Best Dark Rest Camping Tents

If you need a camping tent where you have reduced glare and sunlight so you can sleep longer in the morning and also during the day, check this list of best dark rest camping tents, known also as dark room camping tents.

From what I see on the market, there are at least three types of these dark rest tents on the market.

  1. The tents that are built on purpose to be dark-rest shelters. This implies some very dark materials and tents where the sleeping rooms can be fully closed.
  2. The type of tents where the dark-rest feature is a consequence of its advanced structure. So this can be an insulated tent with a thick cocoon inside the shell tent. In such a tent the light is completely blocked.
  3. There are also tents described by manufacturers as lights-out tents. This is usually about tents that are less dark than those in the two groups mentioned above, but glare and sunlight are very reduced.

There are tents where you have a fully two-layer type construction (typically canvas) and those layers are so thick that they create a cool and dark atmosphere inside. You can see some in my list of heavy-duty canvas tents for camping. You will notice that manufacturers do not even mention its dark rest inner space, it comes natural with such materials.


My list of best dark room camping tents 

So here is the list of tents ordered by the floor area from smaller to larger:

 

My focus here is on a variety of designs and features and I hope you will realize this from the list below. So you have here all three basic types, tunnel tents, cabin tents, and dome tents. On the other hand, you will see several tents of the same brand as Coleman. This particular brand has a long series of dark rest tents and they are in very different shapes. So it is normal that you have a few of them here.

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1. Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent

Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent.
Crua Tri 3 Person Thermo Insulated Waterproof Family Tent.

This tent is dark rest due to very specific reasons. This is a completely unique design with an inner insulated tent which is a thick cocoon within the shell tent. The inner cocoon gives it an R-value of 4. When you close the tent, there is no light inside at all. I guess that more dark rest a tent can hardly be. This same cocoon gives it sound insulation as well.

The shell tent is a high-quality waterproof but breathable mixture of cotton and polyester, with a ratio of 80/20, this is known as poly-cotton. The picture above shows its solid windows as yet another exceptional detail, there are two of them here.

The tent is a tunnel-type supported by 4 loops. You have the inner dark rest room plus a large porch without a floor. But this porch is fully protected and enclosed so it looks like yet another front room. Note that it is also on my list of extreme cold weather camping tents.

Officially this is a 3-person tent so you have 68.5 ft² (6.36 m²) of the total covered area, but the inner sleeping area is 19.5 ft² (4.6 m²). The tent is heavy with its 48 lb (22 kg) and it is bulky because of its thick inner cocoon, the packed size is 33 x 24 x 19 inches (85 x 61 x 48 cm). The overall dimensions are 126 x 79 inches (318 x 200 cm). The peak height is 62 inches (160 cm).

The loop poles are shock-corded strong aluminum poles, and you also have 2 shorter poles that support the inner cocoon. The waterproof rating is 5000 mm. The tent is ventilated, you have three separate wents equipped with dual stiffeners and Velcro tabs. The door is with mesh as one layer, and you can keep it that way whenever you want because it is deep under the porch. The inner cocoon tent is with two large inner windows with insulated flaps.

What I like:

  • Dark rest design.
  • Ventilation.
  • Insulation.
  • Enough space per person.
  • Completely unique tent.
  • Very durable & tough materials.

What I dislike:

  • The tent is expensive.
  • Heavy.
  • Bulky.


2. Coleman Carlsbad 6 Person Tent

Coleman Carlsbad 6 Person Tent.
Coleman Carlsbad 6 Person Tent.

This Coleman Carlsbad 6 Person Tent is one of the best-known dark-rest tents on the market. This is a dome tent and it is with what they call the fast pitch design. This means that the shock-corded poles are pre-attached to the hub element on the top. Yet another detail in this design is the attachment of the poles in the corners where you have short tubes and you place the end of a pole inside.

A great feature visible in the picture is the screen room or you can call it the screened porch. Namely, you have a floor here but it is not sealed. Note also that the screen is without panels and you have only partial coverage.

But the tent is here because of its back room which is a dark rest area. They claim that it blocks 98% of sunlight. The material is reflective from the outside so they also claim that the heat is reduced by up to 11%.

Here are some numbers you will need. The official capacity is 6 people, and you have a total area of 140 ft² (13 m²). The floored dark-rest area is 10 x 9 ft (3.05 x 2.74 m). In other words, you have 8.36 + 4.64 m² in the two rooms. The peak height is 68 inches (173 cm), and the packed size is 26 x 11 x 11 inches (66 x 28 x 28 cm). The weight is 22 lb (9.98 kg).

The fly is a polyester taffeta 75D but they did not provide info about waterproofness rating. The floor is durable with the bathtub design and with patented corner welds. They use inverted seams design and they call it the WeatherTec system with Polyguard fabric. The poles are fiberglass, not particularly durable. I have included this tent also in my list of top-rated 6 person camping tents and best family camping tents with a screen room.

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What I like:

  • Lightweight.
  • Great packed size.
  • Great price.
  • Pleasant screen area.
  • Very dark sleeping area.

What I dislike:

  • Not very tall.


3. Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus Tent

Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus tent.
Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus tent.

This Coleman Rocky Mountain 5 Plus tent is a tunnel-type tent supported by three loops. The area is organized into 3 rooms, so you have an inner tent with two sleeping rooms and a large living room in front of it. Particularly important for the text here are its sleeping rooms. This is what they describe as the BlackOut design. They claim that 99% of the daylight is blocked.

Related to this blackout design is also climate control. So they claim that the bedrooms are up to 5°C cooler during the day. On the other hand, during the night they are supposed to be up to 1°C warmer. According to specifications, the fabric is independently laboratory tested and it offers SPF 50 protection level against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You have an impressive waterproof rating of 4500 mm. The tent floor is a durable polyethylene fully sewn-in and with welded seams.

Here are some numbers. You have more than 120 ft² (11 m²) of the inner fully protected area, and the official capacity is 5 people. The tent is quite heavy, it weighs 37 lb (16.8 kg). The packed size is 27.5 x 12.6 x 11.8 inches (70 x 32 x 30 cm). The poles are fiberglass.

The door is large and full-height double-layer with a mesh and with a panel. One nice detail is its drop-down bottom section, this provides a totally flat entrance suitable for wheelchairs. There are 5 windows and 4 of them are solid. This tent is also in my list of best tents with three rooms.

What I like:

  • Very dark inner rooms.
  • Solid windows for great views and protection from elements.
  • Great waterproof rating.

What I dislike:

  • Heavy.


4. Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person

Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person.
Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person.

This tent is the largest in the series of three tents that are built in the same cabin style. It is built with the purpose to provide dark rest inner area, but it is full of great features. You can see from the picture that it is with straight and tall walls. You have impressive 79 inches (201 cm) peak height here. It has a removable divider inside so this is a 2-room tent.

The fly is a partial-coverage type and it attaches to the legs. This is why the tent is fully freestanding and you have views around through its numerous openings. There are two doors and 5 windows. One of the two doors is a hinged door. If you are not familiar with this terminology, this means that the door is with a frame created by poles that are in perimeter sleeves, so you do not have to wrestle with zippers all the time.

As for its dark rest design, Coleman as a brand is well-known for its dark rest tents. They claim that it reflects 90% of the sunlight.

The official capacity is 10 people and for this you have an area of 140 ft² (13 m²). The packed size is 42 x 9 x 9 inches (107 x 23 x 23 cm). The overall dimensions are 14 x 10 ft (427 x 305 cm). The tent weighs 42 lb (19 kg).

I see it best suited for summer camping and for calm weather conditions, but they claim it can withstand winds over 35 mph. The official setup time is 60 seconds, so now you know why they call it the Instant Setup tent. I have included it also in my list of best camping tents for 10 people.

What I like:

  • Numerous windows.
  • Freestanding.
  • Dark rest.
  • Hinged door.
  • Instant setup.

What I dislike:

  • No floor vents.
  • Unrealistic official capacity.


5. Vango 6 Person Odyssey Air 600 Tent

Vango 6 Person Odyssey Air 600 Tent.
Vango 6 Person Odyssey Air 600 Tent.

Do you remember the type called “lights out tents” mentioned above? So this is one of them. This Vango 6 Person Odyssey Air 600 Tent is built from a darker material in the sleeping area, but it is less dark than the other tents in the list here. This is still dark enough to have glare reduced and you can sleep longer in the morning. Vango as a brand has many tents built with the same light-out feature.

This is also a tent without metal poles, it is supported only by air beams. The beams are profiled so you have lots of headspace inside, and this is why it looks like a cabin tent. One person can set it up easily in just a few minutes, there is a hand pump included.

Officially, the tent is for 6 people only, but you have a huge floor area of 190 ft² (17.7 m²). There is an inner tent with two rooms separated by a divider, and one large living room is in front of the sleeping zone. The packed size is 70 x 37 x 36 cm, and the weight is 38.6 lb (17.5 kg). Overall dimensions are 183.07 x 149.61 inches (465 x 380 cm). Note also that the tent is very tall with its 79.92 inches (203 cm) peak height.

The floor in the living room is linked-in polyethylene. The fly is a 70 denier polyester with a waterproof rating of 4000 mm. They claim it is weather tested to the European standard EN5912 by a certified test center. The windows are solid PVC material.

What I like:

  • Huge area.
  • Tall tent.
  • Lights out design.
  • Solid windows.

What I dislike:

  • Linked-in floor in the living room.


6. Ozark Trail 20 x 10 Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent

Ozark Trail 20 x 10 Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent.
Ozark Trail 20 x 10 Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent.

This Ozark Trail 20 x 10 Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent is one of those tents built to be dark-rest. So this is a synthetic 12-person tent, in fact the largest from a dark-rest series this brand launched. You can see from the picture that this is a cabin-style construction with straight and steep walls.

The tent is huge in every sense, the overall dimensions 20 x 10 ft (6.1 x 3.05 m), and the floor area is 200 ft² (18.6 m²). The peak height is to match, so you have 80 inches (203 cm). The official capacity is 12 people. The inner space is organized into 3 separate rooms. In spite of such a size, this is an instant setup tent that you can have ready in a couple of minutes only.

They use a very dark material and it has openings on the roof so you can also regulate the amount of light and reduce glare. The biggest part of the ceiling is a double layer with mesh and underneath it you have panels with zippers. To reduce the glare you can close the ceiling almost completely. But few areas are with mesh for ventilation.

The fabric is 190T coated polyester. There are many windows here and they all are the double-layer type with mesh and panels. The floor is a bathtub-type polyethylene.

The packed size (L x D) is 43 x 11 inches (109 x 28 cm), and the weight is 54 lb (24.5 kg). This tent is included also in my list of best 12 person family camping tents.

What I like:

  • Numerous windows.
  • Separate rooms.
  • Very dark interior and reduced glare.
  • Reasonable price.

What I dislike:

  • The weight.
  • Too small for 12 people.


7. Crua Cottage Premium Quality 4-6 Person Family Tent

Crua Cottage Premium Quality 4-6 Person Family Tent.
Crua Cottage Premium Quality 4-6 Person Family Tent.

This is yet another tent here from the Crua brand, and here again you have sleeping areas that are insulated and thick cocoons. This is what makes them perfect dark-rest rooms. Note also that this is an incredibly tall tent with a peak height of 8.2 ft (250 cm).

Officially, the capacity is 4-6 people but note this is a tent with 4 rooms, and it offers an area of 188 ft² (17.5 m²), plus the Sun Room area of 67.3 ft² (6.25 m²). You have two side rooms that are sleeping areas, and one large living area under the central dome. The mentioned Sun Room is not floored but it is fully protected from the elements, with solid windows, a pleasant place for sitting and enjoying. This tent has no less than 10 solid windows and 2 doors.

The overall structure is T-shaped and it is supported by steel poles. It offers an RV connection as well. The inner tents’ fabric is an 80:20 breathable polycotton mix, and the shell is a 70:30 breathable polycotton. On the floor, you have strong and fully waterproof polyethylene.

As for ventilation, it is excellent because the fabric is breathable, and you also have two floor vents and two wall vents. Note that it comes with a 2-year warranty.

What I like:

  • Full protection.
  • Incredible organization.
  • Dark rest design.
  • Solid windows.
  • Insulated sleeping rooms.
  • Top-quality materials.
  • High-level craftsmanship.
  • Nice ventilation.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The weight and packed size.

Final thoughts

So this was my list of best dark rest camping tents, and you realize that the differences in the floor area are by about a factor of 4 or so. These are also very different designs (dome, tunnel, and cabin style tents), with plenty of great features. It may be difficult to choose, so think about the following if you are undecided.

The capacity

Some of these tents look like castless, but this also implies lots of weight and bulk. So make sure you choose a tent you can deal with, and think about the space it needs in the camp needed for such a tent.

Note that some are incredibly luxurious, so even when you see a capacity of 6, the tent can accommodate almost twice this number of people. But there are quite the opposite cases as well, and this means that the official capacity is based on the number of sleeping pads that you can put on the floor. In such cases better downgrade the number of potential users to half the official capacity.

The point is, check the actual dimensions and see what the tent offers, see the number of rooms, and storage features as well.

Protection

Some of the tents are of the highest possible quality, suitable for any season and you can use them even in the harshest conditions. But this comes at a price. The question is if you really need all this in a tent that will be used for summer vacations with your family. For such a use, go for a cabin-style pleasant tent where you will feel like at home, and you will not spend much.

Editor’s Choice

I can easily point out a tent that is of the highest value, but this may not be what you really need. The focus of this text is on the dark-rest tents, so most likely this would be for summer camping.

This is why I put forward the tent shown below. This is definitely not the best tent in an absolute sense, but this is a great dark-rest tent for summer camping and for calm weather conditions, a great value for the money:

Instant setup tent that almost completely blocks the sunlight
Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person.

Product Name: Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup 10 Person

Product Description: This tent combines several nice features, and with respect to the sunlight blocking, it is among the best.

Brand: Coleman

SKU: B07GX54QFL

  • Features - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
  • Design - 9.2/10
    9.2/10
  • Quality & craftsmanship - 9/10
    9/10
9.1/10

Summary

This tent is a great value for the money, and you can set it up in 60 seconds.

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You might want to see also my list of the best airbeam tents without solid poles and the best instant tents for camping. Thank you for reading and have a nice day.

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