Coleman Instant Up 6P Lighted Northstar Darkroom Tent – Features


– Hey folks, this is the Coleman Instant Northstar 10P Darkroom
Lighted Tent behind me here. It’s a long name, it’s
got a lot of features, and I’m gonna take you for a walk through. Let’s check it out. (electronic music) Hey folks, Ben from Snowys here, I’ve got the Coleman
Instant Northstar 10 person Darkroom Lighted Tent set up here. It’s got a really long name, ’cause it’s got a lot of features. There’s been a few versions of this tent, there was the original one,
then they brought it out with the Darkroom fabric,
now they’ve brought it out with a lighted strip inside as well. I’m gonna run you
through all the features, but firstly, let’s talk
about a few of the stats, it weighs about 30 kilos. Now, the fly sheet is a 75 denier, 185 thread count Ripstop polyester, and it’s got this Dark Room
Coating on the other side here, which is a black coating
that cuts out something like about 95% of the light, and can reduce the
temperature inside the tent by sort of about 5%, I believe they say. It is worth noting that
this Dark Room Coating when I say it blocks
out most of the light, if you look really
closely, on a bright day, you can see little pinpricks
of light coming through, it’s a bit like sleeping
under a starry night. So you can see a bit of light, but it does block out most of it. Now, the inner is a breathable
75 denier polyester. There’s no rip stop in this one here. The windows are an ultra-fine mesh, this mesh also features in
the vents at the bottom here, in the doors and also
in the roof of the tent. The floor is a 420 denier poly-oxford PVC, it’s a nice durable floor
with the PVC backing, it doesn’t have that crinkly
feel that tarp material does. You do also get these mats with the tent, I haven’t got this pegged down, but this is just a
polyethylene mesh mat here, like a door mat. Moving onto the poles, steel uprights, which come up to a sort of nylon knuckle up underneath these neoprene pads here. And then a composite pole across the top, it’s a fibreglass composite type pole that runs right across
the top of the tent. And you also get some steel
awning poles with the tent. Now, there’s load of features to show you with this awning at the
front here and also inside. I’m gonna start with the side
and the back of the tent, get that out the way, and then we’ll jump into
all the interesting stuff. They’ve got a total of
four doors to get into the Instant Northstar
Darkroom Lighted 10P tent, this is a door at the end
here, so this can be opened, it can also be set up as an awning. Now, you get two extra
awning poles with your kit, so this door features at this end, features at the other end,
and also features at the back, and it has these brass eyelets in here, so you can set it up in one of three ways. Firstly, zipped closed,
like I had it there. We can use the extra
awning poles that we had to set it up as a shade awning, like this. Alternatively, we can roll
it right up to the top here, get it right up and out the way, and then that gives us access
into the end of the tent. Now, I’ve got the door
at this end opened up, there is a double door that features here, a mesh and a solid panel,
so we can zip this closed. But this gives us access to this, the bedroom at this end of the tent, if we want separate access ports. Coming around to the rear, we’ve got two windows on the back here, there’s this window here, in
the middle of that is a door, which is the same as the door
on that of the end tent there, it’s got eyelets in the bottom here, we can open this up, which
gives us an access point, there’s another door in under
here to get inside the tent. We can also set this up as an awning out the back of the tent, and this one’s also got
little sort of gussets in here to give it a bit more protection. Got a second window here, now both this window and that window can be zipped closed completely, they can be set up as little sort of weather-protected awnings
over the window like this, or as we did with the door at the end, we can roll it right open to allow the breeze and also in our case, we need to let a bit more
light inside the tent, so we can see what’s going on in there. ‘Cause it does get quite dark. Now at the base of each of these windows are these little sort of
conical shaped things, these are vents that allow a bit of ventilation up underneath here, and they marry up with the vent inside the tent that I’ll show you, there’s an internally
adjustable vent inside, we’ll show you when we step inside. Coming around to the other
end of the tent here, same door as I showed you at the far ends, this can be zipped closed, set up as an awning out like this, or rolled up completely,
and underneath here, we’ve got another double mesh D door with solid and mesh panels. That’s the back and the side of the tent, let’s talk about the awning. Now it’s this awning that makes this tent super livable for families. So it’s about five metres long
between the far poles here. It comes out about 1.4
metres from the tent here. And I’ve got this set up
in full here at the moment, you get all these awning
poles with your kit. There’s various zips and gussets in here to allow it to expand right
out as far as you can here. Another alternative would be
to zip it closed completely, so in bad weather, you zip it closed, it also blocks all the light out that way. Now, you could if you want, actually roll this awning back up completely along the top here, there’s tabs here that allow you to secure the whole awning right across the front of the tent to keep the awning right up and out the way if you don’t want shade or anything out the front here. And you’ve also got various set-up options with these panels here. There’s three sections, one on each end and one in the middle, divided by a zip that runs down here. There’s a gusset here,
there’s a second zip that you can sort of bring it
in closer together as well. And you’ve also got walls on the end that are also set up with zips. So we could actually take this wall down. You can roll this back
up against the tent here. There’s tabs here to secure the wall, so now we’ve got an open side here, and protected at that end there. You can take it one step
further if you like, if you wanted to seal off
the bedroom at this end here, to make this bedroom dark, you can close the wall
on this end of the tent, peg it down at the bottom down here, and you’ve now sealed off this end bedroom to make it dark in there while you’ve still got
sheltered living space and light coming in to the
bedroom at that end there. You can do the same thing at that end, you could just set up
the awning on this side with that one closed if you like. You’ve got heaps of options with the awning out in
front of the tent here. I think we’ve pretty much covered all the features on the
outside, let’s step inside, ’cause there’s tonnes more in there still. The first thing I’m gonna show you is the lighting system in these tents. We’ll zip it all up later and
show you how bright it is, but I’ll just show you
all the features first. Now, there’s all these cords that are integrated into the tent, and LED strip lights across the top. This is where the main
sort of features happen, so in this pocket here, you
get included a battery pack that takes four D-cell batteries. Now, that does have a USB port here, so I can remove this battery pack, if we don’t wanna use D-cell batteries, and use a battery pack like this, I can plug this into here, and I’ve now got a
rechargeable battery pack that I can use for these lights. These are all plugged in here, you can unplug these if you want, I don’t know why you’d need to do that, but that also joins up
to this switch here, now this is the switch
for the central room. There’s four settings, low, medium, high, and a glow setting. There’s one of these
switches in each room, so if we look around the corner here, there’s another switch
in this bedroom here, and the same switch features
in the far bedroom back there. So you can have lighting
that’s very individual for each room, and it’s all operated through their own little
internal switches. Like I said, we’ll show you
how bright that is shortly, firstly, all the other features. So, we’ll start at the top of the tent. Now, there’s a wide strip here, this features both in
the centre room here, and in each bedroom. Now, this can be unzipped, this is where the little
LED strip light is situated. So we can replace these, if
you need or if you wanted to, if you wanted to put anything brighter or anything different in there. And they all marry out
to the little cords, the little access points where the cords run throughout the tent. Either side of that, we’ve got nice big mesh panels
in this centre room here, the bedrooms have got
solid panels on each side, so it’s slightly warmer, but
plenty of ventilation in here. As we move down the side, we’ve got these little
power access points here, that one goes to the outside, and this one here goes
through to the bedroom. Partway down that wall, we have this little organiser pocket here, now in this one here, we’ve got the battery
pack for our lights in, and we’ve got three other pockets. Each bedroom also features their own little
organiser panel like this, but it doesn’t have the
battery in each bedroom, just in this one here. And behind me here, we’ve got that door, the rear access door that we can open up to a mesh panel, and then the mesh panel opens up out to the awning that we saw at the rear of the tent there. Now, just behind me here is a little panel that features
in the bottom corner, now all of these features
I’m gonna show you now are mirrored in the bedroom at the far end of the tent as well. This can be opened up, and it
exposes a little mesh panel. If we put a fan on either side of here, it’s just so there’s
a bit more ventilation from one room to the other, to get lots of air flow
throughout the tent. Above that, we’ve got our organiser panel that we talked about earlier, and the little light
switch for this room here. That features next to a double door, and this can be a mesh or a solid panel, there’s two different
fabrics on this door here, so we can have the ventilation, or sealed up completely for privacy. On the side of the bedroom here, now this is mirrored on
both sides of the bedroom, and also in the far bedroom, we’ve got an internally
adjustable privacy screen that features on this mesh window here. So we’ve got it opened up for
ventilation at the moment. If we undo these tabs we
can zip it closed completely to give us both protection if we’ve got the outside window open,
it gives us privacy, but it also keeps the warmth
in if it’s a really cold night. And at the bottom here, we’ve got our circle ventilation vent, now this opens up onto that
little conical shaped vent that I showed you on the outside here. This can be secured open like this, there’s little tabs here
to secure that open, and that allows ventilation
at the low level of the tent. That’s most of the features on the inside, I do wanna talk to you a little bit about the space inside though. Now, in the centre room of the tent here, I’ve got about 190
centimetres of head space, I’m 185 centimetres tall. That tapers off at each end
down to about 160 centimetres, and about 150 centimetres where you walk through the door here. The space that the tent takes up is about six metres long and it’s about
two and a half metres wide, that’s on the outside, but inside here, about 175 centimetres
wide for this centre room, and it’s about 230 centimetres deep throughout inside the tent. Now let me sit in the bedroom here, I’ve got a double high queen
air bed set up in here, now this is about 200 centimetres long and 150 centimetres wide. Inside this room, we’ve got 230 centimetres
in depth this way, and the room itself is 210
centimetres at the floor level to the base of the door at
the rear of the tent here. Now we’ve got this rear
door done up at the moment so we can push the tent right to the back, but there is a little bit of
wasted space at the back there. This tent isn’t quite gonna fit if we spin it around this
way, I’ll see if I can do it. It’s a tad tight, your feet or your head are kinda gonna be up against here, but, hey, it is manageable, you could
do it that way if you like, and then you’ve got a bit more usable space down this side here. Now this end bedroom here,
we’ve got that end door open, so you can see in here quite comfortably, now these air beds are an XL single, so they’re about 190 centimetres in length and about a metre in width, so they fit quite comfortably, plenty of space for the kids to sleep, bit of room for storage, but you’ve still got that
centre room for storage as well. That’s pretty all the
features inside the tent. The last two features I
wanna show you in the tent, we’ve already run through them a bit, but I’m gonna zip everything
closed in the tent, firstly to show you how dark it is inside, and secondly to show you how much light the light strips give you when
it is dark inside the tent. So let’s zip everything closed. Now, I’ve got all the doors and windows zipped up apart from this one, this is my only light source in here now. I’ll zip this closed in a sec, you’ll just see how dark it is, and all we’ll see is a little bit of light coming around the base of the tent, and then I’ll switch the lights on. And there’s a low,
medium, and dim setting, and there’s also a glow setting which allows just the light switch to glow so you can find it at night. Let’s zip this up first. (zipper being pulled) So that’s now all the doors
and windows zipped up, we can just see a little bit of light in around the base of the tent, which is where light’s just escaping in up underneath the fly, and if we step over to
our light switch here now, we flick it onto the low setting, it’s just a very dim light, now they’re not really bright lights, they give a nice ambient light. That’s the medium, and that’s
the high setting there. Now that’s just on the
room in the middle here. If I come to the bedroom at the end here and turn this one on as well, turn that one on to bright. And I’ll go to the far end
of the tent back here too, we’ll flick this one on to bright, and we’ve now got light throughout the entire tent here, so, look, it’s not really bright light, it’d be enough to eat by, or to find your way
around the tent at night, might benefit from still having
a torch or a reading light if you wanna read a book
or do something up close, but it is a really handy integrated lighting system
in your family tent. Last thing I wanna show
you is the glow setting, on these switches here, if we
just press it a fourth time, the light in the roof turns
off in this room here now, and there’s a light in
the switch that goes on so this just glows all night. Now, they’re LED lights, so they’re not gonna drain
the battery very quickly, but you can easily find
the light switch at night. That is the Coleman
Instant Northstar 10 person Darkroom Lighted tent. It’s an awesome family tent, tonnes of versatility with
that awning out the front here, integrated lighting system, and a darkroom feature that
helps you sleep during the day, or makes the kids sleep in a little bit longer in the mornings. You can grab them online at Snowys.com.au, at our lowest prices every day, free delivery to just about
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