I wanted to write about a product I found online whilst searching for a tent I could eaily take to the crag when I go climbing. I wanted a hammock and swag but I came across the Crua Hybrid. It’s both a swag and hammock and the idea seemed pretty cool. The Crua can be set up on the ground as a swag and in the trees as a hammock! My mate Timy has dubbed it “the schwammock”, which kind of suits it haha!
Crua is the Irish word for strong and being Irish myself I felt a connection to it. So, I purchased four of them on indiegogo for myself and three mates. This was my first crowd funding item I had ever purchased so I was a tad nervous! I need not have worried. The Crua Hybrid is a product made by Crua Outdoors, formally known as Thermotents, and a very successful company in Ireland. Google them you can see that people love their ideas and products.
Crua is their second successful crowdfunding attempt and they quickly raised over $300,000 on kickstarter!
The company are beautiful to deal with and Derek did his best to keep the backers in the loop with production. A few wee snags and delays occurred in production which caused shipping delays of around 2 months. These issues were however fixed in no time and the even tougher/stronger Crua’s were shipped! One of my four Crua’s arrived in Brisbane on the 7/6/17. The others are still on the way!
I ordered all the Crua’s with winter sleeping bags (-6c) as winter is perfect climbing season in Australia! They came well packaged with the gross weight being 8kg. The Crua came with a self inflating sleeping pad, a winter sleeping bag and, the tent itself with the rain fly, numerous golden pegs, 2 tree huggers extra ropes, elastic hooks (I’m not too sure how to use them?) and 3 spreader bars. The ropes to hang the tent have heavy duty screw lock carabiners to connect to the long tree hugger straps! I couldn’t wait to set it up in my garden!
(Excuse the terrible setup! The garden space was too tight to allow proper setup but it was enough to allow me to lay inside for a couple of hours and test the Crua out! I love the forest green colour too!)
It was relatively easy to set up both on the ground and in the air. I was however cramped for space so the pictures do not do it justice. Getting in and out was as easy as pie and the Crua was toasty warm and super comfortable with the sleeping pad underneath me. I really enjoyed the gentle rocking back and forth as I lay there day dreaming about taking her camping lol! I rolled around and tossed and turned to see if it tipped but it did not tip! It swung a little but felt very stable. If anyone doesn’t feel comfortable with the movement on turning around then I suggest an anchoring pole and add an extra tie down to eliminate too much sway. I am 157cm tall and so I had a ridiculous amount of head and leg room! More than enough to store all my climbing gear when we get away. Plus there was plenty of headroom. I could sit up and change easily inside my Crua. 😊
The three packages are easy enough to take away but if I was multipitch camping then it may be a little awkward to cart all the items together. I do think that all the items would nicely roll up into one package and squish into my crag pack. This would make it much easier to haul around and up steep climbs.
All in all, I have to say that I absolutely love this little hammock! It’s as strong as it’s name says, built meticulously by a great team with a proven track record in exceptional products, and it meets all my needs for going away to the crag for a weekend. I will be taking the Crua out camping as soon as I have some free time in order to really put her through her paces!
(This blog is solely my own opinion, all items were purchased via my own funds and I am not associated with Crua or paid for my opinion.)