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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

Boy Scout Go-To Tent

We sell a ton of the Marmot Limelight 3 tents to the Boy Scouts of America. This tent is simple and easy to use and provides the needed protection from rain and unexpected nasty weather. It does well for desert camping as well as alpine use. The ease of set up allows scouts to learn how to set up a tent without needing to get their engineering degree at MIT prior to Scout Camp.

If you are interested in purchasing these or any other tents for your Scout Troop, contact me and our Group Sales team and we will get you squared away.

http://www.backcountry.com/Store/content/groupSalesContact.jsp

3 5

Ok tent a bit small and lacking a bit

You get what you pay for for sure. It's ok, don't get me wrong but the tent is neither bomb proof nor is it particularly light. The pole system is easy to set up and they are pretty good quality. The tent it self lacks any real storage, the gear loft is a joke! and the pockets can hold your keys maybe..

I'm not sure how well it will hold up but it seems ok and well made. I have used it in some wind and rain and it flaps quite a bit. I think in really windy conditions it wont hold up, but I'll see this summer.

For the price I would say it is a good deal but don't expect this to be a comfortable tent for 3 people, it's more like a 2+.

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I am having some trouble with condensation...

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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?

5 5

Excellent Tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Good room for 2 adults and 80 lb dog plus gear inside. Easy setup, under 5 minutes 1st time used. Fairly lightweight, able to fit tent and rain fly inside Sea-to-Summit small compression sack (not footprint). Used on sub 32 degree nights and kept frost and wind off for comfortable night. Gear loft and pockets are useful. Vestibule on both sides is also a plus. As with all tents, three people would be rough, but is doable. I'm 6'3 and had plenty of leg room and headroom. Does what it says it will do. Nothing fancy, just a good product

Anyone take this on an extended backpacking...

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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?

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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.

5 5

Great tent!

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

Bought this tent because my girlfriend, myself, and our two dogs no longer fit comfortably in a 2-person tent. This was my first Marmot tent and I was very confident in this purchase. Set up is extremely easy and there is plenty of space for two of us as well as our gear and dogs. The gear loft was a great addition and I love how the Hatch/Dark Cedar does not stand out when you are in the backcountry.

5 5

VERY glad I made this purchase.

I did quite a bit of homework before diving in and choosing a tent, and I have to say the reviews of the Limelight 3P seem to be spot-on. I'll write another review once I've actually had it out on the trail but after setting the tent up and giving it a thorough once-over, the workmanship is solid, the finish is great, and it's hands-down the easiest setup and takedown I've ever experienced. Do your research, but the value for the money this piece of gear brings to the table is exceptional.

5 5

Awesome!

Very good tent, plenty of internal space for the weight, and very easy to set up!

5 5

Great tent for motorcycle touring

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

I spend about a month every year on the road motorcycle touring. Of that time a bit over half of the nights are spent at campgrounds. Last year I was caught in one of the worst rauin storms I have ever encountered and spent 3 days in a small backpacking tent. One that I could hardly sit up in. After that ordeal,I decided that my one objective before leaving this year would be to buy a larger tent. The Marmot Limelight 3p tent is exactly the right size to take on the motorcycle , Small enough to pack easily on the bike, large enough for me and all my gear to have plenty of room inside, even if I get caught inside for a few days. . the quality of the tent and ease of set up by just one person is superb. With this kind of luxury I may have to increase my number of camping days while on the road.

5 5

Bomb-proof and of course, it's Marmot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It stands up to wind, rain, snow (pretty well for not being 4-season), and it's soooo easy to set up, break down, fairly light for the size and it's just a quality establishment all around. A plug for Marmot CS and engineering: I let a friend borrow the tent and the centerpiece came back broken. I made a quick call and within days I had several new pieces (I think they just figured I'd go breaking them again) and the install was easier than any other tent repair I have ever done.

5 5

Awesome tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great tent. I have used it for a few weekend long backpacking trips. It is lightweight for long days of hiking, it really keeps the wind out(I had a 20mph gust night with temps in the low 30s), big enough for two people and a big lab comfortably, could pack in three if needed. The vestibule provides plenty of space for your gear and the pockets and gear loft are nice. The best part is how easily it sets up, 5min tops with a partner, tent clips right to the poles and cover slides right over and snaps right in to color coded tabs.

5 5

Awesome tent, easy set up !

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own and operate a retreat eco tour company on the island of Kauai. Our gear is very important as we are out in the elements and Kauai's weather can be very unpredictable. I have to break down and set up at least 6 tents for each trip, so far this has been the best and easiest I have worked with. Especially compared to the new REI gear !!!

5 5

Brilliant Simple Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this tent in a wide variety of situations. My girlfriend and I used it for 4 weeks straight this summer and had no problems with it whatsoever. It was perfect, from the chilly nights just above freezing in Glacier National Park to the 110 degree heat of Arches National Park. It kept us completely dry in the Black Hills during a severe thunderstorm and multiple downpours. It withstood 45 mile-an-hour winds in the Badlands. Exceeded all of my expectations.

It is very easy to set up and take down. I can manage it by myself in about 5 minutes. I could not recommend this tent enough.

5 5

Great tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We have used this tent and never been disappointed. We have a two person which is pretty small compared to this 3 person. Very easy set up as well

4 5

Very nice tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We use this for 2 person, 2 dog overnight backpacking trips. It's a bit heavy for that, but I don't mind and anything smaller wouldn't have enough space. I haven't had a drop of moisture get inside, even in heavy rains. It's a breeze to setup. Love that the footprint is included.

Would like to have more than a single window, however. It can get a bit stale inside as well, unless you're willing to leave the fly open all day. Also, the storage pockets inside cannot hold very much.

5 5

Great Tent... For Two People

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

I love this tent. It's takes all but 5-10 minutes to setup; the tent poles are a breeze, and rain fly is really easy to put on. Inside of the tent there's plenty of storage for your small stuff, and what you can't fit in the pockets you can stick in the vestibules. While it's listed as a 3-person tent, it's definitely a two-fer. I'm 6'1, my girlfriend's 5'9, and there's not much extra room besides us two in there especially if we have our German Shepherd.

Lastly, the tent is definitely a 3-season tent. Don't try to press your luck and use it in November up in the mountains. I just got back from a 3 day trip to Kings Canyon National Park, where it was at or just below freezing at night, and every morning there'd be ice underneath the rainfly (on the poles, and on the mesh).

As long as you're using the tent as directed, there's not a much better tent out there, especially for the money. I would definitely recommend this tent to my friends.

3 5

Its okay, but there are flaws.

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

I first got a Limelight 3P and was excited to test it. When I received my tent, I noticed the sack had some slight damage and didn't think much of it so I did not check the tent itself. Once I got to the campsite, I set up and noticed the rainfly had some damage on the top that looked the same as the sack. There were threads fraying from the rainfly at the bottom, as well as small holes at other locations of the fly. After the weekend, as I was packing up, I delicately put the tent poles back and the shock cord snapped. WTH! This is one piece of crap tent, I wonder how it even got through quality control. After immediately returning it for a refund, I was down on the Limelight, but went and got another one anyways just to make sure they were not all crap.

The next one I got was good. No damage, set it up and checked it all. Now as for the tent flaws. The gear loft hangs low. The 4 gear pockets at the doors are so small they are not much help. The attached X tent poles is a hassle, at least for me. There was condensation buildup. Now for the good, the tent stakes were light, the not all mesh design is nice, the buckle rainfly is a plus and the little window is a cool feature to have. I bought the tent with a 20% discount so it was a fair deal. I do not feel this tent is worth the MSRP though.

Its okay, but there are flaws.
4 5

Great tent...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great tent for many reasons. I bought this tent before the spring of 2013. I needed a new one badly, and this tent just seemed ideal. I live in Utah and this tent was perfect for the terrian: deserts,forests, high plateus and mountains.It is easy to set up, duarable, breathable, light,well in wind/rain/inclimate weather. I would recommend to anyone who is more into backcountry, solo and or backpacking camping. Only flaw would be that it is not suitable for 3 people. It would be a tight squeeze and not comfortable. But great for one person and thier gear. Overall, great tent and would highly recommend to people who like to get away and have a tent that will keep them warm,comfortable, and not cubersome.

Great tent.

Great tent.

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Top of the World near Vail, Colorado.

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Amazing picture Ross! Thanks for sharing!

5 5

This tent is awesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this tent for a few months and taken it to some great places in the Colorado Rockies. I even camped the night that all the storms came through and flooded Boulder and stayed completely dry. Really easy to set up which makes it great when weather rolls in! The gear loft and foot print are awesome, there's also extra pockets along the wall that are clutch for a bottle of water or a knife or really anything. I got the 3 person and is perfect for two people and my black lab. It's also pretty light weight for backpacking for a 3 person.

This tent is awesome

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