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Marmot Limestone 4 Review

This is a high-quality tent with a simple design that will be familiar to experienced campers
Marmot Limestone 4
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Pros:  Large vestibule, simple, excellent weather resistance, classic design
Cons:  Low ceiling height, could use more interior storage
Manufacturer:   Marmot
By Rob Gaedtke ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 5, 2021
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  • Space and Comfort - 35% 7
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8
  • Durability - 15% 8
  • Family Friendliness - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Marmot Limestone 4 is a solid step up from your basic, entry-level 4-person tent, and the quality proves this. Despite having a low max height, it is otherwise roomy and easy to set up, with two large doors for easy entry and exit. It's also worth noting that the Limestone 4 is almost identical to its big brother, the Limestone 6, just obviously a touch smaller. So if you're intrigued by the 6-person option, but there are only two or three of you venturing out for some camping, this is a reliable option. While the Limestone series might not pull in mountains of awards and accolades, it's certainly not going to let you down either.

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Pros Large vestibule, simple, excellent weather resistance, classic designSpacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high valueSpacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensiveSuper easy set up, good views, very nice priceSimple, very cheap, lightweight
Cons Low ceiling height, could use more interior storageNot the easiest to pitch, only one door, odd bagFiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly onLow headroom, poor overall constructionToo simple, cheaply made, not durable
Bottom Line This is a high-quality tent with a simple design that will be familiar to experienced campersThis tent has one of the best uses of space we have ever seen, a great choice for families or campers with lots of gearWherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall valueThis tent is fast, easy, and inexpensive, though it falls short in some key areasA starter tent that works for those looking to get into camping on the cheap
Rating Categories Marmot Limestone 4 The North Face Wawo... Kelty Wireless 6 4-Person Cabin with... Coleman Sundome Dome 4
Space And Comfort (35%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
5.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
Ease Of Use (15%)
8.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Durability (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
3.0
Family Friendliness (10%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
3.0
4.0
Specs Marmot Limestone 4 The North Face Wawo... Kelty Wireless 6 4-Person Cabin with... Coleman Sundome Dome 4
Weight 11.3 lbs 21.9 lbs 17.2 lbs 18.2 lbs 9.8 lbs
Max Inside Height 5' 3" 6' 6" 6' 4" 4' 11" 4' 11"
Floor Dimensions 8'4"x7'2" 10' x 8'6" 9'10" x 8'10" 8' x 7' 9' x 7'
Floor Area 59.7 sq ft 85 sq ft 86.9 sq ft 56 sq ft 63 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season
Windows 1 2 Mesh top 3 2
Pockets 8 6 6 2 1
Number of Doors 2 3 2 1 2
Room Divider No Yes No No No
Vestibules 2 2 2 0 0
Vestibule Area 21 sq ft 44.7 sq ft; 21 sq ft 28 sq ft N/A N/A
Packed Size 27.5" x 10" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 27" x 8" x 8" 39.5" x 8" x 8" 6.75" x 6.75" x 23.75"
Floor Materials 150D polyester 75D polyester 68D poly 1800mm 150D polyester Polyethylene 1000D-140g/sqm
Main Tent Materials 40D polyester/mesh 150D polyester taffeta 68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh 150D polyester Polyester mesh 68D
Rainfly Materials 68D polyester taffeta 68D polyester 68D poly 1200mm Polyguard 2X Polyester taffeta 75D
Number of Poles 4 4 3 4 3
Pole Material Aluminum 14 mm aluminum Fiberglass Aluminum Fiberglass
Extras Hidden key/phone pouch on fly Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop Pole pockets for easy setup Integrated rainfly protection E-Port

Our Analysis and Test Results

As the strongest and lightest 4-person tent in our lineup, the Marmot Limestone 4 is a force to be reckoned with. You get great weather options, outstanding durability, and set up and tear down are a breeze. However, what the Limestone gains in low weight and superior weather resistance are lost when it comes to headroom and comfort. Coming in with a max height of just 5' 3", a footprint of 59.7 sq ft, and a 21 sq ft vestibule, this tent is relatively small.

Performance Comparison


The smaller footprint of the Limestone 4 allows you to use smaller...
The smaller footprint of the Limestone 4 allows you to use smaller, more secluded camp spots.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Space and Comfort


The Limestone 4 wasn't built as a leisurely family tent. It was built for serious campers who have different expectations of space and comfort. You can sneak in a full and twin air mattress with a little extra room for bags, and the vestibule is big enough to easily store extra packs, shoes, and dirty dishes. But neither affords enough space to make things as comfortable as other contenders in this review.

The view looking out of the well-sized vestibule.
The view looking out of the well-sized vestibule.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

The Limestone does have great pockets scattered throughout the tent, with probably the cleverest being a waterproof pocket on the rainfly, accessible from outside the tent. It's a great feature for stashing car keys and phones.

An outside, weather proof pocket built into the rainfly, nice work...
An outside, weather proof pocket built into the rainfly, nice work Marmot.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Weather Resistance


Now we enter the real strength area of the Limestone. This tent is built to handle the weather, and we put it to the test in Joshua Tree National Park. While other tents were flapping in the 50+ mph wind, this one held firm and strong. It comes with smaller, backpack-style stakes, but with the structure and shape of this tent, they did their job perfectly. The rainfly also fully wraps the exterior and extends to the ground --meaning rain will have a hard time finding its way into the tent unless you allow it.

The Limestone also excels in hot weather. The main tent structure has a full mesh roof, and about half of the sidewalls are also mesh. This not only allows for great ventilation but also superior views. With the rainfly on, heat will escape out of the top vents as well as from the sides (if you guyline the rainfly) and under the vestibule.

Privacy meets open-air with the Limestone 4.
Privacy meets open-air with the Limestone 4.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Ease of Use


This is another top-performing area for the Limestone. Color-coded clips and poles, a low profile, smooth sliding pole sleeves, and a lightweight overall design make this tent super easy to use. It went up in 4 minutes and 46 seconds and without any frustrations or missteps.

The Limestone 4 weighs in at 11.3 lbs and because of its size, packing and carrying this tent is lighter and easier than some air mattresses. Likewise, tear down, rolling, and packing scored high, and fitting the tent back into the bag wasn't a struggle in the slightest.

The simple and sturdy clips go on quickly and easily making pitching...
The simple and sturdy clips go on quickly and easily making pitching this tent a snap.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Durability


The materials on this tent are of superior quality. A 150D polyester floor, 68D polyester taffeta rainfly, and thick, pre-curved aluminum poles give it high points in durability. The mesh is a 40d 100% polyester No-See-Um material — basically, a super tight micro-mesh that looks and feels as cool as it sounds. This is the same style found in some of our very top contenders.

The Limestone 4 after a rough and windy night. Everything held and...
The Limestone 4 after a rough and windy night. Everything held and no water made it through to the inside.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Because the included stakes are a lightweight style, we did have to knock off a point. These stakes easily bent while pounding them in with a rock, the official way of staking for our testing. The bag, while strong and simple, could also use some cinching straps to help keep the profile down if your roll is a little on the loose side.

One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
Photo: Rick Baraff


Family Friendliness


Not a great score here for the Limestone. While the additional top two poles do add room to the ceiling, this tent simply isn't very tall. Unless you are 5' 2", don't plan on changing while standing up. The vestibule size makes doing anything in a downpour for more than one or two people a little rough, and because of the vestibule's height, you will still have to sit inside the tent to take off your muddy shoes. Outside of height, the Limestone does have some great family-friendly features, though, including eight storage pockets, an external quick-access pocket, and solid material ready to take on a family with pets.

Brother and sister have to share a bed in this 4 person tent.
Brother and sister have to share a bed in this 4 person tent.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Value


As a value grab, the Limestone fares well. With superior quality and great weather resistance, this is a great buy, especially if you put more importance on quality and build than space and comfort.

Quality materials, good shape, and size make the Limestone 4 a great...
Quality materials, good shape, and size make the Limestone 4 a great value tent.
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Conclusion


Quality construction, simple and easy to set up, and built to withstand some weather, the Marmot Limestone 4 is a great tent. Where it falls short is its size, both in height and vestibule area. However, the mini halo, the exterior pocket, and the great-looking stance add both value and functionality. If you are looking to maximize quality and don't need to stand up or bring too much gear, this might be a good choice.

Heading to bed - it's amazing what 200 lumens will do inside a tent!
Heading to bed - it's amazing what 200 lumens will do inside a tent!
Photo: Rob Gaedtke

Rob Gaedtke