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.
This one has the same layout as the previous model (with the enclosed sides on the front), but with the dark fly. The stuff they coat on the fly can be a bit sticky, not sure if we did it opening and separating the fly, but some sections look like starlight from inside; lots of pinprick-sized dots where the blackout hasn't stuck, but not enough to light tent.It doesn't effect the waterproofness either. And it really is dark!
It is indeed instant up, but make sure you test it before you use it, we managed to get one of the tent poles upside down (bending outward instead of inwards) and spent a while working out how to spin it. We should be fine next time. It's lovely and big and easily fitted our family of 5, with three kids in one section and us in the other. The front awning with the sides that zip out is great too. Looking forward to summer camping with proper bedtimes for the kids.
G'day Stephanie, I've just had a chat to Coleman about your feedback on their Dark Room tent, especially your experiences with the fly. As there is a thicker coating on the fly it will have a slightly sticky feel but that is normal as the coating is denser than average. Coleman are a pretty receptive bunch, so if you do have any feedback on the range they’d be happy to hear from you as this is a newly relaunched product. I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are getting out and about and enjoying your tent - if there's anything else we can do for you though please let us know. Cheers, Emily
Is a ground sheet needed for this tent and if so which one would you recommend?
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.
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?
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Does the tent come with the necessary poles and ropes to have all 3 awnings up at the front
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.
Does the awning open on both sides? and are all of the poles included for the awning?
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.
Does the darkroom Coleman tent have the ability to hang a light up from inside the tent?
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.
Are there any points in the tent to let in a power cable?
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!
Do you have to take the front awning down at night to close it all up - or can it stay up?
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.
Where can I see one
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!
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!
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!
That's great, thanks Emily. Is it available with a normal fly? instead of the dark one? Thanks.
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!
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?
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
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?
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.
One of the reviews said it was sticky. What is it made of? Is it a chemical?
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.
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.
Do the guy ropes have reflective bits in them for better visibility at night?
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.
The windows on this tent look quite small. Is there plenty on ventilation?
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.
Can i get this on more than 3months interest free period
Hi Jaime. Thanks for your question. Our long Lay-By terms are to a maximum of 3 months with easy installments in store :)
Also with the easy payments can u get more than 3 months to pay this off thanks
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.
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.
If possible please send a pic of the current colour. Thank you
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.
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.
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.
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