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Ready to head for the woods.

Marmot designed the Limelight 2-Person 3-Season Tent for quick, easy setup and built it with lightweight materials for easy traveling. A 9-square-foot vestibule keeps your boots and other items dry and safe when the rain pays an unwelcome visit, and the included gear loft and footprint mean that the package comes completely trail-ready right out of the box.

  • 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 cross pole provides more interior headroom
  • Freestanding, dome-like structure withstands harsh weather and wind while maximizing space
  • Single door with 9sq ft vestibule give you and your partner room to stow your gear
  • Staked-out vestibule and zippered storm flap on the vestibule seals out nasty three-season weather
  • Tapered rectangle shape with 32sq ft (54in-88in) floor area provides enough space to fit two adults comfortably, and its 41in ceiling height allows sitting up when you get stir-crazy in a storm
  • Entire tent weighs less than five pounds for easy hauling in the backcountry, especially when you split the weight between a partner
  • Mesh panels in the door, walls, and ceiling let fresh air in and let hot air out during hot nights or muggy mornings
  • 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 7in x 18in 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

Pretty Legit

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

I was so excited to get this tent, after searching and searching and searching! It finally arrived today and I was just too excited to wait....so despite the wind and the rain I set out to set it up in the yard. And WOW! Even setting it up in stormy weather it was a breeze, very simple and straight forward took me MAYBE 5 minutes to set it up (no staking, no rainfly). Afterwards, I invited the dog in for him to scope out the new digs. Myself (5'2) and the dog (75 pounds of pure love) fit inside very comfortably. The mesh panels are great in terms of position and the top panels are definitely star-gazing worthy. Great Marmot quality. And to include the footprint and gear loft? Definitely worth the money....Can't wait to take this sucker out this weekend!

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Hey Savannah! Welcome to the Backcountry Community!

Thanks for the awesome review and I'm glad you are excited about your new tent.

5 5

Solid product for rainy Pacific NW

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

I've taken this tent out for two long weekends so far, and I'm very happy with it. The second outing rained for a day straight, and the tent held up beautifully. I really like that the footprint, tent, and rainfly are all separate: I was able to first set up the rainfly+footprint while it was raining, then clip in the tent body under the rainfly and out of the rain.

how is this tent in cold weather? Is it good for lower temps camping?

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Ben,

How would you define cold weather? And what area are you looking to use it in?

If I were aiming for a tent to use in the snow I'd be looking for one that is a 4 season tent that is double walled with no mesh.

Because of the mesh on this tent, you'd get cold air flowing from the bottom up (depending on scenarios).

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

How does this compare to the Marmot Ajax 2 - 2 Person Tent?

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Jen,

The Ajax 2 is going to be a bit heavier than the Limelight2 but some of the major differences are as follows:

Doors:
Ajax - 2
Limelight - 1

Interior Height:
Ajax - 39.5"
Limelight - 41"

There are some other differences those are the main.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

5 5

Great Tent, Comfy, Light, and stays dry

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this as my second tent all purpose backpacking tent after my stoic tent was starting to fall apart after many hard years use. So far its been great. It has a super easy set up and has done well through some summer storms with rain and wind. Its comfortable inside with plenty of room for two people and some gear. Definitely a great tent for the cost.

Hi. I want to know if this tent resist a lot of wind and rain. I want to camping between 10k and 14k ft. What do u think?

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Juan,

The Marmot Limelight tent series are a pretty sturdy tent and from my experience hold up to wind and rain pretty well.

But realistically it depends on how strong the winds / rain are and how well the tent is guyed out.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

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Had to pitch the three-person version on a 10k summit in a hailstorm with 60-70mph winds, so a bit of water got in during the pitch and we had to get out at one point and restake, but that was due to the frozen ground. It stayed solid and kept us alive, which is why I'm buying a 2P for myself now

5 5

Cozy and dry!

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

I enjoy this tent immensely! I was looking for something rather light that I could potentially backpack with (whether you're sharing the weight with a partner or not) but wasn't too expensive. Cheap or not, this bad boy does the job well! I've used this tent back home in Michigan and on the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina recently, and my girlfriend and I stayed warm and dry (coupled with the Big Agnes sleeping pad and Marmot Atom sleeping bag, I slept soundly). Highly recommended!

In all honesty, at first glance it looks a bit small for two people, and that can be discouraging (especially if you don't ever plan to go on the trail alone; if you're alone, you'll have plenty of room). But give it a go, and though it's cozy, it's plenty long enough for a 6' guy like myself, and there's still room if you need to adjust your sleeping position a bit. It can be tight since there's only one door, and the person sleeping away from the door might at some point have to climb over the other person, but for the durability, portability, and money, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better tent.

Cozy and dry!

This tent has a gear loft. Does that infringe on the 41" interior height listed?

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It does but slightly. Not a very big gear loft but perfect for what it is. We had 3 people in there sitting up with room to play cards.

Trying to decide between this tent and the marmot tungsten 2p. Anyone have any advice or experience with both of these?

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Liam,

I shot you an email about the tents! Let me know what you think.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

What's the blue thing?

What's the blue thing?

I received my tent but I'm a bit confused as to what this blue thing is that came in the stake bag.

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That is in case one of the poles snap, its a splint.

Are the red stakes and the cords necessary to use with this tent?

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Hi Lynn,

The red stakes and cords are not necessary to set the tent up, they are just upgrade options. The stakes that come with the tent are pictured in the question above, nothing wrong with them per say, in comparison to the red ones suggested they are flimsy. As for the chord, those are guy lines for the rain fly. The tent should come with some, the nice thing about the Sterling cord is that they are of higher quality and they are reflective so you won't trip on them at night.

Please hit me up directly if you need anything else.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

Does this tent let water in when it rains? thanks

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I thought it performed admirably in the rain. Just take the time to guy it out so the rain rolls down the rain cover and away from the mesh on the head/foot sides. Having some extra parachute cord is always a good idea to supplement the materials that come with the tent. But when I was on the AT last year, I never had any leakage, even in some pretty hard rain storms.

There were people on the trail that had to use waterproofing spray on their tents - you don't ant to have to mess around with that.

I thought it performed admirably in the rain.  Just take the time to guy it out so the rain rolls down the rain cover and away from the mesh on the head/foot sides.  Having some extra parachute cord is always a good idea to supplement the materials that come with the tent.  But when I was on the AT last year, I never had any leakage, even in some pretty hard rain storms.   <br/>  <br/> There were people on the trail that had to use waterproofing spray on their tents - you don't ant to have to mess around with that.
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Nope... is is a very solid design with good weather resistance. DO make sure you guy out the fly though... that's a requirement of all tents!

5 5

Great Tent

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

great 2 person tent.<br ></article><br />I am 6'2 and if i stretch i can touch both ends but I dont sleep like a plank of wood so no touching the ends of the tent at night.<br /><br />two inside side pockets can a fit wallet and a phone in each. Gear loft is nice addition as well.<br /><br />From Lake Powell to Jackson hole this tent has been great. <br />You can sleep you and your significant other or some one you don't mind being close to at night but if it is one person room for your bag and a large dog and additional gear. Make sure you take care of business before you go to sleep due to one door. Vestibule can fit two large packs.<br /><br />rain fly is solid with enough tie downs to make it through the worst storms.<br /><br />Only con is one vestibule.<br /><br />

Great Tent

Interested in knowing how this tent fairs in mid to high wind. In any of the picture it doesn't appear that the rain cover ever meets the ground, which leaves me with fears of drafts or a shaky shelter. Planning a trip to Patagonia in a couple months and it is a notorious place for terrifying winds, looking for a safe & reliable tent without breaking the bank.

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I just used mine on a mountain top in Maine on Friday night. It was very windy! The tent offered relief from the wind, but it would have been better if the tarp went to the ground. It offered relief from the heavy winds (about 25mph gust), but allowed a breeze to blow under the tarp all night. It made the night colder than it needed to be. If it was stifling heat I was camping in, it would be a welcome feature, but in the windy cold it was a little annoying. Also the tarp doesn't touch the ground in the vestibule either. That's really a place I would have expected better coverage. Other than that it performed well. It was easy to set up, the side opening made it easy to get in and out of, and I love the gear loft feature.

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What's the best way to compress this tent?

5 5

Light and easy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have taken this tent on several trips around the west now and it has delivered. Light, easy to set up, and easy to pack down.
The stuff sack is big enough so that it packs down easily unlike some tent stuff sacks where it is a struggle to get the tent in the sack. The included gear loft and footprint makes it and even better purchase.
It withstands wind with no trouble and ventilates very well.
I am overall very happy with the tent and have no complaints.

4 5

First Tent I have ever owned

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would usually borrow tents from friends and they were always too large and have trouble staying warm at nights, this tent is small enough for a single person and cozy enough for two people. it has a lot of nice features, like the separate fly if you just don't want to install it at all and the rain/windshield that is in front. also the sown in net at the apex of the tent for junk like a cell phone, tp, or just snacks. Overall i gave it a 4 out of 5 because i don't have a large experience with tents, but I do enjoy it very much for all seasons.

5 5

First real tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's worth it. This is the first 'nice' tent I've ever bought (from a company that wal-mart or sports authority doesn't carry). Totally worth it. It is so easy to set up. Used it in low 30 degree weather and was quite satisfied while I listened to other people still setting up their tents from the warm safety of mine. Does collect water over night, but nothing relevant to your sleeping space. It is also really pretty. I like to show it off. Definitely works as well as some more expensive tents I've been in, and there is plenty of space for 2 people + backpacking or climbing gear.

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what do you mean when you mentioned that the tent "Does
collect water overnight? I want to buy this, but I don't want to be 'wet' or carry a wet tent around.
thanks for any reply, also 530-412-1566

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I have a lot of experience with this, so I'll just jump right in. The moisture that he is referring to is most likely condensation from the occupants of the tent breathing all night. We lose up to a Liter of water over the course of the night and this can actually make wet spots on the floor and droplets on the ceiling. This is a common occurance and can be reduced by regulating the airflow of the tent to let more of the moisture out. To me it is accually a sign of a quality tent.

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I have a lot of experience with this, so I'll just jump right in. The moisture that he is referring to is most likely condensation from the occupants of the tent breathing all night. We lose up to a Liter of water over the course of the night and this can actually make wet spots on the floor and droplets on the ceiling. This is a common occurance and can be reduced by regulating the airflow of the tent to let more of the moisture out. To me it is accually a sign of a quality tent.

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Yeah this guy is right. It is a good thing because the tent is trapping basically everything. It dries super fast and all you really have to do is shake the rain cover out. Took 5 minutes maybe.