hey christina! you made a good choice to look into marmot tents, but as far as choosing, id have to say the aura is a FAR superior tent. the full mesh body is a great feature, it'll keep you nice and cool and gives you a fantastic view of the night sky that you wouldnt get with the earlylight. another huge factor is that the aura is almost a full pound lighter! the aura has a much more advanced body design with the "knees" on the poles to maximize the room inside. and the three poles, my rule of thumb is: more pole intersections= almost always more stability. the aura has a great track record as a real serious backcountry tent, where as honestly, i wouldnt trust the earlylight with much more than car camping. and with either one you get the lifetime warranty and theyre both about the same size. so the bottom line is, the aura is a serious tent, with the features and price to match, so if your a serious camper (or you plan to start getting serious soon) the aura is for you. if you just want to camp out of a car every couple weeks or months, then you dont need a tent with a price tag like the aura and maybe the earlylight is a good option. good luck searching!