The Coleman Castle Pines 4 Blackout is a great family tent for weekend camping. Ideal for a family with one or two smaller kids.
The Coleman Castle Pines 4 BlackOut is packed with features and comes in a bag that's easy to store, easy to transport, and easy to pitch. We recommend this is an ideal tent for weekend camping for a family with one or two kids.
Our Score: 9.3/10
- Packed full of features (See the Specification)
- Darkened Bedrooms
- Lay-flat Entrance
- Zip-up blinds
- Good tent material with SPF50 to help keep UV off you and your family
The not so good
- None found so far.
Coleman Castle Pines 4 BlackOut Tent has a recommended retail price of £429.99.
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This tent comes packed with features without being a massive tent to store, transport, or set up.
Let's take a closer look.
The Coleman Castle Pines 4 uses an excellent tent layout for family camping, with two bedrooms at the back, a living space, and a large sheltered front entrance. There's no need to crawl in and out of this tent ;-)
Let's start with the tent's bedrooms.
These use Coleman's BlackOut feature, which not only makes them darker for a better night's sleep, but Coleman also says that the design helps keep the bedrooms warmer at night and cooler during the day.
The divider between the bedroom can be unzipped, making it easy to get to your kids if they wake up at night. The divider also zips all the way around, so young kids can't crawl underneath the divider and wake you at 5 am! :-)
Either way, the BlackOut bedrooms should help keep them sleeping when the sun rises early in the summer.
The bedrooms also have useful storage pockets for bits and pieces.
Being a weekend tent, it doesn't have a huge living space, but it's large enough for bags and getting kids sorted.
You have a choice of a large front entrance or a side door. Typically, we would only use the side door on warm and dry summer days.
All doors have a bug-free mesh, so the side door can be left open, but with the mesh in place. This gives extra light and helps cool down the tent in summer but helps keep the flies out.
All the windows have blinds, which zip up. Many tents use toggles for blinds, but zips are less hassle. The zips also enable you to have the blinds half up. This is ideal if you are changing young kids in the living space as it gives you privacy but still plenty of light coming in.
The groundsheet at the big front door lays flat. This is an excellent feature to look for.
Without it, young kids typically trip over the tent entrance at some point (and adults, too!), so it's great to see the lay-flat entrance on this tent.
The small shelter outside the tent helps get in and out of the tent if there's a rain shower.
This is a light tent to get in and out of your car at just over 16 kg and with a relatively small pack size, making it ideal for last-minute decisions to go camping when a sunny weekend comes.
Pitching is with flexible poles that slot together. These are colour-coded and slot into sleeves on the tent that match the colour of the pole.
If you know what you are doing, one person can pitch this type of tent. Two adults aren't always free to pitch the tent when looking after young kids. However, you would find it easier with two people, but the second person only needs to provide an occasional hand.
You can get a carpet and a tent footprint.
Both are useful accessories, but I recommend getting the carpet over the footprint if your budget is tight. However, some retailers are doing tent bundles that include the carpet and footprint cheaper than buying them individually.
If you are looking for a similar spec tent but inflatable, look at the Coleman Weathermaster 4 Air.
If you like this tent but want a slightly large one, look at the Coleman Castle Pines 4L.
|Attribute||Coleman Castle Pines 4 BlackOut Tent|
|Product Info||Brand Web Page|
|Pack Size (cm)||72x32x32|
|Recommended Tent Use||Ideal for Weekend Camping|
|Frame Type||Flexible Poles|
|Tent Accessories||Tent Carpet, Tent Footprint|
|Flysheet Fabric||Coleman WeatherTec™ 6000 mm|
|Fly Hydrostatic Head||6000 mm|
|Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)||Not Applicable (PE Fully Waterproof)|
|Wind Rating||7 (High Wind: 32-38mph/50-61kph)|
|Window Blinds||Yes, zip up|
|Additional Tent Doors||Yes, on one side|
|No Trip Entrance||Yes, at main door|
|Rain-Safe Entry||Yes, at main door|
|Bug-Free Mesh||On all exterior and bedroom doors|
|Door converts to sunshade||No|
|Bedroom Divider||Removable, fully zipped (no gaps)|
|Larger Bedrooms||Yes, 210 cm depth|
|Bedroom Partially Removable||Entire inner tent|
|Storage Pockets in Bedroom||Yes|
|Auto-seal Bedroom Doors||No|
|Cable entry to Bedrooms||Yes, one bedroom|
|Tent Living Space|
|Inner Living Space Size||1 section (e.g. bag space)|
|Living Area Storage Pockets||Yes|
|Cable Entry||Yes, both sides|
|Built-in Porch||No, but small shelter|
|Porch Storage Pockets||No|
|Internal Hanging Line||No|
|Pitching and Storage|
|Colour-coded Tent Pegs||No|
|Colour-coded Tent Poles||Yes|
|Guy Line Storage||No|
|People to Pitch||2 People|
|Pump Included||Not Applicable|
|Wheeled Tent Bag||No, not required|