21301 ‘Hobart’ Traditional Canvas Swag Bedroll

The epitome of traditional swag camping. An updated version of the age-old Aussie bedroll combining shelter and mattress in one lightweight roll.

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Product Description

Hobart is the epitome of swag tradition. A simple bedroll with integrated PVC bucket floor and bug-stop mesh. It is ideal for a no-frills night under the stars.

Features include:
400g (12oz) proofed rip-stop poly-cotton canvas
50mm high density supportive mattress with removable cover
38mm heavy duty webbing compression straps
Internal pocket for keys, torch etc
PVC boot mat
Strong 550g PVC floor
Double zip allowing full length entry and additional ventilation
3 eyelets/tie off points at head end
1 eyelet/tie off point at foot end
Bug-stop insect screen
Large head flap

Please note: Hobart is supplied with pegs and guys but without poles.

Hobart is a traditional style flat bedroll swag. Just add your blankets or sleeping bag and get a really cosy, comfy rest after a hard day in the great outdoors.

Goes up (and down) in seconds. A minute or two and you’re ready to sleep under the stars. The swag can be used with the supplied mattress, with your own or with none, depending on your preference. Hobart will roll up smaller without the 50mm mattress so it can be carried on foot some distance.

Approximate dimensions:
Rolled up with mattress: 920mm x 300mm
Rolled up without mattress: 1000mm x 150mm, can also be folded flat
Unrolled: 2100mm x 1300mm
Mattress: 50mm x 2000mm x 900mm
Weight: 6kg (including mattress)
Weight: 4.15kg (excluding mattress)

Images show both the Lichen and the Earth Brown swag. We now only produce it in brown but some old stock may be available at one of our retail outlets, under the name ‘Solo 2’.

Need to know more about swags?
Canvas swags are a relatively new concept to the UK and, hopefully, this guide will give you more of an idea of what you can expect from this famous well proven icon of the great outdoors.

It is an evolution of the days of Waltzing Matilda and the Australian ‘Jolly Swagman’ travelling from farm to farm looking for work and sleeping by the billabong under the coolibah tree in his simple bedroll – essentially his blanket in which all his belongings were kept.

The first thing to acknowledge about a swag is that it would be a mistake to call it a tent. In Australia, tents are tents and swags are swags. The humble swag is better thought of as a sleeping system. It is an extremely comfortable mattress set inside a strong, hard wearing canvas shelter. You can keep some items inside with you and sometimes even have more than one of you but you’re not going to be doing any cooking in there and getting dressed is easier outside than in.

Most swags are top loading, which means that if it’s raining and you want to get in or out, you’re going to get wet, as is the inside of your swag. To this end, the most popular way to enjoy a swag is to think of it as just the bed part of your camp set up (similar to how you may view a hammock). Pitch an awning on your 4×4 or a tarp between some trees and have the swag pitched at the edge of this shelter. Then you have a large area for cooking and other activities with your comfy canvas bedroom on the outskirts.  This means that you’re going to have a roof over you, protecting you from the weather and you can sleep with just the bug net, even if it’s throwing it down outside.

Outhaus swags are made from heavy duty waterproofed polycotton canvas and have strong waterproof PVC bases but they are not designed to be used alone in heavy downpours. They will shrug off a shower but if you insist on using one in the worst of British weather, you’ll definitely need an awning or tarp otherwise the canvas will eventually wet out. To some, this may be a strange concept, and not one that a manufacturer would admit to, but we’re comfortable with it. You either get swags or you don’t. We hope you do!

Still not sure? See the reviews on our ‘In the Press’ page. Once you ditch nylon for canvas there’ll be no going back!

Swag care instructions
Blog post: The Benefits of Swag Camping

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