Take two go-karts or one cushy luxo-cruiser?
- 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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Great car camping tent
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We've had this tent for a little more than a year now. We decided that this year we would car camp and go to all of our state parks here in Pennsylvania. My wife and I love this tent it sets up quickly and has more than enough room for two or three people and all your gear. The vestibules are very large which is nice. Twice we had very rainy days so we moved all the gear to one vestibule and even though its not recommended we used the other vestibule to cook under with a backup pocket rocket. The tent is also well built. We visited Cherry Springs state park (highly recommended best star gazing in PA) and the first night we had heavy and sustained wind and rain. In the morning we noticed our tent was unscathed. My only real dislikes are the fact it only has one window in one vestibule, it?s a bit on the heavy side, and its bulky even when compressed making it difficult to take backpacking. we gave this tent a workout this season we used it more than a dozen times every where from shores near lake Erie, rocky boulder strewn open spaces, to deep in the woods in potter county.
Cherry Springs state park
Here's a shot of one vestibule with a 35 liter pack. The tent is on slanted ground, hence the slightly off-kilter symmetry.
You can see the window on the right (there is only one) and a vent on the left. The other vestibule has a vent, but no window.
Spacious Car Camping, Option to Carry
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I bought this tent because I was tired of car camping in a cramped backpacking solo shelter. I also wanted Multi-functionality so I bought this tent vs a car camping specific tent in the event a couple friends and I could split the load for a backcountry trip. Normally, I exhaustively review my options but the reviews for this tent seemed unanimous on the quality and it had features I was looking for in addition to the ground sheet and gear hammock included with initial purchase. I am pleased to say that this tent met and exceeded my expectations.
My first use was a 10 day trip to Crested Butte, Colorado where I established a base camp from which I did bike rides and hikes. The tent was so roomy inside(of course, it's a 4P) that I had my fat car camping pad on one side (it will accommodate a low cot), clothes and some gear organized on the other with plenty of room for a Crazy Creek camp chair for reading. Plenty of head room for chair sitting, kneeling, crawling around, wardrobe changes and it rained almost every evening but I peacefully kept my Kindle company while the thunderstorms (on some days) raged outside without the least bit of cabin fever. I had no condensation issues but its a big space for one person. The gear loft is a tight fit but you won't be banging your head on it while you move around inside. It did not sag.
The tent was very easy to set up alone. I didn't even read the instructions but went on what previous reviewers said about color-coded poles and tabs. If you have some experience with tents you could do it too. The only thing I missed at first were 2 pop out vents near both vestibule doors that I noticed on the 2nd day of camping.
It has a tight pitch that did not sag after getting wet which does wonders to preserve ventilation. My tent came with guy lines. I read that this was not the case for everyone. I was short 1 stake and I am sure I did not lose it.
The alpenglow colored one is very bright and cheery inside.
We used this tent for a weekend camping trip in Virginia. It rained the first night and although we used a tarp over the top, we sleep dry. We used the provided footprint and had no leakage in the tent at all. It got a little hot the second night from all the rain (muggy) because we kept the rainfly on, but I would imagine that if we had taken it off. We would have been fine. I would highly recommend this tent for late summer camping. I can't wait to go out again!!
Great Materials !!
Hi, this is a very good tent, the poles look very light and strong, the images are only to show what is in it, I forget to include the foot print and gear loft, but all it is OK.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I run a small dual sport motorcycle touring company. We bought 2 of these bad boys last year and used the often. We love the hell out of them. They are super easy and very quick to set up. The construction and material makes them very dependable and sturdy even with all the abuse they get strapped on to motorcycles and "thrown" around the campsite. As we prep for Canada in a few weeks these bad boys will no doubt be heavily used this year again. Great purchase!!!!
We have it in green - we also have a halo 4. This was a little cheaper and slightly less roomy than the halo 4. A bit more vertical height and a little less side height if that makes sense. We find this tent a bit warmer overnight than the halo - a few less vents and a bit hotter in summer - due to the colour and less vents. Great tent, rock solid construction, good value ( particularly when on sale). No rear vestibule or rear door - but not a problem. Have camped with two adults and 2 kids in this and not so heavy for short hiking in if other three are taking some load
When they say "gear loft" are they talking...
When they say "gear loft" are they talking about the built in vestibule in the rain fly? Or is there something extra that I can't seem to find?
The gear loft is a hanging bag that comes with the tent that you can use to store your extra gear. Check out Marmot's Curly's Clips video posted earlier on this page. He shows you the gear loft towards the end of the video.
It's not really a "bag" per se, but more like a square platform that hangs from four points on the inside ceiling. Weigh it down with enough stuff and it sags enough to look like a bag though.
Holds quite a lot. Very useful and adds virtually nothing to the trail weight.
This just in
- Gender: Male
Just got the Limelight 4p tent and I have to say I am VERY impressed.
Things I like about it:
Connection points are quality.
Size - Not sure if most people leaving reviews are big guys, but I see plenty of room for 4, it also may differ on how much gear you're carrying, but with 3 people there is plenty of gear space.
Height - good overhead room both in height and overall space.
Rain fly fits oversized for storing gear outside of tent if you need to.
the only thing I was a little bit worried about:
Overall weight - the tent with everything is over 9 lbs. You can ditch stuff to bring it down to 8.5 but over all it is pretty heavy.
I will have to report once it warms up and i can take it out. This is just a first impression from setting up in my living room. Overall I'm pumped about it.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Love this tent. Major wind, on side of wheeler peak, Nevada, flash flood rain on white rim trail, Utah. the tent kept us safe, warm and dry. This tent is roomy, I'm 6' 4" and it is easy to change in, fits 4 people with out trouble. very easy to set up, but look at directions first time. Highly recommend this tent.
Great tent for truck camping. Handled the wind well. Lots more room than I'm used to.
Great for 3+
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Holds me and my two sons perfectly, with room to spare for their packs (but perhaps not mine.) I suspect if we had four people it would be cozy but quite serviceable.
No condensation inside the tent. Dry as a bone during a rainstorm. Despite a downpour, packs stayed perfectly dry inside the vestibule, as did our shoes.
The gear loft and corner pockets keep it organized inside. A fly/floor only setup is a nice option (and potentially makes this tent a reasonable beach shade, come to think of it...) and it means you can set it up in the rain without the inside getting wet. Setup is as you'd expect: a breeze. Features like a window and several vents are icing.
This tent is bit heavy for backpacking unless you really are splitting the weight with four people... but I'd say it's just about perfect for any scenario where you 1) want quality gear and 2) have kids along for the ride... and that would especially include shorter backpack style trips with pre-teens.
Why? Well, the construction of this tent is really really REALLY solid. You can see the quality in workmanship throughout--but its' the durability of the materials themselves that I think make it a standout as a family tent.
So.. this is my tent when I've got my kids along. Yes, it's slightly heavy if we're backpacking--but in those situations the hikes are likely to be shorter anyway, so I'll grunt it. But, it's versatile and spacious enough for car camping too... so I don't feel compelled to buy some gawdawful suitcase tent that only comes out twice a year for a multifamily weekend.
Is the packed size listed compressed? If...
Is the packed size listed compressed? If not how small can this tent pack down, in a compression sack, without the poles, relative to an object?
Picture would be helpful.
That's definitely not compressed. Can't help you with how small it would get, but the "packed size" is a pretty loose bundle as far as I can tell.
I just got this tent and used it in the Never Summer Wilderness just West of Rocky Mountain National Park. I had some rain and a little hail and the tent performed great. The best part was that there was absolutely no condensation on the inside of the tent. The vestubles are nice and large, the headroom is great, and this tent is long enough for tall people. This tent works great for 2 people and can also fit 3 but everyone would be shoulder to shoulder. I highly recommend this tent.
I really like the size of this tent. I know its a four man tent but for two campers and their gear its perfect. It is very easy to put up instructions not needed just apply common sense. Love the way the floor seams come up around the side to keep moisture out of the tent. The corner storage pockets were a great idea. Only con is the tent bag. Not a good compression type bag I will be replacing it with a nicer more durable type tent bag. That said I am still 100% satisfied and would recommend this tent to friends.
I bought this tent for my family, upgrading from a 2 person tent with two people and two dogs to this tent. Great tent, very spacious, easy to set up, unfortunately after one use seams started to separate where poles were attached to tent, and we had two holes, one on the side corner, and another in the screen. Disappointed by the lack of durability. Returning this tent.
We have used the Limelight 4P for 2 years as our main tent for bike tours like the Ragbrai tour accross Iowa. This has been a great tent as we generally tear down in the morning and set up in a different town each night. This takes about 5 minutes or less because of the fantastic design of this tent. We rode out a thunderstorm with winds up to 70 mph that distroyed many of the tents in our camp. There were no leaks in the tent and even all the equipment under the fly was dry. We do use the 4p for my wife and I. 4 people would be cramped.
Efficient setup and tear down, great design with a gear loft and ground cloth make this a fantastic tent.
BTW...this year 2 people showed up at camp with 2P and a 3P Limelights because they liked ours so much.
I'm giving this 3 stars because I was told by the rep here it was a good combo pack and car camping tent. When I first got this tent I was shocked how big it is packed up. the first time I set it up I had some issues with the Hubbed poles, Its tricky trying to get them all pegged into the corners. After that it was a little easier. the cross poles that hold up the doors are a great idea but I still dont know if they are ment to run under or over the top of the other poles. then it was time to set up the Fly, I had a lot of issues trying to get this set up. once you match up the sides the real trick is pulling the fly to the other side. It kept getting caught up on the over hang poles and I was nervouse I would pull to hard and puncture the fly. the free gear loft is ok, It hangs very tight. the free ground cloth was another issue, have to check some of my other cloths because I was shocked to see that Marmont didnt seam tape it?? it would have been nice if they went the extra mile. Oh also there is a big seam about 3/4th of the way on the floor and on ground cloth. I could actually match them up. I would just feel a lot more secure if the floor was a true bath tube design.
Over all its a good summer car camping tent. Not a bad buy if your looking for something to get you threw a few trips over the summer. the extra space marmont brags about also comes with the coast of a big and heavy pack size. I think Im going to return it and look for a 3 man. the MSR Motha Hubba or a Big Anges might have been more of what I was looking for