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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

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


  • 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",...

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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

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

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

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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!!

5 5

Great tent so far!

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

This is actually the first tent I've ever purchased, so I was looking for something that was easy to setup, good value, and fit two needs: car camping and backpacking.

Now, this isn't the ideal backpacking tent but if you're going for less than five days, aren't hiking 20+ miles and have someone with you, this will work.

My wife and I fit easily and we could have fit all of our gear inside as well. It was really easy to setup and we had it done in just a few minutes. One of the vestibule doors - I'm assuming the front door - had a clear plastic window in the shape of a water droplet and this came in handy a few times.

The one thing that surprised me was that the gear loft is quite small, like 8"x12"... It worked well for our headlamps and phones, but I wouldn't plan on using it for much.

Great tent so far!
5 5

Exceeded expectations!

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

I was looking for a two person size tent but one that would REALLY be comfortable for 2 people. From the size shown and great reviews I decided on the Marmot Limelight 3. It is just a bit bigger than most 2 person tents so I was able to keep the footprint small but get enough room inside. It goes up in a flash, no learning curve either....common sense only! Enough room, huge vestibules and love the footprint that is included. Also love the connected poles! I would not get this for 3 people though....it would be a squeeze and you would have to sleep head to toe to fit. But for my purposes, 2 campers of any size, it works great. Light weight (I mostly car camp)and looks very well made, zippers are smooth, love the clips and the tie outs make it plenty secure. Can't wait to give it a real trial on the Alaska Marine Ferry and camping through the Yukon later this month! Will update after. Also, the dark cedar color is awesome! Blocks just a bit more light for sleeping up north in the summer and blends well too.....I don't plan on snow camping yet! Great price point for a well made tent.

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