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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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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...
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

WHY WE LOVE THIS TENT
THERE ARE LOTS OF GREAT TENT OPTIONS FOR YOU OUT THERE. WE HAVE PUT OUR MARMOT LIMELIGHT TO THE TEST FROM ISLAND CAMPING ON CATALINA ISLAND, BACKPACKING IN THE JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS AND CAR CAMPING IN YOSEMITE.

THIS TENT IS EASY TO SET-UP (SEE THE VIDEO ABOVE) AND ALSO HAPPENS TO FIT OUR QUEEN SIZED KELTY AIR MATTRESS PERFECTLY. IT'S BACKPACKER AND PUPPY TESTED AND APPROVED.

TOTALLY WATERPROOF
IT'S A GREAT FEELING TO WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO THE SOUND OF RAIN FALLING ON YOUR TENT... AS LONG AS YOU KNOW YOUR TENT IS WATERPROOF! THIS HAPPENED ON OUR LAST BACKPACKING ADVENTURE INTO THE JOHN MUIR WILDERNESS. IT WAS THEN I FULLY APPRECIATED THE TWO GEAR VESTIBULES OUTSIDE THE TENT.

MY PACK WAS UNDER THE VESTIBULE ON MY SIDE OF THE TENT AND THE NEXT MORNING ALL MY GEAR WAS PERFECTLY DRY.

FITS NICELY INTO OUR BUDGET
FULL RETAIL ON THIS MODEL IS $278 BUT YOU CAN USUALLY ALWAYS FIND IT ON SALE FOR AROUND $240. AGAIN YOU ARE MAKING AN INVESTMENT BUT YOU ALSO DON'T WANT TO BREAK THE BANK.

See my full review at:

http://www.outdoor-discovery-school.com/blog/gear-review-marmot-limelight-3p-tent

A great tent to invest in!
5 5

Lightweight!

  • 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!

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

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

Best Answer Responded on

Bob,

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.
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055

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?

Best Answer Responded on

They are pretty much identical. The tent does not change until you get to the 4-person.

4 5

Gets the job done!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a easy tent to construct, even with low light. We got it up quickly and it was comfortable, roomy, and functional. It kept the rain off of us at night. And the interior pockets along with the gear loft add to its function. The description isn't lying, the gear loft works great for drying clothes!

4 5

Very nice tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife and I recently used this tent on a 7 day trip to the rockies and it worked great for us. We also had our two mini-schnauzers with us who took room. I don't think this would work too well as a three person tent unless everyone is small. I'm 6' around 200lbs, the wife is 5'5" and fairly petite, dogs are around 20lbs each. They slept curled up in between us on a sleeping bag and our shoulders were up against the sides. I would say this is a 2+ person tent. Air movement was pretty good even with the fly on. The views outside without the fly were pretty nice. There's plenty of mesh for air movement. The fly did help keep some heat in on the cold nights. I don't know if I wasn't securing the fly right, but I never could get the vestibule area all the way to the ground, so on windy days, a lot of dust was able to get in. It is heavy, and a great car camping tent. It would need to be split up between two people on a hike for sure. Setup was really easy with one person, and one person can move it around easily. Overall, I really like this ten.

Very nice tent
5 5

I love this tent but 3 person, maybe.

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

This purchase was for a second Marmot 3p, both green and I can now say both have been highly functional. Relatively easy setup even at night with only a headlamp in the rain by yourself if the wind is not to bad. I really do love these tents, with much rain on a few occasions no leaks seen, Once setup and staked with wind gust of at least 15 to 20 mph nothing collapses or becomes unstable. When calm I have experienced good circulation with the rain fly on and all flaps buttoned up (little to no condensation in the tent) when you wake up in the morning.
I don't really think these are a 3 person tent though, take that with a grain of salt... Its a 2p with gear inside. Unless you have no gear you want to keep inside with you and if you don't, then you could squeeze 2 adults and two younger kids if you had too..family of 4? I had never owned a tent before these so I was not 100% sure what to expect or what to look for initially but after 2 years ( first purchase of Marmot 3p) and May 2014 buying the second Marmot 3p from Back Country, If you have never owned a tent yourself before I think this is one to consider putting at the top of your short list at minimum or just buy it. Good luck and happy camping.

5 5

Great Tent!

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

Held up to rain and damp. Easy to pitch. Haven't had it in high winds, but it seems like it could easily take some pretty extreme weather when guyed out. One issue, it comes with 8 stakes while 10 are needed to fully stake out the tent, fly, and guy-lines. Didn't run into any condensation issues with some pretty extreme warm-cool humid weather swings only a few dozen feet off a lake.

4 5

Soild and simple

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall a nice and functional tent. Very easy to set up even in slight wind without staking it out. Lighter pitch option is nice to leave out the one cross pole. Very easy to use!
I was hoping the tent would be light enough for backpacking with 3 people, splitting up the pieces to even it out. It is a little tight for 3 people over 6 foot!
The Fly and foot print are larger in packed volume than expected but made of a tougher material than ultralight options.
I would recommend this tent to anyone looking for a solid car camping tent, short backpacking trips, and group camping with your friends. Especially if you're new to tent camping. Like I said. very easy and simple to set up!!