The Skylodge 6-Person Instant Camping tent is designed for summer car camping adventures. The entire tent set up is completed in less than 2 minutes.
The Marmot Limestone 4 Person tent is a three-season camping tent meant for four people. It features some of the best quality materials out there, is known for its durability, and makes setting up and taking down a breeze.
Comfort and Space
The Marmot Limestone 4P is a dome tent. Some of the benefits of a dome tent include how compact they are, strength against the weather elements, and easy set up. This one especially shines in the last area as it has color coded metal rods that lock with the same color coded clips, making it easy to understand what goes where.
Downfalls of a dome tent include the reduction of interior space, and again, the Limestone 4-Person Tent proves this to be the truth. The floor measures 100 x 86 inches (254 x 218 cm), which gives you a floor area of 59.2 sq ft (5.5 sq m). This is sufficient for up to four people if the goal for using the tent is to sleep, holding a full and twin size air mattress. For families, a couple with a single child would do well with this space as well.
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The peak height is about 5’2” (158 cm), even with the two additional top poles. This means the average person would not be able to stand up in it, but putting clothes on or getting ready for bed should not be a problem. The vestibule areas are not much better, only allowing one or two people to take shoes off at a time.
The tent has one room and two vestibules. While it may lack space inside, it shines in the storage area. One of the best storage areas is the pocket on the rainfly, that is waterproof and accessible from the outside. Two more storage areas are inside and they even thought of adding a lampshade pocket area in order to be able to light the tent up at night.
Breathability and Ventilation
But what about the hot weather? Being a three season tent, it also does well in hot weather. Much of the main tent’s upper portion is made up of mesh, allowing air to flow through and hot air to escape since heat rises. You also get an added bonus of being able to see the star night.
There are no windows in this tent but the design is aesthetically pleasing to the eye with the mesh part sloping on the sides. Again, a benefit of this over a typical window is that the heat is going to escape up top on this model.
It comes with two double D-shaped doors on both sides which have the mesh vents starting at about a quarter of the way up all the way to the top. There is no extra material to cover this up on the inner tent, but this is covered by the rain fly.
With the rainfly on, the Marmot Limestone 4P tent is still breathable, as it comes with areas to vent the tent, giving you maximum comfort inspite of bad weather.
The wind resistance on the Limestone 4-Person Tent is bar none, so long as you pull it with the right tension. Another thing worth noting in windy weather is the zippers are jingle-free.
Since we’ve already discussed that this is a dual-layer tent, let’s talk about the rainfly. It wraps all the way around the tent, giving you the vestibule we’ve talked about. It is also seam taped, giving you the option to open the velcro portions to keep as comfortable as possible. The benefit of this is that the water should not get in, given that it has somewhere to go.
In addition, it has 100% polyester material, making the water slide right off of the rain fly. With the exception of winter, weather is not a problem.
We’ve discussed the material on the fly, but what about the rest of it? This is one of the areas where the Marmot Limeston 4-Person tent shines. If you are a camper who likes taking their furry ones along with them, this tent will win your heart.
The main canopy fabric has the same quality material as the fly. The mesh portion of the tent is 40d 100% Polyester No-See-Um Mesh, giving you the comfort to know that you are letting fresh air in while keeping the bugs out with how small the holes in the mesh are. The floor fabric is comprised of 100% Oxford Polyester making it hard to deform the tent over a long period of time.
It comes with four 12-mm aluminum DAC DA17 poles, which are lighter and more durable, allowing the tent to be used more often; however, it might be worth it to invest in better stakes as tapping them with a rock caused the originals to bend.
Ease of Use
This internal frame tent is easy to set up and take down. Given how few poles there are and the fact that they are color coordinated, set up is not difficult at all. From start to finish, it should take an average of about five minutes.
Take down is equally as easy. Simply tear down and roll up, then place into the bag. While some tents are difficult to get back in the bag, this one does a great job of fitting back into its bag with ease.
Packed Size and Weight
The Marmot Limestone 4 Person Tent weighs in at 11 lbs 11 oz (5.4 kg).When packed, the tent in the bag measures about 26” x 9” (66 x 23 cm).
This tent may not be a great one to take if you are going backpacking but works well for people who are car camping or, given its small size when rolled up, motorcycle camping.
Pros and Cons
- Color coded poles
- Ability to be used in many different weather conditions
- High Quality Material used throughout
- Not tall enough
- Smaller vestibule area
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