If you love the great outdoors you are probably familiar with Marmot, they are well known for mid-range outdoor gear. But what about Marmot Limelight vs Limestone, which of these better?
Actually, each tent is great for specific circumstances, so the best tent for you will vary depending on your needs.
First things first, Marmot Limelight has 2p (2-person), 3p, and 4p options, therefore, it can be used for both backpacking (2p) and car camping (3p and 4p). On the other hand, Marmot Limestone is a car camping tent that has 4p, 6p, and 8p options. Therefore, for the sake of being accurate, I have compared 4p versions of the tents.
For those who are in a hurry and looking for a short answer:
- They have nearly the same design (both of them are dome tents, have 2 doors, 2 vestibules, and nearly the same mesh ratio).
- Marmot Limestone is more robust and waterproof than limelight, Limestone’s poles are 12mm diameter and floor fabric is made of 150D 3000mm polyester, on the other hand, Limelight’s poles are 9mm and the floor fabric is made of 68D 2000mm polyester (the higher the denier count the stronger and heavier the fabric will be, and the higher the mm rating the more ‘waterproof’ it will be).
- Although both have 2 vestibules on each side, Limelight’s vestibule area is bigger than limestone’s.
- Unlike limestone, Marmot limelight comes with a footprint.
- Marmot Limestone is heavier, and a bit bigger when packed but roomier than Limelight.
In summary: For those who are willing to sacrifice roominess and durability (a little bit) for smaller pack size and lesser weight Marmot Limelight is a better option. But if you are a fellow who likes roomy tents and doesn’t mind the extra weight and pack size, Limestone is a better option.
Marmot Limelight vs Limestone: Differences
MARMOT LIMELIGHT 4P
MARMOT LIMESTONE 4P
54 x 81 x 92in
63 x 86 x 100in
9 x 27 inches
10 x 27.5 inches
28 (14+14) square feet
21 square feet
51.7 sq ft
59.7 sq ft
68d Polyester Taffeta 190T 2000mm F/R
150d Polyester Oxford 3000mm W/R, F/R
Marmot Limelight is 8 sq ft. smaller and 9 in. shorter than Limestone. Although Marmot claims that Limelight 4p is made for 4-person, in reality, sleeping 4 people would be highly uncomfortable in the Limelight. On the other hand, Marmot limestone can take 4 people and everyone can get a good night’s sleep.
If you’re a couple traveling with your kid or dog, both of the tents will be enough for you.
Both tents have two doors so you don’t have to climb over each other in the middle of the night to get out of the tent.
Both tents have 2 vestibules, but limelight’s total vestibule area is bigger than limestone’s. Limelight has 2 symmetrical vestibules with a total of 28 sq meters, on the other hand, limestone has 2 unsymmetrical (front vestibule is bigger than the back one) vestibules with a total of 21 sq meters.
One important thing to mention is; although both are highly durable, Marmot Limestone and limelight respectively have 12mm and 9mm diameter poles, therefore Marmot Limestone is a bit heavier but more durable than Marmot Limelight.
Durability & Waterproofness
The metric for waterproofness is the “mm rating” of the fabric, the higher the mm rating the more ‘waterproof’ it will be.
The rainfly fabric of both tents is made of 68d Polyester Taffeta 190T 1500mm F/R, therefore, both tents rainfly’s waterproofness is equally the same. BUT the floor fabric of limestone is 150D 3000mm polyester while Marmot Limelight’s floor is made of 68D 2000mm polyester.
Therefore limestone has a more waterproof & durable floor fabric than Marmot Limelight.
But if you want to increase the longevity of your tent, you should definitely use footprint, Marmot Limelight comes with a footprint, but Marmot Limestone doesn’t. Check out the latest price of Marmot Limestone Footprint.
Weight & Packsize
Considering they’re both (4p versions) car-camping tents, the weight and pack size should not be your biggest concern. But still, carrying a smaller gear is always a bonus.
Marmot Limestone is 3 lbs heavier than limelight and Marmot Limestone is 1″ bigger than marmot limelight when packed.
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