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Best Blackout Tents

Trying to get a good night’s rest when camping is important when it comes to enjoying the experience. A full night’s sleep can leave you feeling refreshed, ready for adventure and can keep your sleeping schedule in check for when you return from your trip. However, everyone who has camped without a blackout tent before will be able to tell you how easy it is to be awoken in the early hours of the morning because the sun decided to make an appearance. Blackout tents are designed to keep the sun out of your tent, enabling you to have a longer, more comfortable sleep. 

What is a Blackout Tent?

Blackout tents are designed to ensure that the bare minimum amount of sunlight can penetrate them. This often includes having black or very dark linings in their interior and, occasionally, the exterior. They achieve this by using materials that dispel light, or absorb all the possible light they can, preventing it from being visible inside the tent.

Whilst dark tents aren’t always advisable, especially if you’re trying to stay cool inside your tent, rest assured, that most tents with darkroom technology use materials designed to stay as cool as they possibly can. With that said, some tents are still cooler in warm weather due to their color

It is possible to blackout a tent yourself using additional material, but it can add additional weight to your load and might not even work as intended. 

Why Choose a Blackout Tent?

Blackout tents are fairly inexpensive, despite offering an additional feature that other tents typically do not carry. They’re useful for those who enjoy sleeping in for a couple of extra hours in the morning, and for those who are particularly sensitive to sunlight when trying to sleep. When camping, especially during the summer, it can become a grievance waking up at the crack of dawn each morning because the sun has started to rise. For some, this is great, but for others, they could really appreciate a couple of extra hours. As a result, blackout tents are also handy for afternoon naps, and also strongly advised for anyone travelling with a baby or young child- as they are particularly sensitive to the sunlight and more likely to suffer disruptive sleep as a result. Blackout tents are particularly useful for festival-goers, as trying to get as much sleep as possible is the key to enjoying a festival – along with being able to nurse a hangover in a dark environment. 

The Best Blackout Tents

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Blackout tents are fairly easy to find – providing you know what you’re looking for. Not all dark-colored tents work as blackout tents, as blackout tents use specialist technology and materials to keep their interiors dark. 

#1 Quechua 2 Seconds Fresh and Black Tent

The Quechua 2 Seconds Fresh and Black Tent offers one of the darkest interiors on the tent market. Despite being a brilliant white on the outside, this unassuming tent boasts the ability to keep 99% of all sunlight out the tent. It comes with many different advantages, such as being a pop up tent, so it is also incredibly quick and easy to assemble. The white flysheet gives this tent additional heat protection, meaning the insides will stay cooler than some other tents available on the market. 

The Quechua 2 Seconds tent is also resoundingly weatherproof, meaning that it can handle a lot of different unpleasant conditions that may be thrown its way.

Pros
  • Effective darkroom technology
  • Heat reduction technology
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to assemble
  • Available in multiple sizes
Cons
  • Disassembly can take some practice

#2 Coleman Dark Room Skydome Tent

This tent has been mentioned before in best tents for hot weather, due to its ability to reflect heat despite its dark exterior. Coleman is a renowned manufacturer of tents, and the Dark Room Skydome Tent integrates some of the best design and technology available on the market. The Coleman Dark Room Skydome tent blocks 99% of light, making it an effective darkroom tent. Along with this, the Skydome tent also comes in different sizes, making it ideal for small and large groups of people. The tent may get stuffy due to a lack of ventilation, but the material it is made from helps prevent the build up of heat- especially external heat.

Pros
  • Effective darkroom technology
  • Easy to assemble
  • Heat reduction technology
  • Lightweight
  • Available in multiple sizes
Cons
  • Needs waterproofing for heavy rain
  • Little ventilation, especially when door is closed

#3 GEERTOP Darkroom Tent for Camping 4 Person

The GEERTOP Darkroom Tent is ideal for those looking for a tent which is quick and easy to set up, but will be used sparingly. This tent offers about 90% protection from light, but has two windows (one in the back, and one in the door) along with a removable fly which is ideal for stargazing at night. The GEERTOP Darkroom Tent is also incredibly lightweight and portable, meaning it can be easily carried during a hike or other long walk. 

Pros
  • Effective darkroom technology
  • Removable rainfly for stargazing
  • Good ventilation
  • Easy to disassemble
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Needs properly waterproofing before use
  • Stakes are fairly flimsy and susceptible to breaking
  • Can get incredibly warm, especially with rainfly on
  • Can take a while to assemble

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