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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

I'm content with this tent

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

The Marmot Limelight 3 person tent works for me.

I wanted a tent with room inside for 2 and gear without being cramped. Didn't need a 4 season tent. But didn't want something flimsy, either. Given the price, specs, and reviews, the Limelight seemed like the best option.

The Limelight straps to the bottom of my Arcteryx Bora 90 big pack. It's weight is noticeable, but not terrible. Once at camp, it sets up super fast using two poles, bound in the middle with a swivel clamp to form an X. There is another, little half-pole to keep the rain fly vestibules spaced away from the tent doors. Mine came with a footprint, too. All three components: footprint, tent, and fly install seamlessly. One person can set this up with no problems, even in pretty stiff wind.

Once set up, the tent is spacious and has some nice features. The walls are pretty vertical, so all of the floor space is usable. The double doors allow superb cross-ventilation. The zippers are a bit catchy, but a little mindfulness will prevent snags. The mesh doors roll and tie back. There's a 12"-12" loft in the ceiling for small stuff.

The Limelight holds up well to foul weather. Whipping wind doesn't throw the tent around, and there aren't any drafty spots. Rain, even wind-blown, doesn't get through the fly, and there aren't any gap between the fly and tent. Likewise, ground surface water doesn't get in through the footprint or the floor. I'm sure the weather-resistance will degrade over time. But out of the box I give the Limelight 4 out of 5 for its ability to keep wind and water out.

The Marmot Limelight 3 person tent is a best value offering in its category in my POV. The only thing I can't comment on is its durability. I'll try to update the review when I can.

I'm content with this tent
5 5

One bad mamma jamma

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

Used this bad boy/girl on a weekend trip a local state park. On the last day of the trip, mother nature decided to hit us with some fierce rain. This tent stood up to her nastiness and kept us, two dogs and our gear dry. We are going to be doing a leg of the AT soon and can't wait to use this tent. Kudos!
PS. The vestibule configurations are an amazing option.

5 5

Great Multi-use Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a big fan of this as my 3 season back packing tent option. It also serves as a great car camping option because of its durability and venting systems. Set-up is quick and easy, I have yet to see anyone struggle with it. Features of the tent are on the higher end of this price point. Tent fly is fully seam taped and seems to be of high quality construction. Body has experienced no issues after general wear and tear from ground abrasion. Vestibules on both sides of the door are large enough to get a pack under during a rainstorm, but not large enough to be using expedition style as a camp kitchen. IMO, this tent is a great option for those looking for a fairly lightweight do it all 3 season tent. I would highly recommend.

Great Multi-use Tent
4 5

bring on the elements

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased the Limelight 3, it is very easy to set up and even has the poles color coordinated to help you. The footprint comes included and is a super nice feature since it is fitted to the tent specifically. Spent 3 days in Escalante, Utah and it rained off and on the whole time but everything stayed nice and dry thanks to the rain fly that buckles into the tent. The large vestibule is great and was nice not having to bring wet shoes into the tent. The reflective cords on the corners of the tent were a nice feature as well. I highly recommend this tent to everyone since the quality and durability will go through many years of good use.


Meh just bought this tent and curious to what size compression sack would this tent fit into. I'm finding it very difficult to find any information on a conversion ratio. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Responded on

If you wanted to use a compression sack instead of the sack the tent comes with I would recommend the Sea To Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack in an XL. This tent is 22 x 8 x 3 in. so for most compression sacks that is in the Large-XL range.

Feel free to shoot me any more questions or if you would like help placing an order:
801-736-4337
klivingston@backcountry.com

Hello, is the Marmot Limelight 3pTent a good choice for 2500 m (8200 ft) altitude with possible heavy rains / summer Alpine type conditions?

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Hey Maya,

Yes this tent would be ideal for those elevations and would it keep you dry if those heavy rains roll through.

Feel free to contact me if you'd like to set up an order 800.409.4502 ext 4789 or my direct email at mburnett@backcountry.com

5 5

Breeze to pitch, spacious and dry

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

I added this tent to my quiver of tents (I have a problem, I know) - needed one with enough room for wifey, daughter and my ridgeback, "Judy".

This tent is plenty big enough, yet light enough if I take the "Huns" backpacking we can split the tent up and share the weight. (Who am I kidding, I'll be a pack mule).

Took the tent to Cedar Mountain, NC where my in-laws have a "rustic" (moldy, old and mice filled) cabin. No way in hades I was sleeping in that cabin, so my daughter and I pitched the tent. My wife chose to sleep in the cabin with the dogs. Needless to say with her allergies she didn't sleep a wink and was ill as a hornet the next day. My daughter and I slept like fat babies and the cool temps and rain pitter patting made our slumber even better. My daughter did not get out of the tent until 9:30.
The tent stayed dry during a steady rain and trapped just enough heat in to keep the temp perfect.
I look forward to more family trips with this piece of gear. Set up was a breeze, the fly has full coverage for storms and it is very spacious.

I highly recommend this tent.
Cheers

Breeze to pitch, spacious and dry
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Just ordered another for my buddy and his wife for their wedding gift. Great Tent for a couple with a dog.
Cheers,
FlyFishNut

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Is it possible to fit a twin mattress in it or possibly slightly bigger?

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The floor space is 66" x 93" and a Twin is 38" x 75" so I would think you would be fine.

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!
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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!