At the start of 2014, we decided that it was time to finally upgrade some of our worn out, old camping gear. Our biggest purchase that we made was that of a new tent. The tent that we chose was the Marmot Limestone 4 Person Tent.
We knew we wanted to go at least with a 4 person tent, because, well, let’s face it: 4 person tents don’t usually fit 4 people.. it seems to be that they are more for 2 or 3. We needed room to put our queen sized sleeping bag down comfortably, as well as be able to keep any necessary gear inside the tent with us – without feeling like we were crowded. That is what we found with the Limestone 4.
Our first impression of the tent at delivery was that it was packaged well (we purchased it along with some other items, and everything was packed together). Got it set up in the backyard to make sure nothing was missing (nothing was), and found it to be a huge change from our old tent. Gone are the days of two people taking 20 minutes to put a tent together. This tent goes from bag to fully up in minutes, and although it is faster with two people, one person could easily set this up alone.
The Limestone 4 uses a simple, yet sturdy configuration of two main poles for the tent, paired with two poles extending along the top of the tent to provide a taut and strong structure. The poles themselves are made of DAC DA17, a lightweight, aluminum that is known for its bend and strength along with being reasonably priced. The two longest poles running from side to side of the tent effortlessly slide into their respective sleeves (lots of room and the material is soft) and secured to the tent with the built in clips. The base of these poles easily slide in to the grommets built into the tabs where you will anchor the tent. The two top poles are even easier to set-up, with just a 2 loops (one at the front of the tent, one at the back) and a clip holding them in place.
Once we had the tent set up, we knew for sure that we made the right decision. At 5’3″, I absolutely appreciated the 60″ interior height (and not just at the center point), and the huge footprint (86″ x 100″) gave us plenty of room for our 94″ long sleeping bag and all of our stuff. That means you’ve got a huge 60 sq ft of space to spread out all of your gear (the integrated vestibule adds about 18 sq feet)!
It didn’t take us long to start noticing little things here and there that really make this tent something else.
The Limestone 4 comes with fully taped seams and a heavy duty floor – heavier than many of the tents that I came across. That being said, the optional footprint is not necessary, but still a good idea if you camp where you run the risk of rips or tears. We did purchase the footprint, and it keeps the bottom of the tent completely clean, which means there is little to no cleaning of the tent needed before packing it away. A door/vestibule mat is also included, which makes for a great spot to toss dirty footwear when spending time in the tent.
If you’re worried that your shoes are going to get wet if it rains, no worries! The tent includes a full coverage rainfly (which is also vented), which zips all the way down to the ground in the front of the tent (over the vestibule footprint), creating an extra storage space, and making it a snap to get into the vestibule and remove shoes before getting in the tent. This space has been great wonderful at keeping the dirt out of the tent, and knowing that our shoes were going to stay dry overnight was an extra bonus. Zipper on both the rainfly and the large, single “D” shaped door are strong, and snag-proof. I’ve camped in far too many tents that I’ve bought on price.. and normally zippers and I do not get along. However, these zippers have never snagged and open smoothly from floor to ceiling.
If you don’t need to use the rainfly, you get a great view of the night sky while relaxing in the Limestone 4. The tent has huge mesh panels all the way around, and the ceiling is also totally mesh, which keeps the tent from ever feeling stuffy – even with the fly on. However, the first time we took the tent out, we found the cooler night temps to be a little too cool, so we put the fly on and it significantly kept more heat in the tent.
There are some handy storage pockets that are included within the tent (in the corners). They proved really useful for storing our small items that we wanted in the tent like flashlights, hooking our glasses on, phones, wallets, and even toiletries. They do sag a little if you overload them, though, but that wasn’t a deal breaker.
Take down of this tent is even easier than setting it up. Even on the very first try, we were able to get the tent into the stuff sack without having to shove it in. The tent packs up really small (10 x 27.5″) and is compact enough to store in small places. It is, however, around 11 lb pack weight, so if you plan on taking this with on your back, you might want to split the weight among a few folks.
The Marmot Limestone 4P met all of our camping needs and more. It has the storage and space we needed, and is a snap to set up. It is well built, and uses high quality materials, so I know that the Marmot Limestone 4P tent will provide us with a worry-free, dry place to get a great night’s sleep under the stars for many, many years.
Have you tried this tent? What did you think? Any questions? Let us know in the comments below!
We were not provided any gear for this review, and as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
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