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Your friends can join you so long as they don't snore.

Whether you're at elevation on a summer trip or sitting out a late spring storm in a valley, the Marmot Limelight 3-Person Tent is designed for you and your buddies to enjoy a nice night in the backcountry. The Limelight makes it easy for three campers to get a good night's rest, with two roomy vestibules let you store gear and wet stuff  out of the main living space, a gear loft to add storage and an included footprint that enhances durability and comfort.

  • Polyurethane-coated floor and fly help rain bead off instead of soaking you and your gear inside
  • Lightweight, durable polyester and mesh body keep the weight down for longer weekend backpacking excursions
  • Floor and fly seams are taped to prevent water from sneaking in through fabric joints
  • Catenary Cut floor means the floor material curves a few inches up the tent walls to reduce direct seam-to-ground contact
  • Two DAC press-fit poles make the tent easy to assemble day or night and save weight without sacrificing durability or strength, and a DAC brow cross pole provides more interior headroom
  • Freestanding, dome-like structure withstands harsh weather and wind while maximizing space
  • Two doors and two vestibules (10sq ft each) give you and a partner easy entry, exit, and gear storage
  • Staked-out vestibules and zippered storm flaps on the vestibules seal out nasty three-season weather
  • Rectangle shape with 42.6sq ft (66 x 93in) floor area provides enough space to fit three adults comfortably, and its 46in ceiling height allows sitting up and crouching when you get stir-crazy in a storm
  • Entire tent weighs less than six pounds for easy hauling in the backcountry, especially when you split the weight between backpacking companions
  • Mesh panels in the door, walls, and ceiling let fresh air in and let hot air out during hot nights or muggy mornings
  • Press-fit clip design is easy to assemble while reflective points keep the tent visible in the dark
  • Noise-free zippers prevent waking up cranky trail partners and snag-free zippers enable smooth entry and exit from the tent
  • Thanks to the included footprint, the Bare Bones fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint to save extra weight on the trail
  • Window Weld waterproof window construction in the fly allows you to view outside of your tent without having to get out of your bag
  • Once packed into its included sack, the entire tent package is only 8in x 22in for easy lashing to a pack or fitting inside a dry bag
  • Included gear loft provides even more convenient gear storage and works as a drying rack for clothes
  • Interior pockets hold your headlamps, map, or other small accessories close at hand

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Does this tent "come with a footprint",...

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Does this tent "come with a footprint", or does it have a reinforced floor?

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So this does come with a stand alone footprint....if it did not, then a fast pitch option wouldn't be possible if the floor was just reinforced.

Hope this helps!

Jared D.
800.409.4502 ext 4055

Does this 3-person version of the Limelight...

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Does this 3-person version of the Limelight have the same vents in the fly as the 2-person version?

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They are pretty much identical. The tent does not change until you get to the 4-person.

4 5

Gets the job done!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a easy tent to construct, even with low light. We got it up quickly and it was comfortable, roomy, and functional. It kept the rain off of us at night. And the interior pockets along with the gear loft add to its function. The description isn't lying, the gear loft works great for drying clothes!

4 5

Very nice tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife and I recently used this tent on a 7 day trip to the rockies and it worked great for us. We also had our two mini-schnauzers with us who took room. I don't think this would work too well as a three person tent unless everyone is small. I'm 6' around 200lbs, the wife is 5'5" and fairly petite, dogs are around 20lbs each. They slept curled up in between us on a sleeping bag and our shoulders were up against the sides. I would say this is a 2+ person tent. Air movement was pretty good even with the fly on. The views outside without the fly were pretty nice. There's plenty of mesh for air movement. The fly did help keep some heat in on the cold nights. I don't know if I wasn't securing the fly right, but I never could get the vestibule area all the way to the ground, so on windy days, a lot of dust was able to get in. It is heavy, and a great car camping tent. It would need to be split up between two people on a hike for sure. Setup was really easy with one person, and one person can move it around easily. Overall, I really like this ten.

Very nice tent
5 5

I love this tent but 3 person, maybe.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This purchase was for a second Marmot 3p, both green and I can now say both have been highly functional. Relatively easy setup even at night with only a headlamp in the rain by yourself if the wind is not to bad. I really do love these tents, with much rain on a few occasions no leaks seen, Once setup and staked with wind gust of at least 15 to 20 mph nothing collapses or becomes unstable. When calm I have experienced good circulation with the rain fly on and all flaps buttoned up (little to no condensation in the tent) when you wake up in the morning.
I don't really think these are a 3 person tent though, take that with a grain of salt... Its a 2p with gear inside. Unless you have no gear you want to keep inside with you and if you don't, then you could squeeze 2 adults and two younger kids if you had of 4? I had never owned a tent before these so I was not 100% sure what to expect or what to look for initially but after 2 years ( first purchase of Marmot 3p) and May 2014 buying the second Marmot 3p from Back Country, If you have never owned a tent yourself before I think this is one to consider putting at the top of your short list at minimum or just buy it. Good luck and happy camping.

5 5

Great Tent!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Held up to rain and damp. Easy to pitch. Haven't had it in high winds, but it seems like it could easily take some pretty extreme weather when guyed out. One issue, it comes with 8 stakes while 10 are needed to fully stake out the tent, fly, and guy-lines. Didn't run into any condensation issues with some pretty extreme warm-cool humid weather swings only a few dozen feet off a lake.

4 5

Soild and simple

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall a nice and functional tent. Very easy to set up even in slight wind without staking it out. Lighter pitch option is nice to leave out the one cross pole. Very easy to use!
I was hoping the tent would be light enough for backpacking with 3 people, splitting up the pieces to even it out. It is a little tight for 3 people over 6 foot!
The Fly and foot print are larger in packed volume than expected but made of a tougher material than ultralight options.
I would recommend this tent to anyone looking for a solid car camping tent, short backpacking trips, and group camping with your friends. Especially if you're new to tent camping. Like I said. very easy and simple to set up!!

5 5

Great tent so far!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is actually the first tent I've ever purchased, so I was looking for something that was easy to setup, good value, and fit two needs: car camping and backpacking.

Now, this isn't the ideal backpacking tent but if you're going for less than five days, aren't hiking 20+ miles and have someone with you, this will work.

My wife and I fit easily and we could have fit all of our gear inside as well. It was really easy to setup and we had it done in just a few minutes. One of the vestibule doors - I'm assuming the front door - had a clear plastic window in the shape of a water droplet and this came in handy a few times.

The one thing that surprised me was that the gear loft is quite small, like 8"x12"... It worked well for our headlamps and phones, but I wouldn't plan on using it for much.

Great tent so far!
5 5

Exceeded expectations!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I was looking for a two person size tent but one that would REALLY be comfortable for 2 people. From the size shown and great reviews I decided on the Marmot Limelight 3. It is just a bit bigger than most 2 person tents so I was able to keep the footprint small but get enough room inside. It goes up in a flash, no learning curve either....common sense only! Enough room, huge vestibules and love the footprint that is included. Also love the connected poles! I would not get this for 3 people would be a squeeze and you would have to sleep head to toe to fit. But for my purposes, 2 campers of any size, it works great. Light weight (I mostly car camp)and looks very well made, zippers are smooth, love the clips and the tie outs make it plenty secure. Can't wait to give it a real trial on the Alaska Marine Ferry and camping through the Yukon later this month! Will update after. Also, the dark cedar color is awesome! Blocks just a bit more light for sleeping up north in the summer and blends well too.....I don't plan on snow camping yet! Great price point for a well made tent.

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This last weekend was the first time I was able to finally take my Limelight out and it did not disappoint, I took it out on the 24 mile Under the Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National park and it killed it. Both night we had snow, and heavy wind and the tent wasn't even phased in the slightest. Everything about this tent is awesome from it's weight to the set up. which is what I was most surprised about is just how fast you can set this puppy up within minutes of reaching camp we had our tent set up and were already cooking. If your looking for a solid tent that will withstand what nature is throwing at you this just might be the tent for you.

4 5

Boy Scout Go-To Tent

We sell a ton of the Marmot Limelight 3 tents to the Boy Scouts of America. This tent is simple and easy to use and provides the needed protection from rain and unexpected nasty weather. It does well for desert camping as well as alpine use. The ease of set up allows scouts to learn how to set up a tent without needing to get their engineering degree at MIT prior to Scout Camp.

If you are interested in purchasing these or any other tents for your Scout Troop, contact me and our Group Sales team and we will get you squared away.

3 5

Ok tent a bit small and lacking a bit

You get what you pay for for sure. It's ok, don't get me wrong but the tent is neither bomb proof nor is it particularly light. The pole system is easy to set up and they are pretty good quality. The tent it self lacks any real storage, the gear loft is a joke! and the pockets can hold your keys maybe..

I'm not sure how well it will hold up but it seems ok and well made. I have used it in some wind and rain and it flaps quite a bit. I think in really windy conditions it wont hold up, but I'll see this summer.

For the price I would say it is a good deal but don't expect this to be a comfortable tent for 3 people, it's more like a 2+.

I am having some trouble with condensation...

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I am having some trouble with condensation on the inside of the tent in the morning. On both occasions that I experienced this, it was raining. However, whenever I wake up in the morning, there is a wet spot on my sleeping bag in the exact same spot--about over my stomach. I am thinking a loose seam? I woke up this morning on a car camping trip and my side of the tent was soaked with water (again, it had rained). We set it up correctly, and this is why I wonder if condensation is an issue. Does anyone have advice?

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That's really unfortunate. I haven't purchased this tent, but I'm highly considering it since there are so many favorable reviews. In terms of an isolated leak, I would set up the tent and pour water on it until you find the location of the leak, and seal it with silicone. You could use neverwet as a temporary solution as well. Best of luck.

5 5

Excellent Tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Good room for 2 adults and 80 lb dog plus gear inside. Easy setup, under 5 minutes 1st time used. Fairly lightweight, able to fit tent and rain fly inside Sea-to-Summit small compression sack (not footprint). Used on sub 32 degree nights and kept frost and wind off for comfortable night. Gear loft and pockets are useful. Vestibule on both sides is also a plus. As with all tents, three people would be rough, but is doable. I'm 6'3 and had plenty of leg room and headroom. Does what it says it will do. Nothing fancy, just a good product

Anyone take this on an extended backpacking...

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Anyone take this on an extended backpacking trip?
I'll be sharing a tent with my Dad so I want to make sure we've got some personal pace, but I'm also concerned about weight. Any thoughts?

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I have. I'm about 150 lb female, he's 210lb male and we have 3 big dogs. We fit in there fine. The weight isn't bad. We just split stuff up so we both had 35 lb packs. I got the tent, he got the cooking gear and the dog stuff that couldn't get wet. (6 days around 5 lakes... They have packs but they like to swim).
You don't need double everything. Just combine forces and equally distribute and the weight is not an issue.

5 5

Great tent!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought this tent because my girlfriend, myself, and our two dogs no longer fit comfortably in a 2-person tent. This was my first Marmot tent and I was very confident in this purchase. Set up is extremely easy and there is plenty of space for two of us as well as our gear and dogs. The gear loft was a great addition and I love how the Hatch/Dark Cedar does not stand out when you are in the backcountry.

5 5

VERY glad I made this purchase.

I did quite a bit of homework before diving in and choosing a tent, and I have to say the reviews of the Limelight 3P seem to be spot-on. I'll write another review once I've actually had it out on the trail but after setting the tent up and giving it a thorough once-over, the workmanship is solid, the finish is great, and it's hands-down the easiest setup and takedown I've ever experienced. Do your research, but the value for the money this piece of gear brings to the table is exceptional.

5 5


Very good tent, plenty of internal space for the weight, and very easy to set up!

5 5

Great tent for motorcycle touring

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I spend about a month every year on the road motorcycle touring. Of that time a bit over half of the nights are spent at campgrounds. Last year I was caught in one of the worst rauin storms I have ever encountered and spent 3 days in a small backpacking tent. One that I could hardly sit up in. After that ordeal,I decided that my one objective before leaving this year would be to buy a larger tent. The Marmot Limelight 3p tent is exactly the right size to take on the motorcycle , Small enough to pack easily on the bike, large enough for me and all my gear to have plenty of room inside, even if I get caught inside for a few days. . the quality of the tent and ease of set up by just one person is superb. With this kind of luxury I may have to increase my number of camping days while on the road.

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