Field Notes: Pitched in several car camping scenarios. The first time we pitched this 4-person tent, it was in the dead of night. Daylight would have been appreciated.
Pros: This Coleman tent is spacious, and crafted from a light-resistant fabric ideal for those campers who don’t want to wake up with the rising sun (hence the name of the fabric, the “Darkroom”). The vestibule is large but wide open (so it should really be noted in the “con” section). Rename it an “open air porch” and Coleman has the best we’ve seen.
Cons: It’s heavier, less versatile, less durable and less intuitive than the Talus 4. Also, the lightproof coating appeared as if it was starting to scrape off. This needs to be monitored over time to avoid it becoming the “Semi-Dark Room,” which doesn’t have the same delightful ring to it.
Favorite Feature: The lightproof coating on the interior of the tent. If you’re looking to sleep in, this Coleman is probably your best choice.
Tester Quote: “A bit unnecessary in my book, though a family who is somewhat new to car camping might take to the roomy, dark space that is the Darkroom.”
Bottom Line: As spacious as it is purposeful, this Coleman is affordable and potentially practical for some car campers.
- Rugged, lightweight, 4-person tent with screen room
- Durable Polyguard coated polyester construction
- WeatherTec patented, waterproof, welded floor and inverted seams
- Dark Room Technology blocks 97.5% of light for daytime rest
- Full screen room with attached floor for bug-free relaxing or sleeping
- Patented pin-and-ring keeps poles secured to your tent
- Illumiline reflective guy lines for safety
- Window awnings keep rain out even with open windows
- E-port allows electrical power into the tent
- Included rainfly adds to protection from the elements
- Includes convenient storage bag
- 1-year manufacturer's limited warranty
Size: 9 x 7 ft. with 9 x 4 ft. screen room