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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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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.

Unanswered Question

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!

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.

5 5

Even the dog liked it...

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

I've used this tent once and cannot wait to use it again!! Extremely easy to install and the double D-shaped doors make this tent very user friendly. I'm not sure I would want to stay in this tent with three people however, but it had the right amount of space for my girlfriend and I plus a medium sized Boxer. We had both our packs inside with us as well, one 50liter and one 70 liter.

We really enjoyed how open the tent feels, plenty of light and airflow which made for a great way to wake up to a late summer sunrise. Quality of construction and assembly make this tent a great addition to ones camping gear quiver. The weight of the tent wasn't an issue on our 3.5 mile hike to Blanca Lake off of Stevens Pass, Wa which includes 2,000ft of elevation gain but one could always have their camping buddy carry the poles to lighten the load and if you trust the forecast then the rainfly could stay behind as well.

Even the dog liked it...
Responded on

NEVER leave the rainfly behind. The tent body, maybe, but not the rainfly!!! Tent looks great in this photo.

4 5

A darn good tent for two - I like it!

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

Over the past 7-10 years, floor space has gotten stingy as manufacturers race to claim lower weights for a given tent category. The modern 2 person tent is only suitable for one person or a VERY friendly couple, and it takes a 3 person tent (like the Limelight 3P) to comfortably house two non-amorous adult males. The Limelight is competitive on space and has some nice features:
1. The brow pole is longer than usual which makes the tent more upright at the doors and gives some needed extra protection if rain is falling; you can have the vestibule open and won't get water in the tent as long as the wind isn't blowing the rain sideways.
2. The pole geometry creates upright walls and a wide, almost flat ceiling so the tent has a higher useable height than other tents with a more domed ceiling. You do have to crouch a bit to get into the tent (no more than with competing tents) but once in the tent, you can sit up and it is very spacious; you never feel the walls closing in on you.
3. The door design is an improvement over tents I've owned from REI, Big Agnes, and Sierra Designs. The zipper is shaped like a horizontal horseshoe; you can completely open the door to one side and secure it with two toggles so it doesn't lay or flop on the ground where it can get dirty or muddy if it's raining. This makes it comparatively easier to get in and out of the tent when nature calls in the middle of the night (which is the biggest shortcoming of some other tents) and the vestibule brow keeps you relatively protected from the rain as you get in and out.

The Alpenglow color is aesthetically pleasing and blends well with the environment. The Limelight has small reflective patches at the guy-out points so it is easy to find your way back in the night - a really cool safety feature. And it's stoutly made which adds to the weight but makes it appropriate for 4 season use. Marmot, cut a pound off the weight and I'd increase my rating to 5 stars.

A darn good tent for two - I like it!
4 5

Marmot Limelight - 3 person

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

I only used this tent once -- but it was at Burning Man in the middle of the Nevada desert for a week. No rain, but lots of wind and dust storms. It took the beating. Great quality of construction. Loved the poles and the very easy setup. It is NOT a 3 person tent. 2 people sleep comfortably, but no room for gear. Gear goes outside under the modest vestibule that each person has access to along with with an entrance ... zippers are OK, but could be beefier. Overall I'm glad i bought it, but I still need to test in the rain.

On wish list is to extend the footprint to cover the area under the vestibules and more interior pockets --please!

4 5

A good tent but not perfect

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

I've bought this tent to take to burning man and the review is based on that experience.

Overall it's a good tent that stand high wind, having say that (and I did give it 4 stars) there are a few things I didn't like:
1. size: I wanted to use a queen size mattress with the tent and choose the 3p version.
The mattress need to be inflated inside the tent or it will not come in as the doors are small, it also leave almost no space inside the tent beside the mattress.

2. Dust: Event with the footprint and everything close, everything was dusty inside. It's true that the playa has dusty winds, so it may not always raise a problem to everyone.

3. The external gear part has no footprint, so in a muddy or dusty environment, you cannot put stuff out there.

4. The weather window: personally I don't like it, I prefer that when the cover is on, the tent is as cover as possible, that extra light in the morning is more annoying to me than helping

5 5

Great tent !! little small.....

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tent is great all around ! The tent is a little small . Not good for more than two people male / female. Well made ! foot print fits tent just right ! Lots of vents in this tent . I have only had a chance to have this out in weather in the upper 90's to 100's but i think it will do just fine in the winter . Water just falls off tent ! no leaks . I would by again just get a little bigger ....