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Pros: Easy setup, removable doormat, vestibule, lots of attachment points, easy pole clips, reflective at night, good ventilation.
Cons: Lightweight poles bend easily, not a lot of pockets, gear lofts sag with stuff in them.
Best Uses: Camping, car camping, family camping.
The Marmot Limestone 6 is one of the better tents we tested. It's pretty comfortable for the amount of storm resistance it has and it does great in good weather on hot days, and can keep you warm and dry when a random storm hits. It also packs down super easily and is fast to set up again. If you are looking for a quick and easy tent that you can just toss in the trunk for those spontaneous camping excursions, or if you just need a good-sized comfortable tent for your friends and family, then this is for you.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Its hard to find the right balance between how much comfort to sacrifice for storm resistance – this tent does a good job balancing that. They could have made it more comfortable by making it less dome shaped, but they decided to make it a little less comfortable and instead make it more bombproof, and add cool features to compensate.
They added in a doormat feature, which we like because it helps keep the inside of your tent a little cleaner. This tent also has gear lofts with a couple pockets in them, which is nice, but they tend to sag a lot if you put too much stuff in them.
We really like the large vestibule on this tent because it allows you to keep your tent more organized by having less gear inside the tent and more outside.
This tent is really good in bad weather. It's not a four-season tent but it performed better than the other three-season tents we tested in storm resistance. The rain fly has reflective guy-lines that make it really nice when you are getting back to your camp at night and need to quickly find your tent.
The ventilation on this tent works very well, too. It has multiple vents on the fly to help dissipate the condensation formed overnight.
The workmanship of this tent was really good, although we did notice a few things that proved to be a problem after lots of use. For example, the poles in this tent are DAC feather-lite poles, which are lightweight and good for backpacking, but they bent easily. After a really violent windstorm without the rain fly on, one of the poles was permanently bent because of the constant pressure of the wind. But these poles are totally fine if you aren't camping in a super windy area.
Another thing that we noticed was that the sleeves that the two smaller poles go into looked really worn down after only a couple of uses. We didn't have a problem but after extended use this may prove to be one.
Ease of Setup
It only took us about 10 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to take down this tent with one person. With two people it's about five minutes for each. The classic pole crossover makes this super easy to set up and take down.
This was the only other tent besides the Top Pick award winning Big Agnes Flying Diamond 8 that we could stuff into its bag without rolling up. However, we don't suggest doing that because it's bad for the tent. But if you're in a hurry to get out of a campsite it makes getting home a bit easier. The tent also packs down pretty small so it doesn't take up too much room in your car.
Marmot Limestone 4, $339.
— Devin Chance
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Most recent review: September 14, 2012
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