The Coleman Meadowood 4L BlackOut is a great family tent, with plenty of living space and lots of features. Ideal for a family with one or two kids.
Our Score: 9.2/10
Coleman Meadowood 4L BlackOut has a recommended retail price of £549.99.
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If you have a couple of kids and want a tent with more space for a family camping holiday, then the Coleman Meadowood 4L BlackOut might be just what you are after.
The Tent Layout
This is an excellent family tent layout.
I particularly like the built-in porch and large living space, which provides you with plenty of space for family camping holidays.
The bedrooms in this tent use Coleman's BlackOut technology. They are not only dark, which helps you and your kids sleep longer when the sun rises early in the mornings, but Coleman also says they keep a little warmer at night and cooler during the day.
Other practical items are storage pockets and a bedroom divider that you can remove to create one large bedroom.
If you have the divider in place and your kids wake up at night, you can unzip it to get to them easily.
Watch the video below to see the bedrooms.
Tent Living Areas
The Coleman Meadowood 4L excels in living space, with two zones: an inner zone and a porch zone.
This is a great combination of tent living spaces for family camping.
The inner zone covers two tent sections, providing plenty of space for camping furniture. You'll want to put some furniture in the tent if you are camping for several nights, as that helps keep all the clothes, food, etc., out of the way.
I also recommend getting the tent carpet that fits this part of the tent. A tent carpet will make it feel much more like home and make the tent warmer underfoot.
This inner sanctum of the tent has large bright windows and light. Plus, the window blinds are zip-up ones. These are much less hassle than toggle window blinds, which means you can set them partially open at any height. For example, you can have them closed at the bottom and open at the top, providing more privacy first thing in the morning.
The second living room zone is the porch area, which is a generous size.
Built-in porches like this are perfect for family camping. They provide a wet-dry zone. This is an area of the tent you can leave wet coats and muddy boots, leaving the inner sanctum of the tent warm and dry.
Porches like this are also a great place to sit out of the breeze, sit if it rains, and great storage to bring chairs and toys into at night.
If you wish to put a door on the porch, get the Coleman Vestibule for this tent, which comes with a door and a groundsheet to fully enclose the front.
And while talking of doors, all the doors into the inner part of the tent have a bug-free mesh that can be zipped into place, allowing you to get a fresh breeze into the tent on warm summer days, but keep the flies out.
The porch entrance into the tent lays flat, unlike some tents where the groundsheet is turned up, causing kids (and adults) to trip.
Pitching the Coleman Meadowood 4L
To pitch this tent, we recommend two people. Having two adults available is not easy if you have to look after young kids, but a second person is occasionally needed. It is possible to pitch this tent single-handed, as I've done many times with similar tents. But an extra pair of hands helps :-)
All the tent poles slot together and are colour coded. Once you've pegged out the corners of the tent, insert the poles into the sleeves of the tent that match the colour of the poles, and then the tent will take shape.
Just remember to re-peg the corners and put out the guylines so that the tent fabric is nice and tight, which helps the tent keep strong and makes it easier for any water to run off.
Watch the excellent Coleman pitching video below.
Tent Use and Alternatives
We recommend this tent ideal for a family with one or two kids who want a tent that they can take on family holidays, where you'll be camping for a handful of nights.
If you are only planning on camping one or two nights at weekends and no longer, you might want to consider the Coleman Meadowood 4, which is shorter, easier to store and quicker to pitch.
Although the Coleman Meadowoood 4L is larger than the 4, it's still a viable tent for weekend camping, giving you that flexibility for short and longer camping trips.
This tent's pack size isn't too large (74x36x36 cm) and not too heavy for a family tent, coming in at just 22.5kg.
Of course, if you have more than a couple of kids, or you want even more space for your family camping holiday, then have a look at this tent's big sister, the Coleman Meadowood 6L.
|Attribute||Coleman Meadowood 4L BlackOut|
|Product Info||Brand Web Page|
|Pack Size (cm)||74x36x36|
|Recommended Tent Use||Ideal for Weekend Camping, Ideal for Longer Stays|
|Frame Type||Flexible Poles|
|Tent Accessories||Tent Carpet, Tent Footprint, Porch Door|
|Flysheet Fabric||Coleman WeatherTec™ 4000 mm|
|Fly Hydrostatic Head||4000 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, toggles in place|
|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||2 sections (e.g. furniture space)|
|Living Area Storage Pockets||Yes|
|Cable Entry||Yes, both sides|
|Wet-Dry Zone||Yes, in the porch|
|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|