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Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout


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The Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout is an excellent tent for a family with one or two children.

This tent comes packed full of features, with an excellent layout for family camping.  We think it’s ideal if you have one or two children and want a tent for both weekend camping and family camping holidays.


The Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout pitched and set-up (Photo Credit: Coleman)

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Tent Layout

This tent comes with not only a large living space but also a convenient built-in porch.

Coleman Castle Pines 4L Tent Layout

As you can see from the tent layout diagram, there’s a lot of useful living space in this tent (Image Credit: Coleman)

Tent Bedrooms

The bedrooms are at the back of the tent. The divider between the bedroom can be unzipped, making it easy to get to young kids if they wake in the night.

Coleman BlackOut bedrooms are in this tent. These bedrooms are darkened to help everyone sleep longer when the sun rises early at the campsite. Coleman also states that their BlackOut technology makes the bedrooms warmer in the evening and cooler in the daytime.

BlackOut Bedroom Temperature

Coleman says that the BlackOut bedroom technology can keep the bedroom up to 5°C cooler during the day and up to 1°C warmer during the night. (Image Credit: Coleman)

The bedrooms have useful storage pockets, and one of the bedrooms has a cable entry point, which is useful for charging your phone at night or running a powered lantern.

Looking inside

This photo gives you a good look inside the tent. You can see the darkened bedrooms clearly in this photo. (Photo Credit: Coleman)

The bedroom doors also come with bug-free mesh, so you can open them up to vent in the day without flies and mosquitos getting in there.

The Inner Living Space

This is a generous size, spanning two whole sections of the tent.

That’s plenty of space for placing camping storage furniture, which is what we recommend for longer family camping holidays to avoid your tent descending into chaos 😉

There are large windows with ventilation in this part of the tent. All the windows have zip-up blinds, which are less hassle than toggle-up binds. Zip-up blinds also allow you to set the blind halfway up, providing you with extra privacy when needed.

This part of the tent can take cable entry from both sides, which gives you more flexibility when pitching.

There is a side door here too. This comes with bug-free mesh, so you can leave it open to cool the tent down on warm days.

The main door is nice and wide, and the groundsheet folds down flat here so that no one trips when walking in and out of the tent.

This door also has bug-free mesh to help keep the annoying flies out of your tent.

An accessory worth getting is the carpet for this part of the tent. This will help make your tent feel warmer at night, providing that extra ground insulation.

The Built-In Porch

The porch is something we rate highly on family tents as it is so practical.  It’s a great place to leave wet coats and muddy boots, somewhere to sit out of the breeze, somewhere to bring chairs and toys in at night, and provides an easy way to get in and out of your tent if it does rain.

The porch area

As you can see, the porch area provides a great bit of space and a place to sit out of the wind. Note that the groundsheet at the entrance can lay flat. (Photo Credit: Coleman)

If you want to close up the porch, you can purchase the Coleman Vestibule accessory that adds a door and groundsheet to this area.

Front porch door accessory

Front porch door accessory (Photo Credit: Coleman)

Pitching the Tent

This tent is pitched using tent poles that slot together.

Each pole is colour coded. You insert the poles into the colour coded sleeves on the tent.

Here’s a video from Coleman showing you how to pitch the tent.

We also like that the pack size for this tent isn’t large and isn’t heavy. This will make it much easier for you to take to the campsite and store it at home.

Our Hands-On Test

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on a Coleman Castle Pines 4L, and yes, it lived up to expectations.

You can read about our first camp with the tent here.

We can recommend this tent. It gets the Thumbs Up.

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9.3Expert Score
An excellent tent for Family Camping
We think the Coleman Castle Pines 4L is an excellent tent for family camping if you have one or two kids.
Value for Money
Family Friendly
  • A great layout for family camping.
  • Good sized living space, ideal for family camping holidays.
  • Built-in porch - a big bonus.
  • Zip-up Blinds.
  • Darkened Bedrooms.
  • Flexible cable entry points.
  • No-trip entrance.
  • Bug mesh on all the doors.
  • Great hydrostatic head.
  • Lots of features throughout this tent!
  • Not heavy or bulky to transport or pitch.
  • The price is exceptionally good for a tent with all these features.
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Specification: Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout

Height (cm)


Length (cm)


Width (cm)


Weight (kg)


Pack Size (cm)


Tent Bedrooms
Bedroom Divider

Removable, fully zipped (no gaps)

Cable entry to Bedrooms

Yes, one bedroom

Darkened Bedrooms


Larger Bedrooms

Yes, 210 cm depth

Removable Bedroom

Entire inner tent

Storage Pockets in Bedroom


Auto-seal bedroom doors


Tent Details


Recommended Tent Use


Frame Type

Wind Rating

7 (High Wind: 32-38mph/50-61kph)

Tent Fabric

Hydrostatic Head

6000 mm

Fire Retardant Fabric


Taped Seams


Sun Protection


Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)

Not Applicable (PE Fully Waterproof)

Sewn-in Groundsheet (main tent)


Tent Accessories

Tent Carpet, Tent Footprint, Porch Door

Year Introduced


Tent Doors
Additional Tent Doors

Yes, on one side

No-Trip Entrance

Yes, at main door

Rain-safe Entry

Yes, on all doors

Bug-Free Mesh

On all exterior and bedroom doors

Door converts to sunshade


Tent Living Space
Inner Living Space Size

2 sections (e.g. furniture space)

Living Area Storage Pockets


Cable Entry

Yes, both sides

Wet-Dry Zone

Yes, in the porch

Built-in Porch


Porch Storage Pockets


Internal Hanging Line


Tent Pitching and Storage
Colour Coded Tent Pegs


Colour Coded Tent Poles


Guy Line Storage


People to Pitch

2 People

Pump included

Not Applicable

Wheeled Tent Bag

No, not required

Tent Windows
Window Blinds

Yes, zip up

Tinted Windows


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout
Coleman Castle Pines 4L Blackout


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