Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent Review (7 Tests!)

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Rating and Summary

The Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent is one of my favorite Coleman tents. Not only is it incredibly inexpensive, it also performed very well in all the 7 tests that I threw at it (ease of use, spaciousness, comfort & features, ventilation, rain protection, quality and portability).

And that’s not all. I felt like my Dark Room Sundome Tent had hardly any flaws at all. Do read on to find out loads more about this tent!

This is a picture of me in my Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent in my yard.
This is a picture of me in my Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent in my yard.
7
Ease of Use
8.5
Spaciousness
8.8
Comfort & Features
8
Ventilation
8
Rain Protection
7.1
Quality
7.5
Portability
Overall Score 7.9 / 10

Pros: Blackout feature, inexpensive, 6-foot peak height, easy to set up, easy to take down, decent ventilation and rain protection
Cons: Requires seam sealant under prolonged heavy rain

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Product Details

In this section, we’ll cover the following:

  • Unboxing
  • In the Box
  • Specifications

Unboxing

I bought this Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent from Amazon. Here’s what the packaging looks like when it first arrived:

This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like before unboxing.
This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like before unboxing.

And here’s what it looks like when I’m unboxing it:

This is a picture of me unboxing the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me unboxing the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

In the Box

Out of the box, I got a carry bag, 3 poles in a carry case, 13 stakes in another carry case, a foot mat, and of course, the green rainfly and tent body.

From left to right: stakes, poles, foot mat, rainfly, tent body of the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent.
From left to right: stakes, poles, foot mat, rainfly, tent body of the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent.

Specifications

Here’s all the data (including my personal measurements) that I gathered on this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. Bear in mind that this is a 6-Person tent:

  • Peak height: 73 inches
  • Length: 9 feet 9 inches
  • Width: 9 feet 9 inches
  • Base Area: 95.1 square feet
  • Floor material: Polyethylene
  • Bathtub flooring: Yes, ~7.5 inches
  • Tent body material: Polyester
  • Rainfly material: Polyester
  • Poles material: Fiberglass
  • Number of poles: 3
  • Mesh: Regular
  • Packed size: 26 by 12 by 9 inches
  • Weight: 16.4 lbs
  • Number of guylines: 6
  • Number of stakes: 13
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Hinged door: No
  • Number of windows: 2
  • Number of vents: 2
  • Number of pockets: 2
  • Number of lantern loops: 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 (1 person): 11.5 minutes
  • Take down timing (1 person): 10 minutes
  • Number of single sleeping pads: 6
  • Number of queen-sized mattresses: 2

7 Tests and Performance

I put my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent through these 7 different tests:

  1. Ease of use: Set up, take down
  2. Spaciousness: Height, base area, mattress sizing
  3. Comfort and features: Door, windows, storage, blackout/dark room feature
  4. Ventilation: Hot day ventilation, rainy day ventilation
  5. Weather protection: Light rain test, heavy rain test
  6. Quality: Material, mesh, seams, stitching, zippers, poles
  7. Portability: Weight and packed size

Set Up (Test 1A)

Instructions

To set up this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, first grab the 2 longest fiberglass poles, which are the 2 poles to the left in this picture below:

This is what all the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent look like.
This is what all the fiberglass poles of the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent look like.

Altogether, there are only 3 poles for the entire Sundome Dark Room Tent. The last pole on the right is for the rainfly.

Then, insert these 2 poles into the 2 green pole sleeves at the center of the tent.

This is a picture of me inserting a pole into a pole sleeve to set up the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent.
This is a picture of me inserting a pole into a pole sleeve to set up the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent.

This will form an X shape across the tent, which looks like this.

This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent will look like when the first 2 poles have been sleeved.
This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent will look like when the first 2 poles have been sleeved.

Then, prop one of the poles up first, by securing both ends of the pole into the pins, 1 at each corner of the tent. When you’re done with the first pole, your tent should look something like this:

This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent will look like with just 1 pole set up. The other pole hasn't been set up yet.
This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent will look like with just 1 pole set up. The other pole hasn’t been set up yet.

Do the exact same thing with the other pole, like so:

This is a picture of me setting up the second pole into the pins at the bottom of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me setting up the second pole into the pins at the bottom of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Then, adjust the pole sleeves until the tent looks more centered, like so:

This is what your Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent will look like when both the tent body poles have been set up and secured in place.
This is what your Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent will look like when both the tent body poles have been set up and secured in place.

After that, attach all the 8 pole clips around the tent body, 2 pole clips on each side of each pole. In the picture below, you can see 2 pole clips:

This is a picture of me attaching the pole clips of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me attaching the pole clips of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Next, grab the last fiberglass pole, which has black tips at both ends of the pole.

The last fiberglass pole of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent has these rounded black tips at both ends.
The last fiberglass pole of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent has these rounded black tips at both ends.

This is to be inserted right down the center of the rainfly, like so:

This is a picture of me securing the rainfly pole of the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent.
This is a picture of me securing the rainfly pole of the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent.

This rainfly pole is to be secured with not just Velcro attachments, but also these small pockets at each end of the pole:

To secure the rainfly pole of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, you'd need to insert them into these small pockets or sleeves in the rainfly.
To secure the rainfly pole of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, you’d need to insert them into these small pockets or sleeves in the rainfly.

Then, drape the rainfly over the tent, and I find that it’s easiest to do so by grabbing the rainfly pole. Position the rainfly pole with one end over the door at the front of the tent, like so:

This is a picture of me draping the rainfly over the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me draping the rainfly over the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Secure the rainfly to the tent using these 4 S-hooks of the rainfly to the 4 rings at the corners of the tent.

The rainfly of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent comes with these s-hooks to be secured to the rings at the bottom of the tent.
The rainfly of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent comes with these s-hooks to be secured to the rings at the bottom of the tent.

There are also Velcro attachments along each pole to better align the rainfly, and I usually use only 1 for each corner, even though there are 8 attachments altogether around the entire tent:

The rainfly of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent comes with these Velcro attachments on the underside of the rainfly, to be attached to the poles of the tent.
The rainfly of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent comes with these Velcro attachments on the underside of the rainfly, to be attached to the poles of the tent.

After that, stake the tent down with 4 stakes at the 4 corners, and also 1 more stake under the door, so 5 stakes in total.

This is what the stake under the door looks like.
This is what the stake under the door looks like.

Also, guy out the entire Coleman Sundome Dark Room tent with the 6 pre-attached guylines, 3 at each end of the tent.

This is a picture of me guying out the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me guying out the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Timing

When I set up this Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent on my own, it took me about 11.5 minutes for the entire set up.

Take Down (Test 1B)

Taking down the Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent is just the opposite of the set-up, and it took me about 10 minutes for the entire take down and pack up.

For more details on the set up, take down, and pack up, as well as tips on how I set this up on my own (I’m 5’3”), I’ve uploaded this video to my YouTube channel, and you can watch it right here:

Height (Test 2A)

Peak Height

The peak height in this Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent is about 73 inches, and I can stand upright here no problem:

This is a picture of me standing under the peak height of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me standing under the peak height of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

In fact, even when standing upright, I still had plenty of headroom left. But just bear in mind I’m not very tall, just 5’3″/160cm.

This is how much headroom I had left under the peak height.
This is how much headroom I had left under the peak height.

I’m also able to stand upright on thick air mattresses, still with headroom leftover.

This is a picture of me standing on an air mattress inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me standing on an air mattress inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Livable Space

But this is a dome-shaped tent, so the peak height is only at the center. When I take 3 tiny steps back, my head would touch the top of the tent, right here.

This is where my head would touch the top of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is where my head would touch the top of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

The rest of the tent slopes downwards too. So basically, you don’t get the peak height throughout the tent.

Base Area (Test 2B)

The length inside this Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent is about 9 feet and 9 inches, and the width is also 9 feet and 9 inches, so each about 3 inches smaller than the marketed dimensions of 10 by 10 feet.

This is the logo of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent. Notice that Coleman listed the dimensions to be 10' x 10'.
This is the logo of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent. Notice that Coleman listed the dimensions to be 10′ x 10′.

Mattress Sizing (Test 2C)

Single Pads

But despite the smaller than marketed dimensions, I could still easily fit 6 regular sleeping pads inside the tent, and here’s what having 6 pads looks like.

This is a picture of me lying down on a double pad inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. This tent fits 6 pads, or 2 double pads and 2 single pads.
This is a picture of me lying down on a double pad inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. This tent fits 6 pads, or 2 double pads and 2 single pads.

You do have to sleep shoulder to shoulder, but there’s still a small space leftover to fit a little bit of camping gear.

Queen Beds

I think having 4 people on 2 queen-sized camping mattresses would be a much more comfortable fit than 6 people on 6 pads, and here’s what the Coleman Dark Room Sundome 6-Person Tent looks like with these 2 queen beds.

This is what 2 queen beds will look like inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent. That's me lying on one of them.
This is what 2 queen beds will look like inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room 6-Person Tent. That’s me lying on one of them.

There’s also quite a bit of leftover room for storing gear, at the head of each queen bed, which is always very nice to have.

One of my mattresses is actually slightly smaller than a Queen, which is why it fit nicely into the Sundome 6-Person tent. Otherwise, the length of the tent is actually a few inches shy of being able to fit 2 Queen beds.

Here are the dimensions of both mattresses.
Here are the dimensions of both mattresses.

With these 2 almost-queen beds, the fitting is already quite tight.

Windows (Test 3A)

Window Details

There are 2 windows in this Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent, 1 on each length of the tent.

Each window has 2 white zippers, a bug net to prevent larger bugs from getting in, and also a window latch to hold the fabric when the window is open.

This is what the window zippers of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent look like.
This is what the window zippers of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent look like.

Back Window

The window at the back of the tent measures about 43 inches in length, 24 inches in width, and it also has 3 more latches at the top of the window.

This is a picture of me opening up the back window of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me opening up the back window of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

I’m not super sure what it’s for, but I think it’s for having more ventilation while keeping your privacy at the same time.

This is what the back window of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like when using the 3 latches instead of zipping it up.
This is what the back window of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like when using the 3 latches instead of zipping it up.
When you use the latches instead of the zippers, there's a gap for more ventilation.
When you use the latches instead of the zippers, there’s a gap for more ventilation.

Front Window

The window at the front measures about 41 inches in length, 26 inches in width, and it’s part of the single door at the front length of this Dark Room Sundome tent.

This is a picture of me opening up the front window of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me opening up the front window of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Door (Test 3B)

Door Size

The door measures about 54 inches in length, and 41 inches in width, so it’s about twice my size.

This is what the door of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like when I stand in front of it.
This is what the door of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like when I stand in front of it.

It also measures about 56 inches from the ground to the top of the door, and I’m about 5’3″, so I had to duck when getting in and out of the tent through this door.

This is a picture of me ducking to get through the door into the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me ducking to get through the door into the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Door Details

This door comes with 2 latches by the side to tie door fabric up to keep it open, and it also comes with 2 black zippers to zip it open and shut.

This is a picture of me latching up the door fabric of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent to keep the door open.
This is a picture of me latching up the door fabric of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent to keep the door open.

Storage (Test 3C)

For storage, this Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent has 2 pockets inside the tent, each measuring about 9 by 7 inches.

This is what one of the pockets inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like.
This is what one of the pockets inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like.

Apart from the 1 lantern loop at the very top of the tent for some lighting in the day and also at night, there are no other loops for other storage (like gear lofts).

This is what the lantern loop at the top of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like.
This is what the lantern loop at the top of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like.

There’s also 1 e-port at the bottom of the tent with a zippered closure.

The e-port of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent is located at the bottom of the tent, above the bathtub flooring.
The e-port of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent is located at the bottom of the tent, above the bathtub flooring.

Blackout Feature (Test 3D)

This Sundome 6-Person Tent comes with Coleman’s dark room technology, which is one of my favorite features. Let me show you why.

First Dark Room Test

First, this is what the Dark Room Sundome Tent looks like when the windows and door are open:

A picture of me lying down in the Dark Room Sundome Tent.
A picture of me lying down in the Dark Room Sundome Tent.

And this is what the tent looks like with the windows and door closed. It’s a lot darker.

Another picture of me lying down in the Dark Room Sundome Tent, this time with the door closed.
Another picture of me lying down in the Dark Room Sundome Tent, this time with the door closed.

Maybe it’s not as dark as you think it should be, because I have the rainfly fully guyed out, and there are 2 large vents here by the sides, which lets in a lot of light.

The mesh wall vents by the 2 widths of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent let in a lot of light.
The mesh wall vents by the 2 widths of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent let in a lot of light.

But compare this Dark Room Tent to a regular Coleman Sundome Tent without the dark room technology. There’s no comparison.

This is what the mesh wall vent in the regular Coleman Sundome Tent looks like.
This is what the mesh wall vent in the regular Coleman Sundome Tent looks like.

Second Dark Room Test

Second, I switched on a 250-lumen lantern inside the Dark Room Sundome Tent, and opened the door and the windows.

From this picture below, you can see that the only light seeping out is from the window, the door, and the vents. In fact, the dark room fabric itself doesn’t let any light seep out.

Here's what the Dark Room Sundome Tent looks like at night.
Here’s what the Dark Room Sundome Tent looks like at night.

Compare this again to a regular Sundome Tent (with no blackout feature). It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Here's what the regular Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent (without the dark room technology) looks like at night.
Here’s what the regular Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent (without the dark room technology) looks like at night.

Third Dark Room Test

Third, let me show you the inside of the Dark Room Sundome Tent at night without the lantern. It is practically pitch black, and amazing for sleeping.

On the right of this picture, you can see a little streak of light coming into the tent, but other than that, it's pretty much pitch black.
On the right of this picture, you can see a little streak of light coming into the tent, but other than that, it’s pretty much pitch black.

Light Rain Test (Test 4A)

I put this Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent through some light rain, and it held up really well, with no leaks at all after the rain stopped 30 minutes later.

This is the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent in my yard in light rain.
This is the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent in my yard in light rain.

The bathtub flooring seam was dry, the flooring was dry, and all the fabric inside the tent were dry.

Heavy Rain Test (Test 4B)

I also rain tested this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent using this water hose for heavy rain, and this is what my heavy rain test looked like.

This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me using a water hose to hose down my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
Here's a close up shot of the heavy rain.
Here’s a close up shot of the heavy rain.

At the 30-minute mark, when I stopped to check in on the tent, I noticed that the bathtub flooring seam was starting to feel very slightly damp.

This is a picture of me checking on any potential leaks in the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me checking on any potential leaks in the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

If you look carefully, you can see leakage through the seam right here. Also, my fingers were slightly damp from touching the seam. But, there were no leaks into the tent yet.

A close-up shot of the bathtub flooring seam. There's water inside the seam.
A close-up shot of the bathtub flooring seam. There’s water inside the seam.

So, I continued the rain test for an additional 5 minutes, and this was when I noticed the first few drops of water into the tent, which looked like this.

This is the bathtub flooring seam of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, which started leaking. There's water droplets on the seam itself, as well as on the flooring.
This is the bathtub flooring seam of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, which started leaking. There’s water droplets on the seam itself, as well as on the flooring.

So, essentially, the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent can last 35 minutes under heavy rain, without any additional waterproofing on my part.

All the flooring and fabric inside the tent were still completely dry though, even though they were put through quite a bit of heavy rain, especially the bottommost fabric as well as the flooring.

This is a picture of me touching the walls of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent to check for any dampness.
This is a picture of me touching the walls of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent to check for any dampness.

For more details on this rain test, check out my very own rain test video here:

Ventilation (Test 5)

I also wanted to test for ventilation, and here’s what I found.

Light Rain Ventilation

During my light rain test, I was able to leave my windows completely open, and no water got inside the tent at all.

This is what the window mesh of my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like in light rain.
This is what the window mesh of my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like in light rain.

Heavy Rain Ventilation

And during my heavy rain test, the rainfly and the little window awning protected my window quite well. Most of the heavy rain was dripping to the sides, and not only the mesh of the window. After my 35-minute heavy rain test, I found that the window mesh was still completely dry.

This is my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent in heavy rain. Notice that the rainfly awning forces the water to the 2 sides of the tent, and not on the window.
This is my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent in heavy rain. Notice that the rainfly awning forces the water to the 2 sides of the tent, and not on the window.

But, this test happened in my yard, and there’s not a whole lot of wind. So, if there’s lots of wind, it might blow the rain into the window, and you’d have to close the mesh.

Mesh Wall Vents

Also, apart from the windows, there are also 2 vents in this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, spanning the entire length of the tent.

The red arrow in this picture is pointing to the mesh wall vent inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
The red arrow in this picture is pointing to the mesh wall vent inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

These 2 vents are fully protected by the rainfly, and didn’t let any water in during the light rain or heavy rain test. So, rainy day ventilation is pretty good.

The red arrow in this picture is pointing to the mesh wall vent of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. You can't see it from here because it's fully covered by the rainfly.
The red arrow in this picture is pointing to the mesh wall vent of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. You can’t see it from here because it’s fully covered by the rainfly.

Hot Day Ventilation

On a hot day, you can take the rainfly off from the outside for even more ventilation, because instead of 2 vents, you now get 2 mesh walls.

This is what the mesh wall vent in the Coleman Sundome Tent looks like when the rainfly has been taken off.
This is what the mesh wall vent in the Coleman Sundome Tent looks like when the rainfly has been taken off.

However, bear in mind these 2 things:

  1. These mesh walls can’t be zipped up. As such, in colder weather, it may become quite cold and drafty.
  2. There won’t be as much privacy when the rainfly is off, and others can see right into your tent from the mesh walls.

Quality (Test 6)

Flooring Material

The flooring of this Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent is made of polyethylene, and the bathtub features extends up to about 7.5 inches, which is useful in light flooding.

This is a tape measure measuring the height of the bathtub flooring inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a tape measure measuring the height of the bathtub flooring inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Even after 35 minutes of pouring rain, no water seeped through the flooring itself.

This is the bathtub flooring of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent under heavy rain.
This is the bathtub flooring of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent under heavy rain.

Tent Body Material

Both the tent body and rainfly are made of polyester, and they both stayed completely dry after 35 minutes of pouring rain as well.

This is a picture of me touching the rainfly of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me touching the rainfly of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Seam Taping

All the seams inside the tent have not been factory taped, but those with less rainfly protection have been inverted, like this tent body to bathtub flooring seam:

This is the bathtub flooring seam of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. Notice that the seam is inverted on the inside.
This is the bathtub flooring seam of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. Notice that the seam is inverted on the inside.

Other seams inside the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent that have been inverted are:

  1. The vertical seams, and
  2. Some of the middle seams.

Seams with more rainfly protection (like those under the rainfly) have not been inverted, like the window seams:

This is the window seam inside the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent. Notice it is not inverted.
This is the window seam inside the Coleman Dark Room Sundome Tent. Notice it is not inverted.

All the seams on the rainfly have been taped though.

Stitching

The seams are pretty good quality, double-stitched, and consistent. There weren’t any loose threads, but I did notice that some holes in the seams are a little larger than others.

But I think it’s more obvious in this Dark Room Sundome Tent, because you can actually see more light coming through the holes of the stitching.

The holes from the seams were more obvious in this Dark Room Tent (especially near my hand).
The holes from the seams were more obvious in this Dark Room Tent (especially near my hand).

Mesh

The mesh is just regular mesh, not no-see-um mesh, and it’s decent quality.

This is the mesh of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is the mesh of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Zipper Quality

The zippers are also decent quality, and all of them are catch-free. I didn’t have snagging issues on the windows, and the doors didn’t snag as well.

Here are the door zippers of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. The zippers are black in color.
Here are the door zippers of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. The zippers are black in color.

However, just bear in mind that the design of the door’s rain cover sometimes gets in the way, whether I’m zipping the door up from the inside or the outside. So, I just try to hold the rain cover away when zipping it up, and it won’t snag at all.

This is what the rain cover looks like from the outside of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. Notice that the zipper is caught on it.
This is what the rain cover looks like from the outside of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent. Notice that the zipper is caught on it.

Pole Quality

All the poles are made of fiberglass and are green in color, the pole sleeves are short and snag free, and I had no issues putting up this entire tent on my own.

This is a picture of me holding onto one of the poles of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me holding onto one of the poles of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Portability (Test 7)

For the portability test, I looked at:

  1. Packed size;
  2. Weight; and
  3. Ease of carry.

Packed Size

This Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent has a packed size of 26 by 12 by 9 inches, and here’s what it looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent and a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.

From left to right: Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent, Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.
From left to right: Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent, Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.

Weight

The Coleman Sundome 6-Person Dark Room Tent weighs about 16.4 lbs for everything, including all stakes, guylines and instructions.

Ease of Carry

The carry bag of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent comes with a small red handle at the top of the carry bag, but I found that it’s too small to sling over my shoulder.

This is a picture of me carrying my packed up Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me carrying my packed up Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Pros and Cons

Pros

There are so many pros to this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent, but I think the biggest one is, of course, the dark room or blackout feature.

Not only is this Dark Room Tent a lot darker at night and in the day, as I showed you just now, it’s also a lot cooler inside the tent, especially during the day. I was burning up in my other Coleman tents, but not in this Dark Room Sundome Tent.

This is a picture of me touching the blackout fabric of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me touching the blackout fabric of the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Another pro is that this Sundome Dark Room Tent is really inexpensive. I paid barely over a hundred bucks for mine.

Tip: Sometimes, this Dark Room Sundome Tent is even less expensive than the Sundome Tent without the Dark Room tech! Check them both out here:

I also really liked the 6-foot peak height, with plenty of headroom. I’m able to stretch my arms out, walk around the tent freely, stand up on my pads and mattresses, and basically just got a lot of livable space.

This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.
This is a picture of me lying down in my Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent.

Setting up this 6-Person Sundome Dark Room Tent was also really easy even though I’m not tall. The take down and pack up was easy as well, and I didn’t even have to rip this strip at the bottom of the bag off to expand the bag.

This strip at the bottom of every Coleman bag allows you to expand the bag by removing it.
This strip at the bottom of every Coleman bag allows you to expand the bag by removing it.

On top of that, this Dark Room Tent also has a decent amount of ventilation and rain protection.

This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like without the rainfly.
This is what the Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent looks like without the rainfly.

Cons

As for cons, I was struggling to come up with them, but I guess I do wish that they taped this seam instead of making it inverted, so it’ll last longer under heavy rain, but it’s a pretty easy fix with some sealant.

This is the seam that I found was the most vulnerable in the rain.
This is the seam that I found was the most vulnerable in the rain.

Also, for a 6-person tent, there aren’t a lot of storage options, with just 2 pockets and 1 lantern loop.

Recommendation

But overall, the pros clearly outweigh the cons, and honestly this is one of my favorite Coleman tents. Even though I didn’t pay much for this tent, it’s still going strong after quite a few campouts.

In my opinion, this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent is one of the best budget tents out there, and it’s also great for camping on hot summer days.

Bonus: Must Read!

But wait, before you buy anything, I compared this Coleman Sundome Dark Room Tent against 13 other Coleman tents in this blog post, so I recommend that you check it out: I Tested the 14 Best Coleman Tents!

This is the thumbnail I used for my 14 Best Coleman Tents video. From left to right: Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent, Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, and Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.
This is the thumbnail I used for my 14 Best Coleman Tents video. From left to right: Coleman Instant Cabin 4-Person Tent, Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, and Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent.

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