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Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent

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Just because you like camping, doesn’t mean you love getting up at the crack of dawn. You can abandon that early morning alarm, and sleep right on through the dazzling morning sun thanks to the ingenuity of Coleman. The Coleman Instant Northstar Darkroom tent has a special coating on the rainfly which blocks out 95% of light, and reduces the heat your tent by up to 5° which means a comfortable snooze, and waking up when you please. 

You’ll be able to set up the inner in three minutes no matter how tired (or lazy) you are, as the Instant Northstar has an instant up frame – so it’s ready to go straight out of the bag. All you have to do next is chuck on the fly, and peg the guy ropes and you’re good to go. Spending time with family is great, but you still need a little bit of privacy now and then. The Instant Northstar has three rooms separated by zippered mesh and privacy doors - so you can spend time together, and have personal space when you need it.  

You’ll never lose your tablet or book again amongst the jumble, as the storage pockets on the sides of the tent will keep your gear safe and out of the way. With circle ventilation to keep you cool in the heat, and protection from water leakage thanks to the welded floors and inverted seams - you’ll stay cool and dry whatever the weather throws at you. Best of all, even on a bright summer night you can get the kids to bed quick smart as the tent will be dark – giving the illusion of bedtime.  

  • Coating on fly blocks out 95% of light and reduced heat by up to 5°
  • Circle ventilation will keep your tent cool
  • Welded floors and inverted seams keep water out
  • Mesh screen doors with awnings
  • Mesh and privacy doorways from bedroom to central living room
  • Plenty of storage pockets for essentials
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Sleeping Capacity:
10 Person
Recommended Capacity:
6 Person + Living Space
External Dimensions:
600L x 230W cm
Sleeping Area:
580L x 220W cm
Packed Dimensions:
125L x 30W x 30H cm
Max. Head Height:
190 cm
75D/185T Polyester
Inner Material:
Floor Material:
420D Polyoxford PVC
Frame Material:
Steel | Fibreglass
30 Kg
2 Year
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Mar 19 2018

Go camping!

Great tent!! We have a family made up 5y 3y and 8month old, everyone slept and had plenty of space. Easy to set up and put away. The dark room made sleeping during the day a dream, the tent is strong and put together well, I highly recommend this tent, the only thing that needs adding is a few more hanging/pockets and some decent pegs the ones provided are ok if in a sheltered area.

- Tas
Mar 12 2018

First time camper and this made it easier

I chose this tent as we have a 2yo toddler and I wanted something dark that would give us the best chance of his daytime naps continuing. The tent did not disappoint, you need a torch in there even in full sunlight (with the windows closed).
It's relatively easy to put up, the main structure can be setup in under 10 mins, however pegging down the fly will take a while and it can be tricky to get it the right way around on the first attempt. The materials and construction of the tent seem great, I had to set it up in 30kph winds coming straight off the beach and it withstood that fine. It then started raining within 10 mins of getting setup, and not a drop inside! About the only thing that I thought could be improved in future versions is that there is virtually nothing to hang items from inside the tent. Each of the end rooms have a small tab to hang one item from, but that's it. Some Velcro loops sewn into the middle of each room would make a world of difference. If it's going to be warm weather, position the tent so that the front faces away from the sun, if you then open up all of the awnings you'll have plenty of shade. We had 3 chairs, a table with cooker, and a picnic table/chairs all completely covered with shade and there was still room to move. A couple of other campers actually came over to check out the tent as the awnings meant you could get away without taking a gazebo if you wanted.
All in all a great tent, relatively easy to setup and take down, and lives up to the DarkRoom title!

- The Ponds
Mar 04 2018

Great for a large family

I'm sure the set up time will be greatly reduced next time I use it, but even so, it was very straight forward and easy to erect. The dark room was fab. I really liked the awning, it isn't shown in the photo here but it almost becomes an outdoor room. We slept well (4 kids, 1 adult), it could easily have accommodated more.

- Annandale, NSW
Feb 18 2018

Made the right choice getting this one!

We're a family of 5 and wanted something reasonably spacious but not huge, easy to put up, not too heavy etc.(it's not light, but compared to other tents that size it's lighter I think) The dark room feature is awesome, the kids actually slept into 9:30am! At this price point I'm so pleased with the purchase.

- Greenwith, SA
Feb 17 2018

Pitch Dark and Roomy

Very happy with the tent. Kids (and us) went to bed when it was still light outside in the evening and didn't wake up till 8am! A good night sleep for all change our camping experience to a pleasure. Dark room lived up to its name.

Easy to put up and take down by myself. We fit 2 adults and 4 kids for sleeping and stored most of our gear in another tent for simplicity. Smaller family wouldn't need to do this.

The only minor dislike was the how the side of the awning poked out from under the fly when folded and zipped back down. Just an aesthetic thing rather than functional. Might of been how I was doing it but no mention in the instructions.

All in all brilliant tent

- Rosny, TAS
Jan 29 2018

Game changer

Felt like we were putting up the Taj Mahal and once erected, very satisfied with this quality product. It's big, spacious, easy to construct and dismantle. Only negative is the weight and size of the tent in the bag however for the size of tent this can not be escaped. Very happy with the purchase, quick delivery and would recommend. Almost feels like we were glamping with the size of the rooms and extra space we had.

- Hampton East, VIC
Jan 29 2018

Great for our big family

The first time we set this up it was blowing a gale. Thank goodness it was easy to set up. Took much longer than suggested but I'm pretty sure we could easily halve the time next time we set it up. Was very dark and this helped it to stay cooler. We bought 15 heavy duty pegs and I'm glad we did due to the wind (it held without a problem). We easily fit 4 kids in 1 room and a queen size mattress in another room. Extra spots for lamps would be handy but we are very happy with this purchase!

- Hamley Bridge
Response from Snowys Jan 29 2018

Thanks for sharing Raelene - especially the tip about grabbing extra heavy duty pegs. Laine

Jan 28 2018


Great family tent, has some limitations regarding organisation/storage pockets and webbing for light hooks as others mentioned. Great fly with versatile awning features. Good ventilation. Just took it on our first trip and went well, nice and dark, setup and pack up great.
Snowys was great also, best price, had minor issue with one of the toggles and they sent some replacements straight away no hassles.

- Mitcham, VIC
Jan 17 2018


Just back from camping at the Prom and this tent was perfect. Very very dark so recommend having some strip lighting. Easy up and down. Is very heavy so I took a foldable dolly and that made everything painless!

- 3152
Jan 03 2018

Great family tent

Brilliant family tent, heaps of space but not a lot of storage or hooks for lamps, otherwise brilliant, great airflow it really is dark!! And generally quite cool, after a little trial and error we got the perfect balance of darkness and airflow so the little ones could still nap in comfort even on the hottest days.
I did also find that it faded really quickly (not a big issue) but also found that it did leak a little in the centre section one night when we had a bit of rain (only a little)

- 3555
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Will a double high queen air mattress fit in a side room?1 answer

We are trying to decide between the North Star or the instant up 10p Gold. They both have pros and cons but when we went to look at one of each, putting a double high queen air mattress in the North Star seemed tight due to smaller size and sloping walls. I’m worried about compromised waterproofing if the bed is touching the 3 walls and/or wind is blowing. Any advice or experience of others?

- Gympie(1 month ago)

G'day Tina,

As much as I'd love to say you'd have no issues, I do fear that a double high airbed might be just a bit much for the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent. You'll most likely end up touching the sides, especially when windy and that probably won't end in a good night's sleep for you.

- Snowys(1 month ago)

Back in Stock1 answer

Can you please advise on when this tent is back in stock please? And how long will it remain at the same price?

- Hobart(2 months ago)

G'day Rob,

The Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent is about 1 week away from landing in store. As for the price, they should be remaining at this price for the foreseeable future, we tend to try to keep our prices as sharp as possible all the time. 

- Snowys(2 months ago)

When it rains, how to get light in?1 answer

Hi, when it rains with the INDR10P tent, how does one get (natural) light in? - there are no clear PVC windows to block the rain but allow light in?

- Auckland(2 months ago)

G'day Peter,

That's an excellent observation and you're onto something there. The Coleman Instant Northstar DarkRoom 10P Tent really is designed to be as dark as possible at all times, it doesn't really allow for you to get any natural light in when it's raining. If you're wanting a tent that you can open up a bit more, it might be worth having a look at the Coleman Instant Up Gold 10P.

- Snowys(2 months ago)

Can you lock all entries to the tent 1 answer

Hi There, Just wondering if the tent can be secured and locked on all entries?

- 3136(3 months ago)

G'day Dan,

I'm not sure how secure it would actually be, but the only way you'd be able to lock the zips is to get a lock small enough to fit through the zip tabs (the hole is no more than a few mm), but then there is nothing stopping someone pulling these tabs of the zip itself.

- Snowys(3 months ago)

Sidewalls on awning2 answers

The Coleman product manual (Step 6 Fig17) show that the awning when extended has side walls included, but none of your photos display this and even one of your answers to a question indicate that there are no side walls. Is this actually the case?

- Montmorency(4 months ago)

G'day Craig,

The middle awning as shown in the image doesn't include side walls. However, when the full awning which incorporates the panels either side of the middle section are in use, there are side walls that are attached and zipped in place.

We'll look to source an image so that we can show this a little better.

- Snowys(4 months ago)

G'day Sara,

The side walls of the awning are built into the fly of the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent. So you don't need to get them separately, no. 

- Snowys(2 months ago)

Room size comparison1 answer

I currently have a Coleman TIMBERTOP GEO 6 DELUXE CV. How do the room sizes of this tent compare

- Montmorency(4 months ago)

G'day Craig,

It's been a few years since the Coleman Timbertop Geo 6 Deluxe CV was available and I, unfortunately, can't find specifications for it anywhere. As a result, I can't offer you a comparison except to say that the Coleman Northstar would be a bigger tent as it's designed for 10 people, where as the Timbertop is designed for 6 people.

- Snowys(4 months ago)

side room height1 answer

Hi, we need to fit a travel cot in the side room. The cot is 82H x 112L x 64W. Do you know this would fit in - hard to tell given the slope!

- Sydney(4 months ago)

G'day B,

If it's just the cot going in, you should have no worries. The roof is still 175cm at the lowest point before then sloping to the ground.

- Snowys(4 months ago)

2017 model?1 answer

Hi can you please tell me if this is the new 2017 model? Is it available in different colours?

- Sydney(4 months ago)

G'day B,

This is the current model, but it's been around since last year.

Unfortunately, it's only available in this colour.

- Snowys(4 months ago)

Sleeping area size1 answer

One comment mentions side rooms are 200x 220cm then another says 180cm X 230cm??? I'm trying to buy Oztrail or similar self inflating mats but difficult to work out what true size is??? Need to be sure what will fit

- Newcastle (4 months ago)

G'day Kate,

The internal dimensions of the side rooms of the Coleman Northstar Dark Room tent are 200cm long and 220cm wide. Where some measurements vary is because we try to allow for the sloping angle of the tent walls.

- Snowys(4 months ago)

Bed/strecher layout1 answer

Hi there. We are a family of 6. 4 young children... 2.5 years, 4 and 6 year old twins... Would the four kids fit on one side and us parents on the other? IE 4 single camp stretchers for the kids and a queen camp stretcher for us? Alternatively maybe the four kids on two sets of bunks? We're trying to leave the middle room free for luggage and other bits and pieces... Any advice appreciated. Looking for a tent for say next 3-6 years are little.

- Battery hill(5 months ago)

G'day Ashleigh,

Great questions. The Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent is 220cm wide in the end sections.

You will certainly struggle to fit four stretchers in that space, but two bunks like the Oztrail Deluxe Double Bunk would be possible and this will then allow you space down the middle.

In regards to your double stretcher, depending on what you buy/have, most will also easily fit in the other end section.

In terms of quality and price, this Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent is certainly hard to beat at the moment, especially in regards to what you are looking to do. It's very convenient to set up and pack down, fantastic for getting kids to sleep with the darkroom feature, it's packed with internal space, well ventilated with doors and vents and has great wide awning coverage.

- Snowys(5 months ago)

Is the tent dark all the time? 1 answer

As the tent is effective in blocking out sunlight I was wondering can we see inside the tent during the day to find items and get dresssd or will you always have to use a light? Is there any way to open windows once you are awake to let in light? I am assuming that given the coating is on the fly any opening would have to be done from the outside of the tent (not inside when you are trying to find your clothes!). If the awning in the mid section is up does this let in some light during the day? I understand this will be limited as the fly over the roof will be dark but as we only camp without power I was trying to avoid having to turn lights on during the day. Any info most appreciated.

- Speers Point (5 months ago)

G'day Katrina,

Great question. We've found that by partially or completely opening doors/windows of Darkroom tents allow for enough light (available sunlight depending) to light up the inside of the tent enough to do basic tasks. Especially in regards to the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent as there are so many openings, it's pretty easy to get light coming through. The other beauty of the Northstar is that you can section it off - for example, you can be doing something in the light in the middle section while someone is sleeping in a completely closed off dark end section. The only time I would say you might need a torch or similar during the day is if you're looking for something small or particular in a 'dark corner' of the tent, but the need for this would be highly unlikely.

- Snowys(5 months ago)

What is the wind rating for this tent?1 answer

Can it withstand high winds without damaging the structural poles?

- Claremont Meadows(5 months ago)

G'day Jamie,

Coleman doesn't provide a tested wind rating for the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P tent unfortunately.

When it comes to managing high winds, it's important to remember that no tent is indestructible. While the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P tent is a relatively strong frame compared to many others in a similar price range, I would always be cautious with it once the wind starts to pick up. While you can do many things like ensuring you have your guy ropes correctly tensioned, use of vehicles/trees to act as windbreaks etc there is sadly, no guarantee. It's also important to remember that damage caused by natural causes (weather) is covered by the warranty.

- Snowys(5 months ago)

Tent Pegs1 answer

If i wanted to upgrade the pegs that this tent comes with to make it extra secure, what type would you suggest for regular use?

- Adelaide(6 months ago)

G'day Belinda,

The Galvanised Steel 300 x 8 mm pegs would be a fantastic option. The range can be found here. Or for further information and insight into peg differences, feel free to read our blog about all things pegs here.

- Snowys(6 months ago)

Can we see it?1 answer

Hi we'd really love to see this tent and are just wondering if it is set up in store so we can see it?

- Adelaide(6 months ago)

G'day Michelle,

Yes, the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P tent is set up in store so you can come in for a guided tour!

- Snowys(6 months ago)

hi guys just wanting to ask if this model tent includes side panels for the front awning if the awning is up along the whole front of the tent1 answer

For example, oz trail models dont but you can buy sodes to attach to the awning to add a wind break. We like to have our kitchen set up under the awning and would like it to have both side walls closed in

- cranbourne(6 months ago)

G'day Alex, 

I've just looked into this for you, and unfortunately the Coleman Dark Room Cabin Tent doesn't come with additional side panels. In our range, the Oztrail Tourer, Black Wolf Turbo and Oztent Jet Tents are designs that can be closed off with additional side and front panels. 

- Snowys(6 months ago)

Flooring1 answer

Good day, We are looking to buy either the Instant up 10p Gold or the Northstar 10p. We like the floor of the Instant up Gold series (PVC coated poly oxford floor) that is soft and not so noisy. Does the Northstar have the same floor as the Gold series or the normal Polyethylene floor (PE)?

- Brisbane(8 months ago)

G'day Kobus,

Great news - both the Coleman Instant Up Gold 10P and the Northstar 10P floor is made with a 420D Polyoxford PVC fabric.

- Snowys(8 months ago)

Side room dimensions. 1 answer

Hi. Looking through the questions here, there have been two different dimensions given for the siderooms/bedrooms. Can I have the dimensions clarified please?

- 5290(9 months ago)

G'day Bec,

The internal dimensions of the side rooms of the Coleman Dark Room tent are 200cm long, and 220cm wide.

- Snowys(9 months ago)

what is the size of awning included?1 answer

Hi snowys I was wondering about the size of the awning. In some photos It is just covering the door and others looks like it goes across the full front of the tent and is quite big. can you tell me what comes with this tent? thank you

- perth(10 months ago)

G'day Roxanne, 

You can choose to set up the awning of the Northstar tent either along the entire side (4th pic above), or just over the awning (1st pic above) depending on what you prefer - so it's really versatile! 

- Snowys(10 months ago)

Find a hole on the floor at my new purchased tent1 answer

Hi Snowys, I just bought this tent, coleman instant up 10p north star dark. At our first use, we found a hole on the floor, at the stitching line near the corner. What should we do now?

- Bonython(11 months ago)

G'day Anjar. We are sorry to see that your tent has arrived with a hole in the floor. We don't see many issues with these tents but sometimes you can just be unlucky! If you could please send some piccies of the hole in the floor with your contact details and order information to [email protected] and we can take a look at that for you! Cheers!

- Snowys(11 months ago)

What is the difference with the new model1 answer

Hi, I was just wondering what changes have been made between the last model and this one, Thanks

- Mt lawley(12 months ago)

G'day Melissa, 

As far as we understand it, the main differences are the addition of the light blocking and heat reducing fly, and the removal of the side awning. 

Everything else about the tent - the frame, floor, waterhead rating, and size etc seem to be the same. You can check out the full details of the older model here for the full details if that helps. 

- Snowys(12 months ago)

Replacement Parts1 answer

Hi normally you can get replacement poles etc ‘relatively’ easily but wondered how this works with the "instant" tent. It looks as if the tent poles are built into the tent structure so I wondered about 1) if replacements can be fitted if they fail; and 2) are spares available and at what cost? It also looks as if this is somewhat of a new style of tent so I suppose availability of spares depends on how long Coleman plan to produce this line (or if spares used on other tents are interchangeable)? Thanks.

- 2330(12 months ago)

G'day Wayne, 

In general replacement parts are not usually an off-the-shelf item, but we can get them in from Coleman in the event there was an issue with your Dark Room Tent. 

On this tent the poles thread through pockets so they can be replaced easily if need be. We don’t have an exact figure to give you on replacements, but in general we don’t find them to be an expensive item to order from the supplier.

This tent has been around for a while now, and in the event they were to stop making it, we find that Coleman usually keep spare parts for discontinued tents, as we have sourced many parts from them in the past for superseded models. 

- Snowys(12 months ago)

Hi ! The middle section - how big is it please? 2 answers

Would like to fir the Coleman XL Single quickbeds x 2 in there please. Thank you

- Perth(12 months ago)

G'day Catherine, 

The middle room of the Instant Northstar Dark Room Tent is 180L x 220W cm. The Dura Sleep XL Single Airbed measures 185L x 192W cm, so it seems that there isn’t going to be enough space to fit two of those airbeds in the middle room of the Dark Room tent unfortunately. 

- Snowys(12 months ago)

Apologies Catherine, I see I've jumped the gun there and compared the wrong airbed!

The one you asked about is the Coleman XL Single quickbed, which is 188L x 99W cm, so two of those beds in the middle room of the Dark Room tent aren't going to be a good fit either. 
Again, I do apologise about getting my wires crossed with those two models, I hope this was helpful. 
- Snowys(12 months ago)

What colours are available in the Northstar dark room 10P tent ?1 answer

What colours are available in the Northstar dark room 10P tent ?

- Warrnambool (12 months ago)

G’day Mick,

At this time the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent only comes in one colour, which is what we have available online.

- Snowys(12 months ago)

space1 answer

Is one room big enough to sleep two single camper beds in there

- Melboourne(1 year ago)

G'day Tahlya, 

The side rooms of the Instant Up Northstar Dark Room Tent are both 200cm long, and 220cm wide so you should be able to, provided the stretchers you want to use are under that size. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

What tent pegs do you suggest1 answer

We are looking at upgrading the from the 9cv to the Northstar darkroom. Can you please suggest which tent pegs best used with beach camping? We don't think our current sand pegs will fit. Thanks

- Geraldton(1 year ago)

G'day Katrina, 

I've just tried a few of our sand pegs out in store with the Dark Room tent we have on display, and I found the best size to be the Poles Apart Sand pegs in the 300mm size, which you can have a look at here. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Awning front panel 1 answer

Do you sell something that could be hung along the awning while it is up? So we can secure the outside space at night without having to close the awning.

- Floreat(1 year ago)

Hi Simon, 

Coleman don't make any walls or panels specific to the awning for this tent, but I'm sure you could probably rig something up with a tarp.

Your tarp size will depend on how many sections of the front awning you want to use, and while all of our tarps have eyelets I couldn't say for sure they'd be in exactly the right position so you may need to make a few adjustments, but I'm sure you could make it work! 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Can you fit 2 Coleman XL single beds in each side room?1 answer

Hi, Wondering if i could fit 2 single XL coleman airbeds in each side room (thats 4 singles in total)? Thanks

- Caulfield(1 year ago)

G'day Luke, 

The side rooms on the Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent 200cm long, and 220cm wide, and the Coleman XL Single Quickbed is 188L x 99W cm.

We haven't tried this ourselves but theoretically, you shouldn't have any trouble fitting two single air beds in each room Luke. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Would you deliver to nz?2 answers

Thank you

- Thames nz(1 year ago)

G'day Wendy,

Unfortunately at this time we only deliver to addresses in Australia, so it may be best to get in contact with Coleman New Zealand who can track down a supplier that stocks the Dark Room tent across the pond. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Thanks for getting back to me, unfortunately the same tent it twice the price over here! Might just have to wait til family go to Oz for a holiday :-)

- Thames(12 months ago)

Sideroom dimensions1 answer

Hi just wondering if you have the room dimensions. Would you fit a double/queen air mattress in each sideroom? Thanks

- 3227(1 year ago)

G'day Nick, 

I've just measured the display model we have in store, and the side rooms of the Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent are 200cm long, and 220cm wide.

We currently have a double air bed in one of the side rooms at this very moment, and it fits with room to spare - so you should be good to go! 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Do you guys know if (or preferably when) Coleman (or anyone else) are going to bring out this darkroom technology in other tents. If it is just the fly coating, then it seems that they could even sell upgrade flys for current models. 1 answer

This tent looks great, but at 1800 mm, the bedrooms are just a bit short for us - we like sleeping head at the door.

- Canberra(1 year ago)

That's a great question Adam!

I haven't heard anything on the grapevine at this stage, but if the Northstar Darkroom continues to go as well as it is at the moment then it may well be something Coleman might look to implement on some of their other products down the track! We'll be sure to mention it to them :) 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Ground sheet1 answer

Is a ground sheet needed for this tent and if so which one would you recommend?

- ACT(1 year ago)

G’day Ryan,

In general, we always recommend that you use a ground sheet under your tent, just so that you can have an extra layer of protection to the underside of your tent. The most popular one is the Ultramesh Tarp, this one is a good option because it will also allow for some breathability for the ground underneath as well.

The dimensions of the Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P tent are 600 x 230 while the awning is about 180cm wide so size-wise you’ve got 2 options.

The 2.44 x 6.10 will cover just the underside of your Dark Room 10P tent, or if you want to cover the area under the awning as well, we’d suggest using two of the 3.05 x 4.88 side by side – but it’s up to you what would prefer for your set up. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

There are two dark room tents on the market1 answer

I have noticed there are two darkroom 10p tents on the market for exactly the same price, one has 3 rooms, this has two? What's the difference?

- Perth(1 year ago)

G'day Tracy, 

As far as we're aware Coleman only make one model of the Instant Up Northstar Darkroom 10P which is the one we have online that features three rooms.

There are other brands that make tents which have an inner that assists with blocking out light (e.g. the Oztrail Sportiva 9), but that's going to be a little different to the Dark Room which has a rainfly that will block 95% of light and reduce heat inside the tent. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Is the mesh on this tent small enough to prevent small insects getting through?1 answer

Hi there, some tents feature no see um mesh and some feature larger gaps in the mesh; manufacturers opting for what they believe suits the buyer - air flow, privacy, insect protection, etc. Does this tent have mesh which prevents sand flies and midgies getting through, or is it aimed more for ventilation? Thanks

- Gosnells(1 year ago)

Howdy Russ,

The mesh on the Northstar Dark Room is more suited to repelling flies, mozzies and other crawling bugs that always seem to infest only those places where we want to camp. 

Midgies and Sand Flies are something altogether different, those tiny blighters can find their way into any nook & cranny we thought we had well sealed.

As far as I can tell the mesh on this particular tent will help prevent but not stop 100% those little rotters from penetrating the tent, but it does work extremely well for ventilation. Cheers!

- Snowys(1 year ago)

weight and awning poles2 answers

I ordered it yesterday without asking questions. But before you deliver the tent can you please tell me the weight? I notice the weight displayed in Snowys is 20Kg while that is 29.5Kg in Coleman website. The second question is how many awning poles come with the northstar? I notice there are 5 awning poles come with instant up 6P but there is no information about the northstar. Many thanks.

- 3079(1 year ago)

G'day Charles,

The Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent has an additional 4 awning poles to stretch your indoors to the outdoors, to give you that additional living space out of the reach of our Aussie sun.

As for the weight I would probably suggest we go by the Coleman website of 29.5kgs and I will organise for one of ours to be weighed and amend the website if necessary. Thank you very much for letting us know, it really helps us to monitor our accuracy on our website. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)


- 3079(1 year ago)

Poles for awnings1 answer

Does the tent come with the necessary poles and ropes to have all 3 awnings up at the front

- Fairfield, vic(1 year ago)

Howdy Roxanne,

Yes this tent comes with 4 additional poles to stretch the awning out at the front the full width of the tent. The end poles are slightly shorter than the middle two poles and include guy ropes to tie it all down safely.

- Snowys(1 year ago)

What are the dimensions of the awning? 1 answer

Does the awning open on both sides? and are all of the poles included for the awning?

- Brooklyn Park(1 year ago)

G'day Kevin, 

I've just checked for you on our display model, and the awnings on each side of the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room Tent both open. 

I've measured the awning, and it extends out approx 160cm. The Dark Room also comes with 4 poles to set up the main front awning.

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Does the darkroom Coleman tent have the ability to hang up a light from the top of the tent?1 answer

Does the darkroom Coleman tent have the ability to hang a light up from inside the tent?

- Thomastown (1 year ago)

G'day Jim,

I've just had a gander at the display model, and the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room Tent has a loop to hang a light in both the side rooms. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Electricity / power openings?1 answer

Are there any points in the tent to let in a power cable?

- Berwick(1 year ago)

Hi Caroline, 

The Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room tent definitely has a power cord opening which you can't really see in any of the product images - but Coleman have confirmed for me that it's there! 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Can you keep the awning up all night?1 answer

Do you have to take the front awning down at night to close it all up - or can it stay up?

- Berwick(1 year ago)

G'day Caroline, 

You can leave the awning set up at night if you like, though you may want to take it down if it's especially windy. The inner of this tent has both solid and zippered mesh panels over the doors, so you can still close the tent up with the awning up. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Where can I see one1 answer

Where can I see one

- Warriewood NSW(1 year ago)

Hi Carole,

If you're wanting to see a Northstar tent on display then you may need to ring around some of your local camping stores to see if they have one on display or are willing to put one up for you - unless you've got a trip planned to Adelaide sometime soon, then by all means let us know and we can arrange it for you here! 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Is this tent easy for one person to put up?3 answers

I've watched the video and it looks like it would be okay for one person to manage - is that Snowy's opinion too? Thanks!

- Victoria(1 year ago)

G’day Suzanne,

While the instant up frame of the dark room is certainly easier to set up than a traditional dome tent, it will definitely take you longer to set it up on your own as you won’t have an extra pair of hands.

If you go back and watch the video you’ll see that with only one person you’ll have to go from side to side to lift each of the legs to lock them into place so that’s going to be a bit more time consuming with just one person – but it is doable!

- Snowys(1 year ago)

That's great, thanks Emily. Is it available with a normal fly? instead of the dark one? Thanks.

- Victoria.(1 year ago)

You're welcome Suzanne!

I've checked with the information from our supplier, and unfortunately there isn't a normal fly available in the Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P tent at this time.

You can always pass this onto to Coleman as this tent has just been revamped - so I'm sure they would welcome the feedback! 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Room separation1 answer

Hi, are the room dividers fixed to the floor or able to be pushed aside to allow a queen mattress to fit across the side and middle room sections?

- Sydney (1 year ago)

G'day Michelle,

The dividers are fixed to the floor. And the sleeping areas are accessible by a zippered door. Have a look at pictures 10 and 11 on the product page to get a better idea of how this looks.

Each sleeping area measures approximately 180W x 230L cm. This is more than enough space for a standard queen sized mattress. You will have to position the mattress side on, though, which means you would only be able to access it from one side. Scampering over the top of one another is all part of camping though! :) 

Hope that helps. Cheers, Paul

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Heat reduction claims1 answer

Have you had any feedback on the claimed heat reduction? How does ventilation in general compare between dome vs cabin style tents (looking at this, the black wolf turbo twin 300 and the turbo cabin style). Also, what is the head height like in the side rooms?

- Sydney(1 year ago)

Hi Michelle,

We've not had any feedback on the heat reduction, I wouldn't count on your tent feeling like an airconditioned office on a hot day, but given the reduction in light transfer to the inside of the tent, you can expect a significant recuction in the interior temperature when compared to tents without this lining.

Height in the side rooms is pretty good, I'm a little over 6 foot and I need to bow my head a little at the ends, most of the height is in the middle of the tent. As for ventilation, it's comparable to other tents in the category, possible a little better given the extra low level vents that Coleman feature on their Gold Series tents.

The main difference between this and the Turbo range is in strength and durability, not to mention price. The Coleman Gold Series offer excellent strength and performance for their price category, but the Turbo range offer the next level of these characteristics, but this comes at a price.

If you only use it now and then, the Instant Up Gold is a good value choice, but for heavy use, the Turbo range may be a better long term investment.

Give us a call if you want to talk through these options with one of our sales staff - 1300 914 007.

- Snowys(1 year ago)

What is the product that makes it dark?2 answers

One of the reviews said it was sticky. What is it made of? Is it a chemical?

- Gisborne(1 year ago)

G'day Cam,

I've just had a chat to Coleman, and they’ve told us that it’s coating on the fly is what gives the Dark Room its light blocking and heat reducing properties.

They’ve also told me that the coating is made from polyurethane, which is the same as other fly sheets but just denser and more opaque. The coating will have a slightly stickier feel, but that's normal as the coating is thicker than average.

If you have any further queries about the Coleman range, feel free to give us a buzz on 1300 914 007 and one of our customer service staff will be happy to answer your questions. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Hi, I reviewed the product and have used it again since. When I said the coating was sticky, I was under a word limit. It feels slightly tacky, like two sheets of glad-wrap that stick to each other, but isn't actually "sticky". When opening the tent the first time the dark-coated sections stuck to each other and had to be carefully peeled apart, and once up we saw that there were probably 50+ pinhead sized "holes" in the dark coating where light came though. I'm not sure if I did this opening the fly the first time or if that's just how it was. Once we saw that these holes were only for light, and not the waterproof fly we moved on and didn't worry. The second time putting up was much easier as we rolled the tent up and just piled the fly on top, not folded. The tent does noticably reduce the heat. We previously had a Coleman Geo 6, with the floor level ventilation. This tent has them too, and with the front fly wide open and all windows open it stayed much cooler than our last tent would have.

- Melbourne(1 year ago)

Do the guy ropes have reflective bits?1 answer

Do the guy ropes have reflective bits in them for better visibility at night?

- Sydney(1 year ago)

G'day Mark, 

We actually don't have the Dark Room tent on display in store at the moment, but going off the information supplied by Coleman, reflective guy ropes don't seem to be a feature of this tent. 

If you are interested in buying some seperately, we do stock some Zempire brand Reflective Guy Rope and Glow Guy Rope, which you might want to check out. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

ventilation1 answer

The windows on this tent look quite small. Is there plenty on ventilation?

- Preston(1 year ago)

Hi Amy. Great question. This tent has plenty of mesh windows and extra large mesh lined doors to increase the ventilation flow through the tent. It also features Coleman's Dark Room rainfly which reduces temperatures on a hot sunny day by a claimed 5 degrees to not only help you have a great nights sleep in summer but will also block out 95% of light, allowing you to wake up when you please, or even for that afternoon snooze. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Hi can i get this on more than 3 months interest free?1 answer

Can i get this on more than 3months interest free period

- East maitland(1 year ago)

Hi Jaime. Thanks for your question. Our long Lay-By terms are to a maximum of 3 months with easy installments in store :)

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Hi is this tent 100% waterproof?2 answers

Also with the easy payments can u get more than 3 months to pay this off thanks

- East Maitland (1 year ago)

Hi Jaime, that's a great question. Most of our tents have a waterproof rating and depending how high that rating is will depend on how waterproof the tent will be. This particular tent has a waterproof rating of 3000mm. A really good way of improving that rating is to purchase some Seam Sealer for less than $15 to prevent any seepage through stressed or highly exposed seams. Simply putting Seam Sealer on to these areas will significantly increase the water proofing of the tent. Good areas to consider would be where the poles are pushed in to or against the tents fabric or wherever there are pulling stresses on the seam. Also around the bottom of the tent where the tags are pegged to the ground can cause"wicking" of water from the outside in heavy rain. We do have some similar tents that have higher waterproof ratings, however there aren't any tents on the market that can claim 100% waterproof rating.

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Hi Jamie. Our longest term Lay-By is set to a maximum of 3 months and needs to be paid off within that time. As our prices are always at the best price, the best way to buy for Christmas would be to plan backwards from when you need it and purchase it at that time, still taking advantage of our low prices. The warranty doesn't start until the item is fully paid for and picked up from the store. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

Hi there are you able up me what the current colour is of this tent the pictures show two colours. 3 answers

If possible please send a pic of the current colour. Thank you

- 4300(1 year ago)

G'day Sherrie,

Looking at the images we can see how there would be a bit of confusion about the colour, as it does look a lot lighter in the studio shots. 

I've just checked for you and the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent is definitely brown and green, and the accurate colours are refected in the lifestyle images linked above from the 3rd image down. 

We've contacted Coleman to get some better studio images of the tent, so we shold have those up for you to see very soon. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)

The photos displayed are from this model and the previous model. There is no way the lighter coloured one is this model, as the fly makes the inside of the tent DARK! I can definitely tell you that the photos with the woman in the blue shirt are NOT of the Darkroom tent, as you can see light from the fly.

- Melbourne(1 year ago)

Hi Stephanie,

Well spotted, on closer inspection it does seem to be a little too bright inside the dark room tent in those lifestyle shots! We’ll need to take them down to avoid any further confusion. 

- Snowys(1 year ago)
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