CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent (New Structure) 18 x 10 is a new 2018 version of their popular 12 person tent with redesigned doors and a bit lighter.
- Instant setup.
- Freestanding cabin.
- Steel frame.
- Very tall tent.
- 2 rooms.
- 2 doors.
- 5 large windows.
Where to buy
Check on Amazon, they have the best shipping conditions. Note that currently this tent is not available on the Core site.
What is in the name – what this is about
If you are not familiar with this brand, this is a new 2018 version of their famous 12-person tent which is described in detail in my separate text. So this tent is redesigned now and the picture above shows how it looks, but both versions are on the market.
What is new
- No doubt the first thing you will notice is the doors. In the previous version, the doors are on the opposite sides. In the new version you have one D-shaped door on one of the longer sides and the larger inverted T-shaped door on one on the narrow sides, see the picture:
- Does this new door design affect the inner structure? Yes, it does, the tent is now with one divider, so you have a 2-room structure (see the picture below) instead of a 3-room structure in the previous tent.
- This also affects the windows design and the number. You have 5 windows now instead of 7 in the previous version. But see those two new gigantic windows on one of the rooms.
- The tent is also a bit lighter now. It weighs 43 lb (19.5 kg) as compared to 52.55 lb (23.84 kg).
- There is a price difference. As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price is around $350. Note that the previous version is also available and in two color variants you can see them here, and the prices are lower.
This is still an instant setup tent which you can make ready in under 2 minutes. The structure is also fully freestanding so you can set it up on any surface. But this is a very tall structure with the peak height of 80 inches (2.03 m), and it is also heavy. So do not miss to stake it down properly. You have all the necessary stakes included.
Who is it for
Capacity-wise, this tent is with the declared capacity of 12 people, but the floor area is “only” 180 ft² (16.7 m²). This makes 15 ft² (1.39 m²) per person, and this is far from enough for any sort of camping. Note that you do not have any storage space for the gear, though you can keep the stuff in the car.
So realistically this is a tent for 4 – 6 people maximum, great for parents with 2 kids, and ideal for couples who want comfort in the camp. It is also suitable for two couples; the two rooms offer some privacy but this is just a curtain between the rooms so do not expect much of privacy. See how it looks inside:
Weight-wise, I already mentioned its weight so you clearly need a car for transportation. Note also that the packed size is far from perfect, 48 x 11 x 11 inches (122 x 28 x 28 cm), but this is typical for instant setup tents.
Season-wise and climate-wise, this is a summer-camping tent and for places without much rain and wind. Such a tall structure with a minimal fly would not last long in harsh conditions. So use it for summer camping and you will have a great tent.
The tent is with lots of mesh everywhere around, plus the ceiling which is all mesh, plus floor vents. So you can hardly have anything better for warm weather camping. But this also means do not even think of using it in a cool environment.
The poles are steel and the frame is pre-attached to the tent as you would expect from an instant setup tent. There are also two extra fiberglass poles which you use to create small brims above the doors. So there is nothing one could object to this part of the tent.
The main body of the tent and its rainfly are polyester 68D with a 600 mm hydrostatic rating. So this is the same as in the previous version and this is just slightly above the rating of a standard umbrella. This is what they call the H20 Block Technology and it combines a water-repellent fabric with active bead technology. But for a quiet summer camping, you would not need more protection, note that all seams are taped.
The fly is minimal and it only covers the mesh ceiling. It attaches to the frame and this is what makes the tent fully freestanding. With a bigger fly you would not have such great views everywhere around.
All the doors and the windows are double-layer structures with mesh and panels for privacy and protection, so this all is properly done for a tent of this type. They do not provide any info about the floor, I assume this is again the same polyethylene so you are surely safe from this side.
There is nothing to worry about when it comes to ventilation in this tent. With so much mesh and floor vents this should be as good as you could expect at all from a well-ventilated tent.
Good and less good features & rating
Here is my short summary:
- Easy setup and take down.
- Very tall tent.
- Very livable tent.
- Many windows.
- No vestibules.
- Not enough storage pockets.
The price & rating
I have already mentioned the price above, so the tent is pricey but it looks cool and it is a pleasant structure. The previous version was highly rated by customers and I am sure the same will be with the new version as well. Please see how I rate this tent using the same criteria applied to all tents here in the site. This makes it easy to compare various models.
My rating of the new CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent:
- The weight: 43 lb (19.5 kg).
- Dimensions: 18 x 10 ft ((216 x 120 in; 549 x 305 cm).
- Area: 180 ft² (16.7 m²).
- Area per person: 15 ft² (1.39 m²).
- The peak height: 80 in (203 cm).
- Packed size: 48 x 11 x 11 in (122 x 28 x 28 cm).
- Frame: steel.
- Warranty: 1-year limited warranty.
New CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent vs Competitors
I have decided to show you this new Core tent side by side with two other 12-person tents from different brands. The NTK tent is quite a different structure and with a full fly, while the Eureka tent is built in the same cabin style but it is not an instant tent. This is meant to show you what to expect if you would consider a different type.
You realize that the packed size of the Core 12 tent is far inferior to the other two tents, but the other parameters are quite comparable. However, do not forget that this is a true instant tent. Please follow the links for more.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
48 x 11 x 11
(122 x 28 x 28)
Payable Every Year
28 x 16 x 14
(71 x 41 x 36)
Payable Every Year
28 x 10
(71 x 25)
In the summary of this new 2018 version of the CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent review, I would stress that it looks cool again, and it is slightly lighter. But if you already have the previous version no need to order the new one. If you do not have it, this is a great tent for summer camping. The size and its instant design are its best features. I have included it in my list of the best instant camping tents.
If you need something different, check in my list of 12-person camping tents where this tent is also included, or just look around this site is all about large family camping tents. Check also this Americ Empire Cabin Tent with 3 rooms which is new on the market.
Note that this is not a sponsored text and I am not paid by the manufacturer. Thank you for reading. Please use the comment box below in the case of questions or comments. Have a nice day.