have had this swag for 2 months as of May 2015 and the first 8 days I had it I
lived out of it during our epic adventure to Israelite Bay and beyond! This is
my second swag review and everything in this review is just my opinion on the Darche King Tourer swag from my own experience.
We are not sponsored by nor have anything to do with Darche
so this is an unbiased review.
Darche King Tourer
long and 1100mm wide
opening option of canvas and fly net
window just above the head
A cool modern
looking black canvas
setup (2 at the head end and 1 at the feet end)
Stealth black or Khaki
70mm Mattress options
I looked at about 3 different swags over as many weeks and
finally decided to get the Darche King Tourer as it’s 1100 mm wide. It ticked my
three boxes for size: 1.A good
width. 2. Fits on the roof rack when rolled up. 3. A bit more head
room than my previous swag.
Also with the extra room I can put my muddy boots
inside the swag on rainy days (in a plastic bag of course) and fit a
clothing bag without feeling cramped.
Over the eight days I used my new Darche King Tourer swag we encountered
42+ degree heat days, heavy and light rain, windy conditions on the beach,
surfaces, soft surfaces and a magic night under some very rare Australian
Now that I’m thinking back, it’s as if the 4WD gods pulled every
condition out for me to test the swag! Well they forgot about the mud… time
will tell and I will update this review at that stage.
So how did it hold up in the conditions? Well I’m happy to
say that even on a relatively hot still night the big vents at each end work
well for cooling. On our last two nights which were sub 15 degrees C with wind
closing the vents halfway the swag did the job for me. Of course depending on the quality of your
sleeping bag your experience could be very different.
With the heavy rain some water did leak through the stitching
at one end, that said the next morning there was only a little bit of moisture
in the swag (nothing to worry about but it does leak).
On both soft and uneven surfaces the mattress did a great
job and feels quite dense.
The star gazing vent/window got used a lot as the moon phase
was nearing ‘new moon’ during our adventure and we had Auroras!! How good is
Having a black swag
does have its minor problems:
The Darche King Tourer swag looks cool in black but at night it’s really hard
to see, I had better mention that the guide ropes are also black!
I have never
tripped over swag guide ropes as much as I did with this swag. On average 4
times a night I or someone else would trip over it.
My solution was to
put 2 flaps of alfoil around each guideline and that pretty well sorted the
tripping hazards out.
Also being a black swag it can end up looking filthy very
easily just like a black 4WD, dirt shows up more…
My selling points
(Why I chose the Darche King Tourer):
the main things that got this swag over the line was the size, the star gazing
window, the PVC bottom and of course the cool Stealth Black colour which just
suits my 79 series Cruiser’s trim.
Oh and one more thing, there is no middle
pole! I don’t like middle poles in swags…
Swag review BAD points:
leaving the canvas half open it weighs down the fly net which can be a bit annoying
Water can enter from the stitching due to the star gazing design...
that come with it are really weak and need upgrading/replacement, I have bent
every single one over the 8 days.
Swag review GOOD points:
fly mesh is superfine keeping the smallest of bugs out, but not the sand on windy
The star gazing window is really awesome! Yes you can see the stars in other
swags but you can’t look straight up at them unless you have the
Darche King Tourer.
The mattress is excellent but
time will tell if it stays that way.
It simply looks cool and how many ‘cool looking’ tents are out there?
Yep not many!
Darche King Tourer Swag Review Update:
I have had the Darche King Tourer swag for a lot longer now and not long
after the review was written and filmed the poles started failing, in other
words they kept snapping and now I have given up on repairing it after the 7th
snapped section on the poles. The poles are very weak and thin so beware of
I even rang Darche to see if they’d replace the poles and
they replied saying the poles are not under warranty at all but the swag itself
is for 12 months only.
I then asked if they sold replacements and was told they did
but they are made from the same weak material so I made the choice not to buy
them as I’d be better off using the repaired poles which are now stronger.
the repairs cost me $20 for each 4 snaps. I have since thrown the Darche swag
into a corner of the garage and invested in another swag instead with a 5 year
warranty and strong poles.
Ronny’s rating: 9 out
Ronny’s rating system
from 1-12 works like this;
1 being the worst thing
5 being very average
10 being awesome
11-12 being beyond