If you have been camping casually up till now and want to up your game a little bit, then the Marmot Limestone Camping Tent should provide a great starting point for you. This classic looking tent is something that pretty much any avid camper would be familiar with.
Marmot Limestone 4 Technical Specifications
Packed Weight: 10 lbs. (4.92 kg)
Fast Fly Weight: 7 lbs. (3.170 kg)
Packed Size: 28 in. x 10.5 in. (70 cm x 26 cm)
Vestibule Area: 19.5 ft², 8.5 ft² | 1.8 m², 0.8 m²
Maximum Height: 61 in.
Sleeping Capacity: 4
Number of Poles: 4
Number of Vestibules: 2
Main Canopy Fabric: 68d 100% Polyester Taffeta 1800mm F/R
Secondary Canopy Fabric: 40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh F/R
Floor Fabric: 70d 100% Polyester Taffeta 2000mm F/R
Fly Fabric: 68d 100% Polyester Taffeta 1500mm F/R
Pole Material: DAC DA17
Season: 4 season
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While the Marmot Limestone does boast a decent space inside the cabin, the biggest drawback that you feel almost immediately is the low ceiling height. With a maximum height of about 5 feet, it would be difficult for most people to move around in that tent comfortably. You can see yourself getting stuck inside that thing quite often. Considering the fact that the inner area of the tent is around 60 ft² and the poles are also made to maximize that space, they could have easily added a few more inches of height into it. Ideally the space usability for this tent would be limited to sitting or lying down.
The tent has an official declaration of being a 3-season tent. However, if someone were to try and use it in the snow as well, we would not blame them. This is primarily because the fly on this tent is incredible! With the ability to cover the entire tent fully and provide ground level protection on all sides, this protection can easily put much more expensive tents to shame. The dome shape of the tent is also quite impressive when it comes to wind protection. You can easily sit in strong winds without having to worry about your tent pegs going loose or any other problem.
Of course, when you cover a tent that well, there is an obvious result and that is condensation. With the inside getting all steamy, you can rely on the vents that come with the tent for proper ventilation. They are well placed so you do not have to worry about things getting too wet in there regardless of the weather you are using it in. For summers, this tent is quite ideal as it has a mesh style inner body which provides plenty of airflow. You could easily think that you are outside even with a roof over your head.
Storage and Organization
Given the fact that this is a 4-person tent, it could have benefitted from more storage spaces than it offers. There are a total of six pockets in the main area, four high and two low on opposite sides. The doors also have a pocket each on them for quick storage. One thing that we did find quite interesting was the secret pockets on the zippers which are almost invisible and can be a great place to temporarily stash valuables. This feature can be quite handy in a range of situations and we liked having that a lot.
Durability and Build Quality
The truth is that you simply should not expect top notch quality standards being met with the Marmot Limestone tent. However, it is no beginner tent either and can easily be considered as a better option than many other beginner tents. The clothing used across the tent is high quality and has all its seams taped to a decent thickness. You can rest assured that things like small rocks or branches will not affect your tent in any way.
Another key thing to look for is pole sturdiness and the Marmot Limestone provides excellent poles for its price range. The DA17 is quite strong and provides sufficient strength to maintain the shape of the tent even after several uses. However, what it has in poles it completely lacks in stakes which are not sturdy at all. Marmot should not be following this abysmal trend running in so many other brands.
Weight and Packed Size
The overall weight of the Marmot Limestone is 11.3 lbs. or 5.1 kg. This makes it extremely easy for anyone to carry it around and take it to your campsite without getting too tired. Of course, that is only possible because of the fact that it has a small footprint when packed. The tent comes in a tubular carry bag which has a strap on it for ease of carrying. However, having that strap a little thicker would be nice to avoid potential bruising when going on long walk.
The 4-person configuration of the Marmot Limestone is its most used option. However, if you want, you can also get it for 2 people, 3 people, and 6 people depending on your needs. The covered area also changes noticeably in each option so make sure you get the one that meets your requirements perfectly. There is no doubting the fact that if used properly, this tent can provide to be a great investment, especially if you are trying to get into intermediate level of camping. A small family could certainly benefit from having this in their possession when going camping.
Marmot Limestone Test Results
What we liked
- Great weather protection with ground level hatches
- Good ventilation thanks to the mesh inner design
- Sturdy poles maintain structure after several uses
- Decent floor space for its size
- Great option for beginners wanting to start real camping
- Hidden pockets on each fly can be quite useful
What we did not like
- The tent height is too small and could be increased easily
- Not enough storage pockets inside the tent
- Tent stakes are low quality and need to be made from the same material as the poles
- Carry bag could be better quality with better zippers
- Can be a bit expensive for a lot of first-time tent buyers