Mashing two adults, two children, and a dog into a regular four-person tent could be called ''quality family time'', or it could be called ''Timmy and Sally make each other cry, Sparkles pees on a sleeping bag, and Mom and Dad vow never to take camping trip ever again.'' If a standard four-person's a little cramped, try the Marmot Limestone 4 Four-Person Three-Season Tent, which uses four DAC aluminum poles and color-coded clips and sleeves to pitch quickly, stand solidly, and provide plenty of room for the whole family to sleep without making each other miserable. Two of the poles run horizontally for tons of headroom, and the mesh body lets plenty of air in so things don't get too smelly or feel too stuffy.
Although it's a family shelter, the Limestone is still built with all the ruggedness you'd expect of a Marmot tent. The fly is made of polyester ripstop, the walls and floor of tough polyester and nylon, and all the seams are fully taped to keep water from getting you and your gear soggy. The fly's vented, too, to keep air moving even if it's rainy, and the internal pockets help the whole gang stay (somewhat) organized. It's been made with other thoughtful details, too, like an Arona blue interior to simulate blue sky, jingle-free nylon zipper pulls, and reflective guy-out points so you don't trip and bring the whole tent down in the dark. The family will love you for that.
- 68D polyester ripstop fly
- 40D polyester No-See-Um mesh canopy
- 75D polyester walls and 150D nylon floors
- Fully taped seams
- Four DAC DA17 aluminum poles with color-coded clips and sleeves
- One door with extra-large vestibule
- Reflective guy-out points and jingle-free zippers
- Internal pockets