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Take two go-karts or one cushy luxo-cruiser?

You're going camping with three buddies. You could carry two tiny, cramped tents, or you could split the weight and travel in style with the Marmot Limelight 4-Person 3-Season Tent. The Limelight provides plenty of room for you and your buddies to play a few rounds of poker before you hit the hay, and by dividing the components between packs, you can all travel lighter.

  • Bare Bones fast-pitch option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint to save extra weight on trail (footprint included)
  • Polyurethane-coated floor and fly repel rain so you and your gear stay dry inside
  • Fully taped fly and floor seams prevent water from sneaking in through fabric joints
  • Window Weld waterproof window construction in the fly allows you to view outside of your tent without having to get out of your bag
  • Catenary Cut floor means the floor material curves a few inches up the tent walls to reduce direct seam-to-ground contact
  • Two doors and two vestibules give you and a partner easy entry, exit, and gear storage
  • Mesh panels fight interior condensation to help you sleep during bouts of muggy weather
  • DAC press-fit poles are easy to assemble day or night and save weight without sacrificing durability or strength
  • Reflective detailing helps you identify stealthy guy-lines at night
  • Included gear loft increases your storage space and ability to organize
  • Noise-free zippers prevent waking up cranky trail partners

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5 5

Lightweight, fast, includes everything

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

Great tent. Lightweight, easy setup.

Comfortable with 3 people with space for gear, but made for 4 if you do some Tetris-ing.

Does a good job keeping water out with its taped seams, zipper flies, and buckle-attached rain cover/vestibules.

Having doors on both sides is nice for avoiding having to crawl over people.

Plenty of mesh panels for ventilation and star gazing, but doesn’t offer much privacy when the rain cover is not attached.

The included gear loft (mesh square) clipped to the ceiling is great for storing quick-access items or a light to illuminate the tent.

5 5


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

Finally had a weekend where I could get out and test the Limelight out for the first time. The ease of setup is such a relief. Within 5 minutes, I was unrolling my sleeping bag inside. The first night we endured a thunderstorm with moderate winds. I didn't see a drop of moisture in the morning, where others weren't so lucky (Thank god for the rain fly). The rain continued on/off throughout the next day and everything remained 100% dry. The vestibule is huge and perfect for storing things out of harms way. I highly recommend this tent to anyone who's looking for a reliable/quality tent. Mine is the green 4-person, but it really is meant for 3 people comfortably. The orange one is my brothers 3-person Limelight.


Does the footprint cover the areas under the vestibules as well?

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The footprint does not cover the area under the vestibules. Hope this helps

5 5

Great car camping tent

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

My husband, dog, and I recently went car camping and it was the perfect size - enough to fit us, our dog, a queen-size air mattress, and some of our stuff. It is extremely easy to assemble, it remained relatively warm when the temperatures dropped at night, and although it didn't rain on our excursion, I can see that it would be well suited for the weather. I could definitely see using this as a backpacking tent as well, it's pretty light and packs small.

My only (minor) gripe is that the tent doesn't seem to be designed to be used without its rain fly - it doesn't offer much privacy without the fly because the mesh windows are in slightly odd locations. However, I don't spend much time in my tent other than to sleep, so this is not a huge downside for me.

5 5

Perfect Tent for Backpacking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this tent, and would recommend this tent, to anyone that does either car camping, or backpacking. I used this tent in Kentucky during late winter early spring, when it is not unusual to experience 50F degree swings in a single day, with absolutely no warning. My wife and I were out three days, started out on Friday in the sunshine and upper 60's, then early Saturday morning, the weather went very bad. Rain and cold temps (30F) were the norm for the rest of the trip. We stayed warm and dry, even with winds approaching 30-40 mph with gusts.
The tent is rated for 4 P, but reality is 3 people with room for gear inside, 4 people with gear in the vestibules.
Solid tent, easy to set up and take down, light weight for the sturdiness it offers, this is just a great tent. If you have problems with it at any time, call Marmot direct for help/parts.
Very helpful and very knowledgeable regarding what to do to help you as quickly as possible. I had broken a stake, they had one to me next day.
This tent has done the RRG, RMNP, AT, Canyons, PCT, CDT, DV,YNP and the Rim. I would take it anywhere, anytime.

the plastic union at the apex of poles broke, after not much use. still functions, but how would I get a replacement? Great tent. My family of four (two boys 10 and 12) have used it quite a bit.

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I didn't see an order for this tent under your account-- Marmot’s Warranty department carries an assortment of parts and pieces for replacement. To find out what they have in stock, give them a call at (888) 311-2900, Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 5:00pm (PST).

5 5

Awesome 2 person + 1 Large Dog Tent

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

Received this tent a couple days ago (thanks to Backcountry's amazing service)and used it this weekend. Super easy setup and takedown, well ventilated (even in Alabama), roomy enough for 2 people on a queen size air mattress plus 1 large dog on a large dog bed (still had room). I also like that it came with a footprint as well as a gear loft - BONUS! The only thing I'm not wild about are the little "Made in China" tags proudly displayed all over everything (bring it back to the STATES!!!!). Would recommend as a car camper, but if divvied up properly between 3 people, I could definitely see using for a backpacker too... Hope this helps!

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Ouch! What a cliffhanger. You were about to tell us what you didn't like about the tent. Seems pretty important. Care to finish that last sentence?

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The only thing I'm not wild about are the little "Made in China" tags proudly displayed all over everything (bring it back to the STATES!!!!). Would recommend as a car camper, but if divvied up properly between 3 people, I could definitely see using for a backpacker too... Hope this helps!

5 5

Couldn't be more happy...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I will normally research a product to death before I buy, and when looking for a tent it was no different. I was looking for a 4p tent, that could was light enough to take backpacking and be split up between my girlfriend, her 12 year old daughter and myself, as well as could handle the unexpected Uinta weather. My search came down to the Marmot Limelight 4p, or the Nemo Asashi 4p (only because I felt it had a slightly better minimalist setup with just the footprint, poles and rainfly), but since the Asashi was sold out, the Limelight 4p was the obvious choice.

I live in Salt Lake City, so after running down to the Backcountry retail store I picked up the tent and was back to work in 35 minutes (phenomenal customer service btw) and was ready to test the tent out the following weekend on a small car camping trip in the Timpanogos. True to Utah weather, it ended up raining from Friday evening at about 8pm, until Sunday until about 10am... and I am talking the ENTIRE time. There was everything from light to pretty heavy rain, but all the while the tent stayed completely dry, and surprisingly warm, on the inside. The first night it dropped to about 54 degrees at night, and the tent was actually warm with the three of us in there, and the second night it was in the low 40s. I did notice on the second night (after a 3am pee run) that with all 3 of us in the tent mouth breathing, there was a very small amount of condensation on the roof of the tent, but as we had the tent buttoned down, I would have expected much more.

The rain finally stopped on Sunday, just in time for us to pack everything up and head back down the hill, and once home I just set the tent up loosely in the driveway, and it was completely dry in the matter of about 20 minutes, even after the rain fly was still pooling water when I pulled it out of the sac.

I could not be more happier with this tent, and attached is a picture of it fully soaked on Sunday morning when the rain finally stopped.

Couldn't be more happy...
The Limelight in the Teton Wilderness

The Limelight in the Teton Wilderness

photo from early September 2014

3 5

Good Basics, Poor Details

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We ordered 4 of these tents for packtrip outfitting this summer. They have been used for the last 4 trips.
The pros:
1. spacious
2. easy to assemble
3. nice layout
4. good weight

The Cons:
1. the poles bend and are not durable
2. the stuff sacks for all of them are ripping

It is a decent product but will not last you long. Disappointed in the quality of the craftsmanship. The overall basics are good but the usage potential and life span is short.

Great tent for family car camping

Great tent for family car camping

at Pichi Traful lake, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia (the region, not the brand), Argentina.
We've used this tent several times at Patagonia for family camping, traveling by car. Great storm resistance (wind+heavy rain). Very easy to set up and down, the included footprint and gear loft are very helpfull accesories.

5 5

Nice Tent

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

When I purchased a Limelight last year, it was a close choice between it and the Mountain Hardwear. i used it last year camping and hunting in Montana. Although I was satisfied, when my second tent, a Kelty died, I ordered the Moauntain Hardwear tent to see how I would like it. The Marmot seemed superioir in all of the details and workmanship. I returned it and ordered a second Limlight. The way the poles connect, the way the fly connects and how the tent gets staked down are all superior

Little Man Loves His New Tent

Little Man Loves His New Tent

My son loves our new tent. Full review to come after several uses.

5 5

This is the bomb...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got mine about 18 months ago and I have used it many times. It is best for car camping unless you split the weight. I use it many times by myself for just a relaxing weekend in the great outdoors. It provides me with plenty of space for a cot and all my gear.
I have been in torrential downpours and it has always remained dry. The fact that it came with footprint and gear loft was a plus. I read where some were commenting on just 1 window. Mine it the green version and I have 2 windows. Never noticed until I checked this past weekend. Got the tent at a great price and I think that it will be with me for many years to come.

5 5

Marmot Limestone Tent 4P

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this tent for car-camping and it stood up to the varying elements Tasmania had to offer. Love it, quick and easy to erect and pack away, well ventilated, quick drying, loads of space and height. Only gripe, the footprint seems too big for the tent, the straps seem to be to long but I have addressed this, with a bit of bungee-cord.