight Seak bag.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:37 AM   #84
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I've had a look through a few old threads about swags and revived this most recent one.

I'm looking at the Oztrail biker swag...... seems to get pretty good feedback from inmates and can be got for about $120.00 on Ebay.

Couple of questions.

I use an Exped SIM mat. 197X65cm. Does anyone know if that will fit?

Can anyone tell me the rolled dimensions without the supplied foam mattress?
I use the exped synmat 7 delux which fits perfectly in the swag it is 197 x 65...leave mine in the swag deflated for packing on the bike, makes the swag very economical to carry.
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:35 PM   #85
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loosley rolled up mine is 230mm wide and a bout 440mm long with light sleeping bag and deflated exped inside
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:56 PM   #86
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[QUOTE=GodSilla;20359591]Hi Woopy, I just recently bought one of those oztrail jiggers......../QUOTE]



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loosley rolled up mine is 230mm wide and a bout 440mm long with light sleeping bag and deflated exped inside
Thanks for all the responses there, gents. I'm aiming at a simple quick setup for easy overnighters and this sounds ideal.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:59 AM   #87
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I have a Darche biker swag and very happy with that. I put my Exped synmat in it and it rolled up quite compact. However inflating and deflating the mat in the swag is a PITA, a bit self defeating in terms of swags being quick and easy. Last trip I reverted to the foam mattress that came with it and was still quite comfortable
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #88
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I've got a Mr Swagman Biker swag. No problems here.

http://www.mrswagman.com.au/camping-...r-bikers.shtml
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:58 PM   #89
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I've got a Mr Swagman Biker swag. No problems here.

http://www.mrswagman.com.au/camping-...r-bikers.shtml
5kg!! No thank you... a tent should be well under 2kg for me to even look at it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #90
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Took out the mattress, replaced it with a 3/4 Blue Kathmandu self inflatar, mummy style sleeping bag with cotton liner and Black wolf self inflating pillow. Threw it on the scales. 7.7kg.

May go back to tent etc!
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