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Marmot Limelight 3P Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

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    20 Reviews


    If it isn't easy, you're doing it wrong.

    Setting up a tent shouldn't feel like a title bout with the heavyweight champion of the world, so keep it simple with the Marmot Limelight 3P Tent. Its color-coded clips and poles makes for easy set ups, and the Marmot Zone construction offers more livable space so you can comfortably kick back after a day spent fishing, hiking, or mountain biking. Marmot hooked the Limelight up with a mesh canopy for stargazing, a seam-taped fly to repel those frequent summer rainstorms, added mesh fly vents to keep things cool during those hot and muggy nights when the bugs are out. The large D-shaped door makes it a whole lot easier to get in after a long night sipping cocktails by the campfire.

    • 68D polyester fly with taped seams with a PU coating
    • No-see-um mesh canopy
    • DAC Pressfit aluminum poles
    • One Super-Sized double door
    • One D-Shaped Door
    • Three-person sleeping capacity
    • Marmot Zone construction
    • Color coded clips and poles
    • Footprint included
    • Item #MAR00T0

    Tech Specs

    [fly] 68D polyester taffeta, [canopy] 40D No-see-um mesh, polyester mesh, [floor] 68D polyester taffeta
    Wall Type
    DAC Pressfit (9mm), Velocity aluminum (8.5mm)
    Pole Attachment
    Number of Doors
    Number of Vestibules
    Vestibule Space
    11.3 sq ft, 7.5 sq ft
    mesh walls
    fully taped
    Interior Height
    48 in
    Floor Dimensions
    48 x 68 x 90 in
    Floor Space
    42.5 sq ft
    Packed Size
    22 x 8 in
    Packed Weight
    6 lb
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

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    I'm king of the castle!

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

    I bought this for my girlfriend and I, theirs a ton of room for two, and our bags. It's built with great quality, it's also really light for backpacking especially for how comfortable it is, it keeps wind/the cold out pretty well too and gets breezy with the door open. Really my only qualm is that the vestibule allows like a 2 to a 3 inch gap that between the rain fly and the ground that I dont think would keep animals out, buuuutttt I've never had an issue especially with tons of animals at the campsites I've camped at (foxes, theiv-y raccoons and quail walking around) overall fantastic durable light tent.

    Good ventilation....maybe too good!

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

    We looked long and hard for a 3 person tent and this seemed to be the one. Interior space was quite comfortable for three (we're all on the short end) with room for extra stuff inside the tent at the feet. Easy set up. 2 vestibules but on the smaller side. Seemed to hold up well in the wind but brrrr were we cold! We were camped in the mountains and the wind came right up into the tent and and out the other side. Since it's a 3 season tent we had planned to use it this fall but now I'm not sure it will be sufficient. We readjusted the fly to the lowest position possible. But I wished I had read this in other reviews before we purchased. I give it 4 stars though because the high sides are awesome and make it truly a 3 person tent. But I'm worried I won't be warm enough in this tent solo.

    Its great for dispersed campsites

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased this tent to compliment my friend and I, plus 2 Irish Wolfhounds. The height is great and it has plenty of room on the inside. I can place 2ea 30" by 72" sleep pads widthwise instead of normal lengthwise to capture more room for dog beds or back packs. Granted you sleep head and feet toward doors, but it works great.

    Set up is simple - recommend pegging the footprint tight first, then snapping all poles together before attempting to lock into the pole holes. Doing so causes the tent floor to stretch tight and lift the sides where doors are up off the ground to prevent water/sand from entering the tent as easily. First time I had the poles upside down for the center clip, but was easy to flip pole set over. The short pole that keeps structure for the tent roof works great, but I recommend ensuring the extra strap ends are laid over the pole ends once the rainfly is on to keep the pole ends from tearing a hole in the rain fly in the event of severe winds.

    I have used the tent about a dozen times, all kinds of terrain, and it has worked well. I have only used the Velcro straps on the rain fly-to-poles once during strong wind gusts to keep it in place. Its fairly easy to Velcro from inside the tent.

    Plenty of mesh so the view without rainfly installed is optimum. Only downside I noted is rain fly does capture a lot of condensation. Wider or more vent ports would be great.

    The tent doesn't weight to much, and if you are taking multiple people it would be easy to divvy up the tent parts to reduce pack weight. I think sleeping sideways a family of 4 (shorter than 68") could comfortably sleep in the tent.

    There are loops to put a gear loft in the tent, but I don't think it would support a lot of weight. Side pockets are large and hold plenty of gear.

    Kinda long, but I hope this works - and for the price and lighter weight you can't beat this tent.

    Not sand worthy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great tent but, not great in the sand. Tent held up great and is a nice set up but, when the wind picked up the fly failed in stopping sand from coming into the tent and I don't mean just a little bit of sand. I tried staking down, moving the tent, repositioned the fly and still dunes inside the tent. I think it's a great tent for many uses just not sand worthy. Not sure what I will do with the tent being that I had hoped to use it for the many times I head to Pismo but now dunno... May have to go the way of Northface as my friends tent didn't have the same issues.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had my share of so called 3-person tents. Unlike the rest, the limelight is square which means the walls don't slant and chop out half the interior space. We arrived late at night and set this tent up with ease. It also held up easily against a slew of rainstorms.

    There are few things worse than camping in a cheap tent. Don't do it. Take the path less traveled, buy the limelight, sleep comfy, and wake up to that gorgeous mountain sunrise.


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

    I've only gone out once with this tent since I got it, but as a first impression, it is really easy to set up, pretty spacious inside, and absolutely love the double doors, specially the big one! It's easy to fit all your gear, including inflated mattresses. The vertical walls are very well thought, you gain lots of space because of them, and when sleeping, you are not constantly touching them and freezing to death because of it. The vestibules are big enough to fit backpacks and other gear.

    Personally, I bought the 3p model but actually only go camping with my wife. I feel this was a good call for us, we gained space and if we ever need to fit someone else, well, we can do it. It's important to mention that we go car camping, so the additional weight is not an issue, comfort is.

    The tent as it self feels very high quality.

    So far the only downside is that it comes with only 6 stakes so if your going camping on windy or rainy season, make sure to take at least 6 additional stakes with you just in case. It does come with enough cords.


    Super Stoked

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I finally decided it was time to get a worthwhile tent, and after getting several recommendations for this one, I went for it. Couldn't be happier. I bought the 3 person for car camping, and the occasional walk up a hill. It is easy to set up, and nice and roomy. 3 people would be a cozy fit, but for 2 you have plenty of room for gear. The double door/vestibule is great, no need to clamber over one another.

    works well, footprint is too loose

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

    I've only used it on one trip so far. I was alone so it was definitely spacious, but I got it with the hope of being spacious as a 2 person tent, which it is. It is more difficult to set up alone than a normal tent - I suggest connecting the "hook" at the center of the poles first so that the pole ends you already put in the grommets don't come out as you're going around the tent. Two main issues I have with the tent: first, the poles (well, 1 segment really) are not straight which means they are bulkier when folded up. It's a bit annoying that it doesn't get more compact, but what can you do? It probably doesn't make a huge difference in the end. The bigger issue I had is that the footprint seemed too big. Not the fabric area itself but the straps at the corners that have the grommets. They only fit the tent poles loosely so it was a struggle keeping the footprint in place while setting up the rest of the tent by myself. Not sure if others have had this experience. Otherwise it is a solid tent. It rained all of the last night and the inside stayed dry.

    Awesome tent!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I absolutely love this tent. I use it for motocamping. I was able to pack it smaller than specified in the specs. Currently 20x7 with all components rolled together.
    The design of the tent with the bottom portion being vertical for the first 18" is genius. Space is perfect for 2 people and all of your gear.

    Awesome tent!

    Excellent tent for TWO people!!!

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

    Tent is super easy to set up! I had my inexperienced teenager set it up and it took him just under 5 minutes! You could fit a 3rd person in there but two sleep very comfortably with plenty or room for gear. Only used a couple of times but seems to be a quality tent!! Haven't used it in extreme conditions but will update review when I do. Great tent for the money!!!

    Built for a lumberjack sized boyfriend..

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    ...and his tinier girlfriend. After weekends squeezed into a two person with my guy and our packs, I upgraded to the Marmot. We've backpacked with it (each of us carrying part of it) in all four seasons. It's been to Joshua Tree, The Gunks, Old Loggers Path and The Black Forest Trail. It's been roomy for both of us and our sizable packs and kept us dry in all day torrential thunderstorms. For our backpacking and camping it was a great investment! Easy and quick to put up and stake down and the stash pockets have kept all our smaller backpacking items in one place and organized. Totally recommend this tent!

    Built for a lumberjack sized boyfriend..

    This tent actually has two doors.

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

    Note that the Tech Specs incorrectly state that the tent only has 1 door. This new version is a huge upgrade from the previous Limelights. It has 45% more interior room than the previous version!

    Where is it made?

    Hey Rick! While some outdoor companies own their own factories and means of production, Marmot partners with manufacturing companies all over the world to produce their great products. I believe my Limelight 2 said Vietnam, but I'll double check when i get home and let you know. For more info from Marmot on their manufacturing policy check out the following link

    Can you divide the weight of this tent between two people for backpacking?

    Unanswered Question

    Could you summarize the main differences between the 3-person marmots, specifically the Tungsten, Catalyst, and Limelight? Long-time outdoors-man, first-time new tent purchaser :)

    Hi there,
    Could you please explain the "floor dimensions"? How can a square/rectangle have 3 different measures? Not quite sure I get what the "48 x 68 x 90 in" is representing. Sounds like floor dimension should be 68x90 (=6120 sq in = 42.5 sq ft). What is 48 representing?