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I Tested the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent (Review)

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Rating and Summary

I was pleasantly surprised by how many features the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent offered – it’s super easy to set up, the dark room technology is phenomenal, and there’s plenty of ventilation on hot days, to name a few.

However, the peak height (73.5 inches) is a little lower than I expected, ventilation is minimal when it’s raining, and I highly recommend sealing the inverted seam connecting the bathtub flooring to the tent body, if you expect rain.

That being said, I think this is the absolute perfect tent for hot summer days. I was so comfortable inside this tent, and didn’t feel like I was baking (even at 12 noon, when the sun was scorching).

This is a picture of me standing beside my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me standing beside my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent in my yard.
9
Ease of Use
7.7
Spaciousness
8.3
Comfort & Features
7.5
Ventilation
7
Rain Protection
7.8
Quality
3
Portability
Overall Score 7.6 / 10
Pros: Easy to set up, awesome black-out feature, lots of ventilation on hot days, hinged door
Cons: Lower than average livable space, minimal ventilation on rainy days, needs seam sealing

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Product Details

Here’s what we’ll discuss here:

  • Unboxing
  • In the Box
  • Specifications

Unboxing

I bought the Coleman 10-Person Dark Room Instant Cabin Tent from Amazon, and here’s what the packaging looked like, which is pretty nice:

This is what the front packaging of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like.
This is what the front packaging of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like.
This is what the back packaging of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Dark Room Tent looks like.
This is what the back packaging of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Dark Room Tent looks like.

In the Box

Inside the Coleman Instant Tent package, I got the carry bag (black with red handles), tent body (grayish black), a room divider (blue & black), and the rainfly (green). These are all pictured below.

In this picture, you’ll see the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent carry bag, tent body, rainfly, and room divider.

On top of that, I also got a small ground sheet, 16 steel stakes in a carry case, fiberglass poles for the hinged D-door, some warranty information and also, some instructions. (I’ll show you these later in this blog post.)

The poles and guylines are all pre-attached.

Specifications

Here’s all the data (including my personal measurements) that I gathered on this Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent:

  • Peak height: 73.5 inches
  • Lowest height: 59 inches
  • Length: 13 feet 11 inches
  • Width: 9 feet 9 inches
  • Base area: 135.7 square feet
  • Floor material: Polyethylene
  • Bathtub Flooring: 4 inches
  • Tent body material: Polyester
  • Rainfly material: Polyester
  • Poles material: Steel
  • Packed size: 50 by 17 by 12 inches
  • Number of guylines: 6
  • Number of stakes: 16
  • Number of windows: 5
  • Number of doors: 2 (one is hinged)
  • Number of vents: None
  • Number of pockets: 2
  • Number of gear lofts: None
  • Number of lantern loops: 1
  • Room divider: Yes (1)
  • E-port: Yes (1)
  • Black-out: Yes

I also did some testing on my own, and came up with this data:

  • Set up timing (2 people): 7.5 minutes
  • Set up timing (1 person): 16 minutes
  • Take down timing (2 people): 5 minutes
  • Take down timing (1 person): 10 minutes
  • Number of single sleeping pads: 10
  • Number of queen-sized mattresses: 4

I go through all the above specifications in the sections below, in more detail, if you’re interested.

Testing and Performance

I put the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent through these 7 tests:

  1. Ease of Use
  2. Spaciousness
  3. Comfort & Features
  4. Ventilation
  5. Rain Protection
  6. Quality
  7. Portability

Here’s how the Coleman 10-Person Tent performed.

Ease of Use

For ease of use, I looked at how easily I could:

  1. Set up, and
  2. Take down + pack up

this Coleman Instant 10-Person Cabin Tent. I did this on my own, so 1 person, and also, I tested this with 2 people as well.

How to Set Up

To set up this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent, first unfold the tent until it lays flat on the ground, except for this central hub here.

This is a picture of my brother unfolding the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent, with the central hub still upright (red arrow pointing to the central hub).
This is a picture of my brother unfolding the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent, with the central hub still upright (red arrow pointing to the central hub).

Caution: The central hub is where all the poles are pre-attached, and it’s a pinch point hazard, so do be careful.

The central hub of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent is a pinch point hazard.
The central hub of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent is a pinch point hazard.

After that, pull upward on the 6 elbow joints around the tent body (which are covered by a black neoprene covering) until they’re propped up at about a 90-degree angle.

This is the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with its elbow joints propped up at about a 90-degree angle.
This is the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent after pulling on its elbow joints and the poles are propped up at about a 90-degree angle.

Once all the poles have been propped up, extend the 4 roof poles at the top by pulling them apart.

Tip: Only the 4 roof poles at the side (so the 2 at the front, and the 2 at the back) can be extended. The middle 2 roof poles cannot be extended.

This is a picture of me pointing to the 2 roof poles at the back of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent that can be extended.
This is a picture of me pointing to the 2 roof poles at the back of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent that can be extended.

After the roof poles, pull apart or extend the 6 telescoping wall poles as well. All the telescoping poles (both roof and wall poles) have silver lock buttons that click into place when fully extended.

This is a picture of my brother extending the steel wall poles of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of my brother extending the steel wall poles of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Next, pull the tent out tight and drape the rainfly over the tent. The green side of the rainfly is the right side up, and the underside of the rainfly is black.

This is a picture of my brother and I draping the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent over the tent.
This is a picture of my brother and I draping the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent over the tent.

Also, the 4 corners of the rainfly are black in color, like this, which makes setting it up easy:

The 4 corners of the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent are black in color for easy identification.
The 4 corners of the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent are black in color for easy identification.

After, secure the 6 s-hooks of the rainfly to the 6 loops on the base of the tent.

Then, stake out the tent. You will get 16 steel stakes that look like these:

These are the 16 stakes that are provided with the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
These are the 16 stakes that are provided with the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

These 10 smaller stakes (on the right) are for staking out the tent base.

Use 3 stakes for the front, 3 stakes for the back, 1 stake for the left, 1 stake for the right, and the last 2 stakes for the small ground sheet (pictured below).

This is a picture of my brother using the stakes to stake down the provided ground sheet/floor mat of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of my brother using the stakes to stake down the provided ground sheet/floor mat of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Then, use these 6 bigger stakes (on the left) for the guylines.

Finally, insert the green-colored fiberglass pole through the door pole sleeve (which can be zipped open and close).

This is a picture of my brother and I inserting the green-colored fiberglass poles to install the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of my brother and I inserting the green-colored fiberglass poles to install the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

To secure the hinged D-door in place, there are 2 of these rubber gaskets, one at the top and the other at the bottom:

This is what the rubber gasket of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like.
This is what the rubber gasket of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like.

Set Up Timing

It’ll take about ~7.5 minutes for 2 people to set up this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent.

When I put this tent up on my own, it took me about ~16 minutes. (I’m only 5’3″, and I was able to get the entire tent set up on my own, rainfly, hinged door, and all.)

How to Take Down

To take down the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent is the exact reverse of the set up process. Just remember to press on the silver lock button on all the telescoping poles and push on them until they cannot be retracted further.

This is what the silver lock button on the telescoping poles of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like.
This is what the silver lock button on the telescoping poles of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like.

Take Down Timing

Taking down the Coleman 10-Person Tent and then packing it up takes slightly more than 5 minutes for 2 people, and about ~10 minutes on my own, excluding washing and drying, of course.

This is a picture of me washing the base of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me washing the base of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

If you want more detailed instructions on how to set up, take down, and pack up this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent, you can check out this video that I uploaded, right here:

Spaciousness

For spaciousness, I looked at the peak height, slope of the walls, and base area.

Peak Height

This Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent has a peak height of 73.5 inches, and I can reach the top of the tent very easily by just stretching my arm out.

This is a picture of me stretching my arm out to the peak height (73.5 inches) of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me stretching my arm out to reach the peak height (73.5 inches) of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

The lowest height in the tent, which is at the four corners, is about 59 inches.

I’m about 5’3″ (63 inches) tall, so I could stand up almost everywhere inside this Coleman Cabin Tent, except for the 4 corners.

This is a picture of me standing in the corner of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me standing in the corner of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Slope of Walls

I felt like there weren’t enough pole clips in this tent, and the tent body felt a bit droopy, especially on this side of the tent.

This is the tent body of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. I felt that another pole clip at the part where the red arrow is pointing would have increased livable space inside the tent.
This is the tent body of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. I felt that another pole clip at the part where the red arrow is pointing would have increased livable space inside the tent.

Also, the side walls aren’t as vertical as I expected them to be. This reduces livable space a little bit for sure.

This is a picture of the side walls of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the side walls of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Dimensions

The length of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent is about 13 feet and 11 inches, while the width is about 9 feet and 9 inches, so slightly smaller than the marketed dimensions (which is about 14 by 10 feet).

Also, there’s no vestibule, so if you leave your shoes out, it will get wet if it rains.

Mattress Sizing

This Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent can accommodate 10 single sleeping pads or sleeping bags, and here’s what having 10 pads in this 10-person tent looks like:

This is a picture of my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with 10 sleeping pads (a mix of both single and double sleeping pads) inside the tent.
This is a picture of my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with 10 sleeping pads (a mix of 2 single and 4 double sleeping pads) inside the tent.

To accommodate 10 people in this tent, it’s almost shoulder-to-shoulder sleeping, although there’s some space down the middle for a little bit of camping gear.

This Coleman 10-Person Tent can also fit 4 queen-sized camping mattresses, and here’s what the tent looks like with these 4 mattresses:

Here’s what having 4 queen-sized camping mattresses would look like inside the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
Here’s what having 4 queen-sized camping mattresses would look like inside the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

The mattresses that I used in this tent are slightly smaller than queen size, but almost queen sized (give or take a few inches). Even so, these 4 mattresses take up almost the entire tent, with barely any space leftover for camping gear.

Comfort and Features

For comfort and features, I looked at the windows, doors, bug nets, and more.

Windows

This Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent has 5 windows around the tent, excluding the 2 doors (on the widths of the tent).

Including the mesh from the 2 doors, there are 7 windows, which are all in different sizes, so let me give you the dimensions here:

  • Mesh of hinged door: 34 by 37 inches
  • Window beside hinged door: 31 by 38 inches
  • Biggest window (x2): 50 by 38 inches
  • Second biggest window (x2): 43 x 25 inches
  • Mesh of back door: 41 by 26 inches
In this picture, you can see the different sized windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, and that's me in the picture opening up all the windows. (From left to right: mesh of hinged door, window beside hinged door, biggest window, and second biggest window).
In this picture, you can see the different sized windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, and that’s me in the picture opening up all the windows. (From left to right: mesh of hinged door, window beside hinged door, biggest window, and second biggest window).

Each window has 2 zippers. If there’s no rain, you you can unzip the windows for more ventilation, and there’s a bug net to prevent larger bugs from getting in.

This is a picture of me unzipping one of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me unzipping one of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

The holes are quite large, so I’m pretty sure that it’s not no-see-um mesh.

This is a picture of the mesh of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the mesh of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Each window comes with a small latch to tie the fabric of the windows up, so that it looks neater.

Doors

This Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent has 2 doors, one at each width of the tent.

The door on the left width of the tent is this hinged D-door.

This is the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which I've left open in this picture.
This is the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which I’ve left open in this picture.

The hinged D-door measures about 50 by 34 inches in dimensions, and is only about 47 inches from the ground to the top of the door, because the side walls aren’t really that vertical.

At 47 inches tall, it’s not very tall, so I did have to duck quite a bit when entering.

This is a picture of me ducking to get into the tent through the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get into the tent through the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Here’s what this D-door looks like in comparison to my size:

This is a picture of me standing in front of the hinged D-door on the inside of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me standing in front of the hinged D-door on the inside of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

The other door at the right width of the tent doesn’t come with any fiberglass poles, so it’s not hinged, and you do have to zip it open and close.

The back door measures about 47 by 46 inches in dimensions, and it’s about 53 inches from the floor to the top of the door. Again, because of the slant of the walls, I do also have to duck quite a bit to get in and out of the tent.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Here’s what the back door looks like in comparison to my size, so slightly bigger than the hinged D-door:

This is a picture of me standing in front of the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me standing in front of the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Both doors also have bug nets, and when you open them up, they act just like windows. The window spans almost the entire length of the D-door (pictured earlier), and for the back door, the window spans about half the door:

This is a picture of me unzipping the window of the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me unzipping the window of the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

If there are no bugs, you can increase ventilation by leaving the hinged door open, and also by unzipping the other door, rolling it up and clipping it to the side right here like this.

This is a picture of the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, that I've left open in this picture.
This is a picture of the back door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, that I’ve left open in this picture.

There are 2 of these clips or latches for keeping the door open.

Each door has 2 zippers for the bug net, and 2 for the door itself. FYI, the hinged D-door can also be zipped open and close, if you want to (but that defeats the purpose of the hinged door, right?)

Room Divider

This Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent comes with a removable room divider, so you can split the tent into 2 rooms.

The divider comes with S-hooks that you can easily attach to loops at the top of the tent, and also at the sides (5 of these in total).

This is a picture of me attaching the S-hook of the room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent to the loop at the top of the tent.
This is a picture of me attaching the S-hook of the room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent to the loop at the top of the tent.

Each “room” can then fit either 5 sleeping pads or sleeping bags, or 2 queen-sized beds. One room, on the left side of the tent, will have 3 windows and the hinged D-door, while the other room will have 2 windows and the other door.

This is a picture of the room divider in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which has 2 queen-sized beds on one side of the divider.
This is a picture of the room divider in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which has 2 queen-sized beds on one side of the divider.

The divider has a zip in the middle so that you can access either room, and you can also pull back the sides of the divider for easier access.

This is a picture of my brother clipping the 2 sides of the divider to the edges of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of my brother clipping the 2 sides of the divider to the edges of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

You can also fit just 1 or 2 queen-sized beds in one “room”, and use the other as a living room (2 pictures above).

The divider extends all the way to the floor, but there are pretty big gaps at the sides of the divider.

This is a picture of the somewhat "full length" room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. You can see the pretty big gaps at the sides.
This is a picture of the somewhat “full length” room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. You can see the pretty big gaps at the sides.

Also, it’s not completely opaque, and you can actually see quite a bit through it.

This is a picture of the translucent room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the translucent room divider of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Storage

There are 2 pockets in the entire tent, both measuring about 7 by 8 inches, which is really tiny for such a large tent.

This is a picture of me using a tape measure to measure the dimensions of the storage pockets inside the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me using a tape measure to measure the dimensions of the storage pockets inside the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

There’s 1 lantern loop in the tent, at the very top of the tent, right in the center, for some lighting at night.

This is a picture where I hung my Black Diamond Apollo lantern on the lantern loop of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture where I hung my Black Diamond Apollo lantern on the lantern loop of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Also, there’s 1 e-port at the bottom of the tent with a zippered closure.

This is a picture of me touching the e-port of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me touching the e-port of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Black-Out Feature

One of the best features about this tent is the dark room technology. In the above pictures, you saw what this Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looked like with all the windows open.

Now, here’s what the dark room feature looks like with all the windows closed, in the middle of the day:

This is a picture of the dark room technology black-out feature of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the dark room technology black-out feature of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

If I were being nitpicky, I would say that there’s a little bit of light seeping in through the gap between the roof and the rainfly, and also from the bathtub flooring at the bottom of the tent.

But apart from that, I think this is really great for sleeping in, and it’s also quite a bit cooler inside this tent during the day than my other tents.

And this is what the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like at night (all windows closed), with a dim light from my Black Diamond Apollo lantern.
And this is what the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like at night (all windows closed), with a dim light from my Black Diamond Apollo lantern.

And if you’re the type that doesn’t like a single spot of light when you’re sleeping at night, well, you’re in luck. With all its windows closed, this Coleman 10-Person Instant Dark Room Tent is almost pitch black, even though there are still street lights from the outside.

Ventilation

For ventilation, I looked at how much mesh the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent has. After all, more mesh equals more ventilation.

Ceiling Mesh

This Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent has a lot of mesh on the roof of the tent, which looks like this:

This is what the ceiling mesh of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like when the rainfly has been removed.
This is what the ceiling mesh of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent looks like when the rainfly has been removed.

The rainfly is removable, but only from the outside.

I recommend removing the ceiling mesh on hot days, if you need more ventilation. You can also stargaze through the ceiling mesh when it’s not raining.

Window + Door Mesh

Apart from the roof, this Coleman 10-Person Tent has 5 windows and 2 doors, almost all of which are pretty massive, allowing for plenty of ventilation when it’s not raining.

In this picture, you can see the different sized windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, and that's me in the picture opening up all the windows. (From left to right: mesh of back door, second biggest window, and biggest window).
In this picture, you can see the different sized windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, and that’s me in the picture opening up all the windows. (From left to right: mesh of back door, second biggest window, and biggest window).

Rainy Day Options

But when it’s raining, the rainfly provides very little rain protection, because it’s quite small (and its main purpose is to protect only the ceiling mesh). On top of that, the tent body slants outwards a bit, so the water drips onto the window or door mesh directly.

This is a picture of rain dripping off the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent and onto the mesh of the doors and windows.
This is a picture of rain dripping off the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent and onto the mesh of the doors and windows.

Even in light rain, majority of the mesh will get wet, as you can see in the picture above. I could crack the windows open a tiny bit in light rain, but in heavier rain, it’s best not to.

Vents

There are no ground vents in this Coleman 10-Person Tent, so there’s hardly any ventilation when it’s raining, except through the gap between the roof and the rainfly.

Weather Protection

For weather resistance, I looked at rain and wind protection.

This is a picture of my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent in my yard when it was raining.
This is a picture of my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent in my yard when it was raining.

Rain Test

It was raining for quite a few hours over the few days that I was using this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent, and it was mostly light rain.

After about 15 to 30 minutes of light rain, I noticed that water started seeping in through the inverted seam connecting the black fabric of the tent body to the bathtub flooring, because it has not been seam taped.

I noticed that the inverted seam connecting the black fabric of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent to the bathtub flooring was leaking.
I noticed that the inverted seam connecting the black fabric of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent to the bathtub flooring was leaking.

Also, I noticed a pretty big pool of water from the zipper of the hinged D-door at about 30 minutes of light rain (so maybe it started leaking at around 15 minutes in).

I also noticed that water started leaking into the tent through the zipper of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
I also noticed that water started leaking into the tent through the zipper of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

I tried to make sure that the zippers were protected by this yellow rain cover thing on the outside, but it seems to be soaked with water, and made the leaking worse.

So, if you have this tent, I recommend putting the zippers higher up where it’s more protected by the rainfly, instead of lower down, where water can seep in.

I found that this yellow rain cover of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent (which was supposed to protect the zipper from rain) was completely soaked with water.
I found that this yellow rain cover of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent (which was supposed to protect the zipper from rain) was completely soaked with water.

After about 3 hours of light rain, all the fabric of the main tent body (both the blue and black fabric) was still dry, which was great.

However, there was water inside the tent from the constant leaking through the inverted seam and the zip of the D-door. To check out the damage/for more info, you can check out the full rain test video that I uploaded, right here:

Wind Protection

I don’t think this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent will do very well against strong winds. This is a cabin tent, so the shape isn’t aerodynamic at all.

This is a picture of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent in my yard, which is cabin-shaped.
This is a picture of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent in my yard, which is cabin-shaped.

The pole structure is also very simple, and there are only 6 guylines in total for such a large tent.

Quality

For quality, I looked at the flooring, the main tent, stitching, and more.

Flooring

This feels like your regular polyethylene flooring, and the bathtub flooring extends up to about 4 inches.

This is a picture of me pinching the polyethylene flooring of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me pinching the polyethylene flooring of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

After about 3 hours of light rain, I noticed that no water seeped through the bathtub flooring, and it was still dry, which was great.

Tent Body

I’m pretty sure the main tent body and rainfly are made of polyester, but I could not find any info on the Denier rating or the water resistance rating, though I did find out that the main tent body was still dry from the inside even after 3 hours of light rain.

This is a picture of me grabbing the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. The top is green in color, while the underside is black.
This is a picture of me grabbing the rainfly of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent. The top is green in color, while the underside is black.

I did find a bunch of loose threads and excess materials on the floor when I first got into the tent though. (But this isn’t a big issue to me.)

Stitching

I found the stitching to be pretty consistent with no huge holes, although you can see some light coming in through the seams.

This is a picture of the stitching above one of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the stitching above one of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

But it’s probably more obvious in this tent than other tents because of the dark room feature.

Zippers

The seam tape wasn’t very well applied around some of the windows, so it kind of blocks the zipper, and makes it less smooth and more snaggy than it would have been.

This is a picture of one of the window zippers in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which snags into the seam tape.
This is a picture of one of the window zippers in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which snags into the seam tape.

And also, the hinged D-door is great and super user-friendly (though it still snags if you want to zip it up), but the other door without the fiberglass poles does snag from the outside because of the yellow rain cover.

Mesh

The holes of the mesh are too big to be no-see-um, and also, I found a couple of small holes in the mesh of one of the windows. (I think it’s clearer in the video than in the picture below.)

This is a picture of me pointing to the 2 small holes I found in the mesh of one of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me pointing to the 2 small holes I found in the mesh of one of the windows of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Poles

The poles of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent are made of steel, and are all pre-attached for an easy set up and take down.

Guylines

The guylines are white, and are all pre-attached as well.

The guylines of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent are white, with a black tensioner in the middle.
The guylines of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent are white, with a black tensioner in the middle.

Carry Bag

The carry bag is black, and the bottom can be expanded for an easier pack up.

The bottom of the carry bag of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent can be removed, in order to expand the bag for an easier pack up.
The bottom of the carry bag of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent can be removed, in order to expand the bag for an easier pack up.

Instant Mechanism

The poles and pole clips of this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent are all pre-attached, so that was really convenient for putting it up and taking it down.

However, I wouldn’t say that Coleman has the best instant tent mechanism, at least for this tent. Sometimes, one of the elbow joints of the poles would jam and won’t prop up properly, and I’d have to fold it back up and try to prop it back up again.

This is a picture of my brother trying to prop the poles up by pulling upward on the elbow joint (covered by a black neoprene covering).
This is a picture of my brother trying to prop the poles up by pulling upward on the elbow joint (covered by a black neoprene covering).

Defect

Also, my Coleman Instant Tent came with a defective pole that was attached the wrong way, and could not extend and retract properly.

This is a picture of the broken pole/manufacturing defect that I found in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent when I first took it out of the box.
This is a picture of the broken pole/manufacturing defect that I found in the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent when I first took it out of the box.

I tried for many hours to fix this issue, but the pole just wouldn’t budge, even though I tried to unscrew it and tried to loosen it up by oiling it and stuff like that. So, that was a bit disappointing, but I guess manufacturing defects do happen, so this is probably just a one-off thing.

Portability

The Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent is about 50 inches long, which is quite a bit longer (40% longer) than traditional tents of the same size (10-person tents).

This is a picture of my brother and I unboxing the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of my brother and I unboxing the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

I forgot to weigh the tent before I sent it back to Amazon (because of the manufacturing defect), but I think it’ll weigh anywhere between 30 to 32 pounds (as do the rest of my 10-person tents).

Pros and Cons

Pros

For pros, I found the Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent much easier to set up than regular 10-person tent, taking anywhere between 30 to 90% less time.

Also, even if you’re not tall like me (I’m 5’3″), you should be able to set it up on your own.

This is a picture of my brother and I setting up our Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent in our yard. I used this picture also for my "Coleman Instant 10P Tent Set Up" video on YouTube.
This is a picture of my brother and I setting up our Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent in our yard. I used this picture also for my “Coleman Instant 10P Tent Set Up” video on YouTube.

The second pro is that the dark room technology is phenomenal. Not only is it a lot darker inside the tent during the day, it’s also a lot cooler as well, so it’s great for sleeping in.

When you wake up, you can open all the window and door mesh panels, and get plenty of ventilation through all these massive mesh panels, so it doesn’t feel too stuffy in the tent during the day.

This is a picture of me reaching for the handle of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of me reaching for the handle of the hinged D-door of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

You can also leave the tent easily, and get back into the tent easily, through this super, super user-friendly hinged D-door on the left width of the tent. It works just like a regular door, with no need for any zipping.

Cons

As for cons, this Coleman 10-Person Cabin Tent doesn’t have quite as much livable space as you’d expect.

Its peak height of 73.5 inches is lower than most other 10-person tents, the tent body feels a bit droopy on the widths of the tent, and the side walls aren’t as vertical as I expected them to be.

This is a picture of me reaching out to the side wall of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent, which I felt was droopier than it should have been.

Another con is that there isn’t much ventilation when it’s raining. There are no vents, no windows that can be opened, and the only ventilation that I got was through the gap between the ceiling mesh and the rainfly.

Also, if you’re expecting any rain at all, you do need to seal this inverted seam.

This is a picture of the inverted seam between the black tent fabric and the bathtub flooring of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.
This is a picture of the inverted seam between the black tent fabric and the bathtub flooring of the Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent.

Some smaller cons are that the room divider is quite see-through, with pretty big gaps at the sides, and the only 2 pockets in the tent are ridiculously tiny.

Also, instant tents have a much bigger packed size than regular tents of the same size.

Recommendation

Overall, I felt that this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent was perfect for summer use, with the awesome dark room feature and plenty of ventilation. I felt the most comfortable in this tent in the hot summer days, compared to my other 10-person tents.

This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with all the windows, doors and ceiling mesh opened for plenty of ventilation.
This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent with all the windows, doors and ceiling mesh opened for plenty of ventilation.

I highly recommend this Coleman 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent if you’re expecting high temperatures and hot weather, but not if you’re expecting plenty of rain.

Bonus: Must Read!

How does this Coleman 10-Person Instant Tent compare to other similar tents though? Well, here’s a blog post where I bought, tested and compared 6 of the best 10-person tents.

This is a picture of me testing out 4 of my 6 best 10-person tents. From left to right, the Coleman 10-Person Instant Dark Room Tent, the Core 10-Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent, the Columbia Mammoth Creek 10-Person Cabin Tent, and the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent. (Not pictured: Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Tent and Ozark Trail 10-Person Cabin Tent).
This is a picture of me testing out 4 of my 6 best 10-person tents. From left to right, the Coleman 10-Person Instant Dark Room Tent, the Core 10-Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent, the Columbia Mammoth Creek 10-Person Cabin Tent, and the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent. (Not pictured: Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Tent and Ozark Trail 10-Person Cabin Tent).

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