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.
Purchased it a few weeks ago for an upcoming camping trip with wife and two kids. Really easy to put up and pack away. Very dark. Agree with other posters you need to use some better pegs that the ones it ships with. Front awning would not be able to be used if it was raining as it doesn't slope, but on fine days it works well. Bear in mind the darkness comes from the fly, so if the awning us up, the tent isn't as dark, so if you want it super dark at night, drop the awning. If you are aware of the above, it's an awesome tent. ps Service from Snowy's was excellent
Fantastic review, thanks Trev! Laine 😊
This is simply the best tent I have ever used! Well worth the money!
Fantastic customer service from Snowys and Coleman too 👍
It's truly amazing how dark it is in there!
We brought this tent after I spent a fair bit of time looking for a new family one. With a 5y.o and 2.5y.o the extra space and separate room for the two of them was brilliant. With all bags and the dog able to be on the middle room there was plenty of space for them to muck around and not be on top of each other. Very easy and quick to assemble and the black out feature was awesome for bedtime and sleep ins. Would highly reccomend to people want to upgrade to something bigger that doesn't break the bank.
The first time we used this tent after an easy assembly I noticed the strain on the poles due to the design then after packing it away I noticed even after the first use all the plastic brackets were deformed and wooden poles were cracking. Second time I used it after following the easy instructions one of the poles snapped during part of the process where you have to pull down on handles from the roof to lock the structure into place. We then had to pay for accommodation instead of camping as we had driven some distance. After returning home I laid out the tent and noticed that 3 other poles were about to break and two plastic brackets had cracked, the structure is way too light duty and cheaply made, it does not stand up to the strains that come from the exo-skeleton design.
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that Jamie. Sounds like you might've received a dud out of the factory. Please give us a call on 1300 914 007 - we'd like to do whatever we can to fix the issue. Laine :)
We took this tent on its first trip away this easter. set it up in the back yard first to see how easy it was and check it out and we were impressed! Yet to test it out in wet weather but so far the tent has been fantastic. Especially with little kids we have a 10 month old and 4 year old both slept until 7am each morning basically until they heard the birds or other kids around us (it wasn't the sunlight that woke them as the tent was completely dark). Only things to consider is because it is dark you will need lanterns to see anytime of day with the fly on its dark. There didn't seem to be any anchor points for lanterns in the middle room only in the rooms either end and being a 10P tent it is heavy to carry (wheels on the bag would be nice coleman) the size of the awning is fantastic love that it has sides too. the ease of setup got a few comments from other people we were camping with. its ease of setup and put down is a huge plus for us seeing as we can only do long weekend trips. multiple entry/exit points (doorways either end and front and back of the centre room) are fantastic too with little kids means we can climb straight into the bedroom we setup. Excellent floor and plenty of pockets and vents. Overall its amazing value for money and the pro's out way the cons for us the cons are only little niggles or suggestions for improvements :) Thanks again snowys for your advice and help when it came to making choices on this tent purchase Nick on chat was very helpful answering all my questions and Im left delighted with our purchase! Would highly recommend this tent especially with little ones that love to get up or find it hard to go to sleep with the light!
Fantastic review Rach! I'll make sure to pass it onto Nick first thing this morning, he'll be chuffed! Thank you, Laine :)
True to the claims, straight out the box this is a genuine 3 minute tent. The fly however, really does take some time to put on. Once you have done this part a couple of times it should be quicker but it adds a good 15 - 30 mins on top with pegging down, setting ropes and orientation over the tent.
Speaking of pegs, Snowy's don't mention how many you should replace with the far better 'poles apart 300mm sand pegs'. The tent comes with 66 basic steel pegs suited for grassed areas and I believe around 30 pegs should be adequate if you want to buy different pegs with the tent in one shipment.
The model I received seems to be an updated model compared to the YouTube video; the legs of the poles are fixed at the base of the tent so the knuckles can't rotate the wrong way, and are covered with little sleeves to protect the knuckles and prevent finger pinch points, they've gone away from red switch type buttons to simple pop-out buttons and the fly is not sticky. This tent feels quality built and they don't seem to have skimped out on cheap materials.
There are points for power cords to go through to the outside and into the end rooms; there are even clips running up the wall to the roof, to hold the cords out the way to where you can hang lights or a tent fan.
With the canopy exteended you will lose the benefit of the darkroom as light has a large area to infiltrate, otherwise the darkroom feature is absolutely brilliant.
I wanted the oztent 30 second tent until I saw it set up and how cramped it is. I'm glad my wife came across this tent, it is fast to set up and can easily be done by one person, it's spacious, affordable, has lots of pockets, windows, doors and vents and Coleman have even given plenty of room in the bag if you are a messy with rolling up the tent when packing away. I rolled this up and put it in the bag with stacks of room for other things to fit such as extra poles, ropes or pegs etc.
The weight and size packed away is big but manageable, though given it is a 3 room, 10 person tent, it is practical. Instructions are not really needed but are sewn into the bag and looks to be water resistant. I hope the handles hold out on the bag carrying this around over time but shouldn't need far to carry, given its weight.
I 100% recommend this tent as a family tent or a spacious couples tent that have heaps of stuff and would benefit from extra rooms.
Got caught in a storm a couple of weeks ago and the outside front awning tends to collect water and then leak through the windows. You need the ropes to be very tight to ensure no pooling can occur. We ended up dropping the side panel to let the water escape.
Bit disappointed but on a positive note inside the tent stayed dry and it was a pretty heavy downpour. Batten down the front before you go to bed and all is good !
Loved the quick set up -15 minutes. Cosy roomy and dark st night. Highly recommend it. We loved it.
We bought this tent after deciding between the Northstar and instant up 10P. We went with the Northstar because of the darkroom and 3rd room (albeit smaller rooms than 10P). We would have loved it if each room was 15cm bigger so we could put a third King single mattress in there. We were able to put 2 self inflating king singles in each side room comfortably. The awning out front is AWESOME! It rained while we camped but could still sit outside and not get wet. No leaks for us! The canvas floor is super strong, although did take a little longer to dry from the rain. Setup: was remarkably quick, but not on the first go. During manufacturing our poles were twisted and until we figured that out and fixed it, it took a while. But after that it was 3 min to set up the tent. Putting on fly and pegging in took some more time. We bought this tent because we have a 1 year old and 2.5 year old and don't have time to muck around setting up the tent with them on the move. There are 2 rooms with a center compartment (or 3 rooms). You'd comfortably sleep 6 large adults. Only complaint if it's raining, you probably won't open the windows ... which means it's a bit dark in the tent during the day. You'd need a torch. You need to buy better and stronger pegs unless you camp in places with nice soft earth, but they do supply a generous amount of pegs. But otherwise we love it! Our kids went to bed like normal and woke up late making all of us happy campers :)
Fantastic review Miche! This will be super helpful for those in a similar position to what you were in - comparing against the Coleman Instant Up 10. Thanks again :) Laine
Bought this tent and just returned from a 4 day camping break with the kids! Its Brilliant ! Easy to put up and down - great space both inside and out with the awning and my god is it dark ! All four kids slept in later than at home ! Highly recommended
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)?
Great news - both the Coleman Instant Up Gold 10P and the Northstar 10P floor is made with a 420D Polyoxford PVC fabric.
Hi. Looking through the questions here, there have been two different dimensions given for the siderooms/bedrooms. Can I have the dimensions clarified please?
The internal dimensions of the side rooms of the Coleman Dark Room tent are 200cm long, and 220cm wide.
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
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!
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take a look at that for you! Cheers!
Hi, I was just wondering what changes have been made between the last model and this one, Thanks
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.
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.
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.
Would like to fir the Coleman XL Single quickbeds x 2 in there please. Thank you
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.
Apologies Catherine, I see I've jumped the gun there and compared the wrong airbed!
What colours are available in the Northstar dark room 10P tent ?
At this time the Coleman Instant Northstar Dark Room 10P Tent only comes in one colour, which is what we have available online.
Is one room big enough to sleep two single camper beds in there
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Hi, Wondering if i could fit 2 single XL coleman airbeds in each side room (thats 4 singles in total)? Thanks
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.
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.
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 :-)
Hi just wondering if you have the room dimensions. Would you fit a double/queen air mattress in each sideroom? Thanks
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!
This tent looks great, but at 1800 mm, the bedrooms are just a bit short for us - we like sleeping head at the door.
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 :)
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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