Camping equipment – Coleman Instant NorthStar 10P review

I bought the Coleman Instand NorthStar 10P from ebay (thanks obacs!) as I wasn’t prepared to pay the absurd prices of Harvey Norman or others. At less than $575, which isn’t cheap, it was way better than $899.

Check out my review on productreview.com.au

Pros:

  1. Good quality build
  2. Sturdy even in strong winds
  3. Easy setup, literally in minutes. The pegs and fly sheet take longer, expect 20-30 minutes in total
  4. Take down is fast too – a few minutes once you have the fly and pegs removed
  5. Very warm – the material and build keep the wind out, unlike other tents I’ve seen
  6. Lots of compartments – from hanging lights in each compartment, to keeping your phone and wallets secured
  7. Spacious – 3 rooms are big, enough for 3 kids in a single room
  8. 4 doors provide lots of entry and exit points
  9. Good ventilation – love the ground level ventilation flaps
  10. Nice canopy – which looks alot better in real life than the pictures
  11. Zip for electric cables keeps bugs out
  12. Solid ground sheet – not the thin stuff other tents are made of

Cons

  1. Very big and bulky (Barely fits in my car boot at an angle)
  2. Did I mention it’s heavy? 32kg is no joke
  3. It’s difficult to put the fly on with one person. In the wind, forget about it. The height is what makes it tough
  4. The pegs it comes with are pathetic. Coleman – provide some decent pegs please
  5. The canopy centre tends to drop down a little – a horizontal pole where you enter would have been great

Overall – no complaints. I love this tent despite it’s size and weight. Here are some pics in the garden:

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