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Marmot Limestone 6 Review


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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.
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Manufacturer:   Marmot

Overview

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.

New Version Update - March 2015
The Limestone 6 has new colors this season, as well as a few other upgrades, which are discussed below. Keep reading for additional details!

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Devin Chance

Last Updated:
Friday
September 14, 2012

The New Version of the Limestone 6 vs. The Older Version of the Limestone 6


Below you will find some information that has been provided to us by Marmot. The new Limestone 6 has more headroom and overall space, as well as a new design.

"The headroom and overall space within the tent has been increased significantly. This was accomplished by curving and lowering slightly the two ridge poles. The sidewalls become more vertical and the headroom increases. The above change also allowed us to increase the size of the front door. We have also improved the ventilation on the flysheet, reducing condensation within the tent. The weight was reduced from 16lbs 4oz to 15lbs 5oz. -Marmot"

Below you will find a side-by-side comparison, with the latest model on the left and the older version on the right.
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Comfort


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.

Storm Resistance


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.

Workmanship


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.

Packing Size


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.

Other Versions


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Limestone 4p
  • 4 person version of the Limestone tent series
  • Slightly smaller in dimensions but still deluxe
  • 61" Head height (compared to 76" on the 6p), kneeling height only
  • 86" Width (compared to 100")
  • Color coded poles, weather-resistant fabrics, seam-taped full fly
  • $339
Devin Chance

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   Jul 12, 2016 - 05:52am
Taffi · Hiker · Stockholm
I have used this tent (6p version) for a few weeks where it has seen some wind, quite a bit of rain and quite a bit of abuse by active children.

Pro: very spacious and still not a very large footprint. Large vestibules. Good workmanship. Sturdy construction that tolerates rain and wind well. Easy to set up. Easily stowed, quite small packing bag. High quality pegs.

Pro/Con: quite airy inside, because much of the inner tent is mesh. You can keep some cold out by pulling the outer tent closer to the ground, but there's no way to have it as cozy as in a true three- or four-season tent.

Con: useless, weak guylines that strech when wet (replaced them with Hilleberg lines and Exped tension locks). Only four guylines which might be too few for seriously hard weather. Minor water leakage from one of the vestibules (the bigger one with the two-zipper entrance) where the tabs for attaching the rolled-up door are sewn in.

Overall a pleasant tent that I will continue to use for summer camping with the family.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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