21304 ‘Palmerston’ Canvas Dome Swag

The largest of our swags, designed for space and comfort.

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Product Description

Palmerston is our largest swag to date. The full height ends give a far greater feeling of space and the double sided awning set up allows a covered food prep or admin area.

Features include:
400g (12oz) proofed rip-stop polycotton canvas
Strong 550g PVC bucket floor
PVC boot mat
Covered shooters window at each end with bug mesh, solid or completely open modes
50mm high density convoluted foam mattress with removable cover
Strong, lightweight aero-grade 8.5mm aluminium poles
Robust adjustable ridge pole
Zip up bug-stop mesh layer
Full length openings on either side
Full length bug mesh on either side
Optional awning poles
Optional canvas carry bag
Internal gear storage pockets
Heavy duty 38mm webbing compression straps

Just add your blankets or sleeping bags and get a really cosy, comfy rest after a hard day enjoying the great outdoors. Palmerston is the largest of our swags and at a push can fit two people, particularly good for a parent and young child.

Approximate dimensions:
Rolled up with mattress: 950mm x 370mm
Unrolled: 2000mm x 900mm
Head height: 800mm
Mattress size: 50mm x 2000mm x 850mm
Weight: 9.8kg (including mattress, pegs, ropes & poles)

Add a canvas carry bag to protect your Palmerston swag from the worst of the weather or when on the top of the truck and to carry some more of your kit.

The sides of Palmerston can be held up with trekking poles or sticks found around your chosen site but you can also add a set of poles (2 adjustable vertical poles) to your order if you need to.

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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