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Marmot Limelight 3pTent:: 3-Person 3-Season with Footprint & Gear Loft

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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
    • Item #MAR2292

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 68D polyester ripstop, PU coating (1800mm), [canopy] 68D polyester ripstop, [floor] 70D nylon, PU coating (3000mm)
    Wall Type
    DAC Pressfit aluminum (9mm)
    Number of Poles
    Pole Attachment
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    [front] 10 sq ft, [rear] 10 sq ft
    mesh panels
    fully taped
    Gear Loft
    yes, included
    Interior Height
    46 in
    Floor Dimensions
    66 x 93 in
    Floor Space
    42.6 sq ft
    Packed Size
    22 x 8 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint included
    Fast-pitch Weight
    4 lb 2 oz
    Packed Weight
    6 lb 11 oz
    Trail Weight
    5 lb 15 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Actual Weight
    Alpenglow, One Size: 3005g

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    Great Tent

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This was my first "backpacking tent" that I've owned. I bought this tent to use when i go backpacking and also when i go car camping. I recently used this on a 5 day kayak trip down the Apalachicola River to The Gulf of Mexico. My buddy, my brother, and I all slept in this tent for four nights. We are all around 6' tall and 180lbs. There was definitley not any room for activities in the tent with three people but we could still fit a couple essentials by us. All in All this tent is great either for a beginner or someone just looking for a quality tent in general. I also purchased the medium alps compression sack and it fits this tent PERFECTLY.

    Great Tent

    Marmot Limelight - Fly Fail

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I have used this tent several times in 3 years. It is roomy, super easy to put up. Nice vestibule space and entry. Zippers are good!
    But it failed me in the high country with rain, and freezing rain when the useless plastic view windows both came loose from the fly and water came into the tent. Ended up pulling the tent footprint out from the tent and using as a fly to cover the fly. These portholes are useless. You can't see clearly through them, and if you want to know what's going on, listen to it on the tent or unzip the vesty about 6" and get a direct view.

    Perfect tent!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    Bought this tent to go backpacking up in the hills. And this tent is perfect, it is not heavy at all. But plenty of room for you and one other person. The vestibule is big enough you can put your gear on the outside and know it will stay dry! Highly recommend this tent to anyone!!

    Limelight 3 near the Paul Bunyan Trail

    The Limelight 3 was a great tent for a me and a buddy on a Minnesota bike trip last summer. Packs compact and light enough to carry on a rear bike rack, and spacious for two people, with room to stow gear inside.

    Limelight 3 near the Paul Bunyan Trail

    first tent, great tent

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this tent a couple years ago and love it. It's lightweight, durable, keeps out the rain and snow, and easy to put up and take down. As described, it should probably be used as a 3-season tent-- we camped once in the winter and used this tent. It kept the snow out but didn't insulate enough to be comfortable.

    As others have mentioned, this is really a two-person tent. That seems true of most "3 person" tents: they really only fit two people and their gear comfortably. The only time I have used it to fit three people is when the three of us were all petite women.

    That being said, this tent has been excellent. I have a friend with the 2-person limelight who camped in the woods for 2 months straight over the summer, and his tent has yet to show any wear and tear. They hold up extremely well.

    first tent, great tent

    I just got this tent and its amazing

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

    I bought this tent last month and I've set it up once and used it once. (PICTURES TO COME LATER) I am used to light weight backpacking tents where you have to put the bag in first and crawl into it backwards. This thing has sooooo much space compared to my tiny Kelty backpacker. I feel like 3 people could easily fit into this tent and there's a lot of head room. The gear loft that comes with it is really nice feature for your alarm and phone. The footprint is an exact match size and approx a 70.00 dollar value. Over all on first use this tent is a screaming deal, unless like me you're a long haul backpacker and weight is a big issue. Ill probably use this for weekends in the spring when I go mudding with friends.

    This tent is the bomb!!!

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

    This tent is a nice backpacking tent especially if your splitting it between two people. first time set up takes some extra time but after that you can set it up in about 10mins and it looks cool too!!!

    Best tent I have ever owned

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I have had the chance to use this tent 4 times in all kinds of weather conditions and absolutely love it. Rain, Wind, even a light dusting of snow. Able to set up in about 10 minutes and take down in about the same. packs away nicely and weighs almost nothing.

    Best tent I have ever owned

    A great value :-)

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I bought two of these tents for family backpacking. They are a little heavy but they are very nice. It is nice that the tents come ready to go with ground cloth and sealed seams right out of the bag.
    They are sturdy and comfortable.

    This guy is a champ

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've used this to camp around everywhere in numerous conditions including snow & rain where I never had a problem staying dry. I own an older version before the doors were redesigned to not open on the floor. The tent set up is very easy even with one person. The only drawback is the visibility is extremely low even with the small window when the rain cover is on.

    This guy is a champ

    Awesome tent for 2 people

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I bought this tent for my wife and I while living in Denver, CO. We wanted a little more space than our 2-person Eureka provided, and I liked the rain fly that provides full coverage plus a vestibule on each side. We have used this tent several times and I could not be happier. I can throw the footprint on the ground and set up the tent by myself in about 5 minutes. We've been in heavy rain and wind and temps down into the low 30's and have been 100% comfortable every time. It is a bit small to try to fit 3 people in there, but for 2 people it is great. The quality of the stakes and poles is also excellent. Last trip we made it rained most of the time and the temp at night around 10,300ft was low 30's. We were cold by the campfire, but when we got into the tent, it was comfortable enough that I didn't feel chilly at all getting ready to crawl into the sleeping bag. Very nice tent and highly recommended. (I will add a couple more photos in reviews - seems like I can only add one to each review...)

    Awesome tent for 2 people

    Solid tent

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    We got this as an upgrade to a 2-person REI tent. The extra space is nice, and the features on this tent didn't disappoint. Super easy to pitch and pack, good quality zippers, all in a nice lightweight package. Also, I never would have thought I'd need a gear loft, but since it's there I find myself using it almost every trip.

    Ok, so the (minor) downsides:
    -The rainfly doesn't extend very far from the sides of the tent, so in a downpour some water can splash up from underneath the rainfly and into the tent.
    -I wish the rainfly had some option for ventilation

    Overall I'd feel good about buying this tent again, but would consider looking for something that solves my minor rainfly gripes.

    Buy this tent

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've slept in many, many tents in my life. This is the tent I want to be buried in.

    We got one several years ago, getting ready for a cross-country journey through our National Parks, and to "practice" we went with some friends to Acadia in Maine for our first stop. It poured the whole weekend. Buckets and buckets. They were cold and wet in the morning, we were comfy and dry. It was then we knew we had a special tent. Just an amazing tent.

    Easy to set up, sets up almost anywhere, gear loft is super handy and I'm shocked its not standard in tents after this, the rain fly is spectacular, and I think I've run out of superlatives for this tent. It's that good.

    Great tent

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

    We've only made it out a couple times since getting these tent but so far it seems like a great purchase. Super simple to set up, rain fly a footprint kept us nice and dry even in heavy rains the first night in this tent. We love the vestibules for keeping our gear dry and out of the way. All and all this tent seems really well made and we are very happy with the purchase. Maybe a bit heavy for long treks but I don't think you can beat the Limelight for quality at this great price.

    Great tent

    I'm content with this tent

    • 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

    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.

    How steep are the walls? I'm 6' 10" (82") tall and I don't want my feet or head touching the walls.

    Hey Brian,

    I would consider the walls at about a 55-60 degree angle from the ground so at 93 inches across you should just fit lengthwise. If you are the only one in the tent, you could sleep diagonally and have plenty of space (114 inches). Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about the Marmot Limelight or if you are interested in setting up an order.

    Does anyone know how this does in warm weather/humidity? Is there enough ventilation to make it comfortable in Texas when it's hot but the mosquitos make it difficult to leave the doors open....


    There is some ventilation, however, the Marmot Tungsten would be much more open. It has 360 degree no-see-um-mesh, which not only opens up the tent, but gives you gorgeous views as well (if the bugs don't get in the way, that is).

    Have a look!

    More questions? Let me help!

    Emily Jenson

    Expert Gearhead


    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

    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:


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

    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!

    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


    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.

    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

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

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

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

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

    I am having some trouble with condensation...

    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?

    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.

    Anyone take this on an extended backpacking...

    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?

    Best Answer

    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.

    What is the difference between trail weight...

    What is the difference between trail weight and packed weight in your tent specs?

    Is the interior of this tent fairly roomy...

    Is the interior of this tent fairly roomy as far as 2 person tents go? I'd like space for 2 people plus some gear instead of going to a 3 person.

    Best Answer

    Hey Joe,

    Just so you know, this is the 3-person version. In terms of the 2-person Limelight, I would say that it falls into the pretty standard range as far as the square footage on 2-person tents goes. The 88" length is okay, but the width isn't anything to write home about. There's always the vestibule, even though just having one door and sharing it between 2 people bites.

    We went through the same thing you're going through as far as wanting more room for two, but not wanting the extra weight. I paid for it dearly with the MSR Carbon Reflex 3. Great tent...roomy and light, 2 doors, 2 spacious vestibules...but pricey. I've personally come to the point in my life that, except when I absolutely need to go by the specs, I consider almost all 1-person tents to be essentially bivies, all 2-person tents to be 1-person, and all 3-person tents to be best for 2 people. We'll just suck it up and eat the extra weight because it just always seems to work out better that way. Maybe you should take your mistakenly asking this question on the 3-person Limelight, instead of the 2-person, as a sign. As a person that likes my gear inside with me, but without climbing all over it, I would.

    Hope this helps.

    Are the mesh sidepanels on the limelight...

    Are the mesh sidepanels on the limelight 3p-3s no-see-ums mesh?

    whats in a box?

    whats in a box?

    Hi, my name is Aldana, I'm from Argentina,...

    Hi, my name is Aldana, I'm from Argentina, Iam interest in the offer of the limelight 3, dark colour. My question is if you can send it here, how much will it cost me and how long would it take here. Thank you very much!!

    Many brands are restricted from shipping internationally but fortunately Marmot is not one of those brands. This tent can ship to you in Argentina and international shipping usually cost around $50. International shipments may also be subject to import fees and taxes that the local government will charge upon arrival. It is hard to say when an international shipment will arrive since it has to go through customs but usually they arrive between one and two weeks.

    Can this tent be used free-standing without...

    Can this tent be used free-standing without the ground sheet and tarp? Or must it be staked down?

    A ground sheet (footprint) isn't essential, but why risk floor penetration by a pine needle or stick? It doesn't add that much weight and can be stuffed in the existing stuff sack (the one from the company is no bigger than a coke can and is included). You can free stand this tent if it isn't terribly windy.

    Is this one on sale the current season...

    Is this one on sale the current season with the new doors... or the previous season with the old door design?

    Does the darker colored tent get real hot...

    Does the darker colored tent get real hot in the sun?

    My new limelight-3p came with xx feet of...

    My new limelight-3p came with xx feet of line, 4 tightening slides, and several attachment points, but no instructions (some mention of a video available on-line that I can't find). How about some recommendations!!