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Gear review: Oztent RS-2 Double Swag

Written by: John Ford

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Sometimes getting your caravan into remote campsites will be a big ask. So, a backup tent is a good option if you want to park the van to explore for a few days.

Oztent launched a range of swags to complement its tent range, and the new RS-2 double swag might suit couples looking for a handy transportable option to improve their camping experience. 

The Oztent RS-2 is a waterproof and UV50+ double swag engineered to endure harsh outdoor conditions. Like the brand’s tents, it’s designed with a patented quick 30-second setup, so you can enjoy your vacation more and spend less time setting up your camping gear. The swag is made from ModCan™ 300 D ripstop polyester material that is certified CPAI-84 fire resistant.

The swag comes with a comfortable 40mm double mattress that packs neatly into the sizeable durable carry bag. Big mesh windows and side ventilation ports keep you cool even on warm nights. The swag is equipped with storage pockets and light attachment points and includes an integrated awning for added shade. The frame of the swag is made from high-quality strong aluminium, and the screens are 65g No-See-Um Mesh which keeps out the smallest insects. The tub floor is made from 350 gsm heavy-duty, heat-sealed PVC, and it rises along the sides to keep you dry in the runoff of a heavy downpour.

The packed size of the swag is 197cm (L) x 65cm (W) x 30cm (H), while the setup size is 200cm (W) x 155cm (D) x 145cm (H). The awning adds an area of 200cm (W) x 130cm (D). The net weight of the product is 20.1kg. The package includes the swag, a 40mm high-density foam mattress, the integrated awning, two 1.9m (75in) telescopic poles, eight reflective guy ropes, 15 steel pegs, and an oversized carry bag.

For our review of the RS-2, we spent a week on Moreton Island in Queensland. As we were heading over on the ferry just after Australia Day, I figured the tracks would be badly cut up, and taking our van would be risky. The double swag was a better choice under the circumstances, and as it turned out, the Middle Road across the island was a nightmare and towing a big van was a challenge we didn't need on a week of relaxing and fishing.

The double fits into a high quality canvas bag that easily fits across the folded rear seats of the LandCruiser, leaving plenty of room to pack other equipment. 

The setup was as quick and straightforward as OzTent claims in its brochure. After unpacking the swag for the first time, we laid it out, stood it up and ducked inside to lock the frame into place. Next, add two poles for the awning, extending out over the front for welcome shade. The RS-2 was noticeably big compared to our camping companions' more traditional double swags. Some might even say it's more a small tent than a swag, but there were plenty of envious glances.

After four nights on the western shore of the island, we decided on a change of scenery and packed up camp. It was impressive that we were loaded up and resettled before the rest of the crew.

The kit comes with enough pegs and ropes to secure the tent in place in high winds, but we found that it wasn't necessary given the mild weather forecasted. The double stitching and high-quality canvas of the swag were notable, and the reflective guy ropes and neat rope pockets added value to the product. The ventilation in the swag was much better than most compact swags and kept the tent notably cooler. We added a self-inflating mattress for comfort and noted that Oztent has them as an optional accessory. The big floorspace has plenty of room and the added height allows occupants to kneel and move around easily. The wide entrance makes access easy. A flap over the large window is designed to allow a second awning which was welcome when it rained briefly on one night. The awning allows exceptional airflow but protects from the elements at the same time.

The Oztent RS-2 is listed at $1199 but can be found for $999 at larger camping stores. Despite being more expensive than other budget offerings, the quality of the RS-2 is superb and well worth the investment if you plan on using the swag for many years. The warranty is two years, and the durability and long-lasting nature of the product, combined with its easy setup, makes the Oztent RS-2 a reliable choice. 

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