Air Tents with Blackout Bedrooms

If you are looking for the best air tents with blackout bedrooms, look no further. It can be quite challenging to find the air tent that does not just look good, but it’s big enough, with-stand all weather conditions AND is an inflatable tent with blackout bedrooms. I know…it does not help at all, that every tent-maker calls their bedrooms ‘Black out’ even though it is only a bedroom made of a darker material. Of course, it will be darker, but it’s far from being a complete blackout bedroom.

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If you haven’t already, you should have a look at the other episodes of this series:

Part 1: Best air Tents UK / US / AUS

Part 2 (this post): Best air tents / inflatable tents with blackout bedroom

Part 3: Best air tents with sewn-in groundsheet

Part 4: Best air tents in wind

The History of Blackout Bedrooms

Proper blackout bedrooms of the Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4
Proper blackout bedrooms of the Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4

The first tent-maker to introduce the term ‘BlackOut’ was Coleman in 2016. The word itself is patented to Coleman, this may explain why all the other manufacturers had to come up with different names for the same feature.
BlackOut Bedroom® blocks up to 99% of daylight from entering the sleeping area, helping you get a longer and more restful sleep – whatever time of day – says the strapline.

It was enough for Coleman to be the WINNER of the Camping Magazine’s 2016 Editor’s choice Awards in the Best Camping Innovation category.

The rest of the market had to keep up, so ever since you can see popping up words like ‘Lights Out Bedrooms’, ‘Midnight Bedrooms’, ‘Fresh & Black’ etc.; but even without the fantasy name, no new tent has a real chance on the market without ‘darkened’ bedrooms. So it seems. They might have used the very same bedroom fabric beforehand, but they had to start call it names…

Benefits of Blackout Bedrooms

Apart from medical conditions, or if you just sensitive to light, the obvious benefit is if you camp with kids. You can send them to bed earlier, and they wake up later. They can have a nap during the day. Better for the rest of the family. Or you can have a nap after lunch.

The other, less obvious benefit is that (sun)light means heat. By blocking out 99% of the light, we are blocking out a large portion of the heat as well. So blackout bedrooms can be really beneficial in keeping a steady temperature in warmer climate.

On the other hand, if the weather is cooler, the tent will less likely heat up ‘naturally’ when the sun does come out…

Different Types of Blackout Bedrooms

We already know that Coleman’s Blackout Bedrooms block out 99% of light (compared to normal tents).

What about the others? Most manufacturers offer ‘darkened’ bedrooms within their range, but there can be a huge difference between darkened and darkened. A lot depends on the color of the flysheet and the thickness / weave density of the flysheet. So a darkened bedroom of a light-color inflatable tent with thin flysheet can let much more light in than the ‘normal’ bedrooms of a dark grey tent, with a thick flysheet. Bearing this in mind, let’s have a look what you need to be aware of when looking for a tent with blackout bedrooms.

Vango air tents with blackout bedrooms

Vango has ‘Lights Out’ bedrooms. Although they call the blackout bedrooms differently now, you can still find stock of older models that are equipped with ‘Lights Out’ bedrooms. These don’t block 99% of the light out, so I’d only call them ‘darkened’

‘Nightfall’ is the new name for ‘Lights Out’. Similarly, they don’t fully block natural sunlight , but can be dark enough to enjoy some of the benefits of full blackout bedrooms.

Vango Lights Out darkened bedrooms
Vango ‘Lights Out’ darkened bedrooms

‘Midnight’ bedrooms have been introduced by Vango in 2020. This is not just a fancy name for the dark grey fabric anymore. Midnight bedrooms offer a new tightly woven yarn fabric, blocking sunlight from pouring into the bedroom, ensuring a suitably dark bedroom for a brilliant nights sleep.

Quechua air tents with blackout bedrooms

Quechua marks their blackout tents with a ‘Fresh & Black’ sticker, and it actually means full blackout. Fresh & black tents use black fabric for the bedroom: it guarantees 99% darkness in your rooms.

Kampa air tents with blackout bedrooms

Normal bedroom of an older Outwell air tent
Bedroom of an older Outwell air tent

Kampa call them ‘Sleep-Tite’ bedrooms (I’m not kidding…), but these are only darkened bedrooms and don’t block out light. Kampa themselves say that “the Sleep-Tite system helps prevent too much light penetrating the bedrooms, without making them too dark”. Funnily, the Sleep-Tite system was introduced by Kampa before 2015 (if I am correct) but they discontinued it in 2016. Good timing…but now it’s black back again.

Outwell air tents with blackout bedrooms

Outwell simply call them bedrooms with ‘Dark Inners’. This means that the bedrooms of the Outwell air tents have a dark roof panel and sides to reduce light penetration thus improving sleep quality. So these are not ‘full’ blackout bedrooms, don’t block 99% of natural light. But they are very dark, and Outwell uses dark grey and dark green flysheets most of the time anyways.

On older models such as the Woodburg 7A, they call the bedrooms simply ‘Darkened’ because of the darker ceiling, but the new ones are much darker.

Outdoor Revolution air tents with blackout bedrooms

You can come across the name ‘Twilight’ when looking at Outdoor Revolution tents, especially on newer models. Twilight means a ‘darkened grey’ breathable fabric. It’s quite tricky with Outdoor Revolution because of the different ventilation system and the light-grey flysheet fabric they use. While the flysheet cuts out heat, Outdoor Revolution tents are quite light in general. So if its broad daylight and you leave the ventilation flap open in the inner bedrooms, some light will come in, no matter what.

Twilight is actually a new feature and it is darker than the fabric they used in previous years. So if you are looking for an Outdoor Revolution inflatable tent with darker bedrooms, go for the new models.

Zempire air tents with blackout bedrooms

Good luck! I could not find a Zempire air tent with blackout bedroom, not even a darkened one. The do say that their bedrroms use a material that defuse light, which is probably true, but its far from being darkened. Not to mention the unique ventilation system that – if the flaps are open – expose large surface of the inner bedroom walls.

True Blackout Air Tents

Despite that almost every manufacturer emphasizes on the their darkened bedrooms and call them ‘Nightfall’ for example to make it sound better, inflatable tents with ‘true’ blackout bedrooms are not that many.

Fresh & Black - blackout bedrooms in a Quechua Air tent
Fresh & Black – blackout bedrooms in a Quechua Air tent

The budget option is Quechua, they come in every size, but you must take into account the non sewn-in groundsheet. I liked the Air Seconds 6.3 very much when I tried it, but there was only 3 of us and the dog in a 6-men tent…so quite understandably I enjoyed the huge living space.

Mid-range option are the Coleman FastPitch tents, they come in 3 sizes. The WeatherMaster air tents are a bit pricier but they are very good quality air tents with more innovative solutions such as the hinged doors.

The Elite Series Vango air tents are the luxury models with 3 polycotton tents on the palette. The smallest in the range is a 5-berth tent (comfortable for 4) while the biggest one is comparable in size to a studio flat.

  1. Coleman Fastpitch Air Valdes Series inflatable tents
    1. FastPitch Air Valdes 4
    2. FastPitch Air Valdes 6
    3. FastPitch Air Valdes 6XL
  2. Coleman WeatherMaster Air Series inflatable tents
    1. WeatherMaster 4XL
    2. WeatherMaster 8XL
  3. Vango Elite Series inflatable tents
    1. Anantara II TC 650XL
    2. Anantara II 650XL
    3. Tahiti II Air 850XL
    4. Ventanas Air 650XL
    5. Kapalua Air TC 550XL
    6. Mulia Air 550XL
    7. Utopia II Air TC 500
  4. Quechua Air Seconds Fresh & Black inflatable tents
    1. Quechua Air Seconds 3.1 Fresh & Black
    2. Quechua Air Seconds 4.1 Fresh & Black
    3. Quechua Air Seconds 4.2 Fresh & Black
    4. Quechua Air Seconds 5.2 Fresh & Black
    5. Quechua Air Seconds 6.3 Fresh & Black
    6. Quechua Air Seconds 8.3 Fresh & Black

Most popular air tent models with / without blackout bedroom

See below a selection of inflatable tents. You can use the Search bar below to filter it down to any brand. If you are not sure about something, just leave a comment!

Inflatable tents with blackout bedrooms

A selection of air tents with and without 'Blackout' bedrooms and information on the groundsheet.
BrandModelBlackoutGroundsheet
AirgoAir Genus 400NoLinked
AirgoAir Genus 800NoLinked
BerghausAir 4NoSewn-in
BerghausAir 4 XLDarkenedSewn-in
BerghausAir 6NoSewn-in
BerghausAir 6 XLDarkenedSewn-in
BerghausAir 6 XL PolycottonDarkenedSewn-in
ColemanFastpitch Air Valdes 4YesSewn-in
ColemanFastpitch Air Valdes 6YesSewn-in
ColemanWeathermaster 4XL AirYesSewn-in
ColemanWeathermaster 8XL AirYesSewn-in
EurohikeAir 400DarkenedSewn-in
EurohikeAir 600DarkenedSewn-in
KampaBrean 4NoSewn-in
KampaCroyde 6DarkenedSewn-in
KampaDometic Brean 3DarkenedSewn-in
KampaDometic Wittering 6DarkenedSewn-in
KampaHayling 4DarkenedSewn-in
KampaKielder 5DarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionAiredale 6DarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionAiredale 7.0SEDarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionAiredale 8.0DarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionCruiz 4.0DarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionCruiz 6.0TXLDarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionEdale 7DarkenedSewn-in
Outdoor RevolutionKalahari PC 7.0DarkenedSewn-in
OutwellHartsdale 6PADarkenedSewn-in
OutwellLindale 3PADarkenedSewn-in
OutwellLindale 5PADarkenedSewn-in
OutwellReddick 4ADarkenedSewn-in
OutwellRoseville 6SADarkenedSewn-in
OutwellWoodburg 7ADarkenedSewn-in
PavilloSierra Ridge Air (Pro) 4NoLinked
PavilloSierra Ridge Air Pro X6NoSewn-in
Portland OutdoorAlfa 5NoSewn-in
QuechuaAir Seconds 4.1NoLinked
QuechuaAir Seconds 4.1 Fresh & BlackYesLinked
QuechuaAir Seconds 6.3 Fresh & BlackYesLinked
SpraywayValley MDarkenedSewn-in
SpraywayValley XLDarkenedSewn-in
VangoAlton 400 AirDarkened (Nightfall)Sewn-in
VangoCelino Air 400Darkened (Lights Out)Sewn-in
VangoIcarus Air 600Darkened (Lights Out)Sewn-in
VangoIcarus Air Vista 600Darkened (Lights Out)Sewn-in
VangoLomond 450 AirDarkened (Nightfall)Sewn-in
VangoLongleat II 800XLDarkened (Nightfall)Sewn-in
VangoOdyssey Air 600Darkened (Lights Out)Linked
VangoOdyssey Air 600 DeluxeNoSewn-in
VangoPortland 400Darkened (Lights Out)Linked
VangoRivendale 500XLDarkened (Lights Out)Sewn-in
VangoValencia II 650XLDarkened (Lights Out)Sewn-in
VangoVango Tahiti II 850XLYes (Midnight)Sewn-in
VangoVentanas 650XLYes (Midnight)Sewn-in
ZempireAnyNoSewn-in

 

 

 

 

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