Thinking of purchasing a Big Daddy double swag but wondering whether it’s worth it? Perhaps you’ve heard some negative reviews and are wondering whether it’s best to steer clear of it?
Well, in this Kings Big Daddy Deluxe Swag review, I run through the pros and cons, the main features, and what people like and don’t like about it. Finally, I’ll let you know whether I think it’s a good buy or not.
Sound good? Let’s get started!
Pros & Cons
With the pros and cons out of the way, let’s take a look at the Kings double swag in more detail.
Swags often conjure up images of tight, claustrophobic spaces, with little room to move around. The Kings double swag however, is much more spacious than regular swags.
The mattress inside the swag is 1.5m wide, which is plenty of space for a couple. It is also 2.1m long, which means that even very tall people will be able to comfortably lie down.
Thanks to the dome design, the swag also has a head height of 1 metre, which is much higher than most other swags. This really adds to the roominess and makes it feel more like a squat tent than a swag.
Packed up, the tent is 160cm x 38cm x 38cm. This is quite bulky, especially for a swag. Make sure that it can comfortably fit in your vehicle before locking in a purchase.
At 16.9kg, this is not a light swag by any means. This hefty weight, combined with the bulky packed dimensions, make it a little difficult for 1 person to carry on their own.
If you have to carry it more than a few metres, make sure that you get your sleeping partner to help you.
This Adventure Kings swag is made from thick 400GSM canvas. This is right at the upper end in terms of canvas thicknesses for tents and swags.
Theoretically, this should be enough to keep you dry no matter the weather conditions. Despite this, a number of people have complained that their Kings double swag is not waterproof and readily leaks at the first sign of rain.
This may be an issue with the seam sealing, although I suspect that many of these people have not seasoned their canvas before using it. Adventure Kings highly recommend that you season your swag before you use it for the first time.
This will help the canvas swell and close off any needle holes left when the fabric was sewn together during the manufacturing process.
The Big Daddy comes with a 70mm thick foam mattress included. This mattress along with a sleeping bag seems to be comfortable enough for most people. Very few people have complained that the mattress is uncomfortable.
Of course, if the included 70mm mattress isn't comfy enough for you, this unit is definitely roomy enough to fit an extra swag mattress. Alternatively, you could place it on top of a swag stretcher and boost the comfort that way.
The included mattress comes with a removable polycotton cover that you can wash separately to the mattress itself.
As you would expect from a swag, the setup for this Kings swag is super simple.
Undo the straps on the bag and fully roll it out. Join all of the pole segments together and then attach the poles to the locator pins on each corner. Then attach the clips on the tent to the poles.
Finally, attach the central support pole and adjust the length before locking it into position. Attach the tent clips to this support pole too. Optionally, you can peg out the guy ropes to ensure that the storm flaps are taut.
Adventure Kings reckon that it takes just 2 minutes to set up, but I think that 5 minutes is probably more reasonable. Allow 10 minutes or so on your first go.
Known Issues & Warranty
On the whole, the Big Daddy Deluxe swag is highly regarded and considered to be a decent quality unit.
However, as mentioned earlier a number of people have had issues with the waterproofing on this swag. It is not clear whether this is a manufacturing defect or simply a lack of canvas seasoning.
Canvas tents and swags often get poor reviews from people who consider them to not be waterproof, despite many other people having no issues whatsoever. This leads me to believe the seasoning is often the issue when it comes to canvas waterproofing issues.
A few people have also complained that the poles that support either end of this dome swag are quite flimsy and prone to breaking. Even if they don’t break, some have claimed that they aren’t strong enough to properly support the weight of the swag itself.
Despite this, most people seem very happy with their swag on the whole.
The Adventure Kings Big Daddy comes with a 1 year warranty, so if you do find that you are having issues with it, you can make a warranty claim directly to Adventure Kings. Find out more about their warranty policy here.
Kings also offer a 30 day Change Of Mind guarantee, should you wish to return the swag before you use it.
You can purchase the Adventure Kings double swag as a standalone unit, with a polyester bag, or with a canvas bag.
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Conclusion - Kings Big Daddy Deluxe Double Swag Review
The Kings Big Daddy Deluxe double swag is a very solid choice for a 2 person swag. It is fitted with a thick 70mm mattress for comfort and is surprisingly spacious for a swag.
Thick cotton construction, simple setup and a very affordable price all combine to make this one of the most popular double swags in Australia.
The biggest downside is the weight and bulkiness when packed. At 16.9kg and 1.6m packed, it is a bit unwieldy; you’ll probably need a second person to help carry it unless you’re camping right next to your vehicle.
If this doesn’t bother you, then I recommend you check out this swag and see what you think.
Otherwise, check out my list of the best double swags in Australia to see what other options are out there!
Any questions? Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out!
Interested in the other products that Adventure Kings offer? Check out my Adventure Kings roof top tent review!
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