Dirty Dee Swag


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Darche is legendary for crafting some of the best swags on the market – it’s a key part of the company’s history. The Dirty Dee series is no exception, offering some of the best value around for a free-standing swag. When you’re ready to break camp, just roll it up – mattress and all – in to the included canvas bag

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    The DARCHE Dirty Dee Swag is available in three sizes: 900, 1100 and 1400.

    If you’re after the ultimate freestanding tourer, the Dirty Dee swag is made for you. With its roomy design, this Darche swag is both functional and comfortable – a true home away from home. It’s no surprise this swag is a favourite among Darche campers.

    Setup is a breeze with the unique trigger lock ridge poles. Like all Darche ridge pole swags, the Dirty Dee is free standing. The huge entry doors on either side ensure that you can enjoy the incredible views. The super-fine mesh windows offer great ventilation, keeping you cool while ensuring you’re well protected from the mozzies.

    The Dirty Dee swag is made from premium 420gsm ripstop polycotton canvas with an impressive 800mm waterhead rating. There’s also internal seam sealing and a reinforced, heavy-duty 600gsm welded PVC bucket floor to keep you dry in those rainy conditions. It comes with a premium quality, high-density 70mm foam mattress with a removable cover.

    Easy deployment means you can quickly get some rest on the included 70mm/2.75″ mat after a long day in the backcountry. Stowage is just as simple – just take down the poles and roll it up, mattress and all. The built-in compression straps make pack-down very easy. The canvas swag bag is perfect for storage and protection while you’re on the go – just throw it in the back of the car or on the roof rack and get on the road.

    We often get asked what the difference is between a Dirty Dee and the Dusk to Dawn swag. It really comes down to design – both models offer the same high-quality materials, sleeping area, and mattress. The Dusk to Dawn features dome-style construction and a larger side opening, while the Dirty Dee has more windows and roll-up end flaps.

    • Available in three widths: 900mm (35″), 1100mm (43″) and 1400mm (55″)
    • Two-Person 1400 is slightly wider than a Double bed
    • Free standing five-pole swag with near vertical walls
    • Six ventilation points ensuring optimum cross flow ventilation
    • Two large entry doors and zip down head and foot windows
    • 420gsm poly/cotton 16mm grid ripstop canvas
    • 800mm PU waterproofing with internal seam sealing
    • Super-fine 125gsm insect mesh
    • Heavy duty, HF welded, laminated 600gsm PVC bucket floor
    • NEW unbreakable composite main poles
    • 22mm/25mm dia. alloy trigger lock ridge poles
    • 70mm poly/cotton covered high-density foam mattress
    • No. 10 easy action zips on all doors and windows
    • Canvas swag bag with side grab handles included
    • Dirty Dee 900 is compatible with XL100 Stretchers
    • Dirty Dee 1100 is compatible with XL100 but may overhang approx. 5cm on each side
    • Dirty Dee 1400 is compatible with XL Double stretchers – no bar down the middle!
    • *Pictured Accessories (cot, sleeping bag) are not included


    2150mm (85″) L x 850mm (33.5″) H by:

    900mm (35″), 1100mm (43″) and 1400mm (55″) wide

    *Product configuration may vary from photos. Exact size may not be shown. Pictured with optional extras, available separately. Please verify exact specifications and contents before purchase.

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  • Specs

    Shipping Weight 35.2 lbs
    Shipping Dimensions 37.8 × 12.8 × 14.6 in

    900mm (35″), 1100mm (43″), 1400mm (55″)


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    Dimensions (Unpacked)

    2150 x 900 x 850mm (85 x 35 x 33.5"), 2150 x 1100 x 850mm (85 x 43 x 33.5"), 2150 x 1400 x 850mm (85 x 55 x 33.5")

    Dimensions (Packed)

    950 x 400 x 400mm (37 x 16 x 16"), 1150 x 400 x 400mm (45 x 16 x 16"), 1450 x 400 x 400mm (57 x 16 x 16")


    28lbs, 32lbs, 35lbs


    420gsm polycotton canvas


    70mm (2.75")

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“We didn’t set out to change the world, or even the landscape of camping in Australia, we just needed some camping gear that suited our lifestyle, so we designed it ourselves… as it turns out – it suited the Australian lifestyle too!” – 

Darren O’Dwyer
Darche Founder and designer of the original dome swag.

Established in 1991, DARCHE® has become one of the best-known – and loved – Australian camping and outdoor adventure brands. Today DARCHE® enjoys an iconic Australian status in the camping and 4×4 touring market, but it was from humble beginnings that this brand was conceived.

Born of necessity – as many great things are – Darren O’Dwyer saw a hole in the Australian outdoor market. While he loved nothing more than hitting the road with an old fashioned rollout swag, he found his sleeping arrangements were not all that appealing to others, namely his wife, Cheryl.

While planning a road trip along the east coast, Cheryl declared there was no way she was sleeping in one of those things – the bugs will get in!

Avid campers, the O’Dwyers knew a thing or two about the conditions their swag design would have to endure on their adventure, so with help from his brother Dave, Darren set out to design a shelter that suited the rugged, Australian landscape… and the wildlife that inhabits it.

It had to be tough but comfortable, waterproof yet breathable, quick, practical and easy to stow. It had to provide a fully enclosed shelter with enough space around the skin to protect from bugs and mozzies, and it had to be completely zip sealed to keep the critters and creepy crawlies out – no easy task. Together, the O’Dwyer’s created a canvas shell with zippered doors and windows, and of course – a flexible fibreglass pole, designing Australia’s first dome swag. It was a talking point at many camping spots throughout their journey along the east coast, and remains an icon of the Australian camping scene today.

With a passion for outdoor adventure, It was a natural progression from the original dome swag to an impressive range of roof top tents and awnings. Superior canvas quality being the foundation of long lasting, rugged outdoor gear.

“It was about quality. We built them to last! And they did. 30 years on and we still see a few original DARCHE swags out in the wild – it’s a great feeling to know you’ve changed the way people camp today”

Three decades on and DARCHE® continues to lead the outdoor space with innovative designs, superior quality materials and commitment to our heritage. We offer a full range of products for serious tourers and campers alike. Still firmly committed to the swag market, our range extends to awnings and roof top tents, furniture, sleeping gear and a range of accessories to suit the 4×4 touring and camping environment, tried and tested by people who live and breathe everything outdoors.

To ensure that DARCHE® remains one of the most respected outdoor brands globally, we live by the philosophy of innovation and quality, refining and developing new materials, designs and technologies that will service the next generation of outdoor adventurers and protect the environment that they love to explore.

In 2013 DARCHE® introduced the Air-Volution™ range of swags and tents with patented technology that drastically reduces setup and packdown time without compromising on quality and comfort.

Today, DARCHE® is proudly owned by the Charles Parsons Group who bring over 100 years of textile experience, product development and strategy to compliment DARCHE®’s extensive outdoor expertise.