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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 camping tent review
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Price:  $390 List
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  ⋅  Apr 19, 2022
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RANKED
#9 of 16
  • Space and Comfort - 35% 7.0
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8.0
  • Family Friendliness - 15% 5.0
  • Quality - 10% 8.0

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 will not let you down either.

Editor's Note: We updated this review for the Marmot Limestone 4 on April 19, 2022, with additional information about value and suggestions for other directly comparable products.

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Pros Large vestibule, simple, excellent weather resistance, classic designSpacious, great layout, durable, very family friendly, high valueSuper light, very quick to pitch, amazing views with and without the fly, multi-use capabilitiesSpacious, easy to pitch, great views, inexpensiveSimple, quick to set up, lightweight
Cons Low ceiling height, could use more interior storageNot the easiest to pitch, only one door, odd bagSmall square footage, guyline stakes not included, very low ceilingFiberglass poles, small pockets, lack of ventilation with the rainfly onCheap poles, bad door zippers, small footprint
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 gearA simple tent just big enough for car camping but arguably light enough for the occasional backpacking trip tooWherever this tent falls short in quality, it makes up for it in size, features, and overall valueA classic lightweight 4-person dome tent that gives a little extra headroom and has a few nice features
Rating Categories Marmot Limestone 4 The North Face Wawo... Mountain Hardwear M... Kelty Wireless 6 Kelty Tallboy 4
Space and Comfort (35%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease of Use (15%)
8.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
Family Friendliness (15%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
5.0
Quality (10%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Specs Marmot Limestone 4 The North Face Wawo... Mountain Hardwear M... Kelty Wireless 6 Kelty Tallboy 4
Weight 11.3 lbs 21.9 lbs 7.1 lbs 17.2 lbs 11.0 lbs
Max Inside Height 5' 3" 6' 6" 4' 0" 6' 4" 5' 10"
Floor Dimensions 8' 4" x 7' 2" 10' x 8' 6" 7' 6" x 5' 8" 9' 10" x 8' 10" 7' 1" x 8'
Floor Area 59.7 sq ft 85 sq ft 42.5 sq ft 86.9 sq ft 57 sq ft
Seasons 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season 3-season
Windows 1 2 Mesh top Mesh top Mesh top
Pockets 8 6 5 6 4
Number of Doors 2 3 2 2 1
Room Divider No Yes No No No
Vestibules 2 2 2 2 0
Vestibule Area (total) 21 sq ft 44.7 sq ft 37.5 sq ft 28 sq ft N/A
Packed Size 27.5" x 10" 9.5" x 16.5" x 25.5" 7" x 25" 27" x 8" x 8" 24" x 7" x 10"
Floor Materials 150D polyester 150D polyester 68D ripstop polyester 68D poly 1800mm 68D Poly 1200mm
Main Tent Materials 40D polyester/mesh 150D polyester 40D polyester mesh, 75D ripstop polyester 68D poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh 68D Poly 1200mm, 40D No-see-um mesh
Rainfly Materials 68D polyester taffeta 75D polyester 68D ripstop polyester 68D poly 1200mm 68D Poly 1200mm
Number of Poles 4 4 2 3 3
Pole Material Aluminum 14 mm aluminum DAC Pressfit Fiberglass Fiberglass
Extras Hidden key/phone pouch on fly Internal dry lines, hang loops, Velcro lantern loop Fly rolls back and secures halfway for stargazing, footprint included Pole pockets for easy setup Lightweight

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 4 gains in low weight and superior weather resistance are lost when it comes to headroom and comfort. This tent is relatively small with a max height of just 5' 3", a footprint of 59.7 sq ft, and a 21 sq ft vestibule.

Performance Comparison


marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - 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.
Credit: 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 store extra packs, shoes, and dirty dishes easily. But neither affords enough space to make things as comfortable as other contenders.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - the view looking out of the well-sized vestibule.
The view looking out of the well-sized vestibule.
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The Limestone 4 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.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - 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.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Weather Resistance


Now we enter the real strength area of the Limestone 4. 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. It comes with smaller, backpack-style stakes, but with the structure and shape, 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.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - an outside, weather proof pocket built into the rainfly, nice work...
An outside, weather proof pocket built into the rainfly, nice work Marmot.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

The Limestone 4 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 excellent views. With the rainfly on, heat will escape out of the top vents and from the sides (if you guyline the rainfly) and under the vestibule.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - privacy meets open-air with the limestone 4.
Privacy meets open-air with the Limestone 4.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Ease of Use


This is another top-performing metric for the Limestone 4. Color-coded clips and poles, a low profile, smooth sliding pole sleeves, and a lightweight overall design make this tent easy to use. It went up in 4 minutes and 46 seconds 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.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - the simple and sturdy clips go on quickly and easily, making...
The simple and sturdy clips go on quickly and easily, making pitching the Marmot Limestone 4 a snap.
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

Family Friendliness


Not a great score here for the Limestone 4. While the additional top two poles 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 4 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.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - 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.
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Quality


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 the best camping tents.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - one of marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
One of Marmot's not-so-tough-but-pretty-orange stakes.
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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. While strong and simple, the bag could also use some cinching straps to help keep the profile down if your roll is a little on the loose side.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - 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.
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Should You Buy the Marmot Limestone 4?


Quality construction, simple and easy to set up, and built to withstand some weather, the Marmot Limestone 4 is a great tent. As a value grab, this tent fares well. But it falls short in size, height, and vestibule area. If you want to maximize quality and don't need to stand up or bring too much gear, this is likely a good choice for a high-quality, 4-person tent.

What Other Camping Tents Should You Consider?


With superior quality and great weather resistance, the Marmot Limestone 4 is a great buy, especially if you emphasize quality and build more than space and comfort. The MSR Habitude 4 is the next step up, offering a bit more space and height without adding substantial weight. If you decide extra space is a premium quality in a tent, the The North Face Wawona 6 offers the best usable space of any tent we tested.

marmot limestone 4 camping tent review - 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!
Credit: Rob Gaedtke

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