I've got two swags, and both have been used extensively. The one is a True Blue double swag, which is made in India, and only two very thin Indians can fit in it, certainly not a South African couple. Good enough quality, I slept with it in extreme heat (outback in summer), cold (Koscuisko in winter), rain, mud, it survived curious possums here in Western NSW, and it survived sleeping beneath a tree when two possums were mating or fighting and dropping branches on it in Mt Franklin crater in Vic. It has a hoop at the head side, and a little vertical pole at your feet, and good quality poles and ropes.
I also bought a swag from campin-r-us, this one:http://www.camping-r-us.com.au/Image.as ... t3pole.jpg
Not the same quality as the True Blue, and made in China, and the poles are breaking all the time, even the replacement poles! So I have to get proper poles. The rope assembly can be easily simplified by you. The canvas quality seems OK, it is waterproof, and apart from the poles, I havent got any problems. It has three hoops, and one rope, of which I normally only use two hoops and the rope.
The questions you must ask is:
1. Is it simple to put up? A swag is also about ease/ speed of setting up, if there are three hoops and two ropes, a Turbo tent will be just as fast.
2. Canvas quality, will it last a lifetime?
3. How good is the ventilation? I prefer swags where the top and the head sides can be opened to get a draught through, otherwise you cook.
4. If you lie in it, do you have enough room in the length, width and height? Test BEFORE you buy!
5. Are the poles good quality?
5. Is the mattress thick enough? When you test it put something like a pen under the swag and see if you can feel it.
In conclusion - I've camped extensively in Africa and Aus, and used canvas tents, dome tents (my pet hate), caravans, and now swags. And nothing beats swags for comfort and ease in all weather.