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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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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.

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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

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

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.


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 $ 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

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  • 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.


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...
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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 ....

3 5

OK, but you can do better for the money

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

I have had a lot of tents and used them extensively. This was a last minute purchase before a trip; we needed a bigger tent as the dogs decided to come with. Overall, it's a fine tent, it just has several annoying flaws:
1) the footprint is too big and falls off when the tent is picked up. I like to set the tent up, then find the exact best, most level spot for it, then stake it down. This tent works best if is staked out first, then setup.
2) The interior doors open the wrong way - you have reach way inside the vestibule to work the zipper - this is worst flaw.
3) the corner pockets are too tightly cut to be very useful.
4) the plastic connector holding the two main poles together makes connecting or unconnecting the pole pieces a pain - I will likely cut this connector out.
5) the flaps for the corner stake downs make a lot of noise in the wind if they are not held tautly connected to a stake.
6) I had to add a couple of stakes to give each corner and tie down its own stake - you can double up the lines to stakes to avoid this.
7) The fly has to be oriented correctly to the tent - it is not symmetrical - you match the red tabs on the fly to the red tabs on the corners of the tent. I never did understand what this accomplishes - its a minor hassle.
8) only one door in the fly has a see-thru window.
Ok, in spite of all that - it seems well made, is very easy to set up, is quite roomy for two adults and two dogs, blends in well with the forest, has very good ventilation, big vestibule, etc. As far as weight - I wouldn't use this for hiking but its a fine car for canoe camping.

Would I buy it again? probably not as I think I could find something better for the money

5 5

Easy to use tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No fabric slots to fit a rod into in the dark. I can put this tent up in the dark by feel alone. I put it up twice during practice and four-times on the outing and each time I put it up the experience was the same; unpack tent, lay out groundcloth, rig tent, rig cover, done in three minutes! Once inside, we were hit three successive nights with heavy thunderstorms and the tent stayed dry inside. Mosquitos were Hell when standing outside but the screens did a great job of keeping them out. Shaking dirt out the next mooring was simply a matter of holding the tent at 90-degrees and shaking till it all came out the door. Love this tent!

4 5

Great for a small family

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We use this tent bike touring with our two kids (2 and 4) - fits us well if a bit tight but it's light enough to put on a bike with all the gear for the four of us and has held up well in hot and cold weather (and rain). Also pretty good pockets, internal gear storage for a 3-season tent and vestibules are solid. For the price, this one is tough to beat.

5 5

Well made and easy set up

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

I don't know about the size, 3 adults would be tight. Love the two doors and vestibules. Used it on a backcountry trip at Yellowstone. I recommend a compression sack to get the tent down to a manageable size for the backpack. Not the lightest 3p tent. I got it on sale - very happy with it. No real rain test yet, just some quick showers and everything stayed dry. Pockets in every corner are a nice touch along with the gear loft - great for hanging a light from.

5 5

A great tent to invest in!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer






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A great tent to invest in!
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this tent, it is super lightweight and so easy to carry in my backpack to set up camp! I personally don't use the bag it comes with to throw it into my pack, I just throw it in there and pack all around it and it is great! (I'm kind of a sloppy packer in that way) It holds up great in snow, rain, wind/sand storms in Moab, you name it! This tent is awesome, we will need an upgrade in sizing now that our family is growing, but we have put it through the wringer for years now so it is hard to go to anything else!

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I have both the 3man and 4man tents. The 3 person is very roomy for 2 adults, even if 25" wide sleeping pads are used. I've only used the 4 man once, again with 2 people on 25" pads, and it's very large. I'm considering selling the 4 man while it's new since I doubt I'll use it (I am dating a man who has a med-large sized dog; I'll probably keep it a bit longer in case we decide to camp with the dog sleeping in tent). I think you'll love the 4man. It's basicaly identical, EXCEPT two poles cross the top of the tent providing a nice wide entrance to the vestibules. (I wish the 3 man tent had 2 poles across the top, but it would make it a tad eavier; not an issue for me since I use this tent for car camping).

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

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