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5 5

This tent can handle anything

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was hiking in Romania a few weeks ago. Slept in a valley and ended up running into these sheep herders, with mules and dogs. Probably 100 sheep, 8 mules, 9 dogs. That night, the worst rain and wind I've ever camped in happened, and all the animals kept bumping into the tent and trying to dig up under the rainfly. We were being assaulted on all sides. The wind was strong enough to bend the tent almost completely on its side. I'm talking like tropical storm force winds. This tent stayed up the whole time, withstood all the sheep stepping on it, and kept us dry all night. It would have been very bad if it didn't, because we wouldn't have been able to set the tent up again because the sheepdogs would have eaten our faces if we got out of the tent around the sheep. Idk if this tent saved our lives necessarily, but it sure felt like it. Only damage to the tent was that it was covered in sheep doodoo the next morning. Also the gear loft is awesome, you never realize how easy it is to lose stuff in your tent until you have a means to not lose it. Made life so easy. Buy this tent.

5 5

CAR CAMPING!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent is certainly not the most ideal tent if you're going on a long backpacking trip. However, if you are car camping and weight is not an issue, this is my go to. Spacious, lofty, and easy to set up, you can't go wrong with this tent.

5 5

$ for $ the Best 3-Person Tent Available

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hands down the best 3-person tent you can find for it's price. At a $280 price point most other tents you'll find won't provide the same value. This tent comes with the footprint which is a huge savings compared to every other tent in this price point. Plus this tents weight includes the footprints weight which other tents do not.

Last weekend three of us used this tent on a 2 day, 26+ mile backpacking trip here in the Uintas to Lightning Lake.

Set Up:
Set up goes real quick with this tent. Assemble the pole (main pole) and attach to the corners and attach the clips. Assemble the cross pole and attach to the tent. Match the red tags up on one corner (from rain fly and tent body) and clip the rain fly to the tent body. Then stake the tent and guy out the lines.

Interior Space:
There is ample room for sitting up and hanging out in the tent. A bit tight for 3 people for really great for 2 people.

Sleeping 3-People:
It's a 3-person tent but the biggest problem is sleeping 3 people. The three of us slept in the tent and were wall to wall crammed in like sardines. So this might be a roomy 2-person tent or a 3-person tent for smaller folks. The three of us are 6'4'' (215), 6'0'' (175), and 5'7'' (160). Having the dude that was 6'4'' in the tent really took up some space. But he fit length wise perfectly. We all had Big Agnes sleeping pads that were 20” wide and they went wall to wall width-wise.

Footprint:
One of the rare tents that includes a footprint with the tent. Most have it as an add on. We didn't use the footprint though. We opted to save a little weight and left it in the car. We had no issues without it.

Weight:
Not the lightest thing out there. But for its price point and what you get (the weight above includes that of the footprint) it really is the weight cost/weight/functionality that you'll get from a tent. This is one of the few pieces from Marmot that I'm really thrilled with.

Breaking Down:
It was raining when we tore down camp and it went quick which was wicked nice! We folded the tent body up and then the rain fly and everything went quickly. Thanks to the plastic clips that hold the poles in, everything just snaps apart really quickly rather than needing to slide the pole out through a sleeve.

Gear Loft:
One of the features I appreciate a lot. There were three of us in the tent on our trip and putting cell phones, sunglasses and other goodies up top was great. We didn't have to worry about crushing any of them breakable items we had since we could stow them up above.

Corner Pockets:
Each corner has a small mesh pocket in it. These were not super important but nice for having a spot to put something small that you might need while sleeping. They're not huge so they don't really hold much.

Vestibules:
Each side has a vestibule (2 in all) which is great. If you're backpacking with one other person then each of you get a vestibule which is awesome. There was plenty of space for me to get in and out while storing my 50 liter MHW pack in a dry spot while it rained. I didn't want my pack in the tent so the vestibule was a perfect dry spot for it.

Rain:
We stayed at Lightning Lake and we got just that. Lots of lightning and even more rain. It poured all night and into the morning but we stayed perfectly dry and had no water issues at all.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about the Marmot Limelight 2 or 3 person tents or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

$ for $ the Best 3-Person Tent Available
5 5

Great tent

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

Used it once and it held up well in the rainy conditions. Stayed warm throughout the night without having to much condensation in the tent. Enjoyed the gear loft but wish it had a clip for the lantern light on it. The one issue we have with it is that two people with sleeping pads and two backpacks take up all the room so we should have gotten the 4 person tent. Otherwise really happy with the investment.

5 5

Marmot Limelight 3 person tent

This tent is a giant leap over the disposable tents I am used to. I wanted a tent that would last for years and I think this one fits the bill. When I recieved the tent my first impression was that the material seemed to be of good quality. The footprint is a nice feature and the rain fly covers the tent well. I set the tent up in my backyard and it only took a short time even being the first time setting it up. The poles are good quality and the clips are very easy. The tent material was stretched tight and it overall seemed really sturdy. The interior was sufficient for two but I cant imagine three. I like the mess and feel that it provides adequate ventilation. I took the tent on a camping trip and was pleased with the experience. It didnt rain so I cannot comment on how waterproof it is. Overall I feel like the tent is well designed and of good quality. Simple to set up and the vestibules are great for storing your boots, gear, etc. so you dont get debris inside the tent. Given the choice I would definitely purchase this tent again! No gripes to date.

3 5

Good but small

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

Cons: This tent is small - unsure how 3 grown adults could fit (it'd be tight). It was tight with two adults and a dog... Secondly, the biggest design flaw is the rain flap is on the opposite side of the tent entrance. When trying to get out, with one flap open, you have to squeeze past the tethered flap which is just awkward. We thought we had it on backwards but alas, this is a design flaw. For positives, the poles are lightweight, tent is easy to assemble and take down, gear loft is handy, colors are fun. I wish it were just a little bit wider (just a bit) and the rain flap was designed better.

4 5

Great TWO-person tent

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

I've only set it up and slept in it one night (in the backyard), but it went up VERY quickly with just one person because of the external pole clips (no more sleeves to try to feed the poles through). It didn't rain so I can't attest to how waterproof it may be, but it seemed sturdy. As for size, don't plan on fitting three people in this unless you're all "friends with benefits". Having a door on BOTH sides is a great feature.

Has anyone who purchased the "Marmot Limelight Tent with Footprint and Gear Loft: 3-Person 3-Season" sprayed it ahead of time to be even more waterproof? This is the first time I am buying a tent and based it off of the many positive reviews for this model. I have seen some spray their tents (ahead of time) to make them more waterproof, however, they were lower quality tents. Thanks in advance!

Responded on

You can spray the rainfly with something like Nikwax Tent and Gear Solar Proof to increase the waterproofing on this tent or any other. The rainfly is waterproof as is but will lose its ability to repel water over time, especially after increased sun exposure and use.

If you have more questions about the Limelight, waterproofing agents or other tents feel free to contact me:
Phone: 801-736-4337
Email: klivingston@backcountry.com

5 5

My 2-Person tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Even thought this is a 3- person tent, I always feel like the tent sizes are set to fit if you were a can of sardines. There is definitely ample room in the tent for 3, I just prefer it as a 2. Also, I am freakish tall for a girl (6ft), so I have to sleep on an angle in most tents if I want to be completely stretched out....
Anyway, super easy to set up and pack!

My 2-Person tent
5 5

Light and easy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have several two person tents, but for this trip and desiring to get my wife back into camping, I opted to get the three person size. After much review I settled on the Marmot. Easy to set up/take down, light weight and fits two people comfortably along with their mats and sleeping bags.

5 5

Marmot Limelight 3 Person

Pros: great looking tent, perfect for 3 season camping, sleeps 2 plus gear, extremely light for a tent this size, includes a footprint

Marmot Limelight 3 Person
5 5

A great buy!

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

Even after reading quite a few glowing reviews about this tent I was still a little skeptical. After taking it on a weekend backpacking trip the skepticism is no more. This is a great tent for the money! Although a little heavy splitting it up with a fellow backpacker made that a non-issue. Super easy setup and lots of nice features. The included gear loft and footprint add to the "bang for your buck". Very roomy for two even with lots of gear inside. Most impressive on my first adventure with this tent was its performance in the wind. On our first night of camping we had some very unexpected strong winds. Not expecting wind we set up in a relatively unsheltered area. Gusts over 50 mph and the tent was rock solid all night long. This is not a tent I will take when I have to carry it solo but for trips when sharing the tent and the load it is my shelter of choice!

A great buy!
Responded on

Hey Jef!

Welcome to the Backcountry Community and glad you are psyched on this tent!! Thanks for the great review!

Great tent

Great tent

Tent has held up for me, wife and dog in temps from the low 30s to 90s. Has held up in wind and rain even after not so gentle use!

4 5

My go-to tent.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have owned this tent for 2 years now and it has become my favorite. I got it for bike packing and it's perfect. It doesn't make every backpacking trip due to its weight but is a treat when it does. The tent is easy to set up. Has windows, not many tents do. Two nice size vestibules. Well ventilated, no condensation issues. And its best feature i think is the rain protection. I can't stand soggy gear or trying to sleep in a wet bag and this tent has kept me dry on several rainy nights. It has a bathtub type floor with fairly high sides and the rain fly is sturdy with a nice thick waterproof coating. The only hickup I ever had with this tent was a rainy night when water got between the footprint and the tent bottom and the floor started to weep water through it. Ever since then I don't use the footprint in heavy rain with no issues. The only other minor complaint i have about the tent is the color. I got the orange and it can be a bit much waking up to on a sunny morning.

Overall I think it's a great tent and at this price point you can't ask for much more. It has all the features/function of a high quality tent with a little extra weight in weather protection which is what makes it my favorite.

I ordered the Hatch/Dark Cedar Marmot Limelight 3P tent. It looks very brown on this site. The tent I received and set up is Green. Did I receive the correct product? The correct model year? Green does not appear to be an option.

Responded on

You certainly did. The issue lies with our pictures. Marmot sent us a pre-production picture, after the tent went to mass production the dye changed a bit and now you have a more green looking tent. Sorry for the confusion.

You can call or email me directly. 801-736-6398, or bporreca@backcountry.com

5 5

Awesome 3 Season

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So i have used mine a few times now, I spend quite a bit of time out side and in the environment and this is by far one of the best tents I have ever owned. Just got back from our latest outing on the Offa's Dyke Path in Wales and this thing held up awesomely against the Welsh weather, in march (if you have never been to Wales in March its wet, very wet and windy). I was as snug as a bug in a rug though, all my great stayed dry and very little condensation. I know its a little selfish of my to want a 3 person tent all to my lonesome but the weight is not bad at all and in the summer months I usually leave the tent at home and just bring the fly, the foot print and poles and make the quick tent. This tent does not pack down to super tiny but come on, its a 3 person 3 season tent. I'm a bigger guy so moving this thing doesn't really both me but even fully loaded bag for a week in the back country only brought up my total weight to just under 45 lbs, that's not bad given the circumstances.

Here is a Pro and Con skimming folks

Pros:
Dry-even in all night rain I stayed totally dry

Super fast construction- its 3 poles for gods sake and and 2 of them are connected to each other!

Versatile- Take the whole tent on the car camps with the kiddos and the foot print/ rain fly combo when your in the country just yourself, saves the weight.

Amazingly built- this this not only performs great, it LOOKS great. Bright blue aluminum poles (and an awesome orange one) copper stakes (get tons of questions where to get those by my friends) and depending on where you get it ( I originally bought the Limelite 3P FC which is our Euro brethren version, sold it to a buddy who also loves it) it can be grey like mine or awesome marmot bright orange.

Cons-

honestly none. I bought two but each one was different and they were both awesome (see above for details)

Oh and I will cover the FC real fast just for infos sake incase someone else does what I did. I'm stationed in England so we constantly make the time VS exchange rate decision. I decided to make the time call and ordered the Limelite 3P FC from a British site instead. It is in construction and functionality the same tent with a few subtle differences. from here on out the US version the version you are looking at here, and the Euro is the FC. So the US has some screen on the tent body, which is great for releasing condensation and in the summer seeing some of our beautiful galaxy and moons. This is covered when you throw the fly on so it really only serves the purpose of a vent. The Euro version does not have these screen vents however my buddy who i sold the tent to (just done need to identical tents) never noticed any condensation either. The US version comes with a mesh gear loft and the foot print, which allows a little more versatility as you can negate the tent and just go fly/foot print and call it good. However again not a deal breaker because it works fine without it and if you are dying to get one Marmot will sell you one for 45 GBP or whatever currency you happen to use (shout out to Norway who will probably pay like $500...no...seriously it might cost that sorry guys) other than those things they really are the same tent. And they both ROCK.

5 5

Great tent. Recommended

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

I've only set this tent up in my backyard to test it, but I've used enough tents in the backcountry to be confident in recommending it. It is extremely easy to set up, even solo. Took less than ten minutes. The doors are well-designed. The fly works; it's raining right now and totally dry inside. The first time I set it up was in fair weather, and without the fly the ample screened portions allowed for a full view of the moon and great ventilation. As usual with 3-person tents, perfect for two people, perhaps with a small child, or three teenagers. High ceiling and large amount of screens makes it my favorite tent so far.

5 5

Marmot Limelight Tent
Marmot Limelight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We do extensive backpacking and have set up this tent in both good and bad weather. The tent is EXTREMELY easy and fast to set up. The lookout "holes" in the fly are a bit small and that would be the only criticism I would have on the tent. Excellent product!

5 5

Seriously Amazing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You cannot find any other tent this good at this price. The double vestibules are amazing. This tent has more room than just 3 people. I have comfortably fit 4 people in it. I have also had five people in it, though that was tighter but slept fine. and the double doors are awesome too.

It rained extensively the first time I used it and there were absolutely no leeks. It has gone through rain three times, no problem. plus the window is a cool feature.

The set up is super easy, takes me five min to set it up by my self.

I got the alpenglow one and it is super easy to find in the woods if you lose it for a second.

Only complaint is that i wish there was more netting for star gazing.

BUT THIS IS SERIOUSLY AMAZING!

5 5

No complaints at all!

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

Plenty of room for two people, I'm not sure how comfortable it would be for a third person. The tent was shorter than I expected, but after sleeping in it i realized that the height really helps keep heat in throughout the night.