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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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Bring on the wind & rain!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This tent is simply awesome and has forever changed my car camping! Prior to this awesome buy, I had always used my 2+ person tent while car camping and was crammed.
Upgrading to a 4 person tent and using it with just 2-3 people is amazing to have more sitting room, ability to have our bags inside the tent and of course use a super plush and thick sleeping pad.

The maiden voyage of this tent involved a monsoon in Moab followed by 4 nights out on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands, this tent preformed flawlessly in the heavy wind and blowing rain.
For a tent of any size, the set up of this tent is super easy to put up and take down. As with any tent, I immediately upgraded the stakes to MSR Groundhogs (SNZ002V) as well as the guy lines to Nite Ize Figure 9s (NTZ0011).

Word of caution: Be prepared to not want to stay in a smaller tent again!



    Bought this tent haven't been able to use it yet but what I can say from first impressions it was so easy to set up took me like 5 min to set it up. Feels really good feels like it will last along time!


    Great buy!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Best tent I ever bought. Good for 3 people with extra space for gear. We got rained in with moderate wind the first day of camping and the tent took the hit like it was nothing.


    First impressions.

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

    I have been searching for about a year for a 4 person, 3-season tent. I have a 3-person Eureka Apex, but needed to go larger to use my cot, and they don't make one larger.

    Anyhow, back to the Marmot. It was used this weekend on a scouting campout where temperatures went to 30 degrees overnight. I opted to let my boys be the "test drivers". The boys were happy with it, overall, other than my 6' son commenting that the tent itself is "short" and harder to get changed in. The second night, while they did Wilderness Survival, another scout used the tent and commented that he was warm.

    There seemed to be a bit of condensation under the rainfly (not true in the Apex - each tent slept one person on the second night).

    I didn't realize that there was no way to cover the window. I really thought the screened door would have a covering, or the window on the rainfly would have one. I don't appreciate being the only female on site, and having a window that can't be covered is something I have to really consider keeping.


    Marmot made easy

    • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    This was a gift for a friend who needed a good tent for his family. I couldn't have him purchasing anything other than a Marmot. As you can see, he's sold.

    "After reading some of the previous posts with the Marmot tents and bent poles I was a little hesitant, but I couldn't resist the included footprint and double tent fly vestibules. First of all I'm not a camping pro. I've always dealt with the Kirkham springpoles, those are great tents but they are heavy. This thing is light, light, light. After receiving it, which was in a matter of days, backcountry rocks at shipping btw, I was able to set up it and tear it down in 15 min. Marmot makes probably the easiest tent to assemble. The poles are tied together and the color coded clips are stupid easy. As far as hearing about bent poles, just be cautious because these things are light. We were in Lava hot springs for a weekend and it rained the entire time. We were the only tent in the group that stayed dry, the ventilation was great for not waking up feeling like your in the deep south, and the gear vestibules work like advertised, overall, I'd recommend this tent to anyone. "



    Bomber Affordable 4p

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

    After one weekend of use by a family of 4 in fare weather, this tent performed as advertised. The Limelight 4p is a great backpack able size for 2 adults and 2 kids. It would be a bit tight for 4 adults. Easy set up and take down. Great tent for the price that could fit in a pack or 2, and stand up to some weather.


    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.

    Lightweight, fast, includes everything

    this tent works great!

      We got caught in a thunderstorm and this tent kept us and our dog dry for the duration. The packed size is not as small as listed, I would recommend this for car camping, might be a little big for backpacking.



      • 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?

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


      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.


      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.

      What is your email? I have a few questions about this tent.

      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.

      Best Answer


      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).


      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!

      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?

      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!


      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